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Visit the AGS garden on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th of June

May 23, 2022
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The AGS garden will be open to the public under the NGS between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to offer advice and welcome visitors with plant and book sales, tea and cake and trough planting demonstrations.

The crevice garden bed in the AGS Garden at Pershore

The crevice garden bed in the AGS Garden at Pershore

During the last few months the AGS Garden at Pershore has been undergoing a series of changes. Volunteers and staff have been busy preparing the garden for the open days under the National Garden Scheme.

In winter, a new irrigation system has been installed to include drip pipes in the woodland area and sprinklers elsewhere.
The central bed has been cleared and has been replanted with Mediterranean plants. In an attempt to address water shortages in an age of climate change, this section of the garden has no irrigation.

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If you can offer any help to support us on these dates please get in touch with Gail Devries:

We will need helpers on the gate, to do light refreshments, run the plant stall. We also need volunteers to be on hand in the garden to speak to visitors and offer practical advice. Even if you cannot attend the open days you could perhaps propagate plants for sale or make cake!

With your help and support we can successfully promote alpine plants and our Society to the general public!

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Alpines in bloom in the AGS Garden at Pershore

Garden history

In 1997  Stirtevant ‘Stirt’ Piggin gifted more than £1 million from his estate to the AGS. Stirt asked that the funds be used to maintain an alpine rock garden at our Pershore headquarters. Stirtevant Piggin was an alpine enthusiast from Nottingham.

As a society dedicated to promoting alpine plants, it seemed natural that we should have our own garden for members and the public to enjoy.

Thanks to Stirt’s generous donation, the AGS centre now has an impressive alpine garden on site. Visitors can see alpines and other hardy plants in a variety of settings. These include: alpine house, troughs, tufa beds, rock work, sand beds, ericaceous and woodland areas. The garden is open all year round.

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Alpines in the AGS Garden at Pershore