About us

What we do

The West Yorkshire Group was formed in 1982 and has over 100 members coming from all over Yorkshire – from Harrogate to Selby, Wetherby to Halifax – and further afield!  We are all mad about garden plants and keen to learn and collect more!

We meet at 7.30pm on the second Friday of the month, from September through to May (details below), and have a series of garden visits between June and August.  An annual day trip and a 5 day holiday are also offered each year.

We have produced two island displays at Chelsea Flower Show, one in 2010 gaining a Silver Medal, and again in 2013 – this time winning a Silver-Gilt Medal.

Our group participates in the national Conservation Scheme where members grow & propagate plants in danger of being lost to future gardeners.  Participation in the scheme is free to members with advice available from the national scheme co-ordinator.


Membership subscription is £15 from Jan – Dec ’19. However if you are already a Paxton member it is just £3 for the year.

All of our members must also be members of the Hardy Plant Society, an international society formed in 1957 and a registered charity (no. 208080).

If you would like to join us, just come along to our next meeting at Paxton Hall (directions below),
or contact our Membership Secretary, Kate Van Heel – [email protected] or call 07980 850877

Guests are welcome to attend our evening meetings at Paxton (£3 per person).

To join the national society: Click here to join the HPS

To join the West Yorkshire Group you can download the membership form as a word document here, or open as a PDF document here.

Where we meet

We meet at the Paxton Horticultural Society Hall in Headingley, Leeds. It is a short walk from Headingley rail station.

Paxton Horticultural Hall,
186, Kirkstall Lane,
LS5 2AB.

There is a car park at the hall, and also roadside parking available. However the roadside parking is much reduced when there is a rugby match on at the Headingley Rugby Ground nearby.

Other gardening groups that meet at Paxton are:
The Gardener’s Friday Forum
The Saturday Group
The National Vegetable Society

Our Committee

  • Sue Gray – Chairman & Holiday Organiser
  • Brian Hackett – Vice Chairman, Sound and Images
  • Pat Hunter – Secretary, Speaker Bookings, Day Trips
  • Kate van Heel – Membership Secretary
  • Maggie Sugden – Treasurer
  • Lynne Hackett – Conference Organiser
  • Jane Orton – Web Manager
  • Liz Bibby
  • Carine Carson
  • Maggie Youdan

Non-Committee Roles:

  • John & Joyce Kenny – Sundries Managers
  • Jill Lister – Conservation Officer