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Virtual Events on Alpine Plants

October 5, 2020
We're very active at the AGS, even in times of pandemic! Find out what's happening with our programme of virtual events on alpine plants below.

Virtual Events on Alpines

January Programme

16 Jan – Annes Grove, County Cork – Past and Present by Neil Porteous @ 14:30 (GMT)

Annes Grove comprises a delightful house, gardens and miniature castle, which date back centuries! The gardens are a real spectacle at any time of year. Everyone is invited to join our Ulster Group for free as Neil Porteous takes them through the history of this fabulous landmark in County Cork.

To take part free of charge, get in touch with Anne Walsh on anne.walsh@alpinegardensociety.org.

20 Jan – Favourites throughout the Seasons by Wim Boens @19:00 (GMT)

Take a seasonal tour of some of the favourite plants of accomplished plantsperson Wim Boens.

This talk is only open to members of our Bedfordshire and Mid-Anglia Groups. If you’d like to find out more about joining these groups, contact Rob Amos: robertamos13@hotmail.com.

23 Jan – Snowdrops for Beginners by Michael Myers @ 11:00 (GMT)

Michael Myers has a horticultural CV to die for! He’s a horticultural advisor for the RHS, a horticulture lecturer at Craven College, and is an AGS silver medal holder… not bad!

And guess what? He’s giving a talk for the AGS about snowdrops on Saturday 23rd Jan. Now that’ll be a treat you don’t want to miss!

All AGS members are welcome to come to the talk for free. To sign up, simply fill in the form below (only visible if you are logged in, so do that first!).

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26 Jan – Alpines from Seed by Diane Clement @ 19:30 (GMT)

Diane Clement was Director of the AGS Seed Exchange for 10 years! She’s hugely passionate and knowledgeable about growing from seed.

The talk will include practical tips on how to grow alpines from seed, including both easy and more difficult subjects! She’ll dispel a few myths and give some tricks to shorten the germination process (which, for some alpines can be years otherwise!).

Get your free ticket by becoming an AGS member, signing in to your online account, then filling out the form below. Simple!

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28 Jan – Snowdrops with Michael Myers @ 19:00 (GMT)

The in-demand Michael Myers will also be talking to our Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex groups about snowdrops only a few days later.

Are you an AGS member? Do you live in one of those three areas? Yes?! Get in touch with Secretary Ben Parmee to get your free ticket to this fabulous event: ben.parmee@agsgroups.org.

February Programme

3 Feb – Flora of the Silk Road by Chris Gardner @ 18:30 (GMT)

Discover the amazing alpine plants that flank the silk road – an ancient trade route that connected Rome with China. Breath-taking habitats and little-known alpines abound in this fascinating talk.

Chris has led natural history tours all over the world and he and his wife are authors of two spectacular books on alpine flora – find out more on their ViraNatura tours website.

This talk is being run by our Derby Group who welcome other interested AGS members to get in touch! Email david.charlton@alpinegardensociety.org for your ticket.

8 Feb – Patagonian Plants in the Wild and Cultivation by Martin Sheader @ 19:30 (GMT)

10 Feb – Flora of the Silk Road by Chris Gardner @ 19:30 (GMT)

Discover the amazing alpine plants that flank the silk road – an ancient trade route that connected Rome with China. Breath-taking habitats and little-known alpines abound in this fascinating talk.

This talk is open to members of our Oxford Group. If you’d like to become a group member, contact celia.sawyer@btinternet.com for more information.

11 Feb – Flower Show Plants by Jim Almond @ 19:00 (GMT)

Take a closer look at the fantastic plants exhibited at AGS flower shows up and down the country with our photographer extraordinaire, Jim Almond.

This talk is only open to members of our Bedfordshire and Mid-Anglia Groups. If you’d like to find out more about joining these groups, contact Rob Amos: robertamos13@hotmail.com.

20 Feb – Tresco Abbey Gardens by Mike Nelhams @14:30 (GMT)

Take a journey out to the Atlantic west of Cornwall and you’ll find the Isles of Scilly where a spectacular collection of alpine plants awaits your discovery!

Our Ulster Group, who are running this event, would like to invite interested AGS members to join them for free at this fabulous event. Simply get in touch with Anne Walsh for your free ticket: anne.walsh@alpinegardensociety.org.

25 Feb – Flowers of Lesotho, Kingdom in the Sky by Dr Celia Wright @ 19:00 (GMT)

Discover the plant secrets of the mountains of southern Africa with Dr Celia Wright as she takes a close look at the amazing flora to be found there. A talk not to be missed!

This event is being run by our Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex groups. These groups would love to welcome AGS members who are in one of these three geographical regions – for free! Get in touch with Hampshire Secretary Ben Parmee to find out more: ben.parmee@agsgroups.org.

March Programme

3 Mar – The Bulb Log by Ian Young @ 19:30 (GMT)

Ian Young has written his Bulb Log on the Scottish Rock Garden Club website every week for 17 years! He is an well-known authority on how to grow bulbs and a gifted speaker.

Our Derby Group, who are running the talk, would like to invite all interested AGS members to come and hear Ian’s pearls of wisdom for free! Simply email david.charlton@alpinegardensociety.org.

8 Mar – Alpines for the Time-Challenged by Tony Goode @ 19:30 (GMT)

9 Mar – ‘Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Hardy Cyclamen’ by Jim Almond 19:30 (GMT)

Jim Almond is one of our incredible flower show photographers and he’s a dab hand with a camera! Come and witness his special talents first hand with this talk that really brings out the best in alpines, dwarf bulbs and Cyclamen.

This event is being run by our Oxford Group and is open only to group members. If you’d like to join the group, contact celia.sawyer@btinternet.com.

25 Mar – Cally Gardens a Plant Extravaganza by Kevin Hughes @ 19:00 (GMT)

Owner of Cally Gardens, Kevin Hughes is bringing this former home of plant collector Michael Wickenden back to life. Find out about the joys, trials and tribulations in this fascinating talk.

This event is being run by our Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex groups. If you live in one of these regions and are an AGS member, you can come along to the talk for free! Get in touch with Hampshire Secretary Ben Parmee for more info: ben.parmee@agsgroups.org.

April Programme

7 Apr – Growing Alpines in the ‘Hills’ of Holland by Harry Jans @ 19:30 (GMT)

Harry Jans is one of the leading figures in the world of alpine plants.

He’s travelled the world discovering alpines in their natural habitats (indeed, of our photos of alpines in the wild on our image library were taken by him!) and has a remarkable alpine garden at home in the Netherlands.

Come and discover Harry’s incredible rock garden in this fascinating talk!

The Derby Group, who are running the talk, would like to welcome other interested AGS members to join in. Get in touch with david.charlton@alpinegardensociety.org for more info.

12 Apr – The Diverse and Beautiful Mountains of Northern Italy by Alan Oatway @ 19:30 (GMT)

14 Apr – Flowers of the Pyrenees by David Charlton @ 19:30 (GMT)

Come and see the fascinating alpine flora in one of the most glorious mountain ranges in the world! Many of these plants – like the Pyrenean Trumpet Gentian – grow at more than 3000 metres above sea level, where the views as well as the plants are awe-inspiring.

This event is being run by our Oxford Group and is open only to group members. If you’d like to join the group, contact celia.sawyer@btinternet.com.

22 April – On the Trail of Farrer from Dales to Dolomites by Graham Poynter @ 19:00 (GMT)

Reginald Farrer was one of the foremost collectors of alpine plants, travelling worldwide to hunt new species down. Come on this thrill-seeking adventure as we follow in his footsteps and make some discoveries of our own!

This event is being run by our Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex groups. All AGS members who live in one of these three regions are welcome to attend for free! Get in touch with Hampshire Secretary Ben Parmee to find out how to take part: ben.parmee@agsgroups.org.

May Programme

10 May – Creating an Alpine Haven by Cliff Booker @ 19:30 (GMT)

27 May – Flowers of the Pyrenees by David Charlton @ 19:00 (GMT)

Come and see the fascinating alpine flora in one of the most glorious mountain ranges in the world! Many of these plants – like the Pyrenean Trumpet Gentian – grow at more than 3000 metres above sea level, where the views as well as the plants are awe-inspiring.

This event is being run by our Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex groups. All AGS members who live in one of these three regions are welcome to attend for free! Get in touch with Hampshire Secretary Ben Parmee to find out how to take part: ben.parmee@agsgroups.org.