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Newsletter of the Norfolk Group of the Alpine Garden Society Autumn 2014

Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Newsletter of the Norfolk Group of the Alpine Garden Society

 

Autumn 2014

 

As another Summer fades, we are all probably looking back at yet another growing season full of quirks and oddities – mainly courtesy of our great British weather. Quite whether alpines will respond in the same way as many of our native plants, I’m not sure. With so many trees and shrubs producing ripe fruit earlier in the season, some even, seemingly, flowering twice in one season, I wonder what might be the equivalent in terms of our alpines.

 

We now look forward to another wonderful season of indoor meetings with a wide selection of inspirational speakers. This all follows on from a great first half to 2014 which, of course, included a well-subscribed trip to The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. We had seen alpine specialist, Kit Strange, here in Norfolk but most of us had not seen her on her home turf, behind the scenes in the alpines propagation area at Kew. It would be lovely to think that we could organise other, similar, visits both within the UK and in Europe.

 

To this end, the Committee is developing plans to visit Sweden during the coming year and, hopefully, such a trip will be equally well-supported as the Kew trip was this year. Also, to look forward into 2015, we have already put in place a basic plan for another conference here in Norwich, with keynote speakers, practical demonstrations and a range of nurseries. There will be much more information on this conference once we move towards the new year.

 

This year’s Show at Wymondham was, once again, a reflection of the hard work and dedication which personifies the Norfolk Group. We can be proud of the way the Show is run, the hospitality we offer to our visitors, exhibitors and judges and the good humour exhibited by the massive team of volunteers throughout the two main days of the Show.

 

I have purposely not named names in this review because to do so risks, inadvertently, leaving someone out. I wish to thank the Committee for their commitment to making the Group what it is today and to mention how grateful I am to all those who contribute at meetings, shows and in so many different ways ‘behind the scenes’.

 

Here’s looking forward to another full Autumn/Winter season.

 

Ian Black

August 2014

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A reminder that, with the start of a new season of lectures, subs are due in September.

 

A date for you to put into your diary for 2015 - the Norfolk group day Conference will be Saturday,19th September 2015. The venue will again be the Abbey Conference Centre at Trowse. Provisionally, we will have Peter Corn from Sweden as a speaker, who will probably do 2 lectures during the day. After hearing Paul Cumbleton, who is a recently retired senior supervisor in the Alpine section at Wisley, talk to us earlier in the summer,

he is likely to be approached to be another speaker. Other details will be passed on to you as they become known.

 

Diane Blyth

 

 

AGS Norfolk Group Lecture Programme 2014

(all meetings held at the New Village Hall, Steepletower estate, Hethersett, at 7.30pm, unless advised otherwise)

 

17th Sept     Iain Wright - Camping in the Himalaya

 

15th Oct      Kit Strange - Thirty Days and Thirty Nights in Tajikistan

 

19th Nov      Diane Clement - A Year in the Life of an Alpine Gardener

 

17th Dec      AGM & Christmas Social

 

An excellent programme to come this autumn.  All are accomplished speakers and experts in their field.

Iain Wright (Celia too) from Shropshire, are both heavily involved in the Hardy Orchid Society.  They are keen and battle hardened travellers who enjoy seeing plants in their natural habitats.  Kit Strange from Kew, burst onto our lecture scene in 2011.  Expect another colourful lecture.  She was in Tajikistan for a month this Spring and, no doubt, will have taken a few photos while she was there.  Diane Clement (Wolverhampton) is AGS Seed Distribution manager and a passionate gardener; her talk will be both personal and practical.

Speakers for 2015 are being booked and will be printed in the newsletter due to go out early in January 2015. Remember that there is no group meeting in January, as the hall is booked for pantomime performances.

 

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Is there somebody who would be prepared to take on the compiling and distribution of this newsletter? It had always been my intention to improve and enlarge it's content from just 1 sheet of A4, to include short articles and other things of interest to something more, like that which was produced by Alan Chapman a few years back. Unfortunately, my lack of spare time and an increasing amount of hours spent on my laptop for our business, means that I haven't been able to produce something more than a basic information sheet. It would need someone with access to a computer but, not necessarily, a printer – the copy could always be emailed to someone else to print out. If anyone would like to know more, please either email me on rosiewardspixworth@hotmail.co.uk or phone me on 01603 427807, evenings.

 

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The Plantation Garden (where we held our summer social) are arranging an outing to Anglesea Abbey on Thursday 25th September.

Cost will be in the region of £18 including entrance to National Trust Property or £9.50 if you are a member of the NT (or RHS)

The coach will leave Earlham Rd 9.30 AM and return 4.30/5PM If you would like to go, please contact Marj Wilson on marj67a@gmail.com or 01603 446178.

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