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. Currently these include tributes to Don Hambleton, recently deceased, and Bob and Di Dark who sadly for us moved to Yorkshire, 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.
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.
The Frank Bond Community Centre