Breezy Knees Garden, York


If you were at the May meeting where Don Witton gave his excellent and amusing presentation on ‘Once Seen Never Forgotten’,  you too may have been interested in hearing about Breezy Knees Garden near York.


We happened to be spending a few days in Flamborough, Yorkshire the following week and by altering our route home only slightly maaged to fit in a visit to this fascinating garden.


Quirky is the word which comes immediatley to mind, interesting and unusual also fit the bill. We spent several hours there and it was nowhere near enough, we had to rush to get our delicious cream tea in before closing time. (The café, visited several times during our time there) was excellent and unlike so many places stayed open almost until the gardens closed. There was a superb nursery too, for once selling many of the plants we saw around the gardens instead of the same as every Garden Centre in the country and prices weren’t too expensive either!


It was quite a long walk along ‘The Rabbit Path’ to the garden proper and they do try to keep the rabbits out! A splendid gate allowed you in to start on a circuit of the garden rooms, which seemed to get bigger and bigger as we went on. They had some lovely names such as Stonehedge, a version of Stonehenge made up of pillars of clipped beech, and plenty big enough to lose yourself in. A June Garden a May Garden, a September Garden, Rock Garden, Pond and Shade Garden, Cottage Garden and many more, 20 in all. There was a garden with fountains in which started up every 4 minutes and performed for 2 minutes with different patterns and comfortable seats to sit and watch from too.


There was a 15 foot sculpture of a pair of wellington boots in one garden and a matching 15 foot trowel in another. Lots of metal sculptures and other interesting features all around.


One place I was determined to see before we left was ‘The Rogues Gallery’, I could not imagine for the life of me what would be in there. It turned out to be an area planted up with all those thugs of plants you planted because they looked so nice but then wished you hadn’t because they take over your garden, we have quite a few of those ourselves! Their sign read’ Rogues Gallery, so called because all the plants here, whilst attractive, are very invasive and if planted in normal borders would soon swampeverything around them. However, hopefully here they will meet their match – their neighbours may be even bigger thugs than they are!’ Love it! We must go back and see who wins.


The garden was started on arable farmland in 1999 and was planted first with a framework of trees, hedges and shrubathamanta turbiths and then as those began to provide some shelter work began on the borders and garden rooms and is still ongoing. It is called Breezy Knees because it is very exposed “and if you stood there in January, you wouldn’t ask why it was called that!” It is only open from May through to September for that reason. It is one of only a handful of British gardens with a current 5 star Trip Advisor rating and is situated on the eastern outskirts of York, some 5 miles from the city centre.


Thank you Don, for enthusing about it in your talk, and introducing it to us, a place well worth a visit by anyone. But leave plenty of time!!


Sue and Trevor Wray









Weston Favell Open Gardens

‘Hidden Gems’

and Allotments

Sunday 2nd July 1.00-5.00 pm


View PDF details


Ten gardens will be open within the village, in

 Church Way, Weston Way, Greenway, Mead Way, and Ridgeway,

the Allotments on Graspin Lane and Church (open 2-4 pm)


Entry £5 pp (cash only please)

accompanied children under 16 free

includes access to Ten Open Gardens

 Weston Favell Allotments and Bonsai Display


 All profits in aid of Home-Start

A charity supporting families with young children

 A local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. There for parents when they need them the most, because childhood can’t wait. 


Refreshments, Tombola, and Bonsai Display in the Church Hall


 A local charity, supporting hedgehogs, will be in the church hall

There will be plants to buy in some gardens, cash only.


Programmes for entry available from St Peter’s Church Hall, High Street, Weston Favell, NN3 3JX

on the day


Here are the proposed outings for 2023

Please book at the meetings or by contacting Janet for tickets.

More details will be added as the trips are fully arranged.




Visit to: Evenley Woods Snowdrop Walk

Date: Wednesday 15th February

Drive yourself


Evenley Woods, Brackley,

    NN13 5SH


This is an easy drive along the A43, past Brackley to Evenley where the woods are signposted down a long non paved drive.

 Park in the field and make your way to the tented café for 11.00am, about 10 mins from car to café.

 We will share coffee/tea and cake together and then you can make your own way round the woodland walks, all clearly marked with coloured posts to follow.

 Book now £12.50 made up of £7.50 for entry and £5 for refreshments.


A lovely sunny day and the outing was much enjoyed. Beautiful swathes of snowdrops including lots of named varieties was not all there was to be seen. There were loads of crocus, cyclamen and hellebores and even a few early narcissus to be seen too.


Visit to: RHS Wisley

Date: Saturday 29th April

Coach booked

This is our annual free visit to Wisley, just the coach to pay for,  but in the Spring for a change.

 WFGS Members £20

Non WFGS Members £22

Leaving from the Rectory Church Way at 9.00 am

ETA Home 6.00 pm


Visit to: Waterperry Gardens and Oxford Botanical Garden

Date: Saturday 10th June

Coach booked

Waterperry is only a few miles from Oxford so only a short drive further on to Oxford Botanical Garden.

WFGS Members £32 

Non WFGS Members £34

to include cost of coach, entry to Waterperry Gardens and Oxford Botanical Garden

Leaving from The Rectory, Church Way at 9.30 am

ETA Home 5.30 pm




2nd July Weston Favell Open Gardens


August Evening visit to local garden 



November Winter Lights





We are lucky this year to have booked two well known speakers for the Garden Society this year, Tony Russell on ‘2000 years of British Garden History’ in February and Tom Hart Dyke with a talk entitled ‘Plant Hunter and Gardener with Passion’ in November.

 Here are some details about these two speakers which might interest you.

 Tony Russell is a BBC writer and broadcaster and former Head Forester of Westonbirt Arboretum and editor of the annual publication ‘Gardens to Visit’. He gives many entertaining talks and lectures to Garden Societies, Horticultural Societies and other clubs around the country. Many of them are about the various gardens he has visited in the UK.

 I have been fortunate enough to hear him speak twice, unfortunately the same talk, but I enjoyed it as much the second time around as the first and very much look forward to hearing him again as he is a very entertaining speaker.

 Tom Guy Hart Dyke is a renowned plant expert, plant hunter and TV personality. He

Is also patron of the British Cactus and Succulent Society and has been a great supporter and advocate of the Society.

Tom first shot to fame in 2000, when he was unfortunately kidnapped for nine months in the Colombian Jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong. After Tom’s return to his ancestral home of Lullingstone Castle in Kent, he and Paul Winder wrote the best-selling book ‘The Cloud Garden’ detailing their experiences in the jungle. Tom’s jungle antics - building gardens in the mountains, much to the annoyance of his captors – cemented his reputation as a ‘plant nut’.

Since his release from captivity, Tom has been busy building the ‘World’ in his back garden at Lullingstone Castle, commandeering his granny’s 18th Century Walled Garden. The idea of the World Garden was born out of a time of despair while in captivity. His dream garden contains the plants he has collected from across the globe, planted out in their respective countries of origin.

In this fascinating talk Tom will discuss his interests and great passions with stories from an exciting (perhaps too exciting at times?). This promises to be a very entertaining evening and we are lucky to have speak to us.



The Village Show was a great success, with lots of entries in the fruit and vegetable classes, a surprisingly large amount from Weston Favell Allotments in the end, after allotment holders spending weeks telling me they had nothing growing because of the extraordinary hot, dry weather!!

We had lots more entries than usual for the Children's classes which everybody so enjoys seeing but a disappointing three entries  only over all three of the adult flower arranging classes, though again the children did us proud with lots from them, thank you children.

Both Handicrafts and Baking and Preserves were rather low on entries too, but lots of beautiful flowers and plants in their classes, though everyone struggled to find many roses and dahlias.

Barbara Bream has written the article below about her impressions on the day. 

Thanks to Sue Wray and her amazing team, we had another very successful  Village  Show. Not only is it a great occasion for so many to get together but the variety of exhibits and the breadth of talent and skills is truly breathtaking.
The exceptionally hot summer may have limited the flower entries but there was no sign of it deterring the vegetable growers. It is always a joy to see the display of vegetables, not only for the glorious colours of red, green, yellow, purple, orange, cream and maroon, but the variety. I counted 21 in one basket alone.  Skirret, never heard of it!  A precursor of the potato apparently, the fine roots were eaten in Europe. The houseplants made a wonderful display and the flowers and beautifully scented roses that the more noble among us had managed to rescue from scorched gardens. And there is always the buzz of excitement when exhibitors see the rosettes!
The bakers and preserve makers delighted us with perfect sponges, scones, bread, unusual combinations in the chutneys, sparklingly clear apple jellies, creamy lemon curds and an assortment of jams..
With the environment uppermost in our mind, the children showed wonderful imagination with their exhibits both in recycled materials and cooking skills. Heads with painted faces and fancy hairdos made from plastic milk containers and wool. A fruit snake, rocket, a panda and a cress heads of all varieties and one in half an egg shell, hedgehog biscuits, and beautifully decorated cup cakes.
Who would have thought you could capture a baby hedgehog in the dark on camera or a red squirrel, grandma snapped by her granddaughter and a very stylish selfie, along with lakes and craggy scenes of of our precious British landscape.
As we crossed the road to see the arts and crafts another whole set of talents! I love to hear people’s comments and one lady said “it looks as if it has been lifted straight out of Harrods  and dropped into the church” yes, you guessed it, she was talking about the beautifully crafted rocking horse. The battleship also caught many people’s attention, the sugared flowers, and a Celtic Cross.  Embroidery, crochet, patchwork, knitting, a snowman, his child and dog, a hare and a beautiful framed work of handwork of a cat snuggled up on a rocking chair. Fine woodwork, exquisitely crafted wooden spoons, I was longing to pick one up but signs of “do not touch” deterred me! A wall lined with the work of our local artists. The Queen smiling with approval on it all!
All this and tea and cakes! Packed to the rafters people spilling outside with their tea and cake, and enjoying the company of friends, neighbours and people they were meeting for the first time. Truly a real community event and thank you again Sue and all your team who must have been exhausted, but no doubt happy, at the end of the day for the pleasure you had given to so many in your endeavours. But wait,  it was not quite the end. An auction to raise money for Restore rounded off the afternoon, with a very amusing  Graham Stoppani as the auctioneer, cajoling people to spend their money and support this very worthy cause. Congratulations to everyone who helped to make the day such an enjoyable and welcoming occasion as summer still lingered on.