Celebrating Our Oaks - International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Apr
2
to May 7

Celebrating Our Oaks - International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition

  • England, YO60 7BY United Kingdom (map)
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Celebrating Our Oaks, a special category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition, was developed in partnership with Action Oak*.

This outdoor exhibition showcases why oaks hold a very special place in the hearts of the nation. The free exhibition supported by HSBC will showcase the photographs from the competition finalists and a number of celebrities. 20 wooden panels will be displayed in the arboretum showing the very best of the UK’s oaks.

Normal admission applies.

*Action Oak is a major campaign to protect the UK’s oak trees from threats including pests and diseases. It is made up of charities, environmental organisations, government and landowners who are seeking to raise vital funding for research and monitoring to help safeguard the 121 million oaks in UK woodlands. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is proud to be a found partner of Action Oak.

Work will include capturing the first detailed picture of the current health of oak trees, helping to gain a greater understanding of how to preserve their iconic position in our landscape for generations to come.

For more info visit: http://www.actionoak.org/

For info on IGPOTY, visit: https://igpoty.com/

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Junior Rangers
Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

Junior Rangers

A fun-packed day for children aged 4-11, with seasonal indoor and outdoor nature-inspired activities.

This session will be based at the arboretum. Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session.

THIS SESSION IS FULL.

Please check our events pages for other exciting Easter activities for children!

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Explorers Club
Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

Explorers Club

  • Unnamed Road England, YO60 7DJ United Kingdom (map)
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Lots of nature-based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 including orienteering, shelter building and owl-pellet dissection.

Booking essential: £15, £12 for second and subsequent siblings

To book, call us on 01653 648598.

Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session. Booking essential.

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Photography Workshop
Apr
27
8:45 AM08:45

Photography Workshop

A half-day workshop taking photographs and receiving advice and support from a qualified teacher from Ryedale Garden Photography who has many years experience.

The workshop is for a small number of people and is ideal for beginner photographers or for those who are new to digital photography. You will cover a range of topics such as composition, exposure, focus, camera settings, aperture and shutter speed. This is a great way to explore the arboretum, spending the morning with like-minded people and picking up advice on how to take better photographs.

£50 per person

For further information or to book a place click here.

 

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Birding for Beginners
Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Birding for Beginners

Join our birding expert, Andy Chapman, for a relaxing stroll around the arboretum spotting and listening out for the bird life that is so abundant here.

Cost: Adult £5, Child £2.50 in addition to normal admission.

Booking required. Call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Friars Hill
Apr
27
1:30 PM13:30

Open Gardens 2019 - Friars Hill

  • Friars Hill York, England, YO62 6SL United Kingdom (map)
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The first garden open on behalf of the Yorkshire Arboretum in 2019. Win and James Baldwin’s 1 ¾ acre garden is packed with spring interest, including hellebores, narcissi, fritillaries, trilliums, early paeonies, and other early gems.

Open date(s): Saturday 27 April, 1.30 - 4.30pm

Location: Friars Hill, Sinnington, YO62 6SL

Parking: on road or village green with short walk to Friars Hill

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Pay online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Ray Wood Spring Tours
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Ray Wood Spring Tours

Members are invited to join a tour of this glorious garden at the height of rhododendron flowering season. It’s the perfect time of year to see new spring foliage and how we are increasing light to the collection by thinning the canopy.

Booking required. Join our guide in the Castle Howard courtyard by 10:20am for a 10:30am start.

Second date available Tuesday 30th April.

To book, call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Ray Wood Spring Tours
Apr
30
10:30 AM10:30

Ray Wood Spring Tours

Members are invited to join a tour of this glorious garden at the height of rhododendron flowering season. It’s the perfect time of year to see new spring foliage and how we are increasing light to the collection by thinning the canopy.

Booking required. Join our guide in the Castle Howard courtyard by 10:20am for a 10:30am start.

Alternative date available Sunday 28th April.

To book, call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Weathervane House
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Weathervane House

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Peter & Julie Williams' large woodland garden with acid loving plants including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and other interesting shrubs. Spring bulbs including trilliums, flowering trees and shade tolerant herbaceous perennials. Well-stocked glasshouse and large polytunnel with wide range of plants propagated from seeds, cuttings and grafting. Meadow area and woodland home to owls, goldcrests and sparrow hawks.

