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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 who are not members of the main Alpine Garden Society and wish to attend physical meetings, garden visits etc. (The extra is a contribution towards the cost of insurance.

    Visitors are welcome to join an individual physical meeting at a cost of £2 per meeting.

    For those who only wish to join our Zoom talks, a single charge of £7 will give access to all those scheduled for a season (September to August.)

    For details of how to join, please email

    Please note that anyone from outside the UK will probably need to have a Paypal account to make payments.

  • Contact

    Tel: 01795 535919


  • Programme

    With the lifting of most coronavirus restrictions, the Group has been able to arrange some physical meetings in the autumn, at our usual venue, Lower Hardres Village Hall, the details of which are given below. At the AGM in September we will discuss what plans to make for 2022, and members will have a chance to say what form the Group’s activities should take in the future, so the Committee hopes as many members as possible will attend (and bring plants to be sold!)

    8th September 2021

    AGM followed by Plant Auction/Sale

    13th October 2021
    Paul Spracklin – “Gardening with Succulents – How to use Cacti and Succulents as landscape subjects” (Paul is an experienced speaker and a well-known expert on growing cacti and succulents outdoors, whose garden has featured on BBC Gardener’s World.)

    10th November 2021
    Colin Moat – “Fifty Greys of Shade” (Colin is a nursery owner and very entertaining speaker with a special interest in shade-loving plants – he will bring plants for sale.) 

    The rest of the winter season will consist of the following three Zoom talks.

    These talks are open to anyone, whether or not they are a member of the East Kent Group, but non-members will need to pay a single fee of £7 to cover all three talks. (Regrettably we are not able to offer access to single talks – we tried this last year, but it generated too much work for our Treasurer and Secretary!) For details of how to pay, please contact

    Wednesday 8th of December 2021 7.30 pm GMT

    Răzvan Chişu on “Romanian alpines”

    This talk focuses on the plants that live on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. From North to South, through woodlands, gorges and up on to the high peaks.

    Wednesday 12th January 2022 7.30 pm GMT

    Harry Jans on “High Alpines on the Equator”

    The talk covers many endemic alpines on the Bale Mountains in Ethiopia and on Mount Kenya. Highlights are the giant Lobelias which can reach over 6m! These are areas not often visited by plant hunters.

    Wednesday 9th February 2022 7.30 pm GMT

    Ian Young “Bulb Log”

    This talk looks at how Ian’s weekly diary has evolved over the years and just like the Bulb Log it is wide ranging covering all sorts of subjects not just bulbs.

  • 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


    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


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


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


    Sponsored by the Kent Groups of the Alpine Garden Society