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Autumn Virtual Flower Show

October 11, 2021
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Are your alpine plants looking glorious at the moment? Is your rock garden adorned with autumn blooms? Share your pictures with us in our Virtual Flower Show for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

Launching on Social Media (Twitter, Instagram and AGS Members Facebook group) at 11am on Monday 11 October 2021, the competition invites you to enter photos of your alpine plants in flower.

How do I Enter the Competition?

Step 1: Take photos of your rock and alpine plants

This can be of a single plant in your garden or in a pot, a close-up of an alpine flower, or a photo of a bunch of beautiful alpines in flower in your garden. It’s up to you!

Step 2: Upload a photo to social media

Create a post on Twitter, Instagram or AGS members Facebook page and attach your chosen plant photo to it. Add the plant name in the text box – don’t know the Latin name? No problem! Pop the common name in.

Not sure you’ve got the name right? No problem! We’ll try to sort that out at our end before we announce the winners, don’t worry.

Haven’t a clue what the name is? Enter with no name! We’d rather see your beautiful plants than have them excluded because you’ve lost the label. As an added bonus, if our judges know the name, they’ll add it for you during the judging process!

Step 3: Tag @AlpineGardenSoc & publish!

Arguably the most important step of all – you need to tag the Alpine Garden Society account in your post when publishing so we know you’ve entered!

Don’t know how to tag? It’s really simple – in the comments box, just type the ‘@’ symbol followed immediately by our username (AlpineGardenSoc), so it looks like this: @AlpineGardenSoc

What are the Rock Plants in Flower Competition Prizes?

We have 9 bundles of incredible AGS goodies to give away to 9 very lucky winners!

Nine prizes will be awarded with 1 winner for each class on each AGS Social Media Channel (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) for the following categories:

    • Best single plant entry, where the whole plant can be seen, showing flowers, stems and leaves (in the garden or in a container);
    • Best group of alpine plants growing in a permanent garden setting;
    • Best close-up, showing the whole flowering portion of the plant. Entrants do not need to indicate which category they are entering in their Twitter post – our judges will decide during the judging process to make entering easy.

Each prize bundle includes:

  • Alpine Garden Society tote bag
  • Latest copy of the AGS Journal
  • Alpine Gardening for beginners by John Good
  • 1 set of 3 Heather Raeburn rock plant tea towels
  • 1 Burgon & Ball Mini Snips
  • 1 AGS 2022 Calendar


One caveat: Due to new international restrictions recently introduced by mail carriers, should you win, we’ll need a UK address to post your prize to. Read our full terms and conditions here.

If you’re not UK-based and don’t have a UK address to give us, you’re still very welcome to enter for the accolade!

What’s the Competition Deadline?

It’s 1pm (UK time) on Saturday 16th October 2021. So get your entries in before then to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Winners will be announced on each Social Media channel on Wednesday 20th October 2021. Your handle will be tagged in the post to alert you to your amazing achievement, so keep an eye on your mentions on this date.

If you win, you’ll need to give us a UK address to post your prizes to! For more information, see the competition terms and conditions.

Can I Enter More than One Plant?

Absolutely! You can enter as many times as you like.

Just be sure to create a new post for each new entry, following the 3 steps above. Simple!

What if I Don’t Know Whether my Plant is a Rock Plant?

Enter it anyway! Our definition of a rock plant is very wide and contains many hardy plants that are not found in mountainous regions. This can make it tricky to figure out whether some plants are alpines or not.

While you’re welcome to view the Society’s full definition of a rock plant or the list of alpine plant genera on our encyclopaedia, we’re also happy for you to enter your plant and allow us to make the call for you.

There will be no embarassing calling anybody out – if anything, we’ll enjoy looking at even more glorious plants than usual!

When Does my Photograph Need to Have Been Taken?

The short answer is: Now.

The slightly longer answer is plant photos need to have been taken in October 2021.

This is because we want the competition to reflect the beautiful rock plants that are in flower now, while the competition is live, to keep the competition current.

Do I Need to Choose a Class to Enter?

If you’re one of our members who’s familiar with flower shows, you may wonder whether you need to choose a class into which to enter your plant.

The answer is no!

As long as your entry is of a rock plant (or plants) in flower, it’s in with a chance – just follow the 3 steps above to enter it into the competition

Do I Need a Social Media Account to Enter?

Yes, you do. It’s easy to sign up for an account and does not require much personal information to do so.

Getting Your Plant to Look its Best

If you’re planning to enter a plant in a container and you fancy going to whole flower show hog, check out this video on how our experts get their plants looking their best.

What are the Terms and Conditions?

You can read the Virtual Flower Show terms and conditions here.

We can’t wait to see all of your incredible entries this week!

In the meantime, if you have any questions that are not answered on this page or in our terms and conditions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on

Looking forward to seeing your beautiful plants!