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.
Summer (what there was of it) is now long over, and last week we had our first lecture of the Autumn (see below). Next up, on Thursday, 12 November, Frank Lavery is talking to us on ‘Plants of the Algarve'. That's in St Brigid's.
Shortly after that is our Alpine Weekend, details here, with speakers Carole and Ian Bainbridge, Joan and Liam McCaughey, and Janis Ruksans.
The full Programme for 2015 is here.
The up-to-date Cork Branch Programme for 2015-16 is here.
Last week we had our first lecture of the Autumn, from Susan Band, whose talk on 'Growing lilies and their relatives in Scotland' was very interesting for anyone trying to grow these plants. Susan brought along various choice bulbs - Nomocharis, Crocus, Fritilliaria, Galanthus and Corydalis, but if you missed out you can order next year from her website.
There wasn't enough interest to hold the Photography Workshop we'd planned for early October, but many people were away, so we'll canvas opinion to see if we could run it another time.
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The 2015 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
Erodiium reichardii 'Bishop's Form' grows very well for me in a trough, giving colour throughout the summer and well into autumn. It's well behaved too, spreading only slowly. Jamie Chambers.