Summer Exhibition Update…

We are delighted that we have two new artists joining us in this summer’s garden sculpture exhibition, Wire, Willow and Copper. This August Chris Moss will be returning with her wire animals, Juliette Hamilton will be exhibiting her willow animals and David Adams will be showing his copper flowers and trees. We think these three artists’ work will make a stunning display in the garden and will offer something for every taste.

In addition, Chris will be running a “Making Small Wire Birds” course on the morning of 16th August (book here) and will be in the garden all that afternoon demonstrating how to make wire animals.

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Wire Fox, by Chris Moss

Willow pheasants by Juliette  Hamilton

Willow pheasants by Juliette Hamilton

Copper Sculpture

Copper tree water feature by David Adams

Review your Winter Planting

Early January is the perfect time to review your garden and look at improving your winter planting. You can find out more in my latest article in the January issue of Living North Magazine, available in shops now.


Signs of Spring

Some of you who follow our Facebook page will have seen that we already have snowdrops out in the garden, including the lovely Galanthus plicatus “Three Ships” pictured here.Snowdrop Galanthus "three ships"

I have also been writing about other winter flowering plants in the current edition of Living North Magazine. Beautiful snowdrops and aconites peeking through the snow are a sure sign that the daffodils and tulips of spring won’t be far behind.

You can read the article in full



Supporting the MS Society.

We are delighted to be supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society once again. We supplied the MS Sensory Garden in Stoke with plants 15 years ago. They have recently expanded and we were delighted to once again be able to donate them with some of our excess plants. Phil and Ying came up to the garden and collected over 20 crates of perennial plants. These will be used in the garden and to sell to raise funds for the MS Society.

Fundraising newsOn the back of reading about this on Facebook local artist Judith Pollock approached us to sell some of her original lino cuts next summer with all the profit going to the MS Society. Of course we were delighted. We already have a full programme of art exhibitions next year, but we will be selling Judith’s art in the coffee shop throughout the summer.

10th December

In the News Again…..

This year I have been delighted to write a regular article for the Living North Magazine. In the most recent one I focus on the changing seasons and the plants that are at their best in autumn – you can read it here   Living North Changing seasons

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The Sun Assembly to Play the Summer Out

The Royal Albert Hall might have the Last Night of the Proms to close it’s summer season and here at Stillingfleet Lodge we don’t like miss out. We are pleased, therefore, to bring you the news that The Sun Assembly will be playing out our season on the 21st September – the last weekend that we are open in 2014. They delighted a select audience earlier in the month and their music will provide a perfect finale to what has been a very busy season in the garden.

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Wire and Willow Exhibition Extended

We are delighted that the wire sculptures from Chris Moss and the willow figures by Carole Beavis that have been so popular in August will be remaining in the garden for another week.

This means you have another four opportunities to see the exhibition: Wednesday 3rd, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th. They really are worth seeing and there are a few surprises along the way. Look out for the pheasant, the stag and the angel – they are a bit more hidden than the ones pictured below.

Regular opening times and admission price applies.

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Our Meadow Features in The Telegraph

Telegraph Garden Writer, Ken Phillips used our meadow, including a beautiful photo, as an example of a traditional meadow as opposed to an annual meadow in this article, some of which is here….

“How meadows were lost in the long grass

The popularity of the ‘annual meadow’ has led to some unrealistic ideas about wildflowers


Delightful: a true wildflower meadow, such as the one at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, will never contain an annual poppy Photo: Stillingfleet Lodge Nurseries

“A day or two after the end of last year’s summer opening season, I visited Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, a few miles south of York. It is a delightful small space, basically cottage garden in style, with many unusual plants and chickens. It has just one startling bit of rectangular modernity to keep you on your toes. “Worth a long journey to visit,” says the RHS, and I wouldn’t disagree at all.

One of Stillingfleet’s many joys is a real wildflower meadow. Real in two senses. First, it is a meadow, in the sense of an area of perennial grass and wildflowers, managed by annual cutting. Second, it is a genuine agricultural survival, with a history as permanent grassland that probably goes back centuries, and which has simply been incorporated into a modern garden.”

You can read the rest of the article here. 


Latest Moth Count

We manage Stillingfleet Garden as an environment for wildlife, so it is always very exciting when we are rewarded by plenty of wildlife. David Baker, who many of you have met at the Wildlife Day, is a moth expert and regularly sets his moth traps in the garden. He was very excited by the latest finds from his traps at the end of July. He caught a total of  656 moths in one night of which 529 were macro (larger) species.

He recorded 107 different species from one evening trapping, of which 46 were new records in our garden. This was one of the best nights of trapping David has had and he was particularly please with the Small China Mark and True Lover’s Knot species – not to mention the whopping count of 263 yellow under wing. Please don’t be worried about the term trapping –  the moths are returned safely to the garden in the morning.

Here is a full list of this record haul, the letter N denotes a new species to the garden.

