RBGE has a long history of growing alpines and has one of the finest rock gardens in the UK. The AGS is a registered charity strongly committed to providing information and education focused on alpine and associated plants. This includes promoting the conservation and cultivation of this diverse range of plants, which includes rock garden plants, small herbaceous plants, many bulbs, dwarf shrubs and conifers, hardy orchids and hardy ferns.
Christine McGregor, Director of the AGS, said: “This exciting opportunity will provide a thorough insight into the growing, conservation and displaying of alpine plants for an enthusiastic person in a world-renowned botanic garden. By joining forces in this way the AGS and RBGE have created an opportunity to educate and train alpine gardeners of the future.’’
David Knott, Curator of Living Collections at RBGE added: “We are very grateful to the Alpine Garden Society in funding this training placement. It is a fantastic opportunity for an individual to immerse themselves in the study and cultivation of alpine plants.’’
In recent years the AGS has contributed to the refurbishment of the alpine house and trough yard at RBGE. This new venture further cements the strong bond between the two organisations.
(Applications have now closed.)