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Barton Grange Weekend 2013

Barton Grange Weekend 2013

An Alpine Extravaganza at Barton Grange Garden Centre

Over the weekend of 9th & 10th March 2013, the North Lancs. group of the Alpine Garden Society joined forces at Barton Grange Garden Centre with our neighbours from East Lancs. to introduce their visitors to the wonderful world of alpines.  As we expected the place was heaving with people, (it was after all Mothering Sunday weekend), many of whom were enticed into “the Green Room” to be amazed by a gold medal display of photographs showing alpines growing in the wild.

There was an added ‘wow’ factor as they entered the room with thirty or so alpines in pots demonstrating their beauty of form and sheer flower power.  Along with leaflets all about the AGS and both our groups’ activities, a loop slide show was an on-going feature.  Group members were kept busy answering queries and providing information.

During the morning of both days there was a half-hour slide show and mini lecture showing alpines in the wild and in cultivation, followed in the afternoons by a practical demonstration on the do’s and don’ts of planting an alpine trough.  All of the plants and the materials used, including the trough, were supplied by Barton Grange.  Many of the four hundred or so visitors we received left us their details and at the end of the event the finished trough was raffled and won by a gentleman from Manchester.

Slack Top Nursery was in attendance throughout Sunday to give advice and introduce the public to a wider variety of quality specialist alpine plants available to them.

Throughout the event members from both local AGS groups were on hand to share their passion for cultivating alpines and to enlighten the public about the benefits of joining the AGS and becoming local group members.  At the close of Sunday we had acquired five fully paid up members for the AGS with several others expressing a keen interest in joining our group.  Our Membership Secretary has provided them with the necessary information and paperwork about membership for our next lecture season.  We will see in due course if all the hard work bears fruit.

Many thanks go to Margaret and Tony Taziker, Janet Fielden, Syd Cumbus, Peter Bland, Lionel and Jill Clarkson, Barbara Demaine and of course our friends from the East Lancs. Group with whom it was a joy to work.

P.S.  OMG; Barton Grange has been in touch; they would like us to do it again next year!

Frank Hoyle

Chairman of the North Lancs. Group of the Alpine Garden Society

Information Board
Display stand

Some of the plants on display
Plant display

Discussion over the display table

Audience at one of the demonstration sessions
Demonstration session

Visitors discussing Syd Cumbus' wonderful plant photographs