David Hughes (Secretary)
January 28th 2021
Once again we are delighted to get together with The Hampshire and West Sussex Groups for these meetings.
Michael is a horticultural advisor to the RHS, a lecturer at Craven College and is an AGS Silver medal holder
He will talk to us this evening on his speciality
Flowers of Lesotho
Kingdom in the Sky.
Celia together with her husband Iain and Jenny ,who spoke earlier this year, had a rather adventurous holiday high up in Lesotho. I’m sure you will all enjoy her talk.
Sadly Graham is not well so Celia has kindly offered to move her talk forward. We will look forward to hearing Graham later in the year.
MARCH 4th 7.30 pm
We will hold our AGM on zoom this evening……please make every effort to join us!
We will send the paper work out to those of you who can not access it on a computer.
you will find it on this website under AGM .
DORSET VIRTUAL DISPLAY TABLE EVENING
Caroline will send out a note with all the details. Do either prepare a pot for showing or take photos of you plants.
ON THE TRAIL OF FARRER FROM DALES TO DOLOMITES
Flowers of the Pyrenees
Hopefully we will have an afternoon get together at HORTON VILLAGE HALL
Please bring your plants for sale.
ROCKY FLOWER SHOW
Queen Elizabeth School
September 2nd Bulb Sale
Hopefully we will once again be meeting at Corfe Mullen Village Hall
to be arranged
LADY CHRISTINE SKELMERSDALE
Winter is not just Snowdrops!
SUMMER SHOW SOUTH
ROCKY FLOWER SHOW
SADLY THE SHOW IS CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR
The Rocky Flower Show takes place at Wimborne in Dorset and our group together with the Hampshire group enjoy hosting it.
This is our best opportunity in the South to see a wonderful selection of of exceptionally well grown plants and a display of expertly produced photographs.
If you need o know more about the plants ,it is a rare occasion to meet growers and learn their secrets!
The presence of the show in our area has encouraged exhibitors from our own membership who now regularly win trophies and awards.
We are grateful to the Hampshire group for their support in running this show.
Clare and Christine with their team put on an amazing spread of homemade cakes and lunches
The fine venue,sumptuous food,wonderful plants and friendly atmosphere have made it a Must See event for many far flung Alpine enthusiasts.
The photographic competition will continue to run. For further details please contact …David Hughes on
There will be 3 classes of panels of three photographs and a class for a single picture.
1.alpine plants in the wild
2.alpine plants in cultivation
3.close up photographs of alpine plants,including macrophotography.
Each entrant may enter 2 panels,either in different classes or both in one class.
if you contact David he will send you a copy of the rules.
We very much look forward to meeting you!
Nurseries attending 2019
Rachel/Tim Lever. Aberconway Nursery
Leesa Barret. Leesa’s not just Alpines
Tim Woodford. Garden Secrets Nursery
Rob and Jackie Potterton. Potterton’s Nursery
Simon Bond. Thuja Alpine Nursery
Monica Ashman. Wild Thyme Plants
Allendale Centre,Wimborne. BH21 1AS
SADLY THIS SHOW IS CANCELLED TOO
11.30 am to 3pm
Dorset groups showcase of Alpine plants and photographs.
This is your opportunity to see Alpine plants and bulbs cultivated by local growers.
Members or neighbouring AGS groups are also welcome to exhibit.
There will be plants for sale, a tombola…cakes …lunch …and tea!
Nurseries attending: 2020
Leesa’s not just Alpines…from Chichester
Parham Bungalow Plants
staging 8.30 until 10am
1.Three pans rock plants in flower,distinct,excluding bulbs and orchidacae
2. Three pans bulbous plants in flower distinct
3. Three pans rock plants in flower distinct
4. One pan rock plant in flower,open only to novices who are members of the Dorset group.
5. One pan rock plant in flower excluding bulbs and orchidacae
6. One pan Narcissus
7. One pan Fritillaria
8. One pan bulbous plant or Rhizomatous iris,other than Narcissus or Fritillaria
9.one pan bulbous plant not a monocotyledon.
10. Three pans Orchidacae distinct
11. One pan Orchidacae other than Pleione
12. One pan Pleione
13. Three pans primulacae distinct
14. One pan Cyclamen
15.one pan Primula
16.one pan Primulacae other than Cyclamen or Primula
17.one pan Saxifrage
18. One pan cushion plant
19. One pan Sempervivum or Jovibarba
20. One pan Lewisia
21.One pan Ericaceae
22. One pan rock plant in flower from the Southern Hemisphere
23. One pan foliage plant
24.Three pans dwarf shrubs including conifers, distinct
25. One pan dwarf conifer
26. One pan dwarf Rhododendron
27.one pan dwarf shrub other than dwarf conifer or Rhododendron
28Three pans rock plants grown from seed….date of sowing must be stated
29. One pan rock plant ,other than Bulb grown from seed…date of sowing must be stated
30. One pan bulbous plant grown from seed…date of sowing must be stated
31. One pan everyday rock plant other than orchidaceae
32. One pan everyday rock plant,bulbous or Orchidaceae
33. One container of cut flowers and foliage from plants suitable for rock garden or alpine house,overall dimensions not to exceed 6inches across and 5 inches high
34. A miniature garden or trough max.size 24” x24”
35. Up to 3 photographs of alpine plant or plants,mounted!size not to exceed 40cm x 30cm including mount
The paperwork will be sent out to those of you who are unable to access it on line.
Please do make every effort to attend.
David Hoskins grows the most beautiful Cyclamen plants. The one shown here is Cyclamen rependum which came from Ian Robertson a few years ago.
Most of my Snowdrops have come from other Dorset Alpine Garden Society members…….we always have a small plant sale at our meetings as well as an excellent raffle.
Narcissus Atlas Gold was selected by
Rob Potterton from seed collected by Jim Archibald in the High Atlas
This photo of Gill’s comes from Dorset AGS Committee who send warmest wishes for a Happy Christmas,and the hope that 2021 will enable us all to start meeting again in person
This is one of John Blanchards lovely Narcissus cantabricus flowering in the cold greenhouse today. It has many more flowers this year than last due,I think, to the lovely sunny weather we had in the early summer. I topdressed the pot in August and gave it a dilute feed of Miracle Grow at the beginning of September.
Some lovely Cyclamen grown by Gill Chudley most are kept undercover in her just frost free greenhouse.
A few Alpines from around our New Forest garden. Some are container grown so that we can adjust the soil conditions and others are on the rock garden.
Maureen and Martin live in Poole where they have been able to develop a lovely Japanese style garden.
Corfe Mullen Village Hall
Unfortunately due to the current situation all our meetings will now be on Zoom on the 4th Thursday of the month from 7.00pm (lecture starts at 7.30pm) January—April.
You are welcome to join us please contact our Secretary David Hughes
We have been lucky in that we are joining together with the Hampshire and West Sussex groups for these meetings