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Contribution from Rob Amos 16 January 2014, 19:51top / bottom of page
The Easy Introduction to Gardening with Alpines

For our first ever conference the Bedfordshire Group is going back to basics! We've picked a theme and programme that will (hopefully!) encourage non-AGS members to come and see what we are all about, as well as offer something to seasoned alpine growers.


9:00 - Registration
9:30 - Welcome
9:40 - Tony Goode, 'The Sixty Minute Garden: Alpines for the Time-Challenged'
10:40 - Break
11:00 - Vic Aspland, 'Alpines for the Open Garden'
12:00 - Lunch
13:30 - Workshops*
14:30 - Break
14:50 - Prof. John Good, 'Making the Best of the Site'
15:50 - Q&A
16:15 - Close

* Robert Amos, Starting an Alpine Collection
Roger Gray, Alpines and Digital Photography
John Spokes, practical demonstration

Date: Saturday 26th April

Venue: Stratton Upper School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 8JB

Cost: £15 / free for students and under-18s (cost includes lunch)

Nurseries: Anne's Alpines, Choice Landscapes and Little Heath Farm

For more information visit and click on the Conference link in the side-menu.

Contribution from Rob Amos 09 April 2014, 10:15top / bottom of page

There are still places available on our one-day conference - 'The Easy Introduction to Gardening with Alpines', on Saturday 26th April at Stratton Upper School, Biggleswade, SG18 8JB.

Speakers will include Tony Goode, Vic Aspland and Proff. John Good.

Nurseries in attendance are: Anne's Alpines, Choice Landscapes and Little Heath Farm.

There will also be artistic and trough displays put on by Group members.

Cost = £15, and free for students and under 18s. This includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information visit our website:, or contact

Contribution from Tim Ingram 09 April 2014, 13:39top / bottom of page

Would just like to wish Robert and the Bedfordshire Group all best wishes for their Conference. We will add details of it to the general twittering about our Groups in Kent and the nursery here, and hope that there may be an AGS 'journalist' at the day to give a flavour to some others of us who might contemplate the same idea in the future.

Contribution from Rob Amos 27 April 2014, 11:46top / bottom of page

Many thanks Tim.

I am pleased to report the day was a great success. There were fifty people there and around half were from outside the Society. We had six people join the Group on the day and many more took home membership forms.

Tony Goode, Vic Aspland and John Good were superb and their talks really went back to the roots of growing alpines (no pun intended!). I would especially like to thank Tony for stepping in at short notice when one of the workshop speakers had to back out a few days before the conference.

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