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 RHS Gardens Wisley
on Saturday 9th September 2017

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

Saturday 9th September: A coach trip to Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley has been arranged. The total cost will be £16.

This is a special day at Wisley – it is the ‘Wisley Flower Show’, a floral extravaganza featuring many nurseries and trade stands.

This is in addition to the rose garden; the herbaceous borders; vegetable gardens; rock garden and alpine houses; fruit gardens; canal with water lilies; vast glasshouse with more than 5,000 tender and exotic plants; model gardens, and many other areas of interest.

Also, the Dahlia Society Annual Show is being held.

Even if you have been to this event before, there is always something new to see.

So, book your place now!


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.

The winners, Turnfurlong Junior School pupils with Chairman, Ken Keasley, President Ray James and Mayor Tom Hunter-Watts SCHOOLS POTATO CHALLENGE

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:
  • Turnfurlong Junior School with a total of 3.82kg
  • Broughton Infant School with a total of 3.30kg
  • William Harding Combined School total of 2.50kg
The heaviest single bag was grown by:
  • Turnfurlong Junior School – their Abbot potatoes weighed in at 1.41kg
An awards ceremony took place on 13 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.