Alpine Garden Society - East Surrey Group

A member of the Epsom and Surrey communities

About Alpine Garden Society - East Surrey Group

Welcome to East Surrey Alpine Garden Society

Alpines are small plants packing a large punch – shrubs, small bulbs, herbaceous plants and orchids from all over the world that are at home in a rock or small woodland garden, hardy in UK winters, or offering stunning displays in an unheated greenhouse or frame.

We're a friendly bunch meeting each month to share and encourage cultivation and interest in alpines. We can offer information and inspiration, with illustrated talks by enthusiastic speakers, often world authorities in their field.

As well as that vital opportunity to pick other people’s brains over a cuppa, you can enjoy our display table, and have a pop at the raffle.

Gardener, photographer, plant hunter, mountain walker, or couch gardener, everyone is welcome. Admission is £1. (Annual Membership just £7). We are affiliated to the national Alpine Garden Society (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net)

We meet
on the Third Tuesday of each month at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Epsom, KT19 8NE . Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start.

There is a car park outside the Church. We are 3/4 mile from Epsom Station, and it's 5 minutes on the E10 bus towards Stamford Green, departing from stop N at the station to the Church.

Contact:Bob Charman, (Chairman) for more information: 0208-660-7459 charman678@btinternet.com





East Surrey AGS Programme 2022

Jan 18th .........Galanthus..............................................................Trevor Wiltshire (Zoom)

Feb 15th .........Plant Photography –Telling a Story .........................Adrian Davies (Zoom)

Mar 15th.........Thyme in the Wild.....................................................Margaret Easter (Zoom)

From April 2022 the plan is to return to live talks at Epsom

April 19th.......Plants and Castles of Transylvania ..........................Razvan Chisu

May 17th.........Kyrgyzstan and the Roof of the World .....................Bob Charman

June 21st.........An AGS Intern's Adventures in Growing and Showing...........Alex O’Sullivan

July 19th..........The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Travels in Japan..........Diane Clement

Aug 16th...........
Trillium's and Woodland Plants of North America................Dr Keith Ferguson

Sep 20th.........TBC

Oct 18th.........TBC

Nov 15th........AGM & Members Talks

Dec Date TBC .........Christmas Social Event





















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Diane Clement Lecture Japan - The Narrow Road to the Deep North

This trip took usthrough a range of habitats including seashore, mountain top, marshland and woodland,many habitats incredibly rich in numbers and variety of species. It wasinteresting to see many plants familiar to us from our UK gardens growing therein their natural habitat: Hydrangea, Hosta, Weigela, Azaleas and others. But itwas especially exciting to see some of the rarer woodland plants that I particularlylike to try and grow such as Epigaea, Glaucidium, Shortia, Polygonatum,Disporum, Arisaema, Trillium, Paris, Cypripedium etc.
When
30 Nov -0001 at 12:00am
until 30 Nov -0001 at 12:00am
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
Epsom
KT198NE

An AGS Intern’s Adventures in Growing and Showing Alpines

Welcome to Alex O’Sullivan, a young AGS member from Kent, who has been fascinated by alpines since childhood. Following his Zoology degree from Liverpool University, Alex was sponsored by the AGS for his first year as a trainee placement at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Alpine and Rock Garden department, the skills he learnt included planting, presentation for shows, propagating and growing all sorts of gems.

It also covers time Alex spent with Ian Christie grafting Daphne, learning the Dionysia trade from Gothenburg Botanic Gardens and on a AGS tour to Patagonia!
When
21 Jun 2022 at 7:30pm
until 21 Jun 2022 at 9:30pm
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Kyrgyzstan and the Roof of the World

A long awaited talk by East Surrey AGS chairman, Bob Charman (well known for his excellent photography) about his trip to Kyrgyzstan.

'This is talk about Kyrgyzstan a remote country in central Asia; I have only visited once and it was very interesting to see the many different types of flora and fauna. I found several butterflies that I had never seen before, as well as plants which were a first for me'.
When
17 May 2022 at 7:30pm
until 17 May 2022 at 9:30pm
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
Epsom
KT19 8NE

Plants and Castles of Transylvania

Razvan Chisu is currently the Social Media Manager with the Alpine Garden Society. He graduated with a BSc and MSc in Horticulture in his native Transylvania.

Over the years he has worked as a herbarium technician, horticulturist and garden designer. He gives talks, leads wildlife tours and was the editor of the Saxifrage Magazine. He describes himself as a plantaholic who will grow anything that is green: alpines, ferns, succulents, bulbs, vegetables, trees and shrubs, climbers, etc.

