Welcome to Church Crookham Garden Society

16th December 2016

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.

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.

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.

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Awarding the 2020 Banksian Medal

5th September 2020
Dear Members,
Since you were deprived of the opportunity to compete for most points in the Summer Show to win the Banksian Medal 2020. The RHS suggests that it should be awarded to someone who has gone ‘above and beyond’ to help the Church Crookham Garden Society survive or has helped other members with their gardening in these difficult times.
We are seeking nominations for the medal, so please name a candidate giving your reasons. Let me know by the end of September.
 
Liz Kirton (General Secretary)
 
The Banksian Medal is one of a number of medals awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society, and is named after the great scientist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Mr J.W. Banks, a gardener, was awarded this medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1928.

September gardening advice

Autumn is early here this year.  Leaves dropping, berries ripening and apples ready to pick in August.  Although the apple crop is heavy this year, potatoes, beans and sweetcorn have not flourished for me in dry, hot, wet, cool fluctuating conditions.

There are still the asters, chrysanthemums and Hederanthas (Schizostolis) to come into their own in September and October, I hope, but the late summer perennials like phlox and crocosmia are giving up.

 

Here are some jobs you could do:

Harvest: Onions, main crop potatoes, sweetcorn, pumpkins and squashes. Apples and pears will mostly have been picked at the end of August this year. All apart from sweetcorn can be stored in a dark dry place. Sweetcorn cobs freeze well.

Autumn fruiting raspberries and beans will continue to need picking or they will stop producing more.

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