The AGS would not be the same without its many local groups spread all over the country – indeed, the world! These groups foster a love of alpine plants in their local community.
These communities of alpine enthusiasts share their knowledge and expertise with one another, exchange rare and beautiful alpines and discuss all matters alpine over tea and cake. Group meetings often involve a talk from a plant expert, a raffle and a plant sale. Groups also arrange garden and nursery visits throughout the year, as well as specialist plant fairs.
Local groups usually meet once a month, slowing down in the alpine off-season at the height of summer. So if you’re a gardener of a different stripe, alpines are a fun way to extend your gardening season!
Alpine Garden Society membership and local group membership are separate. This is because local groups arrange their own events and activities, paid for by their members’ subscriptions.
And you don’t have to be a member of the Alpine Garden Society as a whole to join a local group. We found this a wonderful way for people to experience being part of the AGS family before paying for full membership – which many local group members go on to do!
Of course, we’d love to have you as an AGS member too! You can find out more by visiting our joining page.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed things somewhat for our local groups – to put it mildly! But many of them are still very active and arranging virtual meetings and talks. Some are even arranging socially distanced gatherings to keep the alpine enthusiasm alive in a Covid-safe fashion.