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Hampshire

Since October 1962
Monthly meetings consist of a lecture / presentation, refreshments, raffle, plant sale and display table. In March look out for our plant and photographic competitions and in April we hold our annual plant sale. Garden visits are arranged throughout the year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting a series of Zoom lectures and our competitions and plant sale will be 'virtual' see below for details.
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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 80+ 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. We serve tea, coffee and biscuits and there is a chance to chat to other members of the group. We have a raffle, a plants sales table and a display table each month.

    In March we have a competitive plant show for the David Benton Rose Bowl and a photographic competition for the Margaret Hedges Trophy. April sees the Annual Plant Sale which we all look forward to with much excitement!  Several garden visits are organised in the spring and summer.

    We are joint hosts, with the Dorset Group, of the AGS Wimborne Show, locally known as the Rocky Flower Show. This takes place in mid-May at Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne, Dorset. The event attracts exhibitors from across the UK and combined with the irresistible plants for sale from a range of nurseries and the tempting refreshments available, it is a superb day out.

    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.

  • Keeping in Touch during COVID-19 Lockdown

    Keeping in Touch

    During the current Coronavirus lockdown, we felt it is important to keep in touch with Group members so in addition to sending regular emails and updating Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), we will post messages here.

    If  members would like to post an article on this page, perhaps what you are doing in the garden, please contact Paddy and Ben.

    Our 2020-21 season has started and from September 2020 will feature a series of Zoom lectures, details are posted below. It is also a great way of keeping in touch as we will be able to see and talk with each other through Zoom. It is highly likely that this will be the format of our entire season given the reintroduction of restrictions in September 2020 and our calendar of events is complete through to May 2021.

    We hope you will all stay well during these days of uncertainty and keep on top of your gardens.

    Best wishes and keep safe.

    Paddy and Ben

  • Contact Details and Subscription

    Contact Details

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

    Email: Ben.Parmee@alpinegardensociety.org

    Subscriptions

    AGS members: £10. (Joint £14)

    Non-members: £11.00. (Joint £15)

    Visitors: £2.50 (per meeting)

    Students: Free

  • Events programme

    2020 – 2021 Programme of Meetings and Talks

    2020

    Thursday, September 24th

    Speaker – Jon Evans – official show photographer for the AGS Shows

    ‘Late September in Paxos’

     

    Thursday, October 22nd – The AGS Open Lecture 

    Speaker – David Hughes – member of Dorset and Hampshire AGS Groups

    ‘Hunting Alpines in Yunnan’

     

    Thursday, November 26th

    Speaker – Jenny Wainwright-Klein

    ‘Schachen Garden’

     

    Thursday, December 10th (second Thursday!)

    Short presentations by the three Chairmen and Quiz

    Usually cheese and wine supper would be provided, sadly this year it is self-catering!

     

    2021

    Thursday, January 28th

    Speaker – Michael Myers – Lecturer at Craven College

    ‘Snowdrops from October to April’

     

    Thursday, February 25th

    Speaker – Dr Celia Wright

    ‘Flowers of Lesotho.  Kingdom in the Sky’

     

    Thursday, March 25th – The 21st Lionel Bacon Memorial Lecture 

    Speaker – Kevin Hughes of Cally Gardens

    ‘Cally Gardens a Plant Extravaganza’

     

    Thursday, April 22nd

    Speaker – Graham Poynter of Dorset AGS Group

    ‘On the Trail of Farrer from Dales to Dolomites’

     

    Annual Plant Sale – it is hoped that we may be able to organise some outdoor plant sales if Government restrictions allow in the spring of 2021 at our outdoor open garden events.

     

    Thursday, May 13th

    Annual General Meeting

    Plant and Photographic Competition Results. The David Benton Rose Bowl is awarded to the winner of the Plant Competition and the Margaret Hedges Trophy for the photographic competition winner.

