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AGS Zoom Lectures

September 2, 2022
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Online lectures provide us an opportunity to share our love of alpines with a wide audience all around the world. For this purpose, once again we have put together an exciting programme of online plant lectures and gardening talks to keep you informed and entertained.

Our speakers come from far and wide and this year will focus on alpine plants from around the world.

AGS members can attend our regular Zoom lectures free of charge. However, to register interest, they must log-in and “purchase” a free ticket. Tickets for non-members will cost £9 for each talk. Check local group details on how to access their events.

One-off events such as the Conservation Day Lectures, will cost £15 for AGS members and non-members alike.


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Alpines of the Afromontane Archipelago, Dr. John Grimshaw – Tuesday, October 18th, 7.30pm BST

Dr John Grimshaw was appointed Director with curatorial responsibilities at Yorkshire Arboretum in 2012. He is a respected gardener, botanist and author, who has written and edited several books on various subjects, including New Trees, Recent Introductions to Cultivation, with Ross Bayton. His gardening interests are very broad, but specialities include bulbs, ferns and African plants. John has been an AGS member for many years and has led AGS tours in the past.

Vancouver Island Alpines: Plant hunting in North America’s westernmost mountain ranges, Paul Spriggs – Tuesday, November 15th, 7.30pm GMT

Paul has a passion for all wild plants especially those of dwarf stature, and collects and cultivates them at various gardens in his home-town of Victoria, BC, Canada. He is an avid plant explorer, photographer and current President of the Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society. In the past decade and a half, he has built crevice gardens in public parks and private homes that range in size from small feature troughs, to large installations involving many tonnes of stone. Together with Kenton Seth, he is the author of the new, best-selling book: The Crevice Garden.

Recordings of previous Zoom lectures

Cultivation of a selection of Patagonian alpines, Dr. Martin Sheader

Martin is a retired marine biologist, previously at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University. He is a judge at AGS shows and an RHS committee member and judge. He grows a wide range of alpines and has a particular interest in South American plants. He has visited Patagonia many times, and has an excellent knowledge of the area and its flora. Martin together with his late wife Anna-Liisa and a group of colleagues have written a comprehensive field guide to the flowers of the region (AGS Field Guide Series).

AGS Conservation Day Lectures

  • Sarah Watts: Riding the elevator to extinction – climate change and the arctic-alpine plants of Ben Lawers
  • Tom Freeth: Ex-situ conservation at RBG Kew
  • Lee Schofield: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm

Find out more details about our speakers and their talks on this page.


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