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At our monthly meetings we normally have an expert guest speaker, plants sales, a plant display and a raffle followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. Twice a year we have a plant show.
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  • Introduction to the group

    Our meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month September to May inclusive.

    We are a friendly group and you are welcome no matter what level of expertise you have. There are members who have a keen interest and a good knowledge about growing plants such as saxifrages, crocuses, cyclamen, gentians, hepaticas, snowdrops, narcissi, fritillaries, primulas, dianthus, trilliums, hellebores, campanulas, androsaces, sedums, dwarf pines and many others.

    There is usually a guest speaker at the meetings who gives a talk for about an hour on a topic of interest to growers of alpine plants.

    Before the main part of the meeting, normally the talk, there is a chance to chat, ask questions of the appropriate experts and to swap, buy and sell plants. Afterwards we have tea or coffee with biscuits. There is also a raffle.

    We have a display table at each meeting (non-competitive) on which members display any plants for our interest.

    At each meeting there are plant sales tables where volunteers sell spare plants on behalf of members with a contribution going to Group funds. Some of the plants sold are unusual and hard to obtain elsewhere. We also have sales tables for second hand gardening books and greeting cards produced by a talented artist member.

    There are Local Group Shows in September/October and May. There is also the AGS Harlow Carr Show in mid-October, organised by one of our members with the help of many other members.

    Meetings are held at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds LS16 5JT (see map below). The Hall opens from 1.45 pm for a 2.30 pm start to the Meeting. There is ample parking and good disabled access. This is easily reached, lying just 1 mile south of the Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) at the junction with the A660. Beware speed cameras! Catch Seafood (was The Fisherman’s Wife & before that Bryan’s) provides both take-away and restaurant facilities.

    Click here for a Google map showing St. Chad’s Parish Centre (opens in a new tab): https://goo.gl/maps/85bNDDj5HyN2

    Our Membership Secretaries, Bob and Di Dark, welcome everyone just inside the Main Hall.

    Bob and Di can also be contacted by phone: 01430 626482 or email: diana.dark@homecall.co.uk.

    Subscription: £15.00. Vistors £2.00. Annual membership runs from September.

  • Programme


    Saxifraga oppositifolia ‘Theoden’

    10th September 2022 John Mitchell
    Travels around the world
    We welcome back John, Garden Supervisor, Alpine Section at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. John is widely travelled and knowlegeable about alpines in the wild and in cultivation. This talk takes us on a journey through China, Tibet, Afganistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Georgia and New Zealand among a few places!

    8 October 2022 Michael Myers, ‘Primula marginata – From the Maritime Alps to Yorkshire’ Also: Group Autumn Show

    12 November 2022 Cliff Booker ‘Patagonia – Part One’

    10 December 2022 Group members Members’ photographs

    14 January 2023 Jim Almond – ZOOM TALK IN HALL. Primulaceae in pots

    4 February (Note: not 2nd Sat) 2023 Paul Cumbleton & Colin Everett – ZOOM TALK IN HALL ‘Our Odyssey With Bulbs’

    11 March 2023 Eric Rainford, ‘Greencombe Gardens’

    15 April (Note: not 2nd Sat) 2023 David Charlton, ‘Flowers of the Picos de Europa’

    13 May 2023 AGM, Group Spring Show and short talk

    9 September 2023 Diane Clement, ‘Cyclamen and Hepaticas’

     


    Androsace sempervivoides ‘Susan Joan’

  • Keeping in touch

    To help us keep in touch amid the coronavirus outbreak, Charlie Philpotts is aiming to produce occasional Garden Diaries and Interim Newsletters. These will be emailed or posted to members. He would be pleased to receive photographs of your own garden or plants (with a caption) or short written piece about something to do with your gardening. Some contributions will only appear in this part of the website, including a sort of Spring Show alternative (see below).

    Ian Instone gave an excellent online AGS talk on Favratia zoysii (was Campanula zoysii) in early July. This talk is still available for AGS members to view on Facebook on the Alpine Garden Society Members Facebook Group. This is a recent photograph of one of Ian’s tremendous ‘zoysii’ plants.

    Garden Diary
    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 1: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Garden-diary-number-one.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 2: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Garden-diary-number-two.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 3: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Garden-diary-number-three.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 4:  https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Garden-diary-number-four.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 5: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Garden-diary-number-five.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 6:  https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Garden-diary-number-six.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 7: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Garden-diary-number-seven.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 8:  https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Garden-diary-number-eight.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 9: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Garden-diary-number-nine.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 10: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Garden-diary-number-ten.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 11: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Garden-diairy-number-eleven.pdf

    Click here to open a copy of Garden Diary Number 12: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Garden-diary-number-twelve.pdf

    From Bob & Di Dark (23rd March 2020)
    Here are a couple from us, first one taken last month, the other a couple of days ago.


    A corner of the front garden. I shall shortly be dividing spreading the snowdrop (and giving some to a friend who has only doubles in her garden).


    Haven’t taken a pic from here before, looking across the front garden.

     

     

    Plants I may have entered into the Spring Show

    Please try to send Charlie photographs of plants that you might have brought along to our local Spring Show on May 9th. These photographs will go below. Don’t take the show date too literally – plants a month or so either side of the date would be good. Photographs to show plants in a pot and taken this year..

    From Di and Bob Dark


    Primula ‘Lindum ‘Celebration’


    Primula ‘Clarence Elliott’


    Bellevalia forniculata


    Lewisia tweedyi ‘Rosea’


    Cyclamen coum


    Iris suaveolens


    Androsace studiororum


    Primula ‘Fred Salter’


    Lewisia ‘Carousel Yellow’


    Draba mollisima


    Lewisia nevardensis


    Lewisia cotyledon


    Ornithogalum sigmoideum


    Pan with Erigeron scopulinus


    Sempervivum

     

    From Eric Rainford


    Daphne x susannae ‘Cheriton’


    Cyclamen persicum, sown 2011


    Saxifraga pentadactylis. From wild seed collected from Sierra Cantabrica (at 1900m) in Spain in 2014.

    From Michael Wilson


    Lewisia tweedyi

     

    From Charlie Philpotts


    Cypripedium ‘Sunny’


    Cypripedium ‘Sunny’

     

    From Ian and Georgina Instone


    Narcissus bulbocodium


    Narcissus bulbocodium white petticoat


    Narcissus rupicola


    Lewsisia cotyledon


    Hepatica nobilis


    Hepatica majalis


    Helichrysum corraloides


    Hacquestia epipactis


    Gypsophila aretioidea Caucasica


    Fritillaria uva vulpis


    Scilla bifolia


    Draba cappadocica


    Draba ‘John Saxton’


    Dianthus ‘Pirrin’


    Cyclamen coum, silver-leaved form


    Corydalis malkensis


    Corydalis solida ‘George Baker’


    Arenaria alfacarensis


    Androsace sempervivoides ‘Susan Joan’


    Androsace himalaica


    Androsace carnea x pyrenaica


    Trillium rivale


    Trillium kurabayashii


    Techophilaea cyanocrocus


    Soldanella ‘Spring Symphony’


    Sebaea thomasii ‘Bychan’


    Scilla libanotica


    Saxifraga ‘Karel Capek’


    Saxifraga grisebachii


    Primula ‘Tony’


    Primula ‘Netta Dennis’


    Primula marginata


    Primula ‘Ingwersen’s A’


    Primula griffithii


    Primula frondosa


    Primula elatior


    Primula ‘Broadwell Milkmaid’


    Primula auricula


    Polygala chamaebuxus grandiflora


    Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’


    Iris bucharica


    Jeffersonia dubia


    Pulsatilla caucasica


    Oxalis enneaphylla


    Lewisia cotyledon


    Iris suaveolens


    Draba longisiliqua


    Dodecatheon


    Dionysia involucrata


    Acis nicaeensis


    Trillium albidum


    Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Flora Plena’


    Salix myrtilloides ‘Red Tassels’


    Ranunculus montanus ‘Molten Gold’


    Pulsatilla vulgaris Alba


    Primula reidii


    Pieris japonica ‘Debutante’


    Pleione formosa


    Primula siebaldii, dark pink form


    Primula siebaldii


    Ranunculus parnassifolia


    Rhododendron ‘Night Sky’


    Trillium sulcatum


    Fritillaria pontica


    Iris cristata


    Lewisia columbiana


    Orostachys spinosa


    Ozothamnus selago


    Lewisia columbiana


    Lewisia ‘George Henley’


    Muscari comosum


    Physoplexis comosa


    Rhododendron ‘Arctic Tern’


    Saxifraga ‘Anneke Hope’


    Scilla verna


    Allium karatvience


    Aster soulii


    Dactylorhizza maculata


    Haberlea rhodopensis


    Jovibarba heufelii

  • Shows

    AGS West Yorkshire Group Spring Show

    The local West Yorkshire Group Spring Show takes place during the May meeting at St Chad’s. Entries are very welcome from any member. The AGM also takes place on this Saturday and there is a short talk by a Group member.

    The Spring Show schedule does not change much from year to year. A pdf of the Spring show schedule for 2022 can be downloaded here: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/spring-show-schedule-22-004.pdf

    Exhibitors in our local shows must be members of the AGS West Yorshire local group for some sections but members of any AGS local group can enter other sections.


    Spring Show, 2018 (photo Di Dark)

     

    AGS Harlow Carr Show

    The AGS normally hold a national show at RHS Harlow Carr in October which the local AGS West Yorkshire Group help organise. See the main AGS website for details.

    RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, HG3 1QB


    Show bench AGS Harlow Carr Show, 2018 (photo Di Dark)

     

    AGS West Yorkshire Group Autumn Show

    The local West Yorkshire Group Autumn Show takes place during the October meeting at St Chad’s. Entries are very welcome from any member.

    The Autumn Show schedule does not change much from year to year. A pdf of the Autumn show schedule for 2018 can be downloaded here: https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/autumn-show-schedule-2018.pdf


    Judging the Autumn Show, 2018 with Georgina, Ian, Eric & Trevor (photo Di Dark)

    Exhibitors in our local shows must be members of the AGS West Yorshire local group for some sections but members of any AGS local group can enter other sections.

