Welcome to Church Crookham Garden Society

27th April 2021

Church Crookham Garden Society, Fleet, Hampshire UKA 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.


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.

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.


April Gardening Tips

26th April 2021

We wait, with keen anticipation, through January and February, the blooming of daffodils, the signals of Spring.  First, the dwarf varieties like Narcissus jonquilla and bulbocodium and then the full-sized plants.  All too soon, by April, we are dead- heading spent flowers and leaving the leaves to feed the bulbs for next year. Pheasant’s eye narcissi flower later, into April, and extend the season with their delicate, pale, scented blooms.

My favourite flowers this Winter have been irises; Iris unguiculata (shown below) has been flowering since November and will continue until April; February and March bring on the dwarf irises like I.reticulata.  In April, Dutch irises, bearded irises (shown at the end) and the tall elegant I.sibirica put on a show.  They all like a light soil and to be baked in the Summer sun. All except the dwarf varieties make good cut flowers and have a delicate scent.


It is the time to get the kitchen garden going, now the soil is warming up.

  • You can sow beans, carrots, chard, brassicas, beetroot and peas outside, and pumpkins, courgettes and sweetcorn under glass.
  • In preparation for the beans, dig a deep trench and line it with newspaper and fill it with compost to hold moisture. Then erect a bean frame of hazel poles or bamboos for support.  Twiggier pea sticks will help the peas.
  • At the beginning of April, plant early potatoes and work through to main crop by the end of the month. But watch the weather forecasts for frost warnings – my potatoes and beans were caught out last year!


This Year’s Events

31st January 2021

Sadly, the 2021 AGM and quiz scheduled for the 26th February cannot go ahead ‘in the flesh’, but we are holding a ‘Zoom’ videoconference AGM on 26th Feb 7.30pm.  If you are interested in joining in, please let Liz Kirton know and you will be sent the joining online address. If you wish to submit a resolution, let us know and it can be added to the agenda.  If you do not wish to zoom, but have a contribution to make, the secretary can act as a proxy. Zoom is an easy-to-use videoconference platform, requires a laptop, PC or mobile phone.  It is free and our website manager says “Zoom is one of the best designed communications tools ever. You can even join from a land-line ‘phone via a freefone call.”

The Spring Show, scheduled for the 27th March, is also cancelled owing to COVID restrictions.

It is unlikely that the Summer Show will be possible – we shall see.  Perhaps members would like to send photographs of their produce instead.

The trading shed will operate from 13th February on the same basis as last summer; i.e. ordering by text, having timed appointments or delivery.

Here are pictures from 2019 Spring Show

Winning cactus

Container with growing spring flowers