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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

    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.) 

  • 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

    *****

    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