Aylesbury Gardening Society
(established in 1880)
Affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society, the Rose Society UK, and the National Chrysanthemum Society
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ACTIVITIES IN 2018
One trip has been arranged so far. This will be on 4th August to the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Hyde Hall. This is the occasion of their Flower Show - plenty of stalls to spend your money!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held at Aylesbury Grammar School on Friday 19th January 2018.
The following were elected as officers of the Society:
President: Mr. R. James
Chairman: Mr. K. Keasley
Vice chairman: Mr. C. Gray
Treasurer: Mr G. Webster
Secretary: Mrs H. Murray
The following were re-elected to serve on the committee for a further 3 years:
Mr G. Lang, Mr I. Mortimer, Mr D. Ridgway and Mr D. Wheeler.
Also, Mr C Turner, who had been co-opted onto the committee, was elected to the committee.
Mrs Lesley Ridgway had indicated she was retiring from the committee after 9 years. The president thanked Mrs. Ridgway for her contribution to the Society and presented her with a gift in recognition of her service.
In recognition of his contribution to the Society Mr. David Ridgway was elected as a Life Member of the Society.
During the meeting Mr. Joe Benham was appointed as a Life Vice President of the Society, in recognition of the contribution he has made as secretary of the Society for over 21 years and at the conclusion of the meeting the President presented him with a gift.
After the meeting we were entertained by Colin Oakes who gave a very informative and entertaining talk on Marylebone, not just a station.
ACTIVITIES IN 2017
On 20th May we had a very interesting visit to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, followed by a visit to Cambridge Botanical Garden.
On Saturday 9th September we had an excellent coach trip to Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley. The weather was kind and it was the occasion of the 'Wisley Flower Show' with many nurseries and trade stands and it was the site for the National Annual Dahlia Flower Show. There was also the opportunity to see the newly planted 'Exotic Garden'.
The final event of the year was a Fish and Chip Supper with an entertaining talk by Colin Oakes.
The winners, Turnfurlong Junior School pupils with Chairman, Ken Keasley, President Ray James and Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts SCHOOLS POTATO CHALLENGE
We intend to run the Schools Potato Challenge again in 2018. Below is how the event went in 2017.
For the fourth year the Society has run the Schools Potato Challenge: fourteen completed the competition. These schools were Bedgrove Infant, Broughton Infant, Broughton Junior, Harding House 6 th Form, Haydon Abbey, Oak Green, Pebble Brook (3classes), St Edward’s Catholic Junior, Stocklake Park, Thomas Hickman, Turnfurlong Junior and William Harding Combined.
Each school was provided with three 17lt potato growing bags; compost; 3 seed potatoes (one each of Abbot, Kestrel and Red Duke of York) and a small quantity of organic fertiliser.
The resulting crops were weighed in early July and the top 3 schools were:
Our president, Mr Ray James, presented the Ann Miles Trophy to the winning school. Also, the winners, 2 nd and 3 rd and the heaviest single bag winner were presented with engraved glass trophies kindly donated by Three Counties Building Supplies. The Ann Miles Trophy will be held for one year.