Useful Links

Bradford Council

Ilkley Police

Ilkley Parish Council

Ilkley's own Website

Ilkley Chat

Follow us on Twitter

Follow @IlkleyGardeners

Calendar of Forthcoming Events

Please note that all information regarding events external to the IGA is given in good faith and you should check that any event listed is still happening. The IGA accept no responsibilty should an event be cancelled.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


Ilkley Gardeners' Association's final meeting of 2015 is this Thursday, 3rd of December held at the usual venue of Ilkley Parish Church House Hall by the main traffic lights in Ilkley, doors open 7.30pm and all gardener's are welcome. Admission £1 (£2 non-members) and includes tea, biscuits & mince pies.

Our speaker this month is Katie Burnett from Courtyard Plants of Otley who will be displaying Plants for Winter Interest. We will also be holding a raffle.

Please bring along...

chrisclematisAt our November Meeting, held in the Parish Church House Hall by the main lights in Ilkley on the evening of the 5th of November Chris Cocks of Taylor Clematis kept us entertained and informed on the three main groups of Clematis and how to get the best out of them.

Some 25 members and guests were treated to a slide show of Chris's favourite varities of Clematis from Taylors' 40,000 plants stocked at their mail order nursery in Doncaster. If you choose your varities well, you can have Clematis...

chrisclematisRemember, Remember the 5th of November when we will be holding our November meeting at the Ilkley Parish Church House Hall from 7.45pm, doors open 7.30pm with tea and biscuits available. Admission is just £1 for members and £2 for non-members and all are welcome. Our Guest Speak this month is Chris Cocks from Taylor Clematis who will be discussing Clematis as well as offering tips on how to get the best out of yours, and if you want to improve or update your displays, Chris will be...

David AllisonOur October 2015 Meeting was attended by some 30 members and guests who were treated to as always, an excellent talk by David Allison on a Beginners Guide to Fruit Growing (part 1). Not only did David show us examples of how to train apples and pear trees for the small garden, such as cordons and espalliers (ideal for along fences) but gave us information on why as well as how to grow fruit trees, even for the smallest of gardens, but he also brought samples for us to taste and take home.


David AllisonOur next meeting will be held on October 1st in the usual venue of the Ilkley Parish Church House Hall starting at 7.45pm (doors open by 7.30), admission £1 (£2 non-members/guests) and will feature regular guest and popular local speaker, David Allison who will be talking on a Beginners Guide to Fruit Growing and knowing David, will no doubt feature produce from his own allotment.

Following last month's survey, the sheds are now closed for the year and will re-open in March 2016.

john foleyWe held our September 2015 meeting at the usual venue of the Parish Church House Hall by the main lights on September 3rd where some 30 plus members and guests came to see John Foley of Holden Clough Nurseries talk on Plants for Autumn Colour.

The meeting started off with a survey of those present asking firstly if the Fuchsia Judging competition would be better moved back a month in future to August's meetings and secondly who people used the sheds following the apparent changes in the...

John Foley, Holden Clough Nurseries3rd September 2015: In our September meeting we welcome John Foley to talk and display Plants for Autumn Colour. It is always a challenge in the garden to keep the colour continuing on into Autumn so John Foley from Holden Clough Nurseries will be looking at the plants that lead on from the summer and continue into Winter focussing on perennials and shrubs as well as many useful hints and tips for success!

He will also be bringing plants for sale with him, including (so long as I remember to...

6th August 2015. Our August meeting sees regular guest speaker Janette Merillion visiting us to explain how to fill the void above our gardens with climbers and wall shrubs whilst tucking in tender plants at ttheir bases to give them protection

More details on the Ilkley Gardeners' Association, hints and tips, our members only Stores Sheds at Leeds Road Allotments open Sunday 9th August between 10am and noon where substantial discounts can be found on fertilizers, composts and...

Vegetables - Image with permission of www.freefoto.com4th June 2015. Our June meeting sees Doug Stewart visiting us to tell us all about why Grow Your Own has become so popular and why more and more people are taking up vegetable gardening (it can't be all about the improved tastes, can it)?

More details on the Ilkley Gardeners' Association, hints and tips, our members only Stores Sheds at Leeds Road Allotments (Open Sunday morning for the rest of May then June 7th and 21st) where substantial discounts can be found on fertilizers, composts...

Ilkley Gardeners' Association gavel image7th May 2015. Our April meeting is our Annual Plant Auction where you bring in your spare potted plants in to sell on behalf of the Association and a local worthwhile cause, this year the membership agreed to split our donation between two worthy causes, these being Ilkley In Bloom and the Ilkley Bandstand 2000 Trust. We hope you will be able to come along and support these worthy causes. Our auctioneer will be a genuine Auctioneer from Skipton Auction Mart subject to...

Butterfly image - Free to use thanks to butterflypictures.netThe meeting last Thursday was a very enjoyable event for the 35 or so who attended the talk in the Parish Church House Hall. 
The meeting was hosted by local butterfly expert David Housen who entertained us with some superb explanations on habitat, feeding and the history of butterflies.
The pictures of varieties such as Skippers, Blues and Painted Ladies to name a few were spectacular to see. The talk was very informative to hear...

Latest News

  • The bluebells are out!

    The bluebells are out!

    Taking advantage of the glorious sunny morning I found that the bluebells are in flower over the river in Middleton Wood...
  • Regal Pelagonium

    Just a nice image of a Regal Pelagonium purchased a couple of years ago at Swincar Nurseries. With a single branch of a ...
  • Donations Update

    Donations Update

    As it has been almost three months since we closed and asked for horticultural projects from Ilkley groups and schools,...
  • What a difference

    What a difference

    What a difference a week makes! Ilkley had a couple of snow days over the last week. Thursday 1st March saw blizzard ...
  • Burley Gardener's April Meeting

    Burley Gardener's Association are holding their AGM & Quiz on Thursday 12th April Entry to the meeting is £2 for ...

Met Office UK forecast

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Fuchsia Supplier

Swincar Nurseries, Guiseley - Our Fuchsia Supplier for 2012 (Opens in a new Window)

Swincar Nurseries

Fuchsia Supplier to the IGA