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Ilkley Gardeners' Assocation 50 yearsThe Ilkley Gardeners' Association Committee invites Ilkley Groups to submit a Project that would benefit from the remaining funds of the IGA as we close at the end of 2017.

We ask for Projects that would both benefit from such a donation and also be of use to as many Ilkley people as possible and where such a donation would "make a difference". We now have sufficent projects for the Committee to make their decision. Thank you.


Ilkley Gardeners' Association 50th Anniversary YearWith only three meetings left this year we welcome back one of our most popular speakers, Nigel Harrison, the Gardening Guru from BBC Radio York who this Thursday, 5th October, shows us the story of when he supported two of his students as they compete in the Landscaping World Skills near Tokyo. He then goes on to explore some of the most amazing gardens in Kyoto.
Admission is just £1 for members and £2 for non-members and all interested parties are most welcome. Admission includes...

to our 50th Anniversary Year!

Yes, in 2017 the Ilkley Gardeners' Association is 50 years old! We started in the garage of one of our founder members up near the top of Chantry Drive and now operate out of three garages (one single and a double to be precise) on Leeds Road allotments.

The average house price in the UK was £3,840 and 1 gallon of petrol 27p.  Also, the United Kingdom and Ireland applied officially for EEC membership.

Now the same items cost £230,000 and...

Sown back in May this year, a packet of Kings Seeds Sunflowers, variety Bamboo a, dwarf variety, only about 12" in height. I thought these would be ideal as my front garden is a windy hole, the Wind whistles down the valley without stopping.


The seeds came through in about a week and the last week in July they have started to flower, one main flower as I expected, but there are numerous smaller (?) secondary buds on every plant! That, I did not expect.



wg logoLast year we opened our Stores Sheds to members of local gardener's groups of both Burley and Menston. This allowed members of these groups, upon production of their groups' membership card to avail themselves to our Stores sheds and to take advantage of the discounted prices.

Whilst this continues this year, we are delighted to have been able to offer the same service to members of Otley based Wharfedale Gardeners. Just come on down to our Stores Sheds on Leeds Road allotments as you come...

Following a questionnaire distributed at our September 2015 meeting, the members present voted overwhelmingly to make the following changes to the Stores Openings in the future.

Rather than continue to open later in the year where the changes to the seasons seem to be more apparent, ie: wetter, colder and no one comes when we open, in future the stores will be open each Sunday morning, 10am-noon from March to the end of June. As most people seem have got their composts and feeds by then, we...

Following a vote taken at our September 2015 meeting, where the Association Mystery Fuchsia was judged by John Foley of Holden Clough Nursery and regular stalwart of the Association Margaret Metcalfe won, again, It was decided that in future years, the Fuchsia judging would take place at our August Meetings.

Several reasons where put forward at the August meeting for the change including September was a busy month anyway with a raffle PLUS the Fuchsia Judging, time was often tight, people...

free to use from iconizer.netAn item raised at our March Committee Meeting was that if you sell pesticides, such as slug pellets, greenfly sprays etc, for the home market, like many Gardening Groups and local shops do, you may need to go on a course to be certified to be legal to do so.

I did a Google search for this and found that this is correct and contacted the firm responsible for such certification.

I was grateful to receive a very prompt reply from Stephen at Basis-reg giving me the good news that groups...

RARE PLANT FAIR at Ellerker House, Everingham, YORK YO42 4JA held on Sunday 19 th April 2015 10 am to 4 pm
£4.50 adult admission, children free

Many specialist nurseries selling a wide variety of interesting and unusual plants as well as offering good advice on growing them.
Please visit the Ellerkerhouse website for details of the garden itself.

The garden is open for NGS and is included in entrance fee. The garden is 5 acres and is the home to many very old and interesting trees...


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