Chiltern AGS Local Group
Alpine Garden Society – Chiltern Group
Originally formed in Autumn 1993 to provide a local Alpine enthusiasts meeting place for the southern end of the Chiltern hills. We are a friendly well supported group with members who are experienced alpine growers and exhibitors, through to keen amateurs and beginners, and many members travel to see and photograph alpines in their natural habitat.
We hold monthly meetings on the second Friday from September to May, except where it coincides with Easter when another day may be arranged. Meetings are held in Great Kingshill village hall a few miles north of High Wycombe, (HP15 6DW) starting at 7.30 pm. In summer garden visits are arranged, and an annual coach trip is usually organised to visit a show, nurseries or gardens. Many members are happy to welcome visitors to their gardens.
Speakers at the meetings are drawn from the AGS list of experts, from nursery owners, from experienced alpine travellers, and from experts in growing and showing alpines and similar plants. At most meetings there is a non-competitive display of seasonal plants and each April we have our own group show of members' plants, alpine plant related craft objects and photographs. AGS national judges may be invited to judge the exhibits, and members also make their own selections for awards. Members, and often the speakers, bring plants for sale at meetings. Profits from a raffle at each meeting and the members' plant sales help us maintain our high standard of presentations. Refreshments are available. Limited parking is available at the hall, with a larger area a short distance away on the north side of the village common.
The group has a good library of alpine and other plant related books, and some videos. These can be borrowed by members at the meetings.
Annual membership subscription is £6.00 for individuals, £10.00 for families. Visitors at meetings are always welcome (£2.00). The membership season starts at the September meeting. Membership is not exclusive to AGS members but non AGS members are encouraged to join the national society and enjoy the many additional benefits.
Chiltern Group Library Index (11Kb)