Open date(s): Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 12 - 5pm. Other times possible for small groups of 4-8 people by arrangement (peteandjuliew@gmail.com)

Location: Mill Lane, Seaton Ross, York, YO42 4NE. Sixth property on the left after entering the village from the north (via Bielby or Melbourne)

Parking: On road unless signed otherwise

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage

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Lecturer and creator of Bolton Percy churchyard garden, Roger Brook’s own no-dig garden has 1,500 plant varieties, many rare, providing colour all year round. The garden has numerous features, sweeping views, and holds the National Collection of Dicentra. Horticulturally unorthodox, especially the fruit and vegetables, the overall effect is dramatic.

Open date(s): Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 12 - 5pm. Other times possible for small groups of 4-8 people by arrangement (roger-brook@live.com). The two open day dates coincide with those of Weathervane House also in Seaton Ross.

Location: Seaton Ross, York YO42 4NF. On the road from Seaton Ross to Melbourne. Leave Seaton Ross and immediately turn left at top (north) of village.

Parking: on road

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage

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Lecturer and creator of Bolton Percy churchyard garden, Roger Brook’s own no-dig garden has 1,500 plant varieties, many rare, providing colour all year round. The garden has numerous features, sweeping views, and holds the National Collection of Dicentra. Horticulturally unorthodox, especially the fruit and vegetables, the overall effect is dramatic.

Open date(s): Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 12 - 5pm. Other times possible for small groups of 4-8 people by arrangement (roger-brook@live.com). The two open day dates coincide with those of Weathervane House also in Seaton Ross.

Location: Seaton Ross, York YO42 4NF. On the road from Seaton Ross to Melbourne. Leave Seaton Ross and immediately turn left at top (north) of village.

Parking: on road

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Weathervane House
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Weathervane House

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Peter & Julie Williams' large woodland garden with acid loving plants including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and other interesting shrubs. Spring bulbs including trilliums, flowering trees and shade tolerant herbaceous perennials. Well-stocked glasshouse and large polytunnel with wide range of plants propagated from seeds, cuttings and grafting. Meadow area and woodland home to owls, goldcrests and sparrow hawks.

Open date(s): Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 12 - 5pm. Other times possible for small groups of 4-8 people by arrangement (peteandjuliew@gmail.com)

Location: Mill Lane, Seaton Ross, York, YO42 4NE. Sixth property on the left after entering the village from the north (via Bielby or Melbourne)

Parking: On road unless signed otherwise

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Talking Rhododendrons - Workshop
May
8
10:00 AM10:00

Talking Rhododendrons - Workshop

In this day course with director and expert plantsman Dr John Grimshaw, we will discuss the great diversity of the genus Rhododendron, its place in the collection and how to identify species.

John will also advise on the best conditions for planting, cultivating and caring for them.

Light lunch and refreshments are included. 10% discount is available for RHS members.

To book, call us on 01653 648598 or purchase your ticket below:

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Plants and Castles of Transylvania by Razvan Chisu
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Plants and Castles of Transylvania by Razvan Chisu

  • Unnamed Road England, YO60 7DJ United Kingdom (map)
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Raz, a native of Transylvania, presents a talk that explore a land best know for Dracula and his castles, but also boasts amazingly diverse wild plants in woodlands, meadows and high mountains.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Booking required. Please call 01653 648598 or email us on visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Dawn Chorus Walk
May
11
5:00 AM05:00

Dawn Chorus Walk

An early-morning walk with bird expert Andy Chapman to see, hear and learn more about the arboretum's songbirds. Then back to the Visitor Centre for bacon sandwiches and hot drinks!

Adult £10, Child £7.50

Booking essential - please order your tickets below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Lesley Seeger: One Day Painting Course
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Lesley Seeger: One Day Painting Course

Join our Artist in Residence Lesley Seeger on a one-day painting course at the Yorkshire Arboretum.

Inspired by the ‘spirit’ of trees, you will explore colour, composition and layering techniques in a contemporary, experimental style.

