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.
Bloom is now on, and with it our Postcard Garden 'Alpines are for Everyone'. Go to our Bloom 2014 page for details of the garden and the plants. The Postcard Gardens are in the Red Zone at location 16 on the Bloom Map (available here). If you come in to the grounds through Entrance 1 the Postcard Gardens are immediately ahead and to your left. Bloom runs from today, Thursday 29th May, until Monday 2nd June 2014.
We will be selling some of the plants used in the garden from 12 noon until 1.30pm on Saturday, 7th June, at St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan. Anyone may buy plants at this special sale so you will be welcome even if not a member.
Our next event is a visit to Helen Dillon's garden, 45 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, on the 7th June, straight after our post-Bloom plant sale.
The full Programme for 2014 is here.
Our Annual Show was a great success - a great display of plants on the show-bench, a large number of visitors, and ten new members as a result. You can see the results and some photos on our Main Show page here. Congratulations to Paddy Moore who won his first Farrer Medal for the Best Plant in the Show.
We had a fantastic talk from Cliff Booker on the 15th May, on ‘The Cream of alpines’. His photographs and presentation were magnificent.
Our members did well at the Ulster AGS Show but none better than Billy Moore - see this month's photo to the left. There are photos from the Greenmount Show here.
We've recently acquired some new books - in particular, Chris Grey-Wilson's long awaited Pulsatilla monograph. Take a look at our Library page for details.
Our AGS Ireland Facebook page continues to get visitors from all parts of the world - recently from Belgorod in Russia. 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.
The 2014 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
The Postcard Garden at Bloom 2014. Photo: Bernard van Giessen.