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  • Catherine Morris

Sunny Sketching at York Gate Heritage Gardens

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Fancy a day out sketching in one of the country’s foremost Arts and Crafts gardens? In the middle of summer? And with sole access? What self-respecting artist wouldn’t jump at a chance like that?!

So the middle of July saw quite a few of us pack up our paints and pencils and head off to York Gate Garden in Adel, Leeds for 2 days of peaceful sketching where we were the only visitors.

After a very rainy July, the weather was very kind to us on those 2 days. The sun shone, the temperature was warm and the rain stayed away. Bliss!

The only problem was deciding what exactly to sketch! In a garden of 1 acre that boasts 10+ ‘rooms’ and a hay meadow full of wild flowers the choice was overwhelming. All of the ‘rooms’ looked lovely and presented a feast of colour for every palette from hot to cool and the wonderfully serene ‘white garden’. Eventually though, we did all settle down, find our spots and managed to fill several pages each with sketches, drawings and colour notes.

At this precise moment, those sketches are now being transformed into artworks large and small in readiness for our group show in the cafeteria at York Gate starting in January 2024. So, if you fancy combining a bit of art viewing (and possibly purchasing too as they will all be for sale!) with a beverage and some truly divine cakes, then make your way there. The exhibition will be on for at least 6 months, possibly longer. The cafe is open all year round Weds-Sat. The garden is open for 2 weeks in the snowdrop season in February (check the website for precise dates). It then re-opens April-October. With so much on offer it will be a treat for all the senses and not to be missed.

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