Plants and Castles of Transylvania – focuses on spring woodlanders, wild meadow plants, high alpines and examples of fortified churches and castles.
When
19 Apr 2022 at 7:30pm
until 19 Apr 2022 at 9:30pm
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Thyme in the Wild

Thyme in the Wild: A journey round the UK, Europe and China, with pictures of the places as well as the plants.

Margaret Easter has been growing and researching this aromatic herb for 20 years; her Thymus Collection was awarded Scientific Status in 2004 and she also holds smaller National Collections of the herbs Satureja (Savory) and Hyssopus (Hyssop).

In addition to her many academic publications, Margaret has written for Plant Heritage 'The Thyme
Handbook', with additional articles by Susie White. Over the years Margaret has also bred and named many new
cultivars and her small, sunny garden in Hertfordshire is a scented paradise for bees and other wildlife.
When
15 Mar 2022 at 7:30pm
until 15 Mar 2022 at 9:30pm
Where
Zoom

Plant Photography – Telling a Story (Zoom)

Whilst for many people taking a single snapshot of a plant will be sufficient, it can be very rewarding to tell the story of the plant, either in one frame, or through the use of several images.

This talk will look at how to develop a narrative with your photography, and will include habitat photography, close up and ultraviolet photography.

Adrian Davies is a full time wildlife and natural history photographer, specialising in plants. He has published 15 books including Digital Plant Photography (Bloomsbury, 2013), and Photographing the Unseen World (Crowood, 2020). He is currently working on another book on Plant Photography, which will involve travelling to Switzerland for alpines.
When
15 Feb 2022 at 7:30pm
until 15 Feb 2022 at 9:30pm
Where
Zoom

Galanthus - How to Grow Them (Zoom)

Trevor Wiltshire worked for the Royal Horticultural Society for 13 years until his retirement. He has travelled worldwide on botanical expeditions and has designed and built gardens in Japan, Turkey and the UK. His particular enthusiasm is for Cyclamen and Trevor has been a Cyclamen Society member since 1979. He was also custodian of the Galanthus collection at RHS Wisley under the auspices of the NCCPG.

Galanthus - how to grow them – Trevor has many slides of Turkey and of the bulb project at Dumlugoze. Trevor was technical consultant on this project and advised the villagers on propagation techniques including twin-scaling and chipping for the commercial production of Galanthus bulbs.

Picture: Galanthus elwesii flower

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Kocaeli_flora
When
18 Jan 2022 at 7:30pm
until 18 Jan 2022 at 9:30pm
Where
Zoom

‘Flowers from the Avenue of the Volcanoes (AGS expedition to Ecuador)’

This Talk has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus and will take place at a latter date.

Caroline Seymour, who recently joined our East Surrey group,talks about her fascinating trip to Ecuador as part of the 2018 Alpine Garden Society tour to Ecuador and Peru. Caroline says; "It is difficult to imagine alpine plants growing at the Equator, but they do. Tracing the changes in habitat as we climb up the mountains takes us through massive variation in the flora, from giants down to the tiniest plants underfoot."

Photographs with thanks to Caroline Seymour,

main; Espeletia pycnophylla. insert; Puya aequatorialis.

Denver Botanic Gardens and the Rocky Mountains

Tom Freeth from Kew Gardens speaks about his and Lara Jewitt’s visit to Denver Botanic Gardens. Tom is the Gardens Supervisor of Rock, Alpine and Aquatics, and Lara is Senior Nurseries Manager at Kew.

The purpose of the visit was to investigate the techniques used in the creation of the crevice beds and rockeries at Denver Botanic Gardens, as well as visiting rock, crevice, alpine, tufa, steppe/prairie and aquatic displays in Colorado and study their design and plantings.

The trip to Colorado was part funded by the East Surrey Alpine Garden Society’s Hendry Bequest in 2019.

Photographs with thanks to; Lisa Langell 'Colorado Mountain in June and Jessica Karella 'Colorado Columbines'
When
03 Mar 2020 at 7:30pm
until 03 Mar 2020 at 9:30pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Wildside Nursery - Jon Evans

Keith Wiley is a famous landscape gardener and nurseryman, best known for creating much of the garden at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum. Devon.

Described in the gardening press in the 90s as 'one of the most exciting and innovative gardens in Britain today‘. He is an exponent of a movement in landscape gardening dubbed ‘New Naturalism’ – basically he takes inspiration from natural landscapes to create different areas of the garden. In 2003 he left The Garden House, and set out to create an ambitious new garden – Wildside – on a four acre site at Buckland Monachorum between Plymouth and Tavistock.

Wildside is only open on a few selected weeks each year, from April to July and Jon Evans has been visiting and photographing the garden regularly for at least the last five years. this talk takes a look at what you might see on each visit.

Photograph courtesy of Jon Evans
When
04 Feb 2020 at 7:30pm
until 04 Feb 2020 at 9:30pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE