It was with great sadness that we received the news of Joe’s death on Thursday 17th September, 2015, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Joe was one of the founders of Society and has worked tirelessly over many years. His presence at the Events nights and at the Leeds Flower Show always attracted people looking for gardening advice, not forgetting a joke. His tremendous knowledge was delivered with patience, kindness and with a lovely smile that could lighten up a room immediately he entered it.
Joe will be greatly missed by everyone at Leeds Horticultural Society.
BBC Radio Yorkshire has opened a book of condolence for Joe. Details can be found on the BBC website:
LEEDS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY CELEBRATES 150 YEARS!
On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 2014 at The Grammar School at Leeds we celebrated our 150th Anniversary of Leeds Flower Show. If like me you were not around at the time – here is a very brief history:
1864 As reported in Leeds Mercury on Wednesday 22 June 1864 the first exhibition of flowers and fruits was held in the Drill Room and Parade Ground which was built originally for the use of Leeds Volunteer Rifles. These facilities were provided to the public for enjoyment and to encourage a taste for the cultivation of plants and flowers and so Leeds Show was born. It was a reported as ‘a beautiful show and a tremendous success with 2,500 visitors on the first day’ – £72 was taken at the door ~ a lot of money is those days. Apart from the two World War years ‘Leeds Flower Show’ has continued. Some of you may well remember this, as I do on Soldier’s Field at Roundhay where we worked side by side with Leeds Leisure Services for many years. The Show was held in huge marquees and attracted thousands of visitors over the two days. For financial reasons this liaison had to end and we have ‘gone it alone’ ever since.
Leeds flower show showcased flowers that are used in fragrances – fragrance is a multi billion pound industry with uses in perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries and more recently even e-liquid flavours. The combination of natural fragrances along with synthetically generated fragrances has evolved from its early days. Naturally occurring fragrances are healthier and often more soothing.
2014 To make this anniversary special a replica marquee was set out in the same way as that first show back in 1864 with displays of plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits which were fashionable in that era – a snapshot of horticultural history. This was beautifully done by Elizabeth Bidgood and a team of volunteers who worked hard over a year contacting specialised growers with knowledge of heritage plants – it turned out to be one if the highlights of the Show .
The 150th Anniversary held at The Grammar School at Leeds was housed in two large halls and theatre foyer, over 400 classes of Yorkshire’s very best, including flowers, floral art, vegetables, fruit, domestic produce. Displays of magnificent entries of pot plants, sweet peas, geraniums, lilies, begonias, roses filled the senses with delightful aroma and wonderful colour. Live demonstrations of quilting, spinning, lace making were in action. How good to see that these old crafts are still popular. Photography, art pottery, were on display. Children had their chance to compete in a handwriting competition, edible monsters and a Scarecrow made from recycled material. Radio Leeds with Tim Crowther and Joe Maiden (Garden Guru) did their Sunday morning ‘Weekend in the Garden’ Show live from the Grammar School ~ the fans listening at home came flocking to see this and the gate takings went up. We were fortunate to have a display from Leeds Model Railway ~ staging old Headingley Leeds which proved an entertaining attraction.
We were fortunate to obtain sponsorship from Skoda U.K./D.M.Keith Ltd this year and four of their best selling cars were on display. An escape for the men while the ladies enjoyed the Floral Art demonstration and Cookery demonstration. With lots of interesting Traders selling plants, garden ornaments, woodcraft, jewellery, Yorkshire cheeses and Dales ice cream. We are 90% under cover and are renowned for the Schools’ wonderful food serving hot breakfasts, cooked / or salad lunches /afternoon teas all at reasonable prices . Further details on www. leedshs.org.uk.
Pat Dixon. Hon General Secretary LHS
1st & 2nd August 2015 The Grammar School at Leeds
The Leeds Flower Show has been held nearly every year since the first Show in 1864 – it is run by the Leeds Horticultural Society Committee – a group of enthusiastic people who work hard to keep this marvellous tradition going each year. This year will be the 151st year since that first show.:-
And of course we will be ably supported by our Societies affiliated to/ by the Leeds Horticultural Society:
The Leeds Beekeepers Association
The West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society
The National Vegetable Society
The National Association of Flower Arrangement Society
Leeds & District Gardeners Federation
National Allotments Society
We welcome sponsorship from individuals or companies for any of our classes We have availability of on-site advertising in the schedule or on site form of banners see contact details.
