Yateley and District Gardening Society

Our 2016 Programme of talks, events, sales, visits and quizes proved to be a great success, including talks from some well-known experts with something of interest for everyone. The ‘end of year party’ was a sell-out and a great way to round off the year. We hope to repeat the success of the club in 2016 again next year, centred around our adopted home, Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane (near Waitrose), usually on the 2nd Monday of the month and start at 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated). Non–members are very welcome to join the meeting for a small entrance fee of £2.00. Teas and coffee’s are available in the evening. Click on any of the events in our 2017 Programme to find out more detail or contact please call Hazel Goddard 01252 874532. Please note that some details may be subject to change.

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How we Grow and Use Basil.

How we Grow and Use Basil.

Speaker: Paolo Franchi

Our speaker, Paolo Franchi, comes from the oldest family run seed company in the world and will once again give an interesting talk, this time about basil. There will be a few surprises and seeds for sale.

Please note a 7.00pm for 7.30pm start and the meeting will be held at St Peters Church due to the refurbishment at Hedgecroft.

Nature at its Best

YDGS 50th Annual General Meeting and Talk.

Location: St Peter's Church, Yateley

The 50th YDGS Annual General Meeting, where the committee will submit their report of the activities of the society for the past year, along with the financial accounts. This also gives members the chance to ask the committee any concerns they may have, and to elect the 2017-18 committee. Afterwards Richard Ashwell, a committee member, will give a light-hearted glimpse into two years’ activity transforming his garden.

Please note a 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

Growing and Care of Fuschias.

Growing and Care of Fuschias.

Speaker: Joy Craig, a judge for the British Fuschia Society.

Our guest speaker, Joy Craig, will show how to take cuttings and give advice on growing Fuschias.

Plants will be on sale.

Please note a 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

Annual Yateley May Fayre

Annual Yateley May Fayre.

Location: Yateley Village Green.

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The Society will once again have a stall at the Annual Yateley May Fayre selling plants and promoting Society membership. Help is always needed for this event so if you can spare an hour or two, please let us know. Also, if you can provide a few plants for us to sell at the Fayre, that would be very much appreciated. (Further details will be in the Newsletter nearer the time).

A Hanging Basket Workshop

A Hanging Basket Workshop.

Location: Little Orchard, Chandlers Lane.

A hanging basket workshop at Little Orchard, Chandlers Lane, with Tony, our Chairman, and Cherie. More details to follow.

Names to Julia at meetings, limited spaces


Thrive® - its History and its Activities.

Thrive® - A National Charity whose vision is to enable those touched by disability to transform their lives through gardening.

We will learn about the history of Thrive® and discover how gardening has improved participants' lives.

Please note 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

Ray Broughton.

How to Control Pests and Diseases.

Speaker: Ray Broughton.

Ray Broughton, a horticultural scientist with 30 years' experience, will explain how to best control pests and diseases in the garden without resorting to the use of harmful chemicals.

Climbing Plants in Garden and Conservatory.

Climbing Plants in Garden and Conservatory.

Speaker: Brian Fisher.

Use of Climbing Plants in the Garden and Conservatory by Brian Fisher who lectured at Berkshire College of Agriculture. He is recognised as a ‘Plantsman’ with regard to his knowledge of tropical and subtropical plants.

Please note a 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

A Garden Visit to West Dean.

A Garden Visit to West Dean.

Location: West Dean, near Chichester.

A garden visit by coach. Approximate cost £20.00 which includes coach, entry to garden and guided tour.

Pick up 9.30am in Yateley.

August Garden Visit.

A visit to Margaret Finch's beautiful garden.

Location: Hill Place Gardens, Church Road, Farley Hill, Reading.

The garden is open to YDGS members, at 7pm. The cost is £9 per head including coffee and cake.

Parking is limited so please car share as much as you can.

Please contact Julia Dobbin by 31st July if you would like to come.

YDGS Annual Autumn Flower and Produce Show.

YDGS Annual Autumn Flower and Produce Show.

Location: St Peter's Church, Yateley.

Classes are available for flowers, fruit, vegetables, pot plants, cakes, preserves and handicrafts. There is also a children’s section. Even if you do not exhibit, why not come along with your friends to view the exhibits and the Flower Festival in the church.

Have a cup of tea and a bun! This is one of the social events of Yateley’s year so come along and join in the fun.

To get a look at what's happening this year you can download a copy of the Show Schedule and Entry Form.

Public display and awards will be from 1.30pm to 4.00pm

Autumn Aspirations.

Autumn Aspirations.

Speaker: Paul Patton.

Our guest speaker, Paul Patton will talk about the many Autumn tasks to prepare the garden for the following growing season.

Annual Inter-Society Quiz Night

Annual Inter-Society Quiz Night.

Location: Henry Street Garden Centre, Arborfield.

Come and meet up with other societies and support out YDGS team at this special annual event.

Refreshments available and also a charity raffle.

Please note a 7.30pm start.

Propagation in the Garden.

Propagation in the Garden.

Speaker: Graham Talbot.

Our speaker, Graham Talbot, is a lecturer at Berkshire College of Agriculture in addition to being a show judge and grower. He is also an experienced speaker and brings humour into his talks.

Please note a 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

Our World of Cannas.

Our World of Cannas.

Speakers: Christine and Keith Haywood.

Our guest speakers, Christine and Keith Haywood, Gold Medal winners at the Hampton Court Show,describe various Canna interests, types, nursery, National Collection and cultivation.

Plants will be on sale

Please note 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

YDGS Christmas Get-Together

YDGS Christmas Get-Together

Location: Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane.

Meet up with old friends again, enjoy a tasty buffet and possibly win a prize in the Christmas Raffle! Numbers limited – first come, first served for this very popular pre-Christmas evening.

Please note 7.30pm start.