Archives 2010

New shelter erected in Marnock Garden

New shelter in Marnock Garden A.Hunter 2010 23 November 2010
The frame for the new seating area/shelter has been erected in the Robert Marnock Garden. Affectionately known as "The Onion" the structure will have a green roof, this will planted with succulents provided by a bequest in memory of Peter Settle-Bamber, a founder member of FOBS.
A. Hunter 2010

New planting in Himalayan Garden

Planting the Himalayan Garden 2010 I Turner 10 November 2010
FOBS volunteers busy planting new plants in the Himalayan Garden. Some of the plants have been raised from seed acquired from the Himalayan region by volunteer Eric Lee.
I. Turner 2010

FOBS Election Results

At the AGM on 8 November, Sue Kohler stepped down from the Chair after 16 years at the helm. She played a crucial role in securing the funding for the Restoration Project. Under her leadership FOBS have seen the Gardens transformed from a derelict park to the beautiful botanical garden it is today. She can be proud of her achievements. Sue was presented with the Robert Marnock award in recognition of the work she has done for the Gardens and for FOBS during the past 26 years.
Our new Chair is Jane Quibell, our former Treasurer. Peter Marsh, a familiar face to those who volunteer on Wednesday mornings, takes over the position as Treasurer.

New FOBS Tour Coordinator

The committee is delighted to report that Kay Keeton has come forward to volunteer as Tour Coordinator. Kay is planning to put together a tour leaders guidebook and will be arranging a training session for leaders and assistants in March 2011. This event will include a guided tour by the Curator.
Anyone wishing to share their enthusiasm for the Gardens with visiting groups, please contact FOBS Tour Coordinator

FOBS Christmas Card 2010

Winter Morning in the Gardens M. Jullien
Winter Morning in The Botanical Gardens
M. Jullien 2009

A Good Day Out

August 14 - A well prepared band of plant enthusiasts set off in a coach from the Botanical Gardens. Well prepared for rain that is! Despite lashing rain en route the sun came out as the first garden at Scampston near Malton was reached. The staff at Scampston Walled Garden were evidently well prepared too - and handed out maps and detailed plant lists which were coded to match number labels against all the plants. Two hours later a happy group reboarded the bus having investigated the garden, expressed varied opinions on the different planting styles and appreciated the cafe - or at least the provision of picnic tables.
Then it was on to Helmsley Walled Garden, which members thought wonderful, knowing from experience how much love and hard work must have been put in by the volunteers to achieve so much. A delightful place to meander round in the sunshine admiring colourful borders, productive vegetable plots and flourishing orchard. The orchid house was dazzling with begonias and pelargoniums and grapevines festooned the excellent cafe. As usual many plants had to be stowed aboard the coach for the return trip, which arrived 'home' on time after a most enjoyable day out.

FOBS at Scampston A Hunter 2010 FOBS at Helmsley A Hunter 2010
FOBS at Scampston Walled Garden
A. Hunter 14/8/2010
FOBS at Helmsley Walled Garden
A. Hunter 14/8/2010

Botanical Gardens win Green Flag Award

Green Flag in Central Dome A Hunter 2010 Many thanks to all volunteers and staff members for their hard work. The Green Flag and certificate were awarded to representatives of the Gardens' staff and FOBS volunteers by Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed at a ceremony held at Meersbrook Park on 29 July 2010. The flag is now on display in the Central Dome of the conservatories. Details of Sheffield awards
A. Hunter 2010

Ferndale Garden Centre Visit 20 July

About 25 FOBS members gathered at the Garden Centre where they were welcomed by Neil Grant, the owner. He gave a short introduction to the joys of running a nursery, the effects of climate change and the challenges involved in enticing younger people to explore the delights of gardening. He then let eager FOBS members loose in the centre. I always find it amazing how much I learn from other FOBS members - collectively we know an awful lot about plants. Chatting over a welcome cup of tea/coffee (free vouchers had been dispensed) was the perfect way to end a most enjoyable morning visit.
A. Hunter

7 July 2010 - Woodland Garden gets the FOBS Treatment

Woodland Garden cleared by FOBS team A Hunter 2010 FOBS volunteers assist the Gardens' staff to tackle overgrown areas of the woodland garden
A. Hunter 2010

Everything's coming up rosy

Rose Garden June S Kohler 2010 The Rose Garden with Pan Statue in late June 2010 S. Kohler 2010

Evolution Garden

Wollemi Pine A. Hunter 2010
Wollemia nobilis - Wollemi Pine
A. Hunter, 16 June 2010
Fernery A. Hunter 2010
New Fernery
A. Hunter, 16 June 2010

Pruning Study Day

A group of about 40 people attended the demonstration led by Curator Ian Turner. Ian astounded the audience with his bold no-nonsense approach - and his absolute faith in the forgiveness of 99.9% of plants! Three hours well spent - and a lot of good technical advice to take home and practice.

FOBS Questionnaire 2010

Many thanks to those members who replied. Click here for a summary of the results.

Truffles for Charity

Six hazel trees inoculated with summer truffle spores were donated by Dr Paul Thomas of Mycorrhizal Systems (Hope Valley) to Cllr Ray Satur at the Lord Mayor's Charity Dinner. The councillor called on FOBS to help plant them, promising that a share of any profits from the sale of the truffles will to go to the Gardens, the rest going to the Lord Mayor's charity fund.

FOBS volunteers assisted the councillor to plant the trees on March 24, 2010. It will take 4 - 7 years before any truffles appear.