Aylesbury Gardening Society
(established in 1880)

Affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society, Royal National Rose Society, National Chrysanthemum Society
National Dahlia Society and National Vegetable Society

Mr. J. Benham
Mr. R. James

Mr. K. Keasley
Mr. G. Webster

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Upcoming Events

Coach Trip to NIAB
and Cambridge Botanical Garden

on Saturday 20th May 2017

The Annual Show will be held on
Saturday 16th September 2017



Coach Trip on 20th May

A coach trip has been arranged for a visit to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and then move on to Cambridge Botanical Garden.

NIAB carry out field trials on new or improved varieties of plants. Although they are better known for developing agricultural crops, they also carry out research and development in connection with market gardening crops (vegetables). They have been asked to concentrate our visit to discussions about vegetable crops. Further information can be found on the web www.niab.com.

Cambridge University Botanical Garden. This 40 acre garden was created in 1831 by the mentor to Charles Darwin. The garden was first opened to the public in 1846 and it is now home to in excess of 8000 plant species. They will be holding a festival of plants on the day of our visit: the program for this is not available yet, but the events last year included guided tours, a number of short talks (10 minutes), plant stalls and other attractions. More details about the garden can be found at www.botanic.cam.ac.uk.

Tickets are on sale at the Gardening’s Society shop, the Thurston Trading Store, Old Stoke Road Allotments, Aylesbury. The shop is open between 9:00 and 12:00 on Sunday mornings. The cost is £18.

This trip is being arranged in conjunction with the National Vegetable Society. In the first instance tickets will be limited to 24 to each society.


The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held at Aylesbury Grammar School on Friday 20th January 2017.

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: Mr. J. Benham

The following were re-elected to serve on the committee for a further 3 years:

Mr A Batelle, Mr P Miles, Mr B Smith, Miss D Smith and Mr R Surguy.

Also, Mr R Murray, who had been co-opted onto the committee, was elected to the committee.

Mr Len Rose had indicated he was retiring from the committee after 19 years. The president thanked Mr Rose for his contribution to the Society and presented him with a gift in recognition of his service.

On a proposal by the secretary, seconded by the chairman, Mr Ray Powell was appointed as a Life Vice President of the Society, in recognition of the meritorious contribution he has made, in particular in connection with his leadership of the Activities sub-committee.

After the meeting we were entertained by Colin Oakes who gave a very informative and entertaining talk on Pirates, Smugglers and Press-gangs.


We intend to run the Schools Potato Challenge again in 2017.

In 2016, for the third year, the Society has run the Schools Potato Challenge. Thirteen completed the competition. These schools were Broughton Infant, Broughton Junior, Haydon Abbey, Oak Green, Pebble Brook (3classes), St Edward’s Catholic Junior, St Louis Catholic Combined, Stocklake Park, Thomas Hickman and Turnfurlong Junior.

Each school was provided with three 17lt potato growing bags; compost; 3 seed potatoes (one each of Lady Christl, 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:
  • Turnfurlong Junior with a total of 3.43kg
  • Broughton Infant with a total of 2.72kg
  • Oak Green with a total of 2.50kg
The heaviest single bag was grown by:
  • Turnfurlong Junior – their Kestrel potatoes weighed in at 1.55kg
An awards ceremony took place on 14 th July, in conjunction with the Town Council ceremony. 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.