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The Garden is open throughout the year and there are guided walks for Friends with Mike Hughes (Head Gardener) on the first Wednesday of each month, March to October inclusive, starting at 10am. After the walk, coffee is provided and Friends are asked to donate £1.00 towards the funds.

  • 16th January at 7.30pm: 'Beekeeping in the Past and Now' - a talk by George Eames in the Visitor Centre.

  • 20th February at 7.30pm: 'A Look Behind the Scenes of a Prize-winning Nursery' - a talk by Gary McDermott of Harperley Hall Nurseries in the Visitor Centre.

  • 20th March at 7.30pm: 'The Gardens of Cornwall' - a talk by Vera Batey in the Visitor Centre.

  • 17th April 7.30pm: 'The Restoration and Development of the Whickham Community Garden' - a talk by Dave Peacock MBE in the Visitor Centre.

  • 21st & 22nd April: 'Easter Chick Hunt' (NB Helpers much appreciated).

  • 15th May: Social Evening in the Garden.

  • 27th May (Spring Bank Holiday): Plant sale in the Garden (NB Helpers much appreciated).

  • 4th June: Day trip to RHS Harlow Carr and Ripley Castle.

  • 15th to 19th June: Friends' holiday in Lincolnshire.

  • 21st August: Day trip to Mount Grace, Helmsley and Scrampston Hall & Gardens.

  • 8th September: Orchid show at Josephine Butler College.

  • 18th September at 7.30pm: 'Cragside...the Gardens Through the Seasons' - a talk by Geoff Hughes in the Visitor Centre.

  • 8th October: Joint talk with Houghall, to be held at Houghall. Speaker and subject to be announced later.

  • 30th October: Friends' tulip-planting event.

  • 20th November: Annual General Meeting.

  • December: Christmas lunch. Date to be arranged.