Welcome to Church Crookham Garden Society

27th April 2021

A vibrant garden society active in Church Crookham, FLEET, Hampshire. We hold several annual events and shows and run a comprehensively stocked stores hut with discounts for members.



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HISTORY

Church Crookham Garden Society was formed in 1954 as the Ryelaw Garden Society. It was founded by residents of Ryelaw Road as an outlet for their interest in gardening. A potted history about the success story by founding members to cultivate the local sand can be found here…

At some time in its early stages, the Society began marketing garden supplies and until 1997 traded from sheds located in Moore Close.

The name of the Society was changed to Church Crookham Garden Society to reflect the wider residential location of its members.

Shows were organised and now two shows per year are held, one in the spring and one in late summer.


Summer 2022 Garden Society Trading Hut News

 
The trading shed will be open on Saturday mornings 10:00 to 11:30h until 24th September 2022.
We are still recruiting volunteers for the committee.  Let the secretary know if you could help in this regard.

The trading shed has been restocked.  Because of increased transport costs, some prices are higher.

Trading Hut, Church Crookham Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, GU52 8LD, (opposite the Wyvern pub).

Click here to view/download June 14th 2022 Shed Price List

 


In 1997 the ground occupied by the Society’s sheds was subject to planning consent for residential building and the Society moved to a purpose built concrete structure located in the car park of the Crookham Memorial Hall in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham.

The Society is run by two committees:

  • Main committee
  • Show committee

Each committee is made up of elected members, and is chaired by the Society Chairman.

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The Society’s Summer Show is on 20th August

12th August 2022

I hope that you will join us next Saturday for the show.  Members, please have a go, and enter some of the classes

View or download show schedule.

 

View or download show poster2022.

Hints and Tips for July – August 2022

10th July 2022

Liz Kirton writes:

Gardening is a hobby that can bring great joy! In June I have seen a wonderful display of irises, rambling roses and poppies – beautiful!  BUT I have been much saddened by disease in the onion bed and box moth destroying my 20 year old box hedges.

Looking forward to July, the herbaceous border should be at its best – take a record of which plants need to be divided in the Autumn.

Currants, berries, potatoes, onions, peas and beans should be ready for picking and storing.

When garlic leaves turn yellow, lift the bulbs and dry in a single layer in a dry place.

This is a popular plant with bees – Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’

 

Clip, snip and cut

  • Early summer flowering shrubs like Philadelphus: cut back flowered stems to a strong lower shoot and remove one fifth of the old woody stems.
  • Clip privet, box, yew, cypress and other ‘hedgy’ plants now the birds have finished nesting in them.
  • Cut long whippy shoots of Wisteria to 7 leaves from the main stem.
  • Prune out flowered stems of rambling roses; thin out the vigorous new growth and tie it in.
  • Summer-prune cordon or espalier apples and pears
  • Cut non-flowering side branches of grape vines to 5 leaves and fruit- bearing branches to 2 leaves beyond the fruit bunch.
  • Cut back hardy geraniums to the ground after the first flush of flowers to get fresh foliage and more flowers later on.
  • In August, trim lavender, leaving an inch (2.5cm) of new growth

Propagate

  • Take semi-ripe cuttings from shrubs – use the current season’s growth, cut below a node, remove the soft tips and place in gritty compost.
  • Divide bearded irises and plant the young rhizomes 12inches(30cm) apart.
  • Use strawberry runners to supply new plants for next year
  • Collect seeds from perennials and hardy annuals as they ripen; store in paper envelopes (labelled!) in a cool dry place until spring

Church Crookham Garden Society has its annual show on 20th August.  Entry is free for members (£5 p.a) and associate members. You can find the schedule on their website or at the trading shed.

Gardens open for charity

10th and 11th July, 1 Wogbarne Cottages, Rotherwick RG27 9BL

16th and 17th July Hook Cross Allotments, Reading Rd, Hook RG27 9DB

2nd , 3rd & 8th August ‘Selborne’, Caker Lane, East Worldham Alton  GU34 3AE, combined with East Worldham Manor

For more gardens open for charity, visit ngs.org.uk or www.pth.org.uk/open-gardens-2022

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