     

    Thursday, May 27th

    Speaker – David Charlton – AGS Judge and Tour Guide with Colletts Mountain Holidays

    ‘Alpine Plants of the Pyrenees’

  • Next Meeting

    Hampshire Alpine Garden Society

    Zoom Meeting – Thursday, April 22nd

    Speaker – Graham Poynter of Dorset AGS Group

    ‘On the Trail of Farrer from Dales to Dolomites’

     

    If you would like to join us as a guest please contact Ben Parmee for the Zoom login details.

    For more info: Email Ben.Parmee@alpinegardensociety.org / ring 07501 083504

    Directions / venue http://chilworthhants.org.uk/index.php/village-hall/

  • Open Garden Events

    Open Garden Events

    Next Open Garden Event

    Paddy and Ben Parmee hope to be opening their garden across a series of dates later in the spring 2021, dates to be confirmed. This will be entirely dependent on current COVID-19 restrictions at the time and will likely involve social distancing and a booking arrangement to manage numbers.

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

    A decision on whether they will be able to offer refreshments will be made nearer the time.

    Details:

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

    Entry: Free entry – it is intended that donations for refreshments will be donated to Wildside Garden to help Keith Wiley complete this fantastic garden project in memory of his late wife Ros who sadly died in 2019 and was his inspiration.

    Time: to be confirmed.

    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 the xxxx.

    Best wishes Paddy and Ben

    Please contact the Secretary on 07501 083504 or 02380 265672; Email Ben.Parmee@alpinegardensociety.org

     

  • AGS Wimborne Show

    The AGS Wimborne Show 

    Locally known as ‘ROCKY FLOWER SHOW‘ the Wimborne Show is jointly run by the Hampshire and Dorset Local Groups.

    Location: QEII School, Pamphill, Wimborne, BH21 4DT

    Next Show – Sadly due to COVID-19 restrictions, all Spring 2021 shows have been cancelled, let’s look forward too 2022,

    10.00 – 3.30 pm

    All enquiries to the Show Secretary, Ben Parmee on 07501 083504 or by email at Ben.Parmee@alpinegardensociety.org

    This is the best opportunity in the South of England to see a wonderful selection of exceptionally well grown alpine plants and a display of expertly produced photographs. Also enjoy a range of nurseries and superb refreshments.

    If you need to know more about the plants, it is a rare occasion to meet growers and learn their secrets!

    The presence of the show in our area has encouraged exhibitors from our own membership who now regularly win trophies and awards at this and other shows.

    The reputation of our superb catering is second to none, cakes and delicious lunches are all homemade by members of our Groups, taste it and you will believe it!

    It is a fantastic collaboration between the two Groups and we are grateful to the Dorset Group for all their work in support of the show.

    The fine venue, sumptuous food, wonderful plants and friendly atmosphere have made it a must see event for many far flung Alpine enthusiasts.

    The photographic competition is a local extra and showcases plant photography at home and abroad by local members. For further details please contact David Hughes on davidcchughes@btinternet.com.

    We very much look forward to meeting you!

    Nurseries Attending  

     

  • 2021 Plant and Photographic Competitions

    Online Plant and Photographic Competitions

    The annual competitive Plant Show for the David Benton Rose Bowl and Photographic competition for the Margaret Hedges Memorial award will this year take place online and we are most grateful to Steve and Angela Lobley who have taken on the task of organising the competitions this year. We have also been lucky to secure the services of professional judges, Martin Sheader, AGS Shows judge who will judge the Plant Competition and Jon Evans, one of the AGS official show photographers will judge the Photographic Competition.

    Due to Covid 19 restrictions the online photographic competition and digital photographic plant show entries and results will be published and announced on 13th May 2021, at our AGM Zoom meeting.

    The same image is not allowed to be entered into both competitions.

