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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. In April 2019 we shall have great pleasure in welcoming Mark Gregory 2018 Chelsea Gold medal winner for his "Welcome to Yorkshire " garden.





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 Future

The Committee arranges a 12-month programme. of events.

W H A T   W E   D O


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.


W H O  W E  A R E

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

Front of House - Lynne Gray

Website/IT - Dawn Johnson

Newsletter Team - Anne Powell and June Rogers

College Representative - Jessica Herbert