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Chiltern

Since Autumn 1993
Welcome to the Chiltern Alpine Garden Society Group. We are an active, welcoming group with a passion for alpines, plants, gardens and stunning landscapes worldwide. We have monthly meetings with an expert guest speaker exploring alpine flora in the wild and in cultivation, but also on plants and gardens more widely to enhance your botanical and environmental knowledge and to aid conservation. We have displays of seasonal plants at meetings along with plant sales, raffle and refreshments. The Group organises an annual show, day trips and short breaks away. For more information please visit our website: https://chilternalpinegroup.org/
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  • Welcome

    The Committee and current members would like to welcome all new/potential members to our Group. Although we are based in the Chilterns you do not need to live in our area to become a member.

    We are a welcoming and sociable group with members who range from experienced alpine growers and exhibitors, through keen amateurs and beginners with little alpine knowledge and indeed to people who just have a love of plants and gardens in general.

    We currently have a membership of around 50.

    Speakers are drawn from alpine and horticultural specialists, nursery owners, experienced alpine travellers and experts in other related fields. At most meetings in the hall members bring in a selection of plants for display and once a year we seek to have our own group show of members’ plants.

    We usually meet monthly between autumn and spring in Great Kingshill village hall. We ran a well received programme of virtual meetings on Zoom in 2020 and early 2021.  We aim to continue some online talks in the future, so that members who cannot travel are able to participate and also to enable us to invite speakers living far away from our venue.

    At the meeting in the hall members, and often the speakers, bring plants for sale and we hold a raffle. Profits from these support the Group’s funds and allow us to maintain our high standard of invited speakers. Refreshments are included and our tea break is a great chance to talk with other members and the speakers – who are always delighted to have a chat. We keep in touch by newsletters and emails and all members are invited to contribute articles.

    We usually try to arrange visits such as to gardens, specialist plant nurseries and to see local native flora and often organise trips for a few nights away during the summer. Recent trips have included visits to Ireland, Scotland and Norfolk with a Lake District trip planned in 2022.

    Membership of our group is open to all – you don’t currently have to be an AGS member, although we would always recommend and encourage you join the AGS to support its conservation aims and to enjoy the wider benefits of the Society.

    Please do come along as a visitor to enjoy one of our meetings in the hall to see if you’d like to join us regularly. You would be most welcome.   There is no need to contact us before attending a meeting in the hall but forany future Zoom meetings please get in touch with John Gill, Chair, by email: chiltern@alpinegardensociety.org 

  • Programme

    We meet on the second Friday of the month at Great Kinghshill village hall, 7.30pm start.

    10 September 2021 – Caroline Seymour: AGS plant hunting tour to Ecuador

    8 October 2021 – Rupert Wheeler: Red centre of Australia

    12 November – Andrew Cleave: Orchids of Italy and Alpines in Bulgaria

    10 December – Paul Barney: Ethiopa mountain plants

    14 January 2021 – Timothy Walker (via Zoom): TBC

    11 February 2022 – Harry Jans (via Zoom): AGS plant hunting tour to Peru

    11 March 2022 – Dr Adrian Cooper: Growing alpine plants in UK gardens and alpine houses

    8 April 2022 – Kerrie Porteous: Switzerland and Slovenia, alpines and scenery

    13 May 2022 – Richard Green: China beyond the crowds

  • Contact & Join Us

    Please contact our Chair John Gill to join us and for any enquiries about our group

    chiltern@alpinegardensociety.org

  • Subscriptions

    Members:

    2021 Individual annual subscription:  £18.00

    Meeting charge including tea, coffee and biscuits £1.00

    Visitors:

    For meetings in the hall we would ask for a donation of £3 to include tea, coffee and biscuits

  • Next meeting

    Please see full details of our programme on our website:

    https://chilternalpinegroup.org/

  • Links

    Local groups, nurseries and gardens

    Hazlemere Gardening Association http://www.hazlemeregardening.co.uk/

    Turn End Garden https://www.turnend.org.uk/

    Stotts Nursery, Stokenchurch https://stottsnursery.co.uk/

    D’Arcy and Everest, alpine and unusual perennial plants https://darcyeverest.co.uk/