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East Kent

Since 1957
Founded in 1957, the group organises a varied programme of activity each year, with lecture meetings in the winter months, and garden visits, practical sessions, social events and other activities during the summer.
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  • Subscription

    £7 per year (September to August) plus £2 supplement for those not members of the main Alpine Garden Society.

    Visitors welcome (£2 per meeting).

  • Contact

    Tel: 01795 535919

    Email: coptonash@yahoo.co.uk

  • Programme

    Due to coronavirus, no physical meetings are scheduled for the coming months – the programme for 2019 -2020 has been shown below to give an idea of the sort of meetings we hope to hold when conditions return to something like normal!

    In the meantime, we have organised some virtual meetings using Zoom. Invitations to these will be sent to all members of the East Kent Group, but some may be open to non-members, depending on the take-up. If you are interested in any of the talks listed below, please email coptonash@yahoo.co.uk.

    October 21st 2020 at 7.30 pm; Gill Regan on “Peru”

    November 25th 2020 at 7.30 pm; Sarah Morgan on “Gardening in a Pandemic”

    December 9th 2020 at 7.30 pm; A Christmas Quiz

     

    Programme For 2019 – 2020

    11th September 2019

    AGM and Tim Ingram – “Unknown American Gardeners”

    9th October 2019
    Tom Freeth – “The Iris Collections at Kew and their Cultivation”

    19th October 2019 (Saturday)

    AGS Autumn Kent Show – at Sutton Valence School, North Street, Sutton Valence ME17 3HL

    13th November 2019
    Jon Evans – “Wildside”

    11th December 2019

    Philip Oostenbrink – “Canterbury Cathedral Gardens”

    January 2020 – No Meeting

    12th February 2020

    Member’s Talks – Subjects tba

    11th March 2020

    Sue Buckingham – Subject tba

    22nd March 2020 (Sunday)

    ****** Postponed ******

    Adventures With Bulbs – at Lenham Community Centre ME17 2QT from 10.00 – 16.30

    28th March 2020 (Saturday)

    ****** Cancelled ******

    AGS Spring Kent Show – at Sutton Valence School, North Street, Sutton Valence ME17 3HL

    8th April 2020

    ****** Cancelled ******

    Colin Moat – “Shade-Loving Plants”

    Mid-May 2020 (exact date tba)

    ****** Cancelled ******

    Visit to Denge Wood for Orchids and Butterflies

    2020 August Summer picnic to be arranged

    ****** Cancelled ******

     

  • Special Event - Adventures With Bulbs - 22nd March 2020 - Postponed

    Adventures with Bulbs – Sunday 22nd March 2020

    Please note that this event has, regretfully, had to be postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. We had hoped to rearrange it in the autumn of 2020, but this of course proved impossible. It is still hoped that the event will go ahead at some point; in the meantime anyone who has bought a ticket in advance will be refunded.

    Lenham Community Centre ME17 2QT, from 10.00 to 16.30 ENTRY £ 7.50

    10.00 to 11.00 – Open to visitors, Refreshments, Plant Sales, Displays, Introduction

    11.00 to 12.00 – ‘BULBS OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – INSIGHTS FROM THE WILD AND GARDEN’

    Dr Julian Sutton – botanist and nurseryman (‘Desirable Plants’)

    12.00 to 14.00 – DEMONSTRATIONS – Lunch, Plant Sales, Displays

    14.00 to 15.00 – ‘THE BEAUTY OF BULBS IN THE GARDEN’

    Steve Edney – head gardener at ‘The Salutation Garden’, Sandwich, and contributor to

    BBC Kent Sunday Gardening

    15.00 to 15.30 – Refreshments, Plant Sales, Displays

    15.30 to 16.30 – BULBS AND THEIR GARDEN ECOLOGY IN A CHANGING CLIMATE’

    Dr Adrian Cooper – Plantsman and Trustee of Great Dixter and the Alpine Garden Society

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    Bulbs and plants for sale from Jacques Amand and specialist growers…

    DISPLAYS – PLANT SALES – REFRESHMENTS – ADVICE – ENTRY £ 7.50

    Sponsored by the Kent Groups of the Alpine Garden Society