Welcome to the Upper Esk Valley Gardening Club. The garden club meets on the first Monday in the month at 7:30pm in the Ley Hall, Lealholm, except for when we are making outside visits. New members are very welcome.

There is a plant sale and seed swap each meeting –money going to club funds.

Annual members’ fee is £5 per year + £1 on each club night. £3 non-members.

For more information telephone Pauline Elliot on 01287 660137 or Heather Mather on 01287 669104.

And don’t forget to check out Recent Posts for meeting reports and announcements.

Next meeting


We will be making Christmas decorations and hope you can come along and enjoy a bit of pre festive spirit.

You may like to make a decoration for the door or a table decoration – you can make anything you like but you will need to bring foliage, decorations, candles, baubles, scissors, secateurs – if you haven’t been before there will be someone who could give you a hand.

The club will provide trays, containers, (if you have them from last year could you bring them), oasis, wire, tape.

We will have a shared supper – could you bring a small contribution.

Mulled wine, juice, tea and coffee will be provided.

The competition will be the best decoration on the night.

Schedule of Meetings

19th March       Talk by Brian Raw on vegetable growing
(Moved from 5th due to weather)
Bulb competition (bulbs given out last October)
Potato sets will be given out for competition in August
Tea and coffee Debbie and Sally

2nd April         Talk and presentation by Mike McQuade on Organic Gardening Competition  a sprig of spring from the hedgerow
Tea and coffee Sheila Blindell and Pauline

12th May  (Saturday) in Castleton Village Hall. 10 – 12.  Plant sale Members providing plants and money going to club funds.  Tea and coffee available.

25th June Evening visit (7pm) to Helen Bainbridge garden at Fir Tree cottage Stokesley
£6.50 per head includes conducted tour/.talk/ tea/coffee and cake.

15th July  Sunday  Thornton Hall Gardens Nr Darlington open 11-4pm £7.

6th August       Potato competition.  Meet at Fryup Village Hall 7.30. Raffle a garden item
Teas and coffee Angela and Jane

3rd September            Gill Hodgson on British flower growing
Competition Garden tip
Tea and coffee Jenny Burns and Christine Gilbraith

1st October     Karen Greenwood.  Talk and presentation on her new venture with English Heritage
Competition Autumn flower from own garden
Tea and coffee Polly and Ian

5th November             Simon Hill from Hill’s nurseries at Stokesley
Competition Autumn foliage
Tea and coffee Jenny Woods and Chris Knapp

3rd December Members Christmas Party night.Making a Christmas arrangement.
Competition is the arrangement made on the night
Pauline and Heather tea, coffee, mulled wine.


Other dates for your diaries not Organised by the club

  • NGS  Sleightholmdale Lodge Sunday 12 August 2-6
  • Flower Power Fair. Newburgh Priory Coxwold Sunday 15 April
  • Flower Power Fair. Wynard Hall Gardens Sunday 22 July
  • Mount Grace Priory (garden restoration see web-site
  • Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 14-16 Sept