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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.

  • 5th September from 5.30pm: Formal opening of the new Woodland entrance by our patron Sir Thomas Allen. Friends of the Garden are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy music by the Durham Ukelele Band.

  • 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.

  • 16th October at 7.30pm: ''Aspects of the Life and Work of Charles Darwin' - a talk by Chris Barker in the Visitor Centre.

  • 30th October: Last walk of the year with Mike Hughes the Head Gardener at 10am. It will be followed at 11am by the normal tea/coffee/cake and also the chance to plant containers with tulips for next year's displays. All materials are supplied.

  • 20th November at 7.30pm: Annual General Meeting. Relevant documents can be found in the Members' Area.

  • 4th December: Friends Christmas dinner at Le Nouveau Restaurant, New College, Framwellgate Moor. The menu and booking form can be downloaded here.