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Since October 1962
Monthly meetings consist of a lecture / presentation, raffle, plant sale and display table. In April we hold our annual plant sale at one of our open garden events. Garden visits are arranged throughout the year. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting a series of meetings at Chilworth Hall plus some Zoom lectures through the winter months for those who prefer not to attend in person.
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  • Welcome

    Welcome to the Hampshire Alpine Garden Society Webpage.

    Our friendly, active group has been established since October 1962 and one or two original members still turn up occasionally!

    We currently have a membership of 90+ and they range from those new to alpine gardening to experts with a wealth of experience.

    We have an excellent programme of lectures on a wide range of topics, always stimulating and interesting. There is plenty of opportunity to chat to other members of the group. We have a raffle, a plant sales table and a display table each month.

    April sees the Annual Plant Sale which we all look forward to with much excitement and takes place at one of our Open Garden events!  Several open garden events are organised in the spring and summer at which we hold further plant sales.

    Membership of our group is open to all – you don’t have to be an AGS member, although always recommended to enjoy the wider benefits of the Society. Do come along as a visitor and see if you’d like to join us regularly. You would be most welcome.

  • Contact Details and Subscription

    Contact Details

    Ben Parmee (Secretary): Tel: 02380 265672 or 07501 083504



    AGS members: £10. (Joint £14)

    Non-members: £11.00. (Joint £15)

    Visitors: £2.50 (per meeting)

    Students: Free

  • Events programme

    2023 – 2024 Programme of Meetings and Talks


    28 September 2023 – At Chilworth Hall

    Joe Sharman – known as ‘Mr Snowdrop’ Joe runs Monksilver Nursery.

    ‘Cyclamen’ – showing many of the species, their origins, and how to grow them in our gardens

    26 October 2023 – At Chilworth Hall

    Bob and Rannveig Wallis – AGS exhibitors and shows’ judges and tour guides.

    ‘Moorish Bulbs’ (covering trips to Andalucia and Morocco)

    23 November 2023 – At Chilworth Hall

    David Hazelgrove – Past President of the Alpine Garden Society.

    West Coast South Africa in September

    14 December 2023 – Via Zoom – note this is the second Thursday

    Seasonal meeting including the quiz written by David Butcher and short presentations by Group members.


    25 January 2024 – via Zoom

    Michael Myers – Michael is a horticulture tutor at Craven College in Skipton.

    ‘Dwarf Bulbs throughout the Year’

    22 February 2024 – via Zoom

    Ian Young – has been heavily involved in The Scottish Rock Gardening Club for many years.

    ‘Nature Gardeners Tutor’

    28 March 2024 – At Chilworth Hall

    Christopher Bailes – Past President of the Alpine Garden Society.

    Growing hardy orchids in the garden – from obscurity to ubiquity…?

    March/April – Annual plant sale and open garden events – Dates to be announced.

    25 April 2024 – At Chilworth Hall

    Annual General Meeting and …

    *** Revision*** David Mussell – Group member and Chairman of Hale and Woodgreen Horticultural Society.

    ‘Gardening at No.9 – how a garden was created from scratch, and subsequently recreated over 25 years’

    23 May 2024 – At Chilworth Hall

    Jon Evans – Jon is best known as the AGS Shows photographer.

    ‘Plant photography at AGS shows’




  • Next Meeting

    Hampshire Alpine Garden Society

    Meeting at Chilworth Hall

    7.00 for 7.30pm Thursday,  28th March 2024

    Speaker: David Mussell

    ‘Gardening at No.9 – how a garden was created from scratch, and subsequently recreated over 25 years’

    David is a Group member and Chairman of Hale and Woodgreen Horticultural Society. He has developed his garden at his home in Woodgreen in the New Forest over a period of 25 years as the title suggests and the talk follows the development and transitions during that time.


    For more info: Email / ring 07501 083504

    Directions / venue

  • Open Garden Event and Plant Sale

    Next Hampshire Group Open Garden Event and

    Annual Plant Sale

    14th and 18th April 2024 

    Paddy and Ben Parmee open their garden for spring alpines and the Group’s annual plant sale during the spring. There are expected to be at least three open garden events in 2024. Paddy and Ben’s alpine garden featured on Gardeners World, episode 4 2022 and various magazine articles have been written/photographed in and about their garden.

    The garden is opened in February showing Paddy’s large collection of Snowdrops, March/April for early alpines and May/June for later spring flowers. Each opening also features a plant sale.