The courses are suitable for both adventurous beginners and more experienced artists seeking to develop their style. Further information, or to book: www.lesleyseeger.com

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Open Gardens 2019 - Fossgyl
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Fossgyl

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Alastair Fitter’s long 1 acre garden stretches from Huntington Road to the River Foss. There are perennials, alpines, a peat-free ‘peat’ garden, a woodland garden, a traditional orchard with 85 year old trees mixed with more recently planted specimen trees and shrubs, a meadow with fritillaries in spring and orchids in summer, and wet woodland by the river with oxlips in spring and a large new pond. There are more than 1,000 species of plant in the garden, including 250 natives.

Open date(s): Sunday 12 May 11am - 5pm; Sunday 14 July 1 - 5pm. Visits at other times by arrangement (alastairfitter@btinternet.com).

Location: 533 Huntington Road, York YO32 9PY. 200m north of Huntington School.

Parking: On nearby side streets (Burn Estate, Arbor Close).

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Lesley Seeger: One Day Painting Course
May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Lesley Seeger: One Day Painting Course

Join our Artist in Residence Lesley Seeger on a one-day painting course at the Yorkshire Arboretum.

Inspired by the ‘spirit’ of trees, you will explore colour, composition and layering techniques in a contemporary, experimental style.

The courses are suitable for both adventurous beginners and more experienced artists seeking to develop their style. Further information, or to book: www.lesleyseeger.com

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YO Free Entry Days
May
17
to May 18

YO Free Entry Days

Free entry to the arboretum for anyone who lives in the YO postcode area. Come and enjoy the arboretum in spring and see what we have to offer! Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May only.

Just bring along evidence of your address, such as a driving licence or water bill.

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Patrick Smith - Landscapes of the Mind
May
17
to May 26

Patrick Smith - Landscapes of the Mind

Locally based artist Patrick Smith draws inspiration from the landscape of North Yorkshire and beyond. This exhibition, entitled ‘Landscapes of the Mind’, shows his distinctive style and 'muscle memory' approach, synthesizing photographs, found images, and experiences in the field.

Visit Patrick’s website here: www.psmithstudio58.co.uk

Available to view free in the Visitor Centre. View some of Patrick’s work below:

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Dawn Chorus Walk
May
18
5:00 AM05:00

Dawn Chorus Walk

An early-morning walk with bird expert Andy Chapman to see, hear and learn more about the arboretum's songbirds. Then back to the Visitor Centre for bacon sandwiches and hot drinks!

Adult £10, Child £7.50

Booking essential - please order your tickets below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Paddock Cottage
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Paddock Cottage

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Helen and Colin Crews have a small cottage garden with views across the countryside and attractive mixed borders and a wide range of plants in both sunny and shaded areas. In particular in late spring and early summer there are hellebores, Meconopsis and Iris. There are also raised vegetable plots, a small glasshouse and a fishpond.

Open date(s): Sunday 19 May 10am - 4pm; Sunday 2 September 12 - 5pm.

Location: 4 Sudnicton Croft, Westow, YO60 7NB. In Westow take the road (Main Street) signposted Burythorpe & Church. Before reaching a turning to the Church only, turn left down a gravel track signposted Sudnicton Croft on wall.

Parking: Limited parking near house, otherwise on nearby streets.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - The Hayloft
May
26
10:30 AM10:30

Open Gardens 2019 - The Hayloft

Dot and John welcome you to explore their formal(ish) front garden, more informal back garden and orchard. There’s a good variety of interesting plants in beds range from hot and dry to cool and damp, plus a small open meadow, a large orchard meadow, and a new pond. Large parts of the garden are managed to be wildlife-friendly. For those who have been before, one of the beds at the back of the house has been re-organised and re-planted with shade-loving plants.

Open date(s): Sunday 26 May 10.30am - 5pm

Location: Holburns Croft, Heslington, York YO10 5DP. From Heslington Hall west towards Fulford. Holburns Croft is second on the left after Main Street.

Parking: On the house drive or, if full, on road

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Explorers Club
May
28
10:00 AM10:00

Explorers Club

Lots of nature-based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 including orienteering, shelter building and owl-pellet dissection.

