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.
This Thursday the 16th April, we have Jim Almond presenting ‘Out and about – adventures of an alpine gardener’. That's at 8 pm in St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan.
Next up after that it's the Ulster Group AGS Show - Saturday, 25 April. Greenmount College, Antrim.
And then it's back North two weeks later (Saturday, 9 May) for a trip to the gardens of Hilary and William McKelvey, Newry, and Harold McBride, Lisburn.
The full Programme for 2015 is here.
The AGS Annual Flower Show last weekend (11th April) was a great success. I'll be posting the results and some photos on the Main Show page, here in a day or two, but in the meantime please admire ValKeegan's Best Plant in Show to the left.
If you've been hibernating for the winter, you'll have missed a lot: between Martin Walsh's wonderful talk on ‘Chinese and Himalayan plants for the Irish garden’, Bernard Giessen's thought-provoking workshop on photography at the AGM, George Sevastopulo's entertaining review of the Postcard Garden at Bloom, and a (by all accounts) enjoyable trip to see snowdrops in Emer Gallagher's and Eileen Collins' gardens in Cellbridge, we had a lot going on.
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.
The 2015 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
Val Keegan's Farrer Medal-winning Draba longisiliqua at this year's Annual Show. Photo: Billy Moore.