Magic of Plants – Biennial Conference

West Yorkshire Hardy Plant Society invites you to

The Magic of Plants Conference

Saturday 4 May 2019, 10am to 4:30pm

The Conference Centre, Britannia Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel, Leeds Road, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 9JJ

Jimi Blake – Hunting Brook through the Seasons

It’s safe to say that nothing stays the same at Hunting Brook and Jimi’s conversation is brimming with inspirational ideas. I doubt if you’d find such an imaginative and dynamic garden elsewhere”   Helen Dillon,  Gardener’s WorldMagazine


John Grimshaw – Paying Rent: plants that earn their keep

John discusses plants that really justify their place in the garden and how to select them

Rosy Hardy – The Plants are the Stars of the Show

Recognised as the most successful female exhibitor at Chelsea with 22 Gold Medals to her credit, Rosy Hardy first exhibited in 1992.Rosy admits that when she started, herbaceous perennials were unpopular and described as ‘weeds’ by some of her fellow exhibitors. Hardy’s must take some credit for changing minds.


John Massey – The Magic of the Changing Seasons – Spring into Summer

John firmly believes the garden is “somewhere you want to go every day of the year.” His garden and nursery has featured on TV and has been described by Carol Klein as ”the most loved and looked after garden I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting.”


Plants will be for sale from: Green End Farm Nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Morton Plants Nursery, Ridgefield Cottage Nursery

Facilities provided by the hotel include buffet lunch at £6, cakes and refreshments throughout the day, a bar, and special rates for overnight stays before and after the Conference should you wish to explore the area – RHS Harlow Carr where there is a Plant Heritage Sale on Sun 5 May, Harewood House and York Gate are all within a 10 mile radius.

Update 28 January:  Tickets sold out.

For enquiries about waiting list please contact [email protected]

Hotel Bookings:

If you would like a room please book directly with the hotel (tel 0113 202 7400) quoting the code THEM040519.  Discounted room rates: Single incl. Breakfast £50; Double incl. Breakfast £65

For details on the speakers please visit the dedicated conference page.