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Programme of meetings for 2018

Welcome to the programme of meetings for 2018


You are welcome to come to any of our talks.








Dorset Show

Thanks to everyone’s hard work yesterday 

our Show was a hugh success.

Over 200 people attended,

the tables were packed with excellent

plants, screens were covered in 

beautiful photographs.

A great day!



January 4th


Graham and Jackie Poynter

The Alpines of Slovenia 



Graham and Jackie have been leading flower walks for Colletts Mountain Holidays in the Dolomites for ten years. More recently Graham has helped Naturetrek as co-leader to several European destinations including our 2017  trip to the Dolomites.


February 1st


Janice Bennetts


"A history of rock gardening"


Bournemouth rock garden

Janice Bennetts is a member of the AGS Rock History Group and also formed the Research Group for Hampshire’s Garden Trust to identify the needs and opportunities to conserve, protect and enhance its rich heritage of parks, gardens and designed green spaces.  Looking at the history of rock gardens has combined both her interests.

March 1st


followed by presentations by our members

Russell Beeson and Richard White

The Vercors in a heatwave.

Vygies en Viooltjies

( 12 days in the Western Cape)



Not such a dry evening as you might expect as the business is concluded speedily.

Then we settle back to enjoy a medley of photographs from our members' recent forays in plant-hunting around the world. 



Saturday March 10th


Dorset AGS Local Group



Allendale Centre, Wimborne 

Open 11:30am - 3pm

(Setup 8:30-10.00am)

Show schedule 10th March 2018 (2318Kb)


April 5th


Diane Clement

"Jewels in the Garden-

Hepatica and Cyclamen"


Diane Clement is a keen exhibitor and judge for the Alpine Garden Society. She specialises in growing hepaticas, cyclamen and woodcland plants in her shady Wolverhampton garden. She is a passionate grower from seed, as befits her current role as Director of the AGS Seed Exchange. 


May 4th


Vic Aspland

"Alpines for the open garden"


Vic has written practical gardening advice for the AGS Journal for many years. He is a keen grower and shower at AGS shows.


AGS Wimborne Show


Queen Elizabeth School


May 19th 2018

Further information can be found on our Events page, including the list of nurseries and details of the photographic competition 





September 6th


Jim Almond

"Adventures of an Alpine Enthusiast"






October 4th


Simon Pugh-Jones

Teenage adventures in orchid conservation 


This is and Open Meeting




November 1st



Dr.Celia Wright

Celia will talk on the amazing crevice gardens she visited during the Czech.conference in 2017






December 6th



David Hughes

Mountain flowers of th northern Rockies of the






January 3rd 2019


Joseph Atkins

head gardener at Aberglasney Gardens



February 7th 2019

Kurt Vickery

A Tulip Hunters favourite weeds







March 7th


Tim Hooker will talk on his plant hunting






April 4th

Richard Horswood

Successes and failures with Alpines

(How I try to grow them)






May 3rd

Caroline Seymour 

Flowers from the Avenue of Volcanoes




September 6th 2019

Razvan Chisu

Castles and Flowers of Transylvania 

October 3rd 2019

Anna Pavord

Bulbs for all Seasons

December 5th 2019

Christopher Bailes 

Christine Hughes