Code Latin name Common name     Number
Micro Moths
286 Caloptilia alchimiella 1 N
293 Caloptilia syringella 1 N
411 Argyresthia goedartella 5
424 Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine 9 N
453 Ypsolopha dentella Honeysuckle Moth 2 N
455 Ypsolopha scabrella 1 N
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 5
658 Carcina quercana 2 N
676 Depressaria pulcherrimella 1 N
789 Bryotropha domestica 2 N
873 Blastobasis adustella 5
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1 N
905 Blastodacna hellerella 1 N
969 Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1 N
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 2
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 3 N
1035 Acleris bergmanniana 1 N
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 2
1037 Acleris holmiana 2 N
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1
1138 Epinotia nisella f. cinereana 1 N
1260 Cydia splendana 1 N
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 5 N
1292 Calamotropha paludella 2 N
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 4
1304 Agriphila straminella 3
1313 Catoptria pinella 1 N
1316 Catoptria falsella 5
1331 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 3 N
1354 Cataclysta lemnata Small China-mark 8 N
1358 Evergestis pallidata 4
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 27
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1 N
1424 Endotricha flammealis 6
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1470 Euzophera pinguis 5
Macro Moths
1645 Falcaria lacertinaria Scalloped Hook-tip 1 N
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 4 N
1681 Cyclophora linearia Clay Triple-lines 1 N
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 2 N
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1 N
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 2
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 4
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata ab. remutata Riband Wave [non-banded form] 8
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 8
1725 Xanthorhoe ferrugata Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 3
1726 Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata Large Twin-spot Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 6
1754 Eulithis prunata Phoenix 3
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1802 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet 1 N
1803 Perizoma alchemillata Small Rivulet 2 N
1839 Eupithecia succenturiata Bordered Pug 1 N
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1978 Hyloicus pinastri Pine Hawk-moth 3 N
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2
1997 Furcula furcula Sallow Kitten 1
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 2
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1 N
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 2
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 1
2031 Leucoma salicis White Satin 2 N
2040 Cybosia mesomella Four-dotted Footman 1 N
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 41
2044 Eilema griseola ab. stramineola Dingy Footman [pale form] 6
2049 Eilema depressa Buff Footman 8
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 9
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 11
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 9
2092 Agrotis puta puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 14
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 263
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 9
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Y/Underwing 24
2118 Lycophotia porphyrea True Lover’s Knot 1 N
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 19
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 3 N
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1 N
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1 N
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Grey Dagger / Dark Dagger 1 N
2293 Cryphia domestica Marbled Beauty 3 N
2297x Amphipyra pyramidea agg. Copper Underwings 4
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 9
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 7
2336 Apamea ophiogramma Double Lobed 3 N
2341 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor 2 N
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 73
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 15
2423 Nycteola revayana Oak Nycteoline 1 N
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1 N
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2473 Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip 1 N
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1 N


The Willow Sculptures have arrived

Great news, all the sculptures have arrived for the August Wire and Willow exhibition. Here are some photos of the willow figures, they look like they have been here for ever.

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Yoga figure in the Rill Garden

Dancing girls in the gravel garden

Dancing girls in the gravel garden


Carole Beavis Willow Sculptures

We have already let you know about the wire sculptures that will be on display from Friday 1st August in the garden.

We are delighted to now be able to share news about  the gorgeous willow sculptures from Carole Beavis which will also be in the garden for the month.

You can find out more about Carole Beavis here.

Latest News on our Sculpture Exhibition


Wire cockerel and hen

As our regular readers and followers will know, August is the month for Wire and Willow in the Garden – an   exhibition of sculptures throughout the garden by local artists. We are pleased to give you the news that Chris Moss has  confirmed that her exhibits will include:



  • Indian Running Duck
  • Hen
  • Cockerel
  • Pheasant (male)
  • Fox
  • Long-hound, grey and white
  • Blue Hare, dancing
  • Small black and white lurcher (Nipper)
  • Swaledale ewe
  • Stag


They will be arriving in the garden next week and will be on display to visitors on the Friday 1st August. All Chris’s sculptures are made from galvanised chicken-wire and suitable for garden use.  I’d like everyone to enjoy the artwork – but parents are requested to prevent children handling or sitting on any of the sculptures as it may cause damage.

More about the exhibition here


New Drawing Course

Due to the popularity of both art courses so far this year, we are delighted to have added another, slightly different one to the programme in August.

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Monday 18th August – Adding Colour to Charcoal Drawings

This course run by local artist Phil Reynolds looks at free impressionistic drawings using pencil and charcoal.  The addition of small  patches of watercolour or gouache can bring these sketches to life. This is a useful and elegant technique which will suit the wild beauty of Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and will suit those daunted by the complexity of a busy scene.

Includes all materials (including easels if you need one).

You will need to bring your own packed lunch and a fold up chair.
Time: 10:00 to 15:00 Cost £40




Tour De France 2 for 1

Stage 2 of the Tour De France will be starting from York on the 6th July . To celebrate, we will be opening at 11:00am especially for cycling fans who wish to explore the area, garden admission will be 2 for 1 for visitors arriving by bicycle. 

Our garden is close to the cycle-route that comes directly from The Knavesmire and is the perfect place for you to relax and have some tea and cake after the hustle and bustle of Le Tour.

With road closures in place during much of Sunday, a bike will be the best way to travel.

Normal garden entry applies to people arriving by car. You are welcome to use the picnic area in the car park, but please don’t bring picnics into the garden.

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