    DIGITAL Photographic Competition Guidance and Rules

    • Entrants must be a member of Hampshire AGS
    • Ideally images should have been taken during or since the first lockdown in March 2020
    • Images can be of any Alpine flower, in macro, or normal mode, in the ground or in a pot. The pot does not have to be shown.
    • If necessary the organisers will divide images into appropriate categories (macro, close up, garden view etc.), if so there will be class winners and an overall winner who will receive the award
    • Entries will be judged on the quality of the image, not the rarity or quality of the plant
    • Digital Images ideally to be in jpeg or jpg format
    • Maximum 3 images per person
    • If possible can you name the image and send to Steve Lobley as follows:
      1. Competition type – Your name – Plant name. (i.e. Photocomp ¬ Steve Lobley – b Pelargonium Ardens)
      2. If you are not able to name the image, then please add this information in the text of your email
      3. Email images to:- lobville@gmail.com
    • The competition opens on 1st January 2021
    • Closing date is 18th April 2021

    Guidance

    Images taken on a camera phone are acceptable, however these need to be of a minimum file size of 1mb (approx. 1200 x 1200 pixels). Sending by share or message text will not typically give this size. Images should ideally be downloaded from a phone and sent as an email.

    DIGITAL Open Plant Competition Guidance and Rules

    These images should represent the whole plant as would be displayed and judged at our local show. For guidance on acceptable plants please click on this link to the AGS shows directory below:

    http://shows.alpinegardensociety.net/pdf_files/show/Wimborne.pdf

    • Entrants must be a member of Hampshire AGS
    • Ideally images should have been taken during or since the first lockdown in March 2020
    • Images can be of any Alpine Plant, either in flower or for foliage. Ideally the pot or small section of the surrounding soil should be shown.
    • Entries will be judged on the quality of the rarity or quality of the plant, not the quality of the image
    • Three categories are available
      1. An alpine plant in flower/bud
      2. Grown for foliage
      3. A miniature Alpine Garden i.e. in a pan no bigger than 36cms.
      4. There will be class winners and an overall winner who will receive the award
    • Entries will be judged on the quality of the rarity or quality of the plant, not the quality of the image
    • Digital Images ideally to be in jpeg or jpg format
    • Maximum 5 images per person, but no more than 2 in any one class
    • If possible can you name the image and send to Steve Lobley as follows:
      1. Competition type – Your name – Plant name. (i.e. Plantcomp ¬ Steve Lobley – Saxifraga Mossy Red)
      2. If you are not able to name the image, then please add this information in the text of your email
      3. Email images to:- lobville@gmail.com
    • The competition opens on 1st January 2021
    • Closing date is 18th April 2021

    Guidance

    Images taken on a camera phone are acceptable, however these need to be of a minimum file size of 1mb (approx. 1200 x 1200 pixels). Sending by share or message text will not typically give this size. Images should ideally be downloaded from a phone and sent as an email.

  • Hampshire Group 2021 - Virtual Plant Sale

    As mentioned in recent correspondence and the January Newsletter etc. we are going to run a ‘virtual’ plant sale.

    Plant Lists

    Members can submit lists of plants they have for sale and periodically these will be circulated to members who can place an order through Ben. Orders will be met on a first come first served basis.

    Members with plants for sale should indicate whether they are being donated or what % they wish to donate to the Group; we are not being prescriptive on this matter as we are grateful for all donations to the Group.

    Please make sure the plants being offered are of good saleable quality as we don’t want folk to be disappointed. Bulbs offered ‘in the green’ e.g. snowdrops should have flowered this spring.

    The Process

    The process will be as follows:

    1. Plant lists circulated (not necessarily at the same time) – See new Snowdrop list below
    2. Orders submitted to Ben via email – send NO money at this point
    3. Orders will be dealt with on a first come first served basis so it is important to remember that you may not receive all you have asked for, so get your orders in early!
    4. Ben will collect plants (or they can be delivered to Paddy and Ben’s home) where orders will be made up and members will be invoiced.
    5. When social distancing permits Ben will arrange with members individually collection / delivery arrangements from Paddy and Ben’s home; this is likely to be in April.

    Payment

    Ben will advise members of the value of the order that has been satisfied and payment will be sent either electronically to the Group’s Bank account or by cheque / cash on collection / delivery.

    For those wishing to pay electronically, please contact Ben for details.

