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 first 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

Programme of Events for 2020


Tuseday 7th January ''Gothenburg Botanical Inspiration''... James Miller

Tuesday 4th February ''Wildside Nursery Garden'' ..........Jon Evans

Tuesday 3rd March ''Denver Botanic Gardens and the Rocky Mountains''
............Tom Freeth from Kew Gardens

Tuesday 7th April..................Cancelled due to Covid-19 virus

Tuesday 5th May ..................Cancelled due to Covid-19 virus

Tuesday 2nd June.................Cancelled due to Covid-19 virus

Tuesday 7th July....................Cancelled due to Covid-19 virus

Tuesday 4th August..............Cancelled due to Covid-19 virus

Tuesday 15th September.....................Zoom Meeting TBA

Tuesday 20th October..........................Zoom Meeting TBA

Tuesday 17th November......................... AGM on Zoom

December ................................. TBA





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‘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

Gothenburg Botanical Inspiration

James Miller an RHS Wisley Alpine Team member, with a special interest in bulbs and Orchids, returns to East Surrey AGS, to talk about the RHS Alpine Team bursary trip to Gothenburg in 2018. He explores the Alpine Collections and Rock Garden at Gothenburg Botanical Gardens in detail, as well as a trip to Kinnekulle, Sweden, including the Garden of Peter Korn and the Nursery and Garden of Gerben Tjeersman.

Photograph courtesy of James Miller
When
07 Jan 2020 at 7:15pm
until 07 Jan 2020 at 9:30pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

“A Wildlife Miscellany” - George Hounsome - 3rd December 2019

We welcome back popular speaker George Hounsome. George is well known in Surrey wildlife and botanical circles and is a Surrey Botanical Society committee member. His talks focus on the South East of England, particularly Surrey, and are illustrated with many of his excellent pictures.

Photograph courtesy of George Hounsome.
When
03 Dec 2019 at 7:30pm
until 03 Dec 2019 at 9:30pm
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Kyrgyzstan - A Mysterious Land of Walnuts and Wildflowers

Pietro, one of our members, is a well-travelled and knowledgeable enthusiast, who has made many trips to places well off the beaten-track. He has produced wonderful photographs particularly of the orchids and bulbous plants of the region to illustrate his wanderings.
When
01 Oct 2019 at 7:30am
until 01 Oct 2019 at 9:30am
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Gill Peachey -The Dolomites-3rd September 2019

Gill enjoys all aspects of natural history with a particular interest in butterflies and moths. She is also an enthusiastic photographer and enjoys combining her two hobbies and sharing images from her travels with others.

Her talk will explore the Fassa Valley in the Dolomites. An area of spectacular scenery in north eastern Italy with an abundance of both flora & fauna.

Photograph courtesy of Gill Peachey
When
03 Sep 2019 at 7:30am
until 03 Sep 2019 at 9:30am
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Adventures of a Natural History Tour Leader - Kerrie Porteous - 6th August 2019

Kerrie enjoys a varied and interesting life as a Natural History Tour Leader with Naturetrek.

We're delighted to welcome her to our August meeting, when she will take us on an illustrated trip through the ups and downs of natural history trekking.

Enjoy Kerrie's talk, and chat to like minded gardeners and alpine growers, refreshments, raffle table.

Do come and join us!
When
06 Aug 2019 at 7:30pm
until 06 Aug 2019 at 9:30pm
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE