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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 £10 (individual) or £15 for a couple. Visitors are welcome - £3 per meeting.
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  • Programme for 2023

    Programme for 2023 (7.30 lectures except where indicated)

    January 19th     Connor Smith      Zoom   The Rock Garden at Utrecht Botanic Garden (joint meeting with Devon-Exeter Group)

    January 25th     David Sellars         Zoom   Chaos in the Rock Garden

    February 22nd  David Carver        Daphnes and other alpines in a polytunnel.

    March 22nd     AGM   & Colin Everitt     Fritillaries

    April 26th        Caroline Seymore                Flowers from the Avenue of Volcanoes

    May 24th               Julian Sutton      Adventures with Fancy Foliage

    July 26th             Summer Social  Springdale, Smeatharpe

    September 27th     Martyn Denney        Japan

    October 25th            Jim Loring        Chile

    November 22nd        Members Evening

    December 12th (note: Tuesday)   Christmas Social

    Garden visits to be arranged.






  • Contact

    Mrs Sue Horswood (Secretary):

  • News from members

    During the Covid 19 shutdown members of the group, starting with the chairman, have sent pictures to us for distribution to our members. We have accumulated a number of these so are publishing here some of the best. 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.

    The group is meeting as usual again with 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.

Auricula Moon Fairy – from Phil

Roscoea cautleyoides old purple – from Pete and Brenda

Biarum rhodpalospadix, and Gladiolus cardinalis from Mike and Wendy

Moltkia X intermedia Crevis garden, Corydalis solida Firebird from Paul and Colin

 Crocus pulchellum and Cyclamen rolfsianum from Christine

Nerines Ostara and Stefani from Liz