    AGS Members and friends are invited to join Paddy and Ben at their garden in Chandlers Ford to enjoy Alpines at their best.

    AGS Groups – if you would like to arrange a visit specifically for your Group, please contact Ben to arrange a date. (Details Below)


    Venue: 179 Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, SO53 1JH

    Entry: Free entry – donations for refreshments to support the Hampshire AGS.

    Date and Time: Sunday 14th and Thursday 18th April 2024 11.00am – 2.00pm

    Parking: Please park in Cuckoo Bushes Lane 50 metres to the North or other nearby street parking.

    We look forward to seeing many of you on 14th or 18th.

    Best wishes Paddy and Ben

    Please contact the Secretary on 07501 083504 or 02380 265672; Email


  • 2023 Plant and Photographic Competitions

    2023 Online Plant and Photographic Competitions – The Results

    Please see the results and picture galleries for both competitions in the relevant sections below.

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2023 Photographic Competition Winning Entries

Results followed by the Judge’s Comments

1st Steve Lobley – Meconopsis

I placed this image first for several reasons.  The exposure is spot on.  We can see details throughout.  The composition is presenting the flowers on a slight angle.  The crop although tight is understandable as it prevents the bright petals interfering with the image.  I like the simplicity of just the three colours.

2nd Paddy Parmee – Snowdrop and Crocus

I liked the simple composition but also the care to get a separation between the crocus and the snow drop. A well-deserved 2nd place

3rd Steve Lobley – Saxifraga cotyledon Arieta

It is the quality of the lighting that lifts the image to have 3rd place.  The flower pot is slightly distracting.  If it could have been placed in a more attractive container temporarily it would have scored higher.

Highly Commended

Ben Parmee – Fritallaria meleagris

I thought the crop into a square works well.  Although the background is a little bright it does mean the flower stands out well with a good separation.

Jo Whitfield – Erythronium Joanna and Hellibore seedling

Good area of focus a little more detail on the lower flowers would help the image.

Ben Parmee – Pulsatilla vulgaris

Nicely taken photo in natural habitat. Good control of the background although a little bright.

Further Judge’s Comments

Angela Lobley – Tulips

This one deserves a mention for it’s imaginative presentation in a letter box format.

Christine Hughes – Erythronium in the Garden

The flowering part of this plant has been kept carefully in focus. It is a guess that the flowers are quite small and we are observing a plant we would not necessarily see without the attention given to the detail.

Steve Lobley – Fritillaria camschatensis Aurea

Another image that has been simplified to just three colours.  The square crop suits the triangular shape.  The background is slightly distracting with the series of parallel lines adjacent to the stem.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to Steve Lobley who put together the delightful presentation of all the entries which was shown at the May meeting. Every entry was very worthy of its place in the competition and made for a lovely finale to our programme.


2023 Plant Competition winning entries


Plants in Flower:

1st and overall winner Mike Powell – Cyclamen libanoticum

2nd Dot Sample – Narcissus Arctic Bells

3rd Paddy Parmee – Muscari Mountain Lady

Plants Grown for Foliage:

1st Ben Parmee – Tsuga sielboldii

2nd Angela Lobley – a collection of Sempervivum

3rd Ben Parmee – Prunus sylvestris Tarrango


Jim Archibald Award given to Group Members Robin and Sue White

The Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee meets regularly at plant shows around the UK. The committee is made up of members of the Royal Horticultural Society, Alpine Garden Society and Scottish Rock Garden Club.

The Jim Archibald Award

After running a nursery for some years, Jim Archibald travelled the world collecting specimens and seeds. His annual seed lists offered a range of unusual and rare plants, and their introductions were always erudite, well informed and witty. This award in his name is presented by the RHS Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee in recognition of significant personal achievement relating to rock garden and alpine plants.

We are absolutely delighted that the Jim Archibald Award has been awarded to our long-standing Group members and supporters Robin and Sue White of Blackthorn Nursery fame. This prestigious award by the RHS is in recognition of their exceptional contribution to the propagation and development of Alpine Plants.Well done Robin and Sue, very well deserved and thank you for your continued support.

See pictures below courtesy of David Hazelgrove


Members' Articles

Photographic Contributions

Two wonderful pictures of Crocus sativus, at Sounion, Greece photographed by Elizabeth Wells


Autumn colour and wildlife, Colclicum being enjoyed by Hoverflies and Salvia with Humming Bee Hawk Moth, photographed by Paddy September 2022.


Paddy’s flower arrangements entered into AGS shows

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Topical debate, photographs and information

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