Proud Yorkshireman Martin Walker was the speaker at the meeting in William Farr School at Welton with a wealth of gardening knowledge, plenty of tips and a good sense of humour, which meant the last item on his slick powerpoint presentation ‘Have a safe journey home’, came all too quickly.
Martin began by detailing his background in horticulture and the 40 years he spent with Leeds Parks and Countryside Service, from whom he retired in 2011, after heading their Chelsea team for nine years and winning several Gold medals for his garden design and planning.
He also spoke about three of the most well-known gardens in England - Sissinghurst, Hidcote and Great Dixter and the plants and features within.
Great advice was not to rush round a garden, but take time to sit and enjoy the view and think about what you have seen.
The fourth and final garden was York Gate at Adel near Leeds, where Martin is now the Head Gardener.
In 2013 York Gate won a Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award in the Public, Private and Charitable Establishments category.