The Yateley and District Gardening Society (YDGS) was established in 1967 by a few local amateur gardeners who were keen to get together and share gardening knowledge and experiences.
The club has grown and currently has about 70 members. Apart from horticultural activities, our programme of events include group visits to formal houses and gardens (including in 2010 HRH Prince of Wales' Highgrove Garden) and in 2014 Mary Berry's beautiful garden, ‘Watercroft’, and Dipley Mill in Hartley Wintney), regular talks from experts on a wide range of topics, helping in the renovation of the beautiful courtyard garden at Westfields Infants School and a Christmas party to name but a few!
The Society won the annual Inter-society Quiz held on 22nd September by scoring 53 points and beat the former winners, from Ascot into second place with 50 points. The event was hosted by the Henry Street Garden Centre, Arborfield, and drew a large number of supporters from the 8 competing gardening clubs. This means that the Society will be responsible for organising the quiz in 2015, that is planned to take place on 21st September.
Yateley is located close to the borders of Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey. The society meets regularly and is very fortunate to have a comfortable, well-equipped, modern venue at Hedgecroft in Bracken Lane, Yateley for our group events. You don't have to be a member to attend our meetings. So if you're an interested beginner, a seasoned gardening veteran or just like gardening, you will be very welcome and we'd love to hear from you. To find out more about us or if gardening is one of your favourite pastimes, please do contact us.
Please come and join us on 10th November when Ivy Fanthorpe returns to demonstrate her expert skills in flower arranging. This has become a regular event in the society's calendar and one not to be missed. Ivy has had a long association with the society, acting as judge at our annual Autumn Flower and Produce Show and we always enjoy her pre-Christmas master classes.