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AGS Events: World of Alpines 2014

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Contribution from Jon Evans 30 May 2014, 12:41top / bottom of page

In March every year the Woking West Surrey and East Surrey local groups combine to stage an alpine event on a Sunday at RHS Wisley.  We always hope that this will raise interest  in alpine plants among visitors who are already interested in gardening, and generate new members for the society, and other local groups, even if we get little local interest (local gardeners tend to visit in the week rather than at the weekend).

Members bring plants to make up the display, bolstered enormously this year by the kind efforts of Chloe Wells from the Wisley Alpine Department (many thanks to her). 

Attendance is quite variable; good some years when we have managed to get the event publicised around the garden, and morning sunshine brings lots of visitors who are then driven under cover by heavy showers, but generally quite thin when the weather is good and we are restricted about signs in the garden.

This year the event took place later than usual, at the end of March.  By the entrance there is a table with Easy Alpines leaflets, packets of seed, membership forms and fliers giving programmes for the local groups, staffed at this point by Roger Cleaver, Joy Bishop and Margaret Marcham.

Primula world

Moving further into the hall, we find the customary table full of European primula hybrids, attended by the maestro David Philbey.

Primula world

Hang on a minute, has he gone to sleep...

That's better; someone has stopped to talk to him.

Primula hybrids

Here is a closer view of some of the plants, mainly his own hybrids, apart from Clarence Elliott in the first picture.

Primula hybrids

In the middle of the room was a long table containing a variety of spring bulbs and other rock garden plants, from several local group members, watched over by Alan Wolsoncroft in his striking yellow polo shirt.


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