Also the Trade Stands are very important and so we are looking for Traders who offer Interesting and Quality products, especially connected to Horticulture to join us.
We offer excellent rates for the two days
Show Opening times :
Saturday 1st August ; 12noon – 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)
Sunday 2nd August : 10 am – 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)
The main attractions for the 2015show will be displayed on the LHS website www.Leedshs.org.uk and will be updated regularly.
Contact via contact form for more details.
The Leeds Flower Vegetable and Craft Show
The Grammar School At Leeds
Harrogate Rd, Leeds,LS17 8GS
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings start at 8pm. St. Chad’s Centre, Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds. If you are interested in finding out more about the LHS please come along to one of our meetings.
December 2nd Christmas Get together
EVENTS PROGRAMME FOR 2015
January 6th-No meeting this month
February 3rd-John Freer – PELARGONIUMS AND GERANIUMS
March 3rd– GARDENERS’ QUESTION TIME with Joe Maiden, Gordon Kirby, Eric Wells & Doug Mansion
April 7th-ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & SPRING SHOW
Plus Gordon and Joe demonstration
May 5th-Martin Walker – SISSINGHURST, GREAT DIXTER & HIDCOTE – A Gardener’s view
June 2nd-David Allison – A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GROWING SOFT FRUIT
July 7th-SUMMER SHOW-Plus Gordon and Joe demonstration
August 4th-Cath Graham – INTRODUCTION TO BEES AND BEEKEEPING
September 1st-AUTUMN SHOW-Plus Gordon and Joe Demonstration
October 6th-David Lister – GROWING ROSES IN YORKSHIRE
November 3rd-Don Witton – HARDY PLANTER’S WINTER SURVIVAL KIT
December 1st-Christmas Get together
The 2014 Show was a Special Event being the 150th year since the first Flower Show in 1864 which was held in The Drill Hall of The Leeds Volunteer Rifles – this was sited in Oxford Row at the side of the Town Hall. Sadly the building was demolished in the 50’s.
We aimed to replicate that show on a smaller scale with a Marquee set out in the style of that first show and based on the reports that we have from the Leeds Mercury June 22nd 1864.
. ‘The first exhibition of flowers and fruit in connection with the Leeds Horticultural Society was held in the Drill Room and parade ground of the Leeds Volunteer Rifles.
…….The Society has but recently been organised by gentlemen who are anxious to provide for the public an enjoyment and to encourage a taste for the cultivation of plants and flowers………………..’
The long article goes onto mention how the Drill Hall was dressed with garlands and foliage and seven platforms were erected, showing Geraniums Fuchsias, cut specimens of Roses and Pansies, Fruits, Vegetables, Floral Devices and bouquets, Ferns and Orchids and Hothouse Plants mostly provided by the Gardeners of the Local Wealthy families such as John Hope Shaw, Frank Tetley and Lord Londesborough.
……the event was well attended with 2,500 visitors and the amount taken at the door was £72.00!
Elisabeth Bidgood, retired chairman of the Leeds Horticultural Society, designed the layout and decor of the Marquee .She researched and grew plants which replicated those mentioned in the reports. She enlisted the help of experts and even had a donation of terracotta pots from Naylors Yorkshire Flowerpots at Barnsley to give the plants an authentic appearance.The Marquee was a great success and drew much praise and attention.
The Leeds Flower Show has been held nearly every year since the first Show in 1864 – it is run by the Leeds Horticultural Society Committee – a group of enthusiastic people who work hard to keep this marvellous tradition going each year.
We need the public to support the show and so the Trade Stands are a very important part.
Traders who are interested in applying for a trade stand at the Leeds Flower , Vegetable & Craft Show on the first weekend of August 2015 at the Grammar School at Leeds may do so by using the contact form on this website.
We welcome all applications but particularly from those with horticultural connections, Nurseries, Garden Centres, Plantsmen, Specialist growers, Garden tools accessories and equipment.
Autumn Show and Demonstration
The last show is often the best with an abundance of fruit and vegetables.
Autumn colours are lovely to see and flowers are usually having a last flush before the weather changes.
Look at the Schedule on your events card and I’m sure you will find something to bring along. It may also be 4 Cheese Scones.
Usual Raffle, tea and coffee.
(Meetings are held in St. Chad’s Centre, Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds. Meetings start at 8pm prompt.)
Extracts from The Leeds Gardener Quarterly Bulletin – Editor Viv Caunt.