Aylesbury Gardening Society
(established in 1880)
Affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society, Royal National Rose Society, National Chrysanthemum Society
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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.
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!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017
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:
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.