Alpine Garden Society

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Somerset AGS Local Group

Introduction to the Somerset group
We are a group of about 30 members with a wide range of interest in alpine plants and our lectures reflect this. Most of us are keen gardeners with a particular interest in alpines and some of us spend our holidays searching for alpines around the world. We are enthusiastic growers of a variety of alpines, with some of our members showing their plants at AGS shows around the region.

Meetings are held from September to May on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Frank Bond Community Centre, Bishops Hull, Taunton TA1 5DS at 7.30pm. (For a map of how to get to the centre see below.) As well as a talk there are plants sales, a raffle, second hand book sales and of course tea, coffee and  biscuits giving members a chance to chat to each other and so exchange information about all aspects of alpine plants.

In the "News" section of the website you will find articles and pictures by local group members. These may have been published in the group newsletter which is published in February, September and November each year. You will also find accounts of recent garden visits and garden parties.


Members' plants
Symphiotrichum ericoides Symphiotrichum ericoides ( formerly Aster ericoides) is one of the best late flowering plants I grow. The picture was taken in late October and flowering always continues well into November. My form is quite low growing though not labelled as "prostrata" and it can spread to quite significant proportions if not controlled however this does provide for easy propagation. It is growing in my ordinary garden soil at the front of a border but would also suit a rock garden or raised bed. I first came across the plant at the RHS garden, Rosemoor.

Richard H.

The Frank Bond Community Centre
map of venue

The Map, right, shows the site of the Frank Bond Centre in Mountway Road, Bishops Hull. Directions are given below. If you use satnav the postcode is TA1 5DS.
From the M5 head for Taunton (as for the Albemarle) but turn left at the roundabout following the Creech Castle traffic lights following the A38 and signs to Wellington. You stay on this road through Taunton. As you come out of the town you will pass a Tesco Store (traffic lights) and the College, both on your right. After about ½ mile you will reach the roundabout shown on the map (garage on left) where you turn right into Silk Mills Road. You then turn right at the traffic lights (outside lane) then it is first left and immediately left again. Parking is to your right as you enter but there is also room in the approach road. For other routes from this side of Taunton you will need to turn on to the A38 Wellington Road when you reach it.
Coming from Wellington the roundabout is just past the Crematorium. From the Minehead side you turn right into Silk Mills Road from the A358 (follow Park and Ride signs) and turn left at the last set of lights shortly before the roundabout.