    Snowdrops No.  Price
    Available
    Valerie Menzies’ List
    Robin Hood 1  £    10.00
    Magnet 7  £    10.00
    Lavinia 2  £    10.00
    Galatea 1  £    10.00
    Mrs MacNamara 5  £    10.00
    Brenda Troyle 7  £    10.00
    Paddy Parmee’s List
    Sir Herbert Maxwell 2  £       8.00
    Rev Hailstone 6  £       5.00
    Colossus 5  £       8.00
    Baylham 4  £    10.00
    Baytop 6  £       8.00
    Elmley Lovett 4  £       8.00
    Bertram Anderson 5  £       8.00
    Penelope Anne 1  £    12.00
    Erway 1  £       8.00
    Fly Fishing 1  £    15.00
    Alison Hilary 2  £       9.00
    Hobson’s Choice 1  £       8.00

    Reminder of Robin White’s list.

    Robin White’s List

    DAPHNES available for Sale POT size No. available Price in pounds £
    D. arbuscula ‘Czech Crystal’ 9cm 9cm Grafted 4 15.00
    D. arbuscula  ex Mayr 9cm Grafted 2 12.00
    D. calcicola ‘Gang Ho Ba’ 7cm Own roots 6 6.00
     D. circassica 9cm Grafted 2 10.00
    D x susannae ‘Cheriton’. 9cm Own roots 4 5.00
    D  x susannae ‘Tichborne” 9cm Own roots 4 5.00
    D. gemmata 9cm Own roots 2 5.00
    D.glomerata 9cm Own roots 2 10.00
    D x hendersonii ‘Blackthorn Rose’ 9cm Grafted 3 10.00
      D x hendersonii ‘Kath Dryden’. 9cm Own roots 1 8.00
    D x juliae alba 9cm Grafted 3 12.00
    D x juraseki (circassica x glomerata) 9cm Grafted 3 12.00
    D x latymeri ‘Spring Sonnet’ 9cm Own roots 4 6.00
    D.oleoides 7cm Own roots 3 4.00
     D. petraea ‘Lydora’ 7cm Own roots Sold 6.00
    D. petraea ‘Michele’ 7cm Own roots 2 6.00
    D. petraea ‘Flamingo’ 7cm Own roots 1 6.00
    D. petraea ‘Flamingo’ 9cm Grafted 1 12.00
    D. petraea ‘Lydora 9cm Grafted Sold 12.00
    D. petraea ‘Michele’ 9cm Grafted 1 12.00
    D. petraea PE/T2 9cm Grafted 1 12.00
    D. petraea ‘The Beacon’ 9cm Grafted Sold 12.00
    D x rollsdorfii ‘Arnold Cihlarz’ 9cm Own roots 5 6.00
    D x suendermannii ‘Blackthorn Gem’ 9cm Grafted 3 12.00
    D. x suendermanni  ‘Franz Suendermann 9cm Grafted 1 12.00
    D.sureil ‘Moonshine’ 1 ltr Grafted 4 15.00
    D x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’ 1.5 ltr Own Roots 3 10.00
    D x  transatlantica   ‘Pink Fragrance’ 1.5 ltr Own Roots 3 10.00
    D. velenovskyi x jasminea. 9cm Own roots 2 6.00
    D. woronowii 9cm Grafted 1 10.00

     

    Plants available for Sale POT size No. available Price in pounds £
    Anemone rupicola 9cm 2 5.00
    Callianthemum anemonoides 9cm 1 5.00
    Campanula oreadum 7cm 8 4.00
    Conandron ramondoides White Form 9cm 8 6.00
    Cyclamen repandum f. pelopennesiacum 9 2 5.00
    Epipactis veratrifolia 1 ltr 2 10.00
    Erythronium hendersonii ‘Pacific Clouds’ 9cm Sold 10.00
    Iris stenophylla 9cm Sold 10.00
    Morea loubseri 9cm 1 5.00
    Oresitrophe rupifraga 10cm 6 5.00
    Phlox nana 7cm 3 4.00
    Podophyllum delavayi 1 ltr 5 5.00
    Ranunculus asiaticus mixed 9cm 4 5.00
    Ranunculus calandrinoides 9cm 3 6.00
    Thalictrum orientale Turkish form 9cm 1 6.00
    Thalictrum orientale. Turkish form 7cm Sold 5.00
    Viola cazorlensis 7cm 6 5.00

