The Ancient Society of York Florists

          the oldest horticultural society in the world - founded 1768


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Welcome to The Ancient Society of York Florists

(a Society for the Amateur Gardener, Grower & Exhibitor

of Fruit, Flowers & Vegetables, Floral Art, Handicrafts & Baking)

we hold the record for 'worlds longest running horticultural show - established 1768'

It is with deep regret that I have to inform fellow members of the death of Jeff Scruton who has been a stalwart of the society since starting showing in 1938. Jeff spent his whole life growing and showing Flowers & Vegetables to the highest of standards. Not many people can grow everything & win trophies with their produce but Jeff could and did on a regular basis. I believe that he is the only person in the societies history to sweep the board and win all the dahlia classes & cups at the september show. He was a font of knowledge who would help anybody and also a judge who was held in the highest of esteem by the many societies and clubs he judged at. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed. I will post funeral details when available. Simon

FUNERAL DETAILS: wednesday 4th April; time: 3.40pm at York crematorium


BLOOM FESTIVAL to be held in York City Centre incorporating our summer show. See latest news for more details

PLEASE NOTE: We have moved venue from Askham Bryan College to the Recreation Hall, The Village, Wigginton YO32 2LL.  

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Auricula Ancient Society

         Auricula Ancient Society was raised by Mr K Bowser and named after the Ancient Society of York Florists. A popular Gold Centred Alpine Auricula that many exhibitors now grow. Photo by K. Leeming




Affiliated to:

The National Chrysanthemum Society     The National Dahlia Society     The National Vegetable Society

The Daffodil Society        The Royal Horticultural Society        The National Sweet Pea Society


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PATRONS  His Grace The Archbishop of York;  The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of York;  Lady Deramore;                           Sir Marcus Worsley Bt.;  Sue Biggs, Director General RHS;  Liz Philip, (Principal, Askham Bryan College);                     Peter Goodchild; M Fish, North of England Horticultural Society; Air Cdre W G Gambold DL, FCMI, RAF Rtd   

PRESIDENT  Mrs P Dawson Brown