Kent Alpine Gardener's Diary
This entry: 25 September 2014 by Tim Ingram
Prelude to an Autumn AGS Show
"Sir,- A Scree Garden is a bed of stones in which misguided gentlemen try to grow weeds which would ill repay the gathering from a mountain path."
(credited possibly to S. Johnson - in 'A Handbook of Rock Gardening')
As an introduction to the Autumn Alpine Show at Rainham this Saturday these are a few pictures which beg to differ...
(these quotes are taken from a wonderful thread on the SRGC Forum, 'Alpines' describing 'Crevice Gardening', with contributions from many gardeners around the world - they are reproduced here from images converted to jpegs which unfortunately lose some of the definition. I have used these for a display at the entrance to the Show to highlight to visitors how alpines can be grown in a garden setting as well as for exhibition).
And here to prove the point are three contrasting gardens - firstly Branklyn near to Perth in Scotland (which I have referred to recently); secondly a simple sand bed planting in our own garden in Kent; and thirdly a community planting at the entrance to Faversham, sponsored by one of the local pubs. The Show itself this Saturday will have an exciting variety of autumn flowering bulbs and plants on display and a good range available from Specialist Nurseries - plus that intangible fascination which comes from discovering these plants and growing them...