As nights draw in and summer gives way to autumn, our gardens will hopefully get some respite from the high temperatures and dry weather we’ve experienced this year.
Over the last few months, staff and volunteers have been busy preparing Tours, Conferences and Events, AGS Shows and Plant Fairs for you to take part in. Read on to find out more...
Online Conservation Day
Saturday 17 September 2022, 3.00pm to 6.00pm GMT
Join us for an afternoon of online talks about the conservation of British native alpine plants.
Ecologist Sarah Watts will focus on the trends shown by long-term rare arctic-alpine plant monitoring at Ben Lawers in the context of climate change.
AGS Trustee Tom Freeth will focus on Ex-situ conservation at RBG Kew.
RSPB site manager, Lee Schofield, will end the afternoon with his lecture: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm. The talk is based on his work at RSPB Haweswater, including the Mardale Mountain Meadow project of which the AGS is a founding partner.
AGS Bulb Day
Sunday 25 September 2022, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Spetchley Park Gardens, Worcester, WR5 1RS
Bob and Rannveig Wallis: Moorish Bulbs
Tony Goode: Bulbs for all Seasons
Martyn Denney: Cyclamen in the Wild and in Cultivation
Specialist Nurseries attending:
Aberconwy, Buried Treasure (Rannveig Wallis), Pottertons
Annual General Meeting
& EB Anderson Lecture
Saturday 12 November 2022, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, CV8 2LD.
The AGM and Memorial Lecture are free to AGS members.
This year’s Lecture, Diverse Methods of Growing Alpines in the Czech Garden, will be given by renowned Czech gardener Jiří Papoušek.
Saturday and Sunday 12–13 November 2022
Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD
Speakers at the conference will include Harry Jans, John Massey, Martin Sheader, Julian Sutton, Kurt Vickery, Timothy Walker and AGS Trainee Bertie Swainston.
On Saturday John Massey will be signing his new book
My world of Hepaticas. If you already purchased the book, you can bring it along to be signed by John.
AGS Snowdrop Day
Sunday 4 February 2023, 9.30am to 4.00pm,
Lilleshall National Conferencing Centre, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9AT
The day will include lectures by Joe Sharman, Jim Almond, Bob and Rannveig Wallis, with the following nurseries attending: Andy Byfield, Avon Bulbs, Edulis Nursery, Ivycroft, Jim Almond, Monksilver.
Our new series of Zoom Lectures (free to AGS members) will focus on alpine plants from around the world.
Cultivation of a selection of Patagonian alpines,
Dr. Martin Scheader - Tuesday, September 20th, 7.30pm BST
Alpines of the Afromontane Archipelago,
Dr. John Grimshaw - Tuesday, October 18th, 7.30pm BST
Vancouver Island Alpines: Plant hunting in North America's westernmost mountain ranges,
Paul Spriggs -Tuesday, November 15th, 7.30pm GMT
Autumn Shows & Plant Fairs
Spring has been very busy with a host of shows throughout the country. After the summer break our shows and plant fairs will resume in October, with events at Loughborough, Hexham and Harlow Carr. Further details in the link below.
You can now order AGS 2023 Desk and Wall Calendars, they make great Christmas presents!
While our South Africa and Peloponnese Tours are now fully booked, there are plenty of other future destinations available to book: Patagonia in December, Israel and Crete in March 2023, Bolivia in April 2023, etc.
Don’t forget to collect and donate seeds to our Seed Exchange,
Deadline: 10 October 2022!
The new seed list will be available for online orders
in late November 2022
Gold Medal for AGS display at Tatton
Yet again, the AGS was awarded Gold for its display at the RHS Tatton Flower Show. ‘Alpines in Troughs and Pots’ was designed and created by the East Cheshire AGS Group with help from other members of the North West Bubble. Our stand proved to be very popular and attracted a lot of interest throughout the show week.
If you are new to alpines, why not visit our Beginner’s corner page to learn about the plants we grow, discover nurseries and gardens to visit, find out about our events and much more!
As a society dedicated to sharing enthusiasm and knowledge of alpine plants, it is natural that we should have our own garden for members and the public to enjoy.
The garden is maintained with help from a professional gardener but also a dedicated team of keen volunteers. If you want to become involved please get in touch!
Exclusive Benefits for Members
By joining the AGS you get access to exclusive content to develop your interest in alpines and actively support our conservation work in the UK and abroad.
A quarterly journal, free Zoom lectures, access to our Seed Exchange, free entry to over 20 Shows and Plant Fairs are some of the many benefits AGS members enjoy!