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A visit to York Gate Garden

8th September 2021

York Gate Garden, Back Church Ln, Adel, Leeds LS16 8DW

On a glorious day Society members gathered at York Gate garden for a group visit. York Gate is a magical one-acre garden created by the Spencer family between 1951 and 1994. It is considered to be one of the finest small gardens in the country. Its garden ‘rooms’ are packed with carefully chosen plants and Arts and Crafts inspired paths, seating areas and water features. Sybil Spencer bequeathed the house and gardens to Perennial in 1994. York Gate is now Grade II listed. Despite being only one acre in size members easily spent over an hour exploring it, assisted by volunteers who happily answered questions on its history and on some of the more unusual plants. Our visit ended with tea (and very superior cakes) in the private dining room.

Perennial is the former Gardeners’ Benevolent Institution (est 1839) and helps horticulturalists in need.

For more information on York Gate Garden and Perennial visit:
https://perennial.org.uk/garden/york-gate-garden/

Angela Fahy