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AGS online plant lectures

November 18, 2021
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We believe Zoom is here to stay. Online lectures provide us an opportunity to share our love of alpines with a wide audience all around the world. For this purpose 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 cover a varied range of topics, from travel diaries to plant profiles and practical aspects of alpine gardening.

These talks are organised by the Society and by local groups.

AGS members can attend free of charge all the talks organised by the Society. However, to register interest, they must log-in and “purchase” a free ticket. Tickets for non-members will cost £7 for each talk. Check local group details on how to access their events.

Christopher Gardner: Flora of the Silk Road

This talk has been recorded and is available to watch online. Purchase your tickets below.

Christopher trained to be a professional horticulturist at Reading University. However his love of travel and seeing plants in the wild was much stronger. For the past 20 years he has led over 150 tours all over the world and he and his wife Basak, now run their own travel company, ViraNatura Tours, from their home in Turkey. The couple have also written two books. Published in 2014, Flora of the Silk Road covered 530 species from China in the east to Turkey in the west. This was followed by Flora of the Mediterranean in 2019. Both these titles are available in our webshop.

Dr. Adrian Cooper: Climate change and growing alpines

This talk has been recorded and is available to watch online. Purchase your tickets below.

In 2022 our online plant lectures start in earnest on the topical subject of climate change. Dr. Cooper is a very keen gardener with a professional background in the oil industry. He started gardening at the age of eight and fell in love with alpines four years later on a visit to Ingwersen’s nursery. He joined the AGS the same year and he’s been a member ever since.

The range of plants Dr. Cooper grows in his garden in Kent is quite extensive and includes many rare species that are borderline-hardy in the UK. Climate change and his ability to create microclimates in his 3.7 acre plot are keys to his success.

Wim Boens: Leucojum, the lesser-known sister of Galanthus

This talk has been recorded and is available to watch online. Purchase your tickets below.

Wim Boens has been an avid gardener for over 30 years with a keen interest in a broad range of plants. Although Wim has an academic background in archaeology,  in the last ten years he has been writing botanical and horticultural articles about different plant-genera for magazines like ‘The Plant Review’, ‘The International Rock Gardener’, ‘Flora Montis’, ‘Den Alpine Have’ and ‘Garten Praxis’. He is currently gathering material for two new books, one on the genus Eranthis (in English) and one on the genus Arum (in German).


Dr. Christopher Grey-Wilson: Pasque flowers, the genus Pulsatilla

This talk has been recorded and is available to watch online. Purchase your tickets below.

Christopher Grey-Wilson retired as Editor of the Alpine Garden Society in 2011 after twenty-one years. Before that, from 1968-1989, he was a Principal Scientific Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. He has travelled widely, particularly in the mountains of Europe and Asia. Over the years Christopher has written many books and articles. These include monographs on Clematis, Cyclamen, Dionysia and poppies as well as guides to European alpine plants, Greek bulbs and Mediterranean flowers. He was awarded a VMH by the RHS in 2007 for ‘outstanding service to horticulture’.

Closely related to anemones, pulsatillas or pasque-flowers are amongst the most exquisite of all mountain plants. Furthermore they are an essential element in any alpine garden. This lecture supplements the book Christopher wrote on the subject, and it features sumptuous photographs of the species in the wild and cultivation.

John Dower: Miniature gardens

This talk has been recorded and is available to watch online. Purchase your tickets below.

John has been championing miniature gardens at AGS shows for many years and this is the subject closest to his heart. His talk will look at various examples of his craft and he will show ways of building miniature gardens in containers.

Landscaping a container provides a natural environment for plants where they can grow their roots under stones to find cool, moist conditions. In his talk John will also be looking at how planting can be refreshed with flowering specimens. Accessories won’t be forgotten as they are used to create interest and humour in a particular design.

Check our calendar of events below for a range of other Zoom talks offered by our local groups.

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