     

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My Covid Year – by David Dickenson

For me, 2020 brought more than just Covid-19 as a surprise. In lockdown in Southern France at Florac, restricted to walks of 1 km, I stumbled across many new species, but none more so than a Mediterranean sage never reported our side of the Atlantic/Mediterranean divide. There it was, a large colony of Salvia verbenaca subsp. verbenaca, just 500 m along the main road, clearly well-established. How could I have missed it in earlier years, I thought with embarrassment?  The answer came a week later. The colony passed from first flower to nothing but ripe seed in just 7 days. Three days later, the verges were all strimmed bare by the highways department. Global warming and human activities are set to extend the range of this species by 50-100 kilometres. This is a hare that is set to beat the tortoise.

A more spectacular appearance was on the steppe-like pastures at the edge of Nîmes-le-Vieux. Just before the feather-grass (Stipa gallica) opened to reveal waves of angel-hair, a bright ribbon of blue and yellow appeared in mid-May, only a few metres wide, but about a full kilometre long. Investigation of this floral river uncovered groups of blue Echium vulgare, not unknown here, but mixed with a huge number of yellow Cerinthe minor subsp. auriculata, unknown outside Provence and the Pre-Alps. This was clearly the result of some pipe-laying work, but how did several thousand Cerinthe seeds get into the mix? These plants have now set seed. My estimate is over 50,000 seeds ready to romp across the region and change the ecology of the Causse Méjean for a lifetime. I hope the sheep have a good appetite.

Another surprise was more personal. Gardening beside a tributary of the Tarn, subject to the infamous spring and autumn storms of the Cévennes, can be a challenge. But the area has never seen a flash flood in mid-June, and of such amplitude. In full leaf, trees were stripped from the banks, and then the rocks themselves. The riverine landscape was transformed into a disaster zone. My garden took the full force, and was instantly denuded. What leaves remained were so macerated that they died over the next fortnight. Four hard weeks to relieve the garden of several lorry-loads of sand and rocks, and gaze dismally at the bare sticks of vegetation. Then the buds began to swell, and slowly life came back; by September, few would notice that there had ever been such a catastrophe. My respect for nature, the power to destroy, the power to heal, has never been so great.

Arcs de St Pierre, Causse Méjean – by David Dickenson

Nîmes-le-Vieux is the jewel in the crown of the karstic landscape of the Causse Méjean in Southern France. The flora and spectacular architecture of the Arcs de St Pierre are less known, but make for a serious rival. Higher rainfall and lack of grazing ensure a very different flora, and it is unrivalled for its range of summer orchids. We pass from the endemic Ophrys aymoninii to the helleborines such as our trio of Cephalantheras (Cephalanthera longifolia, C. damasonium and C. rubra) and their relatives (Epipactis atrorubens, E. distans, E. helleborine, E. microphylla and E. muelleri). Not wanting to be accused of name dropping, I shall spare you the list of countless other orchid species.

The undisturbed natural pine forests host a scattering of wintergreens, such as Orthilia secunda, Pyrola chlorantha and my favourite, Moneses uniflora, with their diminutive heads drooping from modesty or deep depression; they have not confided which. The open arenas of dolomitic sands host the endemic thrift, Armeria girardii. These tough little plants make a superb rug for picnicking whilst gazing with awe upon the phallus of La Grande Place.

Photographic Contributions

2021 brought snow to most of us and here are some of Paddy’s creative pictures from the garden at Hursley Road in January and February 2021.

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The snow has been replaced by rain but still the winter bulbs present a fine display, adorned by raindrops rather than snow.

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Even Ben tries to get creative following a Photoshop lesson from Paddy!

A few images from Paddy and Ben’s garden during 2020.

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Paddy’s flower arrangements entered into AGS shows

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