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Alpine Weekend 2017


The 34th Alpine Weekend will take place in An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, on the weekend of the 17th - 19th November, 2017. For directions on how to get there, look further down this page, here.

The speakers will be as follows:

Kenneth Cox

Ian & Maggi Young

Tim Lever


What To Expect

Since its outset, the Alpine Weekend has always been held in the headquarters of the Irish Contrywomen's Association, An Grianán, a location which is really handy for alpinists both North and South, if a little hard to find on one's first visit. Google Maps and satnav nowadays take care of that problem. It's a very comfortable and friendly venue, with all the facilities we need for accommodation, dining, and lectures and, of course, a bar. The sea is very close by, so many of us venture down for a walk on the strand in the mornings before the day's events get underway.

The aim of the Weekend is for those of us with a passion for alpine plants to learn more about them, from the invited experts of course, but also from each other. There is much informal sharing of knowledge, and very often of seeds and plants too. The lecture topics are carefully chosen to give variety, covering both the cultivation of alpines and also their occurrence in their natural habitats.

We assemble late on Friday evening for high tea, followed by an informal session where members share their alpine experiences of the past year with slides of plants and gardens. It's a great way of socialising and renewing acquaintance.

After a leisurely breakfast on Saturday morning, we have time to view the specialist trade plant sales before the official programme begins. We hold three lectures on the first day, interspersed with refreshments of lunch and tea (and more visits to the plant sales). Then after dinner the evening's entertainment begins, generally a table quiz followed by an auction of plants contributed by members. Then, exhausted, we retire to the bar.

Between the two lectures on Sunday we hold the members' plant sale, an eclectic mix of plants, garden, alpine or even vegetable, contributed by members and whose sale contributes to the running of the Society's activities. There's also a discussion forum for members to get advice on all aspects of alpine cultivation from the (many) expert growers attending.

Finally we meet for tea, and the all-important raffle, before dispersing into the, by now, gathering gloom.


Plant Sales

As usual there will be plants for sale, both those contributed by members, and, we expect, two trade plant stalls:


Directions to Termonfeckin


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The lecture programme for the 33rd Alpine Weekend, 18th - 20th November, 2016, was as follows.

We had hoped to have John Massey, of Ashwood Nurseries fame, as a lecturer in 2016, but due to illness John had to cancel. We were very grateful that Kevin Hughes was able to take his place at short notice.

Saturday 19th November

Spring Flora of the SE USA - Kevin Hughes
Why Alpines have adapted to their specific conditions - Peter Korn
In search of Sheriff's