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.
Sorry - much too long since I updated our website! Watch out for the changeover in the next few weeks to our new, modern website.
We all suffered in the snow, and unfortunately that meant having to postpone the Local Show, which was supposed to be on March 3rd. This will now take place on Saturday 24th March, at St Brigid's, at 2pm.
It will soon be time for the Annual Show, which will be held on Saturday, 28th April, 1.30 to 4 pm, at Cabinteely Community School, Dublin. As usual there will be amazing alpines on the benches, and plants for sale from the both the commercial nurseries and the Society's members. In addition, George Sevastopulo is presenting a display on The Burren.
Ahead of that, the Ulster Group Show will be on Saturday, 7th April, at Greenmount College, Antrim.
Looking ahead, we've got a visit to Frank Lavery's garden on May 5th, then the Burren trip on May 12th and 13th, followed by our final lecture before the summer break, from John Good on the 24th May.
The full programme for 2018 is now available here.
There are a few things in the works, notably the new website. This will be a radical rebuilding of the website, modernising it, and improving the ease of access from your phone or tablet. We also are working on a plan to make the Society's library of specialist books on alpines more easily accessible. Watch this space.
We've changed our email address. The old eircom one will be decommissioned shortly, so if you want to contact please use the new one, which you'll find here.
Our archives are growing, but could do with more so look out anything you think would be of historical interest and pass on any material us. Let me know (through the Contact page).
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Chionodoxa siehei in my garden on St Patrick's Day. Known as 'Glory of the Snow', mine were slightly battered by the Beast from the East. Jamie Chambers.