Aims and Objectives
The aims of the Club are to promote the interests of members in gardening, to hold social activities for all members and to organise talks and demonstrations with trips to places of horticultural interest.
The Club meets monthly, usually on Tuesday evenings starting at 7.30 pm. Our meetings are held in the Conference Centre at the College with a different guest speaker each time. Subjects recently have included sensory plants, carnivorous plants, the Shandy Hall garden, wildlife in the garden and garden design for small spaces.
At least once a year we invite a "celebrity" to come and speak. Over recent years we have heard from Chris Beardshaw, Sarah Hopps, Matthew Biggs, Matthew Wilson and Martin Fish among many others. We enjoy their enthusiasm and their knowledge is vast.
We arrange to visit places of interest during the summer months. Usually these are venues which are open for group visits or by special arrangement.
The Committee arranges a 12-month programme. of events and we let our members know as each talk or visit is confirmed.
The Askham Bryan College Gardening Club was formed and formally launched in March 1998. The then Principal of the College was keen for the College to become more involved with the local community, amateur gardeners and possibly further out into the county.
The College remains fully supportive of the Club permitting us to use its name and facilities e,g. Reference Library.
The Principal is our President and the current postholder and another member of staff have places on the Club Committee.
President - Catherine Dixon
Chairman - David Whiteman
Secretary - Anne Powell
Treasurer - Peter Powell
Membership Secretary - Heather Gilkes
Talks Organisers - Muriel Fildes and Jo Smakman
Visits Organisers - John and Judith Pentith
Meet & Greet Speakers - Mike Gilkes
Front of House - Lynne Gray
Website/IT - Dawn Johnson
Newsletter Team - Anne Powell and June Rogers
College Representative - Jessica Herbert