We are a local society based in North Ascot. Our aim is to promote and encourage gardening in all forms to everyone. Our society members have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are only too happy to share this with you.
Apart form our monthly meetings we organise outings and social events. We can be found at most local events either displaying the fruits of our labour, planting and enhancing the local area or indeed selling our society members locally grown plants.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Here are Liz’s history notes ..
AHS has been around a lot longer than we first thought. having had our affiliation to the RHS confirmed as 1920, I just felt I needed to have a dig to find some roots. SADGA are also interested to find out where they started, so we are ‘digging together’.
We have a basic timeline mapped out and we are now in the process of confirming articles and documents to produce a history document.
Some of our findings so far;
19th November 1884 was the first Autumn show of the new Ascot, Sunninghill and District Horticultural Society formed only a few weeks before. It was held at the racecourse and was primarily for professional gardeners with some sections for amateurs and cottagers. The Reading Mercury reports
“the attendance at the show was large and fashionable the exhibition itself was of remarkable excellence,with the excellent playing of the Bisley Farm Orphan Band”.
The society then became the Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale and District Horticultural society including a cottagers and industrial Summer Show in 1889. By 1900 an article also in the Reading Mercury announced “We regret to hear that this once flourishing society is to be wound up”.
Well of course that did not happen, but they did have to cancel a few shows.
The society carried on through WWl and this was reported in the local parish magazines. I have also compiled a timeline for the wooden casket given to the society by the Duchess of Argyll in 1928. The society became part of a ‘produce association’ during WWll and another mention of ‘winding up’ the society was briefly talked about.
These are just some of the snippets gleaned from our ‘digs’. I hope you find them interesting. We have a small mountain of articles, advertisments and references to plough through and verify, to enable us to compile our history timeline. We also would like you to jot down any anecdotes or memories that we could include in our timeline, to form a history we can be proud of.