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Slack Top Nursery - 2 June & Gisborough Priory - 13 June

Slack Top Nursery and Land Farm
Slack Top is an award-winning specialist alpine nursery situated at an altitude of 925 feet in the Pennines above Hebden Bridge. The ¼ acre garden has good views across the valley towards the moors and Hardcastle Crags. Started in 1980, it has a wide range of troughs, beds, crevices, ponds and walls to display the plants grown at the nursery. Plants for sale include rare and unusual specimens, and all raised by the nursery. After lunch we will visit Land Farm, a designer’s moorland garden, inspired and informed by Bodnant Gardens in N Wales. The 6 acre garden has been planted with a range of coniferous and broad-leaved trees, including oak, ash, poplar, lodgepole pine, sitka spruce and Japanese larch, to create a shelter belt. These have been underplanted with prunus, rhododendrons, azaleas and acers. There are extensive herbaceous beds with spring bulbs, hostas, rheums and summerflowering perennials. Colour is an important part of the garden design. There are sculptures throughout the garden which have been designed by owner, John Williams.

Gisborough Priory and Tudor Croft
Only the massive arch of the east end of the Priory of St Mary was left when the priory was dissolved in 1540. In the late 18th century the Challoners, who owned the site, built a grand house and created an impressive garden extending as far as the arch, engraved by Kip in 1709. For the next two hundred years the gardens underwent many changes. The Gisborough Priory Project was formed in the late 1990s with the aim to research and restore the gardens and open them to the public. Judith Arber and Pat Robertson will talk about this historical site and lead a tour. Afterwards bring a picnic lunch or there are plenty of restaurants in Guisborough, before meeting at 2.00pm for a visit to Mike and Gel Heagneys’ garden Tudor Croft which the family has owned since 1952. After his retirement, Mike has devoted his time to the 5-acre Arts and Crafts garden with a long rose pergola, fernery, water gardens and a trout stream. There will be interesting and choice plants for sale.

Weston Hall is fully booked

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