We are interested in the growing, propagation and conservation of alpine, rock garden and woodland plants, small hardy herbaceous plants, hardy and half-hardy bulbs, hardy ferns and small shrubs. Anyone can grow these diminutive beauties and with the trend towards smaller plots they are ideal for the modern garden - they can even be grown in a window box.
Our next event is the Annual Lunch, which will be held as usual in the Royal St George Yacht Club on Saturday February 13th. We begin with a lecture from Oliver Schurmann of Mount Venus Nursery on 'Designing with Diversity' at 12.30pm, so please aim to arrive by noon.
The following week (Thursday 18th), Assumpta Broomfield is talking to us on 'Myths, Fantasy and Frilly Knickers'. It's about snowdrops, in case you were wondering. That will be in the National Botanic Gardens at 8.00pm.
Don't forget to send in your booking form (and cheque!) for the Burren trip on 14th & 15th May. Numbers are restricted, and interest is high, so if you indicated you would take part, best to act soon.
The full programme for 2016 is now available here.
The up-to-date Cork Branch Programme for 2016 is here.
The AGM gave us some useful feedback - thanks to all those attending on a chilly winter night. You were rewarded by a great talk from Billy Alexander of Kells Bay House & Gardens. If you couldn't be there, take a look at the website - it looks like a wonderful destination for a long weekend.
Following up on the interest shown at the meeting, the Committee will investigate running a photographic workshop and look for a suitable date.
A big welcome to Triona Corcoran who joined the Committee at the meeting. She did great work on the raffle at the Show last year, and now you'll be seeing much more of her.
Another activity we've started is the gathering of archive material of interest to the Society generally. We don't have a good place to store documents, photos or other memorabilia, but we can put them on-line on the website for everyone to see. If you have anything concerning past or present members, events, or places that you think would be of interest, let me know (through the Contact page).
Keep up with AGS and other activities by Liking our AGS Ireland Facebook page. Notification about our upcoming meetings is posted there, and also other information on a variety of topics and events of interest to members. So if you haven't already, do take a look at the page - use the link at the bottom of the menu on the left. If you want to set up a Facebook account, you can download instructions for doing that here. Most of us have worries about security when posting information on the internet, so you might find this security handout useful.
Narcissus cantabricus is one of the earliest of the narcissi, and a welcome sight around Christmas with its snow-white flowers. Mine came from Brian Duncan one Alpine Weekend a couple of years back, and it has flowered reliably. I grow it in a pot outside, keeping it dry-ish during the summer. Jamie Chambers.