Information: Rock Gardener for more than thirty years, specialising in rare and unusual alpines. Founder member of the Dutch Rock Garden Society and was their president for six years. Member of three AGS Expeditions: ACE 1994, SQAE 2000 and Iran Expedition 2003. AGS tour leader to various parts in the world. Led tours to China, Tibet, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Peru, the Czech Republic and Sweden. Regular lecturer at Conferences and Study Weekends in Holland, Germany, England, Scotland, USA, Canada and New Zealand. Published several articles on different rock garden subjects.
Construction and Gardens:
1. Growing Alpines in the “hills” of Holland - my own Rock Garden, Alpine House, Tufa Wall etc. (including building and growing information)
2. New Ways of growing Alpines - many new things like Tufa Walls, recycling Rock Gardens etc.
3. How to build an Alpine House - many different designs, including watering and shading techniques
4. Growing high Alpines on Tufa
5. Daphne, a must for every Rock Garden - many species and hybrids, including grafting techniques
6. Plant Portraits - many different/difficult/rare alpines with growing instructions, etc.
7. Cypripedium in the wild and in cultivation
8. Mega Alpines do exist! ~ travel around the world to see large alpines like Rheum nobile, Dendrosenecio, Puya, Lobelia, etc.
9. The French Alps - 14 days in the Vanoise and Ecrins, a Mecca of alpine plants in France. We will visit the famous very rich areas of Col du Mont Cenis, Col de l Iseran, Col du Lautaret, Col du Galubier, Col d Izoard and Col du Granon. These areas are all very accessible by car with numerous plants for the alpine enthusiast.
10. Switzerland, the Valais - The canton of Valais is probably best known for its picturesque villages like Zermatt and Saas Fee, but it is also a treasure grove full of alpines. Many high mountain places are easy accessible by car.
11. Greece, the main land - This 3400 km trip will show you many of the highlights on the main land of Greece, excluding the Peloponnesus. The main goal was: to see “the Flower of the Gods” - Jancaea heldreichii, in full flower on Mount Olympos. Next to many plants places like Meteora and Zagoria will be included.
12. The Cream of the European Alps - a mixture of the best alpine plants from various corners
13. Iran in focus - plants, places and people in and around middle, east, and west Iran.
14. Alpines Down Under - A closer look at Alpines in Australia and Tasmania. An unknown area for many of us, but with a wealth of very attractive (alpine) plants. Next to the high alpines I will show also some other very interesting plants.
15. Plants along the Silk Road - a botanical tour to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Many different tulips and Juno Iris. With also the famous city of Samarkand with the best blue Mosques in the world and some spectacular views along the Afghan border.
16. Flowers of the Incas - A botanical tour to the south of Peru with extreme plants like Nototriche, Azorella compacta and Puya raimondii at 4200m with the tallest flower stem in the world. Of couse I will show some of the well known Inca treasures like Machu Picchu as well.
17. Botanical tour through the South Island of New Zealand - New Zealand with its Southern Alps and special high alpines like Raoulia eximia and Haastia pulvinaris are amazing. But do not forget the views in Fiordland at the Milford Sound. A large variation of plants in various habitats will be shown.
18. Plant hunting along part of the Silk Road in Kyrgyzstan - in search of various spring flowers along lake Issyk Kul and parts of the Tian Shan.
19. Following the trails of the pilgrims to Gosainkunda - A trek of 10 days to the Gosainkunda lakes at 4380m in Nepal. We will visit various habitats and see many desirable plants like Primula aureata, Primula deuteronana, Meconopsis simplicifolia, Lloydia flavonutans and Polygonatum hookeri to name but a few. Of course a bit of culture will be showed as well.
20 Socotra, a jewel of Biodiversity in the Middle East - The island of Socotra is part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is so isolated that a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. Notable are the dragon's blood trees that look like flying saucers perched on trunks. Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum are trees that look like elephants' legs with pink flowers on top. Birds such as the Socotra starling, Socotra sunbird, and Socotra grosbeak are found nowhere else on Earth. An unexplored treasure on earth.
21. Around the World of Alpines in 60 minutes - a closer look at Alpines and their habitats on various continents and countries across the globe. From Eritrichium in Europe to Chionocharis in Tibet and from Giant lobelias in Ethiopia to rare cushion plants in Tasmania.
22. The best (alpine) plants of the Western China - spring & autumn flowers, places and people
23. Yunnan, a Plantsman’s Paradise - these days(!), an easy accessible province with one of the richest area’s for (alpine)plants in the world.
24. A closer look at the rich Alpine Flora in Sichuan province - areas like Wolong, Balang Shan, Huanglong, Juizhaigou, Kanding, Jiulong, etc. with many super plants like the famous Meconopsis punicea.
25. Tibet: Plant hunting on the Roof of the World - an account of an AGS expedition to places like Lhasa, Tibetan Plateau and the Kangshung valley,, very close to Mnt. Everest. With new discoveries like Meconopsis tibetica and other plants that will grow up to 5350m (+ other interesting plants and places in Tibet.)
25. A botanical jeep tour from Chengdu to Lhasa - during this 2600km trip through Sichuan and Tibet we will cross 13 high mountain passes with some of them well over 5000m and end it in the famous city of Lhasa at 3650m. Because of so many different habitats on tour (dry, rocky, wet, alpine but even subtropical), the plant diversity is huge. Many rare and unknown species will be shown next to beautiful views and culture.
26. In the footsteps of the old day plant hunters - A mixture of places and plants seen by the famous plant hunters Forrest, Wilson, Rock and others about hundred years ago and by the lecturer these days. The lecture will be a mixture with old black and white and modern digital images.
Fee: C - could be shared between groups
Equipment: Group to provide a digital projector with preferable an HDMi connection. Will bring my own laptop.
Availability: Any time by arrangement.