The year runs from February to December. Our main activity is a monthly meeting. Its format consists of a talk (usually illustrated) or demonstration (our speakers cover a variety of subjects); a monthly competition comprising eight classes covering flowers, cacti, potted plants, fruit, vegetables, and flower arrangements in which points are accumulated during the year (see 2014-03-competition-rules); a sale table; refreshments; question time; and a raffle. We aim to give information on open gardens and similar events of interest.
At the AGM in March trophies are presented to the class winners – 2015-sadga-competition-pointstrophy-winners. This evening is combined with a “Members’ evening” at which we may have a short talk or slide show from a member, then a buffet supper.
In February, we take part in an annual Quiz with Ascot Horticultural Society, the winner claiming the Alistair Fosdick trophy. The two clubs take it in turns to host this event which also includes a buffet supper. When Ascot host the Quiz it is held on their meeting night, second Wednesday of the month, at King Edwards Hall, North Ascot SL5 8PD.
We have a photo competition with three classes, and a £5 garden voucher for the winner of each class. Information on the 2017 competition (judging in November) can be found here: 2017-11-nov-photo-competition-classes-rules.
A club challenge, e.g. grow the heaviest onion, is staged with judging dependent on the month relevant to the produce – a £5 garden voucher goes to the winner.
We run an annual outing. Venues over recent years: sadga-annual-outings-summary-1990-2016; while the most recent include Bodiham Castle & Great Dixter, Royal Tunbridge Wells & Farley Farm House, and Alfriston for the National Trust Old Clergy House & Follers Manor. The coach meeting point is usually Ascot High Street. There are sometimes spare places on the coach so visitors can also join in.
A Plant Sale is organized for May and a Bring and Buy Sale for September each year. These take place in the Car Park behind the hall before the monthly meetings.
Our year rounds off with a Christmas meal in December, likely to be held at a local golf club.