The group meets ten times a year to enjoy lectures from speakers from all over the UK. Meetings also include a plant sale, raffle, refreshments and the opportunity to borrow books from the group library.
Visitors: £2 per meeting.
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Please note that due to the situation with Covid-19 our programme has been suspended until further notice.
Feb 19 Jon Evans – The gardens at Blackthorn Nursery – late summer & autumn
Mar 18 Local Group Show
Apr 15 Cliff Booker – Creating an alpine haven
May 20 Peter Mallett – Norfolk Wildlife through the lens
Jun 17 Kit Strange – Alpines of the Western Pacific Coast of the USA
Jul 15 Summer visit to Severals Grange (see below for more information)
Sep 16 Robert Rolfe – Some favourite genera – from Androsace to Viola
Oct 21 Simon Harrap – British alpines
Nov 18 Tim Lever – Jewels in the rain – walking the mountains Arunachal Pradesh
Dec 16 AGM & Christmas Social
It is with great pleasure that we present the 2020 Programme of Lectures.
Jon Evans kicks off with the final part of his trilogy of talks on Robin and Sue White’s remarkable garden around and on the site of the formerly world renowned Blackthorn nursery. Jon has had unprecedented access over the years and used his expertise as one of the AGS leading photographers to record many of the plants that Robin and Sue have grown so well.
Cliff Booker, from Lancashire, will bring his unique style to bear on the creating of an Alpine Haven. Gardening in the Pennines brings challenges a little different to those we face in Norfolk but I am sure there will be ideas for all of us to take away.
Peter Mallett, our own expert photographer, will share photos and stories from his many years photographing the wildlife around our county and beyond. Expect remarkable pictures from this dedicated naturalist.
Kit Strange, from Kew and well known to many of you, will take us across the pond and share her experiences of Alpines on the Western Pacific Coast of the USA. Kit has an enthusiastic and engaging style which encourages the audience to interact with her during the lectures which I am sure you will.
After the summer break we welcome Robert Rolfe to our group for the first time. Robert says of himself “I’ve never pretended to be a lecturer of any consequence: writing is what I’m (supposed to be) focussed upon.” Well, whatever he thinks, as well as being an assistant Editor of The Alpine Gardener, the AGS quarterly magazine, he is one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable alpine experts you will ever meet and much in demand to talk to AGS groups and at conferences. With a unique outlook, he is one of a kind.
Simon Harrap, a Norfolk based botanist and author, is known to some of you as amongst other things he has been Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists. His talk is on British Alpines, a subject that I don’t think has featured here before although it has been touched upon.
We close the lecture season with a visit from Tim Lever from Aberconwy Nursery in North Wales. A young man following in his parents footsteps he now runs the famous alpine nursery alongside his mother, Rachel, after Dad Keith passed away. Some of you will remember Tim’s last visit when he took us on an epic trek in the Himalayas. This year we will venture in that direction again as he talks about walking the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh in his talk, Jewels in the Rain ….. bring a waterproof coat along in November.
Thank you to Tony Goode for organising these talks.
Summer Visit to Severals Grange 5.30pm on 15th July 2020
The garden formerly attached to Hoecroft Plants has now been developed to include the areas which used
to be the nursery sales area. Planting is already quite established and is laid out in a formal design. These
new areas are at their best from early summer to late autumn with an abundant use of Jane Lister’s
herbaceous plants. 2 new additional borders elsewhere in the garden have continued with the main garden
theme of providing all year round interest and colour by using a backbone of coloured foliage shrubs as well
as herbaceous plants.
Jane has agreed we can all take a plate of food to share and have supper in the garden. She will provide
drinks. We must have at least 20 people in the group and the cost to visit the garden and drinks will be £6
per person. Please put this date in your diary. We usually have a very enjoyable evening.
The East Anglia Show has been cancelled
From Don and Sally Smith
The new golden foliage on one of our acers by the pond, with Betula jacquemontii towering behind
Muscari Ocean Blue grown by Angela Prager
Plants in Roy and Sandra Mellor’s garden
Two plants from Don and Sally Smith’s garden
Corydalis Temuliflolia ‘Chocolate Stars’
Gardening in John and Brenda Foster’s garden
Preparing to plant potatoes today
Helleborus Party Dress
Edgeworthia chrysantha and Fritillaria imperialis
Double daffodils, hellebores, fritillaria meleagris
Abies nordmanniana Golden Spreader
Plants and views in the garden of Brian Ellis and David King
Plants in John and Brenda Foster’s garden
Leucojum Gravetye Giant
Magnolia Leonard Messel
Primula vulgaris Vanilla Cream
Fritillaria imperialis Rubra – One Bulb bought in 1948 at Myddleton House
More from Caroline and Roderick Wood’s garden
Two Anemone blanda pictures – A few corms and 15 years of freedom
Caroline’s Trillium rivale after 12 years in a pot
Plants in Peter Lyle’s garden
Narcissus Snow Baby
Oxalis acetosella var. purpurascens
Maggie and John Burman’s garden
Lachenalia aloides grown by Sandra Mellor
Saxifraga Phoenix grown by Sandra Mellor
Plants in Ray and Coral Mitchell’s garden
Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’
Helleborus Dark Form
Allium paradoxum var. normale
Plants in Phill and Lesley Webdale’s garden
Chionodoxa giant blue
Fritillaria imperialis lutea
Hellebores and Daffodils in John and Judy Wilson’s garden
Plants in the garden of Brian Ellis and David King