Booking essential: £15, £12 for second and subsequent siblings.
Email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org or call us on 01653 648598.

Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session. Booking essential.

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Open Gardens 2019 - Skipwith Hall
Jun
4
1:00 PM13:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Skipwith Hall

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We are delighted to welcome back Skipwith Hall to our programme this year. The 4-acre walled garden of Charles and Rosalind Forbes Adam’s Queen Anne home (not open). This stunning garden features extensive mixed borders and lawns, and walled areas by renowned designer Cecil Pinsent. Recreated working kitchen garden with 15’ beech hedge, pleached fruit walks, herb maze and pool. Woodland with specimen trees and shell house. Decorative orchard with espaliered and fan-trained fruit on walls. Italian Garden recently restored.

Open date(s): Tuesday 4 June 1 - 5pm

Location: Skipwith Selby YO8 5SQ. On Main Street, just east of St. Helen’s church.

Parking: In field.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Terrington House
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Terrington House

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A new addition to the Open Gardens Scheme, generously opened by shelled artist interior design Linda Fenwick and her husband James. Features include four recently redesigned mixed borders, vegetable garden and a stunning shell house designed and made by Linda herself.

Open date(s): Sunday 9 June 11am - 4pm

Location: Terrington House, Terrington YO60 6PU

Parking: In the paddock, just off the road - signage to guide cars.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Food Security and Climate Change by Prof Sue Hartley
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Food Security and Climate Change by Prof Sue Hartley

Food security and climate change: how plants can provide sustainable solutions to global challenges. Sue Hartley is Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute, an arboretum trustee and much more. Her ecological interests are broad, and this talk brings an expert opinion to matters that affect us all.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Book required. Please call 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Jacksons Wold
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Jacksons Wold

2 acre garden situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds comprising of a walled garden with mixed borders, numerous old shrub roses under planted with unusual perennials. Woodland paths lead to further shrub borders. A traditional vegetable garden framed by a Victorian greenhouse leads to a wild flower meadow.

Open date(s): Sunday 16 June 1 - 5pm

Location: Jackson’s Wold, Sherburn YO17 8QJ

Parking: On grass outside garden

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Birding for Beginners
Jun
29
10:30 AM10:30

Birding for Beginners

Join our birding expert, Andy Chapman, for a relaxing stroll around the arboretum spotting and listening out for the bird life that is so abundant here.

Cost: Adult £5, Child £2.50 in addition to normal admission.

Booking required. Call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Havoc Hall
Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Havoc Hall

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A new addition to the scheme for 2019. A white themed knot garden, wide herbaceous borders punctuated by a range of grasses and a baker’s dozen of yew shapes are just some of this gardens must-sees. There are field maple pyramids lining the drive, wildflower meadows and a small lake. A Victorian greenhouse is currently under construction scheduled for completion by Easter, and a rose pergola covered in an array of scented flowers make this garden a sensory delight.

Open date(s): Sunday 7 July 1 - 4pm

Location: Havoc Hall, York YO62 5XY

Parking: In field.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Fossgyl
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Fossgyl

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Alastair Fitter’s long 1 acre garden stretches from Huntington Road to the River Foss. There are perennials, alpines, a peat-free ‘peat’ garden, a woodland garden, a traditional orchard with 85 year old trees mixed with more recently planted specimen trees and shrubs, a meadow with fritillaries in spring and orchids in summer, and wet woodland by the river with oxlips in spring and a large new pond. There are more than 1,000 species of plant in the garden, including 250 natives.

Open date(s): Sunday 12 May 11am - 5pm; Sunday 14 July 1 - 5pm. Visits at other times by arrangement (alastairfitter@btinternet.com).

Location: 533 Huntington Road, York YO32 9PY. 200m north of Huntington School.

Parking: On nearby side streets (Burn Estate, Arbor Close).

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Meet the Artist - Ryan Chadwick
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artist - Ryan Chadwick

Members and friends are invited to mark the launch of this new exhibition of work by Ryan Chadwick. Ryan’s stunning, unique pen and pencil work brings to life the striking beauty of the Earth’s creatures great and small, and shows how vital it is we treasure their existence for future generations.

