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 the Annual Show next up (Saturday, 23rd April). All the details are on the Main Show page. Everyone is welcome so bring along your family and friends. Beautiful plants, to look at and to buy, with afternoon teas to refresh you in between forays amongst the flowers.
A few weeks after (Thursday 19th May, 8.00pm. St. Patrick's Parish Centre, Monkstown) Dr. Keith Ferguson is presenting 'Trilliums and other Woodland Plants of North America'.
The full programme for 2016 is now available here.
The up-to-date Cork Branch Programme for 2016 is here.
By all accounts the Ulster Show was a great event, and the Dublin Group was well represented. Many congratulations to Fionnuala Broughan, Frank Lavery, Gavin Moore, and Billy Moore for his Farrer Medal.
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. [Update: I went there: it is!]
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.
Fritillaria meleagris in the Wild Flower lawn at Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens. Looking wonderful at the moment. Jamie Chambers.