Please join us for a visit to Those Plant People in Steeton on Saturday 19th August, arriving for 10am.
Those Plant People are Andrew and Pippa. They run gardening courses at Fern Cottage throughout the year to help you move from amateur to confident gardener. They also provide a gardening maintenance service.
They also grow and supply their own hardy herbaceous perennial plants, grown and tested in their own borders, and use them in their garden designs as well as selling at specialist plant fairs all across Yorkshire.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be available, free to WYOG members.
If you are coming from Keighley come along the B6265 through Utley. As you are entering Steeton there is a rock on the left with ‘Steeton with Eastburn’ written on it. We are the first drive on the left less than 100m past the rock. The drive is marked ‘Stiverton House’.
If you are coming from Skipton(A629) or Ilkley(A6034) take the turning off the roundabout signposted Steeton and Silsden train station and carry on up station road until the traffic lights. Turn left at the traffic lights along Keighley Road, the road bears to the right round a bend then it is the next driveway on the right. The drive is marked Stiverton House.
Please park in front of the main house or on the cobbled area.
If you are coming by train walk up Station Road to the traffic lights, turn left and walk along Keighley Road. The road bends to the right and we are the first drive on the right, marked Stiverton House. It is about 10-15min walk.
The address is: Fern Cottage
If you get lost you can contact
Pippa Chapman 07704178585
These are the tomato varieties we are trialling this year, most are short or mid-season varieties, most are worth trying outdoors but ours will be protected, many are heritage varieties which will ‘come true’ and if seed is saved then you’ll never need to buy seed again. Plants are in 2L pots peat free and organically fed, they are developing their first trusses. Supply is on a ‘first come(email/text) first serve basis’ and all are in short supply. All priced at £2.50 and buyer collects. A discount of 50p per plant for WYOG members.
If anyone is interested in trying some different pumpkin, courgette or cucumber varieties (some heritage varieties), then get in touch for a list. I am sowing these in the next week and all plants will be £2.50.
We also have seed from more than 20 different known pumpkin crosses that we have hybridized from our favourite pumpkins. We aim to produce our own variety better suited to our site in Steeton with taste and storage characteristics top of the list. We have the seed but not the space so if anyone is interested in helping us grow, self these plants and then pass on details of taste, storage, a picture, any interesting details and some seeds; then we can speed up this trialling process. Seed provided free of charge, please contact for a list of crosses.
We also hope to trial about 20 heritage pole bean cultivars this year, if anyone is interested in outcome then please get in touch.
Tomato list as follows:
Hungry Hill Pink Blue Cherry San Francisco Fog Blondekopfchen Giant Ox Heart Rosada (F1) Bloody Butcher Brandywine Brandywine Sudduth Strain Modus (F1) Black Cherry Black Krim Nahuelbuta Pink Sophie’s Choice Chocolate Stripes Azoychka Delicious
Fern Cottage, Stiverton House Keighley Road, Steeton, West Yorkshire, BD20 6QR
Directions: If you are coming from keighley come along the B6265 through Utley. As you are entering Steeton there is a rock on the left with ‘Steeton with Eastburn’ written on it. We are the first drive on the left less than 100m past the rock. The drive is marked ‘Stiverton House’.
If you are coming from Skipton(A629) or Ilkley(A6034) take the turning off the roundabout signposted steeton and silsden train station and carry on up station road untill the traffic lights. Turn left at the traffic lights along Keighley rd, the road bears to the right round a bend then it is the next driveway on the right. The drive is marked ‘Stiverton House’