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Since January 2000
The group meets once a month in Taunton to enjoy specialist lectures and share tips on growing alpines. Meetings also have a plant sale, raffle and second hand book sale. We also have garden visits and a Summer Social that takes place at a member's garden. Membership is £6 (individual) or £10 for a couple. Visitors are welcome - £2 per meeting. We are now meeting online on the usual dates and at the normal time. The next meeting in October is as advertised. Wednesday November 25th an online meeting with Ian Young talking on Waves of Colour, a look at their garden through the seasons.
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  • Programme for 2021

    Programme for 2021 (7.30 lectures except where indicated)

    January 21st Joint zoom meeting with Devon-Exeter

    Veitch Nursery Alpine Plant Introductions

    January 27th zoom meeting

    Flora of the Silk Road       Chris Gardner

    February 24th zoom meeting

    Crowning Glory of the Bighorn Mountains       David Sellars

    March 24th        On zoom                  

    AGM   & Richard Horswood  

    Alpines and other perennials from seed

    April 28th     On zoom            

    Pre-monsoon flora of Sikkim              Martyn Denney   

    May 26th                  

    It is not all Sand – the mountain Flora of Yemen              Frazer Henderson       

    July 21st (date to be confirmed)   

    Summer Social

    Ford Farm, Wootton Courtney


    September 22nd May take place on zoom 

    Hardy Orchids                                      Jonny Hartnell

    October 27th                         

    Blackthorn Nurseries part 2 – June       Jon Evans


    November 24th    

    Members evening


    December 15th  (Provisional date)                     

    Christmas Social

  • Contact

    Mrs Sue Horswood (Secretary):

  • News from members

    During the Covid 19 shutdown members of the group, starting with the chairman, have been sending pictures to us for distribution to our members. We have accumulated a number of these so are publishing here some of the best for April. Hopefully we will have more to follow and will be able to see some of the seasonal changes in the gardens and glasshouses of the Somerset Group members.

    As from September the group is meeting on line and the program of talks is as advertised.

  • Pictures

    Pictures below from various members of the Somerset Group which have been distributed to all as a way of keeping in contact.

The pictures are as follows.

Primula hybrid – from Phil

Acis autumnale and Roscoea cautleyoides old purple – from Pete and Brenda

Biarum rhodpalospadix, and Gladiolus cardinalis from Mike and Wendy

Moltkia X intermedia from Paul and Colin

Crocus speciosus, C.pu;chellum and Cyclamen rolfsianum from Christine