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AGS Seed Exchange, 2017-2018

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The Alpine Garden Society Seed Exchange

Please read carefully through these notes and also the notes about your Main Order and your Surplus Order.

We will start making up orders in December and continue through until the end of January.  Please note that no orders will be posted between 19 December 2017 and 8 January 2018 as the office at Pershore will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday.  Last year we processed over 2000 orders, so please be patient when you are waiting for your order.

If you are a donor and wish your order to receive priority, we must receive your order by 12th December 2017.  All orders must be sent to arrive by 6th January 2018 at the latest.  Orders cannot be accepted by email, please use the on-line ordering system.

The seeds offered originate from various sources and cannot be guaranteed true to name. Neither The Alpine Garden Society nor any official of the Society can be held responsible for what is supplied. Members are reminded that named cultivars and hybrids cannot be relied upon to come true, and plants raised from seed from cultivars should not be labelled with the names of those cultivars.

Seeds of many species are in short supply and we can never have enough to meet all requests.  If you request very rare or scarce species you may be disappointed and we advise you to spread your requests throughout a variety of seeds on the list.  We do limit the allocation of rare and sought after species to try and be as fair as possible to all members, especially those members who donate the rare seed.

Surplus seeds are those remaining after all applications for main distribution seeds have been met. Please see the notes on the back of the order form for further information.

Easy Packs contain ten specially chosen varieties of seed,  in a variety of colours, which are easy to germinate and grow and are suitable for beginners or those wanting quick results.  The packs will contain information on the plants included, and an instruction sheet on how to germinate and grow these varieties.  None of the plants in these packs need Alpine House cultivation.  You may request any number of packs within your Main Order allocation (one Easy Pack containing ten packets counts as ten of your choices).  Easy Packs are also available to order as part of the Surplus Seed Distribution. 

Damp-packed seed
We are grateful to all donors who send in damp packed seed.  This is especially important for ephemeral seed and for some Amaryllidaceae which germinate early.  We store this seed carefully after we receive it, then repack it with damp vermiculite in individual zip lock bags.   This year we are offering damp packed seed of Anemonopsis, Hepatica, Jeffersonia, Nerine, Oreopolus and Ranzania.  These packets are labelled D in the printed list and annotated as Damp-packed in the online list.  If you receive damp packed seed, the seed may already have germinated, so handle carefully.  It is best to carefully cut the plastic ziplock envelope and tip the whole contents into prepared compost in a pot and cover with grit.  Keep in a shady place outside and do not allow to dry out.  Do not cover the pots, but allow them to be exposed to the weather. They should germinate next spring but if there are no signs of germination, leave outside as sometimes germination can take a year longer.  If sowing is delayed, do not put the packets in the fridge. 

Overseas Members: We remind members outside the UK and the EU that most other countries restrict the import of some species.  It is the responsibility of members from overseas to check the laws covering seed importation before ordering to make sure that anything they request is not on their country’s list of banned imports.  Failure to do this could cause confiscation and destruction of all the seed within the imported packet at the point of entry to your country.  Overseas members should pre-check the list of approved species by contacting their local Ministry of Agriculture. 

For orders from the US, Australia and New Zealand we will include a printed list of your seeds to meet your country’s requirements, and we will do what we can to ensure we do not send banned species.  Guidance on restricted species may be found on the following sites:

Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON)

New Zealand - Biosecurity Index

USA - NARGS Restricted seed


USDA regulations do not permit the importation into the USA of any parasitic species, any species of the genus Lathyrus (without treatment which we cannot fulfil), nor any member of the families Rutaceae, Poaceae and some woody members of the family Berberidaceae (Berberis, Mahonia)

Wild Collected Seed:  Genetic material collected from the wild since October 12th 2014 is covered by the Nagoya Protocol, which is legally binding in the EU, including the UK.
For material from signatory countries, ‘utilisation’ is not permitted unless there is written consent from the country of origin.  This includes development of new named cultivars and hybrids as well as production of new drugs and other products. Cultivation, privately or commercially, is permitted. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, you should assume that seeds in this list do not have consent for utilisation, as described above.

We have sought assurances that all wild-collected seed offered in this list has been collected in accordance with the laws of the source countries and that its distribution is allowed under the terms of any permits to collect the seed.  We request that all donors of wild collected seed comply with the conservation laws of the countries they visit.  For more information about the Nagoya Protocol, CITES and the CBD, please see the Conservation section on the AGS website:

Wild collected seed is donor coded to enable us to identify individual collection sites.  The initials after the plant name refer to the donor, please refer to the donor pages at the back of the seed list booklet for codes.  A species with 2 or more donors is indicated by >2.  Details of some of the collection sites may be available on request from: Diane Clement, AGS Centre, Avon Bank, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3JP, UK  or  by e-mail:

Plant Breeders’ Rights
Where plant varieties are covered by Plant Breeders’ Rights, it means that there is a restriction on the use of that variety for production, reproduction or selling.  These rights only apply if the plants are being used for commercial purposes.  Since our seed list is only available to members of our society on a non-commercial basis, this is covered by the non-commercial use exemption.  Our seed exchange can therefore offer seed which is otherwise covered by Plant Breeders’ Rights but members should be aware that plants raised from these seeds may not be used for commercial purposes.  To check whether a plant has Plant Breeders’ Rights, please consult a current copy of The Plantfinder, or the RHS online Database



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