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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 £8 for a couple. Visitors are welcome - £2 per meeting.

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  • Programme for 2020

    Programme for 2020 (7.30 lectures except where indicated)

    January 22nd                     

    Chris Hayes       

    Eastern Brazil


    February 26th    

    Julian Sutton                          

    Making Sense of the Iridaceae


    March 25th                         

    AGM   & Richard Horswood  

    Alpines and other perennials from seed


    April 22nd                           

    Paddy Parmee                      

    Photographing plants in the wild and in cultivation


    May 20th

    Garden Visits East Lambrook Manor and Avon Bulbs


    May 27th                            

    Hilary Little           

    Along the Patagonian Highway

    July 22nd   

    Summer Social

    Ford Farm, Wootton Courtney


    September 23rd   

    Ben Candlin             



    October 28th                        

    Tim Ingram   

    The Dry Garden


    November 25th   

    Members Evening             


    December 16th                    

    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.

  • 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.

Edraianthus serpyllifolius 1 and Phlox Boranovice from Paul and Colin.

Androsace lactea 2 and Daphne jasminea 6 from Richard and Sue.

Arisaema ringens 3and Primula jesoana 12 from Brenda and Peter.

Clematis albicoma 4 and Helianthemum oeleandicum alpestre from Mike and Wendy.

Cypripedium calceolus 5 from Jim. Erythronium Winifred Lorraine from Christine.

A lovely garden planting from Joyce 10 and Auricula Moon Fairy X S1686 (11) from Phil.