Meet the artist and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Booking required: Email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org or call us on 01904 648598.

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Ryan Chadwick Exhibition
Jul
19
to Jul 28

Ryan Chadwick Exhibition

Work by young pen and pencil artist Ryan Chadwick, who’s dynamic, minimalist approach brings to life the striking beauty of the Earth’s largest mammals and tiniest insects.

Find out more about the artist by visiting his website: http://www.ryanchadwickartist.com/

Available to view free in the Visitor Centre. View some of Ryan’s work below:

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Willow Globes Workshop
Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Willow Globes Workshop

Enhance your garden evenings with a delightful fairy light filled willow globe. No prior knowledge of willow weaving needed - just enthusiasm! All materials provided.

Bring your own lunch or take a break in the Arboretum Café. Booking essential.

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Open Gardens 2019 - Sleightholmedale Lodge
Aug
13
3:00 PM15:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Sleightholmedale Lodge

Patrick and Natasha James’ south-facing, 4-acre garden in a dale that runs off the North York Moors. More than 100 years old, the garden features roses, herbaceous borders and meadows.

Open date(s): Tuesday 13 August 3pm - 6pm.

Location: Sleightholmedale Lodge YO62 5XD. Drive along Sleightholme Dale Road and down into the dale. The Lodge is the first property at the bottom of the hill.

Parking: In the field as signed. Not suitable for minibuses.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Elmtree House
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Elmtree House

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Bob and Christine Pietrowski have a modest-sized village garden with distant views of the Castle Howard Estate.  It is laid out with lawns, paved areas and formal borders, block planted with herbaceous perennials and roses, which are at their best in the late summer. Pots provide additional colour and interest and house an ever increasing collection of hostas. Four raised beds give space for a few favourite vegetables and annual flowers for cutting.

Open date(s): Sunday 25 August 1 - 6pm

Location: Main Street, Welburn, York YO60 7DZ, opposite the red telephone box

Parking: On street.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Paddock Cottage
Sep
1
12:00 PM12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Paddock Cottage

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Helen and Colin Crews have a small cottage garden with views across the countryside and attractive mixed borders and a wide range of plants in both sunny and shaded areas. In particular in late spring and early summer there are hellebores, Meconopsis and Iris. There are also raised vegetable plots, a small glasshouse and a fishpond.

Open date(s): Sunday 19 May 10am - 4pm; Sunday 1 September 12 - 5pm.

Location: 4 Sudnicton Croft, Westow, YO60 7NB. In Westow take the road (Main Street) signposted Burythorpe & Church. Before reaching a turning to the Church only, turn left down a gravel track signposted Sudnicton Croft on wall.

Parking: Limited parking near house, otherwise on nearby streets.

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage
Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Open Gardens 2019 - Boundary Cottage

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Lecturer and creator of Bolton Percy churchyard garden, Roger Brook’s own no-dig garden has 1,500 plant varieties, many rare, providing colour all year round. The garden has numerous features, sweeping views, and holds the National Collection of Dicentra. Horticulturally unorthodox, especially the fruit and vegetables, the overall effect is dramatic.

Open date(s): Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 12 - 5pm. Other times possible for small groups of 4-8 people by arrangement (roger-brook@live.com). The two open day dates coincide with those of Weathervane House also in Seaton Ross.

Location: Seaton Ross, York YO42 4NF. On the road from Seaton Ross to Melbourne. Leave Seaton Ross and immediately turn left at top (north) of village.

Parking: on road

Cost: Season Ticket £20, Day Ticket £5.

Booking required. Book online, call 01653 648598 or email enquiries@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Woodland Gardening by Ken Cox
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Woodland Gardening by Ken Cox

Ken Cox is a well-known Rhododendron expert, based at Glendoick in Perthshire, where three generations of the Cox family have created a magnificent woodland garden, nursery and garden centre. This talk, based on his latest book Woodland Gardening, is a history and practical guide to this gardening style. Ken shows film and photographs of woodland gardens from the UK and around the world.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Book required. Please call 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Travels in Search of Trees by Tom Christian
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Travels in Search of Trees by Tom Christian

Tom is a lifelong dendrologist and gardener and has travelled the world extensively to see trees in the wild, especially as part of his role with the International Conifer Conservation Programme based at RBG Edinburgh. This talk will take us to a diversity of interesting places to see their remarkable trees.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Booking required. Please call us on 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Photography Workshop
Oct
19
8:45 AM08:45

Photography Workshop

A half-day workshop taking photographs and receiving advice and support from a qualified teacher from Ryedale Garden Photography who has many years experience.

