Garden Wander


The sun shone and the flowers were at their best for the Garden Wander arranged by SI Ilkley on July 6th this year.

This is the second time we have held this event- previously we did it two years ago in the Ben Rhydding area of the town. We followed the template of planning that we created last time as it had been so successful and it was a project in which all club members could join. 

This time we had nine gardens situated in the west of Ilkley. Some of the gardens were Soroptimist owned and one was a prizewinning garden at a local residential home.

Maps and itineraries were obtained from our base at Ilkley Baptist Church where there were also stalls to browse and tea and cream scones to enjoy.

The plant stall was especially popular with many bargains to be had- all plants being ‘home grown’ by the members.

We had many visitors from around the town as well as fellow Soroptimists from around the Region and friends and relatives. One group of Soroptimists made it their monthly walk and brought along a Soroptimist visitor from Germany!

The funds we raised are to be divided equally between the Sorptimist International President’s Appeal- ‘Women, Water and Leadership’ and the local Clarke Foley Centre- the community centre where the club meets.  We were thrilled with a final total (we think) of £1.155.

It had been a great day for SI Ilkley and all our visitors. The garden owners were glad to have shared their lovely gardens with the many visitors.