We are delighted to welcome delegates to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for this year's AGM. There is plenty to do in the area, and the weekend includes visits to three very special Yorkshire Gardens.
We will be staying at the 4* Holiday Inn, an 11-storey building with views across the Yorkshire Dales and the townscape. A short walk from the town centre - with numerous attractions close by including the Valley Garden, Royal Pump Museum and Betty's Tea Room. The hotel is also close to Harrogate station with fast trains to London, Leeds and York. Guests will enjoy free access to a nearby health club with gym and swimming pool, and there is free wi-fi and underground parking. The hotel is gully accessible for disabled guests.
FRIDAY 5 MAY
2-6pm arrival. Plant Exchange open from 2pm.
3.30pm Guided tour of RHS Harlow Carr
with introductory talk. Highlights of this 58 acre garden include colourful main borders, streamside gardens, an alpine zone and woodland walks. There is also a Betty's Tea Room on site.
7pm Enjoy a 3-course evening meal with wine, followed by a talk from John Grimshaw of the Yorkshire Arboretum.
SATURDAY 6 MAY
9.30am National Plant Collections presentation - Drointon Nurseries on their Primula auricula (Border), followed by the AGM.
12 noon Buffet lunch.
1pm Coaches leave promptly to visit Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens
, York and The Manor House Garden
, Heslington, the much acclaimed private garden at the home of George Smith MBE.
7pm Gala Dinner with wine, followed by a talk from Martin Walker, former head gardener of York Gate Gardens.
SUNDAY 7 MAY
Depart from hotel after breakfast.
10.30pm Optional private guided visit at York Gate Garden
Photo credit: The Manor House Garden, Heslington. Copyright Sally Hawkswell