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.
Our AGM is on Thursday 22nd January, 8pm at St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan, followed by a workshop with Bernard van Giessen on plant photography
Members should all have received the latest Newsletter by now - if you haven't, perhaps you didn't send in your subscription for last year? There's a renewal form accompanying the newsletter, but you can download one here if that's easier.
Also with the Newsletter was a form for the Annual Lunch, on February 7th in the Royal St George Yacht Club, with George Sevastopulo talking about our Bloom Garden. Please return this as soon as possible.
Note that the weekend after the Lunch - on Sunday February 15th - we have organised a trip to see snowdrops in two gardens: Emer Gallagher's garden in Clonsilla, and Eileen Collins in Cellbridge. This is a rare opportunity to see extensive snowdrop collections in privately owned gardens.
The full Programme for 2015 is here.
Our first lecture of the year was a wonderful presentation from Martin Walsh on ‘Chinese and Himalayan plants for the Irish garden’.
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 2015 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
Ranunculus lyalli - the Mount Cook Lily, the biggest buttercup in the world. In season now for New Zealanders! A wonderful sight, in the Hooker Valley below Mount Cook in New Zealand's Southern Alps. Photo: Jamie Chambers.