Welcome to our Jan 2021 newsletter!

The new year has kicked off and now is the time to get sowing your alpine seeds so they get the chill they need to sprout!

Many folks have received seed from the AGS seed exchange… and we have a nice surprise for you: Diane Clement, Director of the Seed Exchange, is coming to deliver a virtual talk on sowing alpine seeds!

Want to Grow Alpines from Seed?

alpine seedlings in hexagonal pots

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

She’s giving her her ‘Alpines from Seed’ on 26th Jan at 19:30 (GMT) which will include practical tips on seed sowing and tricks to shorten the germination process (which, for some alpines can be years otherwise! So hooray!). The talk is free to all AGS members, so come and join us! Find out more here.

Come and Discover Snowdrops!

Galanthus Spindlestone Surprise

It is, of course, also snowdrop season! And to celebrate, we have a fabulous talk on snowdrops by the acclaimed Michael Myers.

Michael has been growing snowdrops since the 1980s and is a veritable treasure trove of information about them. He’s also an accomplished speaker and lecturer in horticulture at Craven College, so this is not one to miss!

Join us Sat 23 Jan @ 11am - tickets going like hot cakes, so sign up now!

There’s an extensive programme of virtual events on our website, so check them out as the list is updated regularly!

Find Out How Alpine Experts Do it!

cyclamen plants in a sand plunge in an alpine house

Our latest article, 7 Growing Secrets of the Alpine Gardener, tells you how the alpine experts do it. Click the picture to read more about how experts use sand beds and sand plunges, double potting and drainage materials so you can up your alpine game and joint he ranks of the greatest growers!

Got an Alpine Conservation Idea?

Harlow Carr alpine house in bloom

This month, we’ve also launched our Small Alpine Conservation Projects Grants for small-scale alpine projects that help to conserve these fabulous plants. The deadline is 28th February, so apply now for your chance at funding!

We’d love to see pictures of your seed sowing exploits and early flowering alpines. Share them with us on our Facebook group, Twitter or Instagram!

Until next time,

The AGS Team

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