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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.

  • 15th January at 7.30pm: 'History and Renewal of Old Durham Gardens' - a talk by Martin Roberts in the Visitor Centre.

  • 19th February at 7.30pm: 'Birkheads: a Growing Obsession' - a talk by Christine Liddle from Birkhead Gardens in the Visitor Centre.

  • 18th March at 7.30pm: 'Guatemala' - a talk by Julia Quinonez in the Visitor Centre.

  • 15th April at 7.30pm: 'The Peloponnese, Greece: Sun, Rocks and Plants' - a talk by Alan Pearson in the Visitor Centre.

  • 12th & 13th April: 'Easter Chick Hunt' (NB Helpers much appreciated).

  • 13th May: Bluebell Walk with Mike Hughes.

  • 20th May at 7.30pm: '30 Days Wild' - a talk by Steve Ashton of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust in the Visitor Centre.

  • 25th May (Spring Bank Holiday): Plant sale in the Garden (NB Helpers much appreciated).

  • 10th June: Day trip to Beningborough and Breezy Knees.

  • Late June/ Early July: Himalayan Balsam Pulling Event in the Garden (All pullers will be welcome).

  • 15th July: Open Garden Evening including Music to celebrate the Garden's 50th Anniversary.

  • 20th August: Day trip to Abbotsford (home of Sir Walter Scott) and Melrose.

  • 6th September: Orchid show at Josephine Butler College.

  • 16th September at 7.30pm: Restoration of Mount Grace Gardens' - a talk by James Taylor, Head Gardener, Mount Grace Priory in the Visitor Centre.

  • 13th October at 7.30pm: Joint Talk with Houghall Horticultural Society.

  • 28th October: Friends Tulip Planting Event (Friends will be able to come along on other dates. Contact Mike Hughes).

  • 18th November: Review of the Year ("AGM").

  • TBA in December: Friends Christmas Lunch.