The workshop is for a small number of people and is ideal for beginner photographers or for those who are new to digital photography. You will cover a range of topics such as composition, exposure, focus, camera settings, aperture and shutter speed. This is a great way to explore the arboretum, spending the morning with like-minded people and picking up advice on how to take better photographs.

£50 per person

For further information or to book a place click here.

 

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Highway to Hull: 'Gardening in a tiny urban space' by Greg Loades
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Highway to Hull: 'Gardening in a tiny urban space' by Greg Loades

Greg Loades started working in the rose industry before moving into the world of gardening magazines. Greg has worked for Garden News, Garden Answers, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine and The English Garden. He is editor of The Alpine Gardener, journal of the Alpine Garden Society, and a freelance writer, currently writing his first book with Timber Press, due for release in 2020.

Living in Hull with a tiny garden packed with plants, a real challenge for a plantsman, this talk will tell us how he does it.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary refreshments available from 7:15pm.

Booking required. Please call us on 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Meetings with Trees - Tree Names and their Family Relationships
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Meetings with Trees - Tree Names and their Family Relationships

On this guided walk, learn about the naming of different trees and how it reflects their relationships and their characteristics, in the way that we humans share surnames and resemble members of our families.

Meet in the cafe at 10:30 ready to set off at 11am.

Normal admission applies. To book please call 01653 648598, or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Catnip and the Mints by Benjamin Lichman
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Catnip and the Mints by Benjamin Lichman

Dr Benjamin Lichman is a lecturer in plant biology at the University of York. He investigates how plants make complex and useful chemicals.

For the last three years he has been investigating catnip (Nepeta): how did this garden favourite evolve to make chemicals that repel insects and attract cats? In his latest project he will be searching for unusual chemicals with potential medical use in the Arboretum’s collection.

FREE but donations welcome.

Complimentary tea and coffee will be available from 7:15pm.

Booking required. Please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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Members' Morning
Apr
9
10:30 AM10:30

Members' Morning

Join our director, John Grimshaw, over a cup of coffee for an informal get-together followed by a walk around the arboretum under his expert guidance. You are guaranteed to discover something new, whether you have recently joined or been a member for years!

Booking required: Please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Meetings With Trees: What are trees, and how do we tell them apart?
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Meetings With Trees: What are trees, and how do we tell them apart?

The first of our Meetings With Trees series for 2019 starts with the question: ‘What are trees, and how do we tell them apart?’

Meet the trees and look at the characteristics, such as shape, bark, twigs, buds and leaves, that will help us see how trees differ and we can begin to identify them.

Meet in the cafe at 10:30 ready to set off at 11am.

Normal admission required. To book please call 01653 648598, or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Poetry Walk
Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

Poetry Walk

Join place-writing poet Bernie Cullen for a walk around the arboretum stopping at some of the locations that have inspired her writing. Bernie will read poetry inspired by the grounds and a pamphlet will be available to purchase.

Normal admission plus £3.

To book, please call 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org.

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The Winter Walk at Harlow Carr by Russell Watkins
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

The Winter Walk at Harlow Carr by Russell Watkins

Russell, a Floral Team Leader at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, describes the development and planting of the magnificent winter walk there, one of the finest anywhere. Not to be missed for inspiration for your own winter garden!

This event is free but donations are warmly welcomed. Booking required: Please call us on 01653 648598 or email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

Complimentary tea and coffee is available from 7:15pm.

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Dark Skies Festival - 'Saving the Dark' Film Screening
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Dark Skies Festival - 'Saving the Dark' Film Screening

80% of the world’s population live under light polluted skies. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and what we can do to combat light pollution.

