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.
It's time for our summer break now, next lecture is in October. Susan Band will be talking on ‘Growing lilies and their relatives in Scotland’ on Thursday 15th at 8 pm. That's in the NBG, Glasnevin, and Susan will be bringing bulbs so be sure to come along.
Meanwhile, Paddy Smith is close to finalising the programme for 2016. We're considering a trip to the Burren, so I'll be in touch by email to see what level of interest there is.
The full Programme for 2015 is here.
We had two good talks from Jim Almond (‘Out and about – adventures of an alpine gardener’) and Diane Clement (‘Alpines in the wild and cultivation’) recently. Plus, the trip to the McBride and McKelvey went very well, with a full coachload and a fine day.
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The 2015 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
Val Keegan's Farrer Medal-winning Draba longisiliqua at this year's Annual Show. Photo: Billy Moore.