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Autumn Conference 2017 and AGM

'Festival of Alpines'

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Stratfort Hotel View This year’s AGS conference, which runs alongside our Annual General Meeting, will be held at the same venue as last year. Members are invited to book a place for the event at the Crowne Plaza (formerly Holiday Inn), Stratford-upon-Avon, a four-star riverside location in the heart of this popular and attractive market town. The picture shows the view from the hotel.

It’s an event that no alpine enthusiast can afford to miss! This year’s AGS conference features a line-up of speakers who have a wealth of expertise and experience of gardening with alpines and exploring their natural habitats.

Open to non-members, the conference will be on the weekend of November 11 and 12 , following the Society’s AGM at the same venue.

The AGM and the E B Anderson Lecture are open free to all members. They are followed immediately by the conference. Don’t miss this chance to tap into a profusion of practical advice and useful information from some of the most accomplished alpine gardeners. Book here on our website or call the AGS Centre.

The Speakers
Our speakers, all with many years experience as alpine gardeners, will offer a deluge of practical advice and useful information:

Christopher Bailes Christopher Bailes, who will be appointed AGS President during the AGM before the conference, will give the E. B. Anderson Memorial Lecture. Christopher, the former Curator of RHS Rosemoor and the Chelsea Physic Garden, will talk about woodland and shade loving plants.

Johan Nilsson Johan Nilson (above) works at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, one of the world’s leading alpine botanical gardens. In his talk he will look at some of his favourite plants and their use in various plantings in the Gothenburg garden, which will be sure to whet the appetite for next year’s AGS tour there.

Harry Jans Harry Jans from the Netherlands is well known as an alpine plantsman, AGS tour leader and lecturer. He has travelled to many alpine habitats, including countries as diverse as Australia, China, Iran, Peru and Lesotho. Harry has created a fascinating alpine garden at his home.

Jim JJermyn Jim Jermyn is Horticultural Consultant and Property Manager at the renowned Branklyn Garden in Perth. He is the author of Alpine Plants of Europe: A Gardener’s Guide.

Paul Cumbleton Paul Cumbleton is former head of the alpine section at RHS Wisley. Paul, who has written several articles for The Alpine Gardener, has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the cultivation of alpines and in his lecture will pass on tips to improve your own growing skills.

Joseph Atkin Joseph Atkins is the Head Gardener at Aberglasney. He was trained at Pershore College and has had a long-term association with the AGS since his student days.

Robert Rolfe Robert Rolfe is Associate Editor of The Alpine Gardener and author of Portraits of Alpine Plants. Robert is a lifelong grower and shower of alpines and has a vast knowledge of their cultivation.


AGM open free to all members

10.00 am            Registration & Coffee

10.30 am            Annual General Meeting & Presentation of Society Awards

12.00 pm            Presentation of Show Awards

12.45 pm            Lunch

2.00 pm              E B Anderson Memorial Lecture:
                             Christopher Bailes – Woodlanders and shade loving plants

3.00 pm              Close of AGM


3.00-3.30 pm     Conference Registration

Beginning of Conference

Saturday session:

3.30 pm              Lecture:   Johan Nilsson -
                                           'My favourite plants and planting at Gothenburg Botanic Gardens'

                                           (5 minute break between speakers)

4.35 pm              Short Presentation:  'Alpines at Kew'

5.00 pm              Tea

5.15pm               Lecture:  Harry Jans  - 'Bulgaria, Rila & Pirin Mountains'

6.15 pm              End of session

7.45 pm              Conference Dinner + Plant Auction

                             (including a range of Cypripediums and other choice items)

Sunday session:

10.00 am            Lecture:  Jim Jermyn -
                                          'Branklyn Garden-a legacy from the Rentons to the 21st Century'

11.00 am            Coffee

11.30 pm            Lecture:  Paul Cumbleton - 'Composts and other Conundrums'

12.30 pm            Lunch

1.45 pm              Lecture:  Joseph Atkin - 'An obsession with Succession at Aberglasney'

                                           (5 minute break between speakers)

2.35 pm              Lecture:  Robert Rolfe - 'The commonplace versus the seldom seen'

3.35 pm              Close

Book sales, Nurseries & Members' Plant Sales Table

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