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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

    Membership normally costs £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 would be welcome to join an individual physical meeting at a cost of £2 per meeting.

    However, for 2023, we will not be asking for yearly subscriptions, but asking for payments for each meeting – £2 for those currently registered as members of the East Kent Group, and £5 for non-members.

  • Contact

    Tel: 01795 535919


  • Programme

    14th September 2022

    AGM, with presentation by Tim Ingram on history of the Group, and discussion about its future.

    1st February 2023 at Lower Hardres
    Members talks focussing on bulbs:

    Tim Ingram on the development and change through the seasons of a dedicated bulb bed;

    Jeremy Spon on a variety of  ways of growing bulbs, with a particular emphasis on winter-growing ones from South Africa.

    Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th February 2023(dependent on weather)

    Visit to private garden at Fairseat to see snowdrops, crocus etc.

    Wednesday 8th March 2023 at Lower Hardres

    Martyn Denney on ‘The Pre-Monsoon Flora of the Sikkim Himalaya’

    Wednesday 12th April 2023 at 2 pm

    Visit to Peter and Henny Shotter’s Garden near Lenham. Joint with Mid Kent.

    Wednesday 12th April 2023 at Lower Hardres

    Charlie Bancroft – Restoring the Rock Garden at Nymans

    Charlie is one of the gardeners at Nymans, and will be telling us about the ongoing restoration of the Rock Garden, originally built at the end of the Victorian era.

    Wednesday 10th May 2023 at Lower Hardres

    Philip Oostenbrink on Plant Collections.

    Philip is Head Gardener at Walmer Castle, and the Plant Heritage Collections Coordinator for Kent.