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 Christchurch Hall, Christchurch 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 2019


Tuesday 8 January: "The Most Flowery Places in the World" - Bob Gibbons

Tuesday 5 February: "Gardens of Japan" - Colin Jones

Tuesday 5 March "Autumn in the Peloponnese" - Arthur Nicholls

Sunday 31st March: World of Alpines at RHS Wisley in the Glasshouse Gallery 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Tuesday 2 April "Geophytes and Flora of Israel and Palestine" - James Miller

Tuesday 7 May "Growing Auriculas for Pleasure" - James Smallwood


June to December talks: Details to follow.



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Geophytes and Flora of Israel and Palestine - James Miller - Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Jamesis a Horticulturist with the Alpine Team at RHS Wisley.

His time as CuratorialIntern at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in 2015 gave him the opportunity toundertake some exciting botanising trips around the region, and we’ll also hearabout the current liaison between the Wisley Alpine Team and the JerusalemBotanical Gardens. Do come and join us to hear this young and enthusiastic speaker.
When
02 Apr 2019 at 7:30pm
until 02 Apr 2019 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

WORLD OF ALPINES - SUNDAY 31st March 2019 at RHS Wisley

East Surrey Group are joining forces with West Surrey, for a day to celebrate Alpines at RHS Wisley on Mothering Sunday, 31st March 2019.

Free Entry to Garden Visitors.

There will be lots to enjoy...

Wonderful alpines on display

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A photographic showcase

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Plants and Seeds for sale

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Tips and advice from Alpine growers on propogation and care

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Tips about growing in containers and troughs

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For more information call Mike Morton on 01483 768 047

Photo: Gentiana acaulis exhibited by Peter Semple at the AGS International Conference in 2011.
When
31 Mar 2019 at 10:00am
until 31 Mar 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
Glasshouse Gallery
Royal Horticultural Society
WISLEY
GU23 6QB

Autumn in the Pelopennese - Arthur Nicholls - March 5th

We are very pleased to welcome Arthur Nicholls as our guest speaker in March.

A keen alpine grower and extremely well-travelled, Arthur will be presenting photos and information about one of his trips to this wonderful region that the travel books like to refer to as the mythical heart of Greece.

Do come and join us for this fascinating talk, Raffle and free refreshments.
When
05 Mar 2019 at 7:30pm
until 05 Mar 2019 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Gardens of Japan - Colin Jones

For 35 years Colin was a Film Editor and Film Director at BBC TV mainly working on travel programmes like “Holiday” and Clive James “Postcards”.

After retirement he enrolled at Horticultural College to study for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Diploma in Horticulture. He is Chairman of Sanderstead Horticultural Society and a Flower Show Judge for Surrey. He is a listed lecture for the W.I and RHS. Colin has traveled the world looking at and photographing the greatest gardens on earth. He is also part of the team that has won Gold medals at the past five Chelsea Flower shows for displays of auriculars.
As an enrichment lecturer aboard cruise ships, he has just completed his 37th cruise

His talks are designed to be amusing yet informative and to appeal to people with no knowledge of gardens and gardening as well as the expert.
When
05 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm
until 05 Feb 2019 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
Epsom
KT19 8NE

JANUARY - The Most Flowery Places in the World - Dr. Bob Gibbons

January can be a chilly and inhospitable month, so it is always good to have some colour in our lives at this time of year.

Bob Gibbons is a renowned botanist, author and tour leader, who is based in Dorset but has travelled across much of Europe and the world, in search of wildlife. He set up Natural History Travel 25 years ago, offering high quality natural history and photography tours.

After working for many years in nature conservation, he is now a freelance author, photographer and lecturer, and we are fortunate to have the chance to listen to some of his stories, and see some of his wonderful photography.

Do come along, for a glorious, technicolour evening.
When
08 Jan 2019 at 7:30pm
until 08 Jan 2019 at 10:00pm
Where
Christ Church Hall
Christ Church Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

The Zagros - Dr. Bob and Rannveig Wallis

We're delighted to welcome Bob and Rannveig Wallis next week, very knowledgeable alpinists, who travel widely to study alpines in their natural habitat, and will talk to us about a trip to The Zagros.

This high, snowy mountain range to the west of Iran has, until recently, been difficult to access. Bob and Rannveig will show us examples of the unbelievably rich flora of this area.
When
04 Dec 2018 at 7:30pm
until 04 Dec 2018 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Beneficial Insects in the Garden - Andrew Halstead

We all struggle sometimes to deal with unwanted garden inmates, and want to encourage those insects who will help us in our quest for a decent garden of healthy plants.

Do come along to what promises to be an interesting talk this month from Andrew Halstead, retired RHS Principal Entomologist. A writer and lecturer, Andrew's specialities are garden pests, wildlife gardening, and biological pest control, with - unsurprisingly - an interest in bee-keeping.
When
02 Oct 2018 at 7:30pm
until 02 Oct 2018 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Le Jardin d'Altitude and Gardens in the Alsace

Join Tim Ingram, as he illustrates a three-day tour of Alsace, organised by East Kent AGS, and exploring, amongst other gardens, Le Jardin d’Altitude du Haut Chitelet. This garden, at nearly the highest point of the Vosges Massif in the Alsace, has an outstanding collection of alpine species from all continents

Tim was brought up with a keen interest in plants. His first patch was a raised rock garden as a teenager. He spent his early adulthood in academia working on plant hormones. Six months of this were spent in Tasmania where he took the opportunity to explore the wilds. At his nursery at Copton Ash he grew a wide range of plants including those from the Southern Hemisphere. Currently he is focused on Alpines, perennials for drier gardens and woodland plants.

Info: Bob Charman 0208 660 7459
When
04 Sep 2018 at 7:30pm
until 04 Sep 2018 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

Plants and Animals of the Western Cape - Hazel Taylor

We thoroughly enjoyed Part One, and we are delighted to welcome Hazel Taylor back for Part Two of her trip to the Western Cape of South Africa.

Hazel is a respected speaker and plant judge at shows, with great experience of bulbs and succulents. She travels widely to study Alpines.

Do come and join us, and enjoy some wonderful photographs.

Details shown above.
When
07 Aug 2018 at 7:30pm
until 07 Aug 2018 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE

A Seedy Business

We are delighted to welcome back Diane Clement, Director of the Alpine Garden Society Seed Exchange, on Tuesday 3rd July, to talk about growing plants from seed.

A lively and engaging speaker, Diane will be giving us plenty of information about how to collect seed, sowing and growing both difficult and easy plants.

There'll be lots of practical information from this enthusiastic and knowledgeable alpinist in charge of collection and distribution of seed at the AGS.



Do come and join us.
When
03 Jul 2018 at 7:30pm
until 03 Jul 2018 at 10:00pm
Where
Christchurch Hall
Christchurch Road
EPSOM
KT19 8NE