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 the main Dublin Group AGS Show, on Saturday 6 April, from 1.30 – 4.00pm, in Cabinteely Community School, Co. Dublin. All are welcome to one of the most spectacular flower shows in the whole of Ireland. Bring a friend to enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers, buy plants from the members' plant sale or the specialist nurseries, and finish with tea, coffee and home-made cakes. All the details are on the show page.
Unfortunately the talk from Christopher Grey-Wilson on ‘Pulsatillas and other alpine members of the Ranunculaceae’ has had to be postponed until next year, and we have been unable to find another speaker, so the lecture planned for Thursday the 18th April has been cancelled.
The Computer Workshop had to be postponed to a later date - watch this space for further details.
The full Programme for 2013 is here.
Liam McCaughey's talk on ‘Yunnan – in the Tibetan Marches’ (March 28th) was magnificent. As Billy Moore puts it on our Facebook page: 'We had a wonderful talk from Liam McCaughey of the Ulster AGS Group last evening. In these times when hyperbolic adjectives are thrown at the most mundane occurrences it is sometimes difficult to find ways to describe adequately a truly exceptional event. This is certainly what Liam's talk was. It was superbly crafted in terms of its structure, depth and breadth of narrative, visual appeal and presentation. It flowed seamlessly from beginning to end and I was really sorry when 'Finis' appeared on the screen. I would happily go along to hear and see it again this evening. I can only guess at the number of hours that went into its preparation and we are all in Liam's debt to have had the privilege of enjoying the result. Thank you very much.'
The recent Local Show (9th March) went very well. You can see the results of the competition here. We had a photographic section for the first time, but only three exhibitors - so please start digging out your plant photos for next year. Liam Byrne's workshop on growing and preparing plants for showing ran over time, such was the volume of questions.
The Latvian Trip (19th April) has been fully booked, so apologies to those of you who couldn't go. We'll give a full report at the Christmas Miscellany in December.
If you haven't already tried it, take a look at our Facebook page for members - 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 2013 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
Saxifraga x poluanglica 'Your Kiss' (don't be put off by the name) is one of the many porophyllum hybrids that are available in a wide range of colours, most of which are dead easy, and provide interest in the garden in early spring. It was photographed in my garden today (11 March). They should be planted in well drained soil where they will get some shade from midday sun in summer. Billy Moore.