  • Photo gallery

    Photographs from the display table

    Crocus thirkeasus (syn. C. herbertii)
    Crocus thirkeanus (syn. C. herbertii) – Eric Rainford (photo Matthew Childs)

     


    Petrocosmea cryptica – Ian Instone (photo Matthew Childs)

     

     

    AGS Harlow Carr Show


    Alan Newton, Norma Pagdin, Lawrence Peet & Bob Dark, 2017 (photo Di Dark)

     


    Gentian, 2017 (photo Di Dark)

     

     

    AGS West Yorkshire Autumn Show


    Best Plant in Show Gaultheria procumbens – Ian Instone, 2018 (photo Di Dark)

     


    Plant stall with Fred Bundy, David Woolveridge & Michael Wilson, 2018 (photo Di Dark)

     

     

    AGS West Yorkshire Spring Show


    Primula sieboldii, 2017

     


    Erigeron aureus ‘Canary Bird’ – Matthew Childs, 2017

     

     

    Harrogate Spring Flower Show, 2018


    The AGS exhibit of alpines from different continents made by the West Yorkshire Group and Cleveland Groups (photo Ian Instone)

  • Newsletter

    The Newsletter is published twice a year, in February and August. Copies can be downloaded in pdf format using the links below.

    Newsletter 60. Feb 2015   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Newsletter-60.-Feb-2015.pdf

    Newsletter 61. Aug 2015   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-61.-Aug-2015.pdf

    Newsletter 62. Feb 2016   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-62.-Feb-2016.pdf

    Newsletter 63. Aug 2016   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-63.-Aug-2016.pdf

    Newsletter 64. Feb 2017   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-64-Feb-2017.pdf

    Newsletter 65. Aug 2017   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-65.-Aug-2017.pdf

    Newsletter 66. Feb 2018   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-66.-Feb2018.pdf

    Newsletter 67. Aug 2018   https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-67.-Aug-18.pdf

    Newsletter 68. Feb 2019 https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Newsletter-68.-Feb-2019.pdf

    Newsletter 69. Aug 2019 https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Newsletter-69.-Aug2019.pdf

    Newsletter 70. Feb 2020 https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Newsletter-70.-Feb2020.pdf

    Newsletter 71. Sept 2020 https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AGS-newsletter-Sept-2020-2.pdf

     

     

     

     

  • Video

    RHS Harlow Carr alpine house & troughs 12th Dec 2020

    It was drizzly at times today at Harlow Carr and it was fairly quiet. Below are links to three videos I took in and around the outside of the alpine house.
    Matthew Childs

    Around the inside of the alpine house: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N4Kyj-nuBB8rhRWGQGyBn0fIE00tP8GS/view?usp=sharing

    Around the outside of the alpine house: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J3xBTpkoUei2F54sr4u9505ET2VLJwcC/view?usp=sharing

    A closer look at many of the troughs: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U9vCfiS8tTEKLEpckuop3m2lzAgo_Lk1/view?usp=sharing

     

  • Links

    Suppliers

    Keith Singleton’s John Innes
    This is a top quality John Innes that isn’t widely available. Stocked by Swincar Nurseries, Guisley, LS20 9DL. Tel. 01943 874614. http://swincarnurseries.co.uk. JI2 is normally only available Jan-May. It’s worth a phone call to this very helpful nursery owner to check for special ordering. Price £4.95/33 litre bag (as at Jan 2016).

    Download this pdf for an article by Paul Cumbleton about choosing John Innes composts and some comments about Keith Singleton’s John Innes: Choosing a Potting Compost by Paul Cumbleton (2016) https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Choosing-a-Potting-Compost-Paul-Cumbleton-2016.pdf

    Websites

    Nurseries

    Dryad Nursery (Anne Wright’s site): http://www.dryad-home.co.uk/

    Slack Top: http://www.slacktopnurseries.co.uk/

    The Alpine Plant Centre: http://www.alpineplantcentre.co.uk

    Mendle Nursery: http://mendlenursery.co.uk/

    Aberconwy Nursery: (with latest Plant List available as a pdf): http://www.aberconwynursery.co.uk

    Hartside Nursery Garden:http://www.plantswithaltitude.co.uk/

    Other websites

    York Gate Garden: https://perennial.org.uk/garden/york-gate-garden/

    Parcevall Hall Gardens: http://www.parcevallhallgardens.co.uk/

    Wakefield & North of England Tulip Society (holds an annual show in May at Horbury, Wakefield): http://www.tulipsociety.co.uk/

  • Committee

    Committee officers 2022-2023

    Chair Eric Rainford
    Secretary Anne Wright
    Membership Secretaries Bob & Di Dark
    Programme Secretary Matthew Childs
    Treasurer Pat Bundy
    AGS Harlow Carr Show Ian & Georgina Instone

     

  • Contact

    Contact Anne Wright for more information:
    phone
    01423 358791

    email
    anneswright@hotmail.co.uk