The North York Moors National Park and partners are delighted to announce four exclusive screenings of this thought-provoking film during the Dark Skies Festival 2019, and the Yorkshire Arboretum is proud to be chosen.

The screening will start at 7:30pm for 1 hour, followed by a 1 hour star party hosted by amateur astronomer Richard Darn. Booking is essential.

Watch the trailer here

Prices: £5 adults, £3 children (u16) including a hot drink. Children of all ages are welcome but we feel the subject matter would suit age 11+

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Director Comments:

“Astronomy has been my passion for years. Photographing the night skies has been a way for me to express my passion towards Astronomy. Over the years, it has quite saddened me that we do not care enough about Astronomy or the night skies. Most people questioned whether these stars (in the photos) were real. So, I made a short film Lost in Light showing how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. It was a huge success - featured on National Geographic , made the news in over 40 countries, seen over half a million times, used by NPS, schools and scout clubs for education and outreach and screened at film festivals. It spurred a conversation on Light Pollution, its effects and what we can do to fight it. When I attended the San Francisco Green Film Festival earlier this year, I realized how much people care about Environmental issues. I was inspired to make my own Documentary movie on Astronomy and Light Pollution. I wanted to make a movie on the significance of Astronomy and the night skies, the effects of Light Pollution on Astronomy, human health, wildlife and beyond, what we can do to fight it.” Sriram Murali

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Junior Rangers - Dark Skies Special
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

Junior Rangers - Dark Skies Special

A fun-packed day for children aged 4-11, with seasonal Dark Skies-inspired activities and crafts. This Dark Skies special features an inflatable planetarium. Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session.

Booking via Howardian Hills AONB website: www.howardianhills.org.uk. Please note that this session will be based at Terrington Village Hall.

This event is now sold out.

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Dark Skies Festival - Stargazing Evening
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Skies Festival - Stargazing Evening

As part of the Dark Skies Festival join us to explore the wonders of the night sky, including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, under the expert guidance of members of the York Astronomical Society. 

If the skies are not visible because of bad weather, we'll head into the Visitor Centre for an entertaining illustrated talk about what is up there above the clouds!  

Prices: £4 adults, £2 children (5-16)

Wrap up warm and bring a torch along with you. Refreshments will be available. Booking essential.

This event is now sold-out. For more Dark Skies events, click here.

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Winter Welly Walks
Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Welly Walks

A Yorkshire Arboretum fundraising institution, generously run by one of our life members and helpers.

Make the most of the festive season and enjoy a walk in the fresh air and glorious surroundings of the arboretum. Return to the visitor centre for hot and cold drinks and home-made treats.

£7 adults, £4 for 11-16yr olds, £2 for 5-10yr olds, under 5s go free. 

Booking now closed.

If you would like to join us for our Winter Welly Walks, please come and pay on the day.

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Winter Welly Walks
Dec
26
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Welly Walks

A Yorkshire Arboretum fundraising institution, generously run by one of our life members and helpers.

Make the most of the festive season and enjoy a walk in the fresh air and glorious surroundings of the arboretum. Return to the visitor centre for hot and cold drinks, home-made treats and plenty of festive cheer!

£7 adults, £4 for 11-16yr olds, £2 for 5-10yr olds, under 5s go free.

Booking now closed.

If you would like to join us for our Winter Welly Walks, please come and pay on the day.

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Willow Wreaths
Nov
29
1:30 PM13:30

Willow Wreaths

Make a luxury, rustic willow wreath for your home from natural, locally sourced materials. Show off your creativity and get into the Christmas spirit!

Booking essential - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or book your tickets by following the link below:

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Willow Wreaths
Nov
29
10:00 AM10:00

Willow Wreaths

Make a luxury, rustic willow wreath for your home from natural, locally sourced materials. Show off your creativity and get into the Christmas spirit!

Booking essential - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or book your tickets by following the link below:

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Winter Tree Walk
Nov
28
10:30 AM10:30

Winter Tree Walk

National tree week has been running since 1975, just before George Howard and James Russell started developing the arboretum as we know it today. On this walk with our director, John Grimshaw will show you around and explain how the site has developed over the years.

Normal admission applies.

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Winter Tree Identification
Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Tree Identification

Have you ever wished that you could identify trees better? In this day course our director and expert plantsman, John Grimshaw, will show you how to identify some of our broadleaved trees, both native and more unusual, when they are not in leaf. He will also be able to advise on the best trees for your garden, whether large or small, wet or dry, the best time to plant them and how to care for them.

£40 per adult.

Light lunch and refreshments included.

10% discount for RHS members.

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Botanical art - plant illustration over six centuries [Talk]
Nov
8
7:15 PM19:15

Botanical art - plant illustration over six centuries [Talk]

Combined with a unique display of artworks from the 16th-21st centuries, our Director John Grimshaw shows how botanical art and reproduction methods have evolved over time.

Complimentary tea and coffee from 7:15. Talk starts at 7:30pm. 

Free but donations welcome. 

This event is now fully-booked.

 
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Fungi Foray
Oct
30
1:30 PM13:30

Fungi Foray

Join in a hunt for fungi around the arboretum, see what you can find and get your specimens identified by our expert, Malcom Greaves. Will it be colourful, will it be unusual, who can tell?

Adult £7.50, Child £5 plus admission. SOLD OUT

Booking required - please book below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Meetings with Trees: Autumn Glory
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Meetings with Trees: Autumn Glory

The final meeting in a series of seven tours, each of which explores a particular aspect of the life of trees.

The Arboretum is always busy in October because people love the autumn colour of trees. On this tour we'll look at the differences in colour of different trees at this time of year, and at the overall effect of their contributions to the landscape.

We'll meet in the cafe at 10:30am and then set out to walk at 11am.

 Free  

(Normal admission applies)

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Ray Wood Autumn Tours
Oct
21
to Oct 23

Ray Wood Autumn Tours

Join our Members' tour of this glorious garden to see the autumn colours.

Tours will take place on Sunday 21st October and Tuesday 23rd October.

Meet our expert guide in the Castle Howard Courtyard by 10:20.

Free

Booking required - please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Nursery Rhyme Trail
Oct
21
to Nov 30

Nursery Rhyme Trail

Have you ever wondered what the little mouse made his clogs from, or about the origins of the nonsense poem Hickory Dickory Dock? Tiptoe through our nursery rhyme trail to find out.

Aimed at families with children aged 3-8

During opening hours. 

Normal admission applies

 

 

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Jim the Plant Hunter
Oct
21
to Nov 30

Jim the Plant Hunter

Step into the boots of a plant hunter and explore botanical treasures from around the world. You will need to adventure across the arboretum to find rare plants hailing from China to Chile and collect stamps in your ‘passport’ along the way.

Aimed at families with primary aged children

During opening hours. Suitable for all

Normal admission applies

 

 

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Meet the Artist - Justine Warner
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artist - Justine Warner

Members and friends are invited to mark the launch of Threads through Nature - an exhibition by local mixed media and textile artist Justine Warner who has produced a body of work based on the Yorkshire Arboretum during her year-long residency.

Meet Justine and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Free

Booking required. Please call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us at visit@yorkshirearboretum.org

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Urban trees of tomorrow – which are they and how to find them? [Talk]
Oct
11
7:15 PM19:15

Urban trees of tomorrow – which are they and how to find them? [Talk]

The benefits of urban trees are well known - but which species are most suitable? Henrik Sjöman from Gothenburg Botanic Garden, Sweden, discusses how he is looking for the best to create a diverse and resilient urban forest.

Complimentary tea and coffee from 7:15. Talk starts at 7:30pm. 

Free but donations welcome. 

Booking required please. Please book below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us.

 
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Principles of Pruning
Oct
8
1:30 PM13:30

Principles of Pruning

Not sure how to prune your trees and shrubs?  It can be a daunting prospect! Join John Grimshaw and other experts from the Yorkshire Arboretum to learn the best techniques and times for pruning, so that you can take on the task in confidence and enhance the beauty of the woody plants in your garden.

Suitable for all aged 16 upwards.

This is a repeat of this morning's session.

Normal admission applies

Booking required. To reserve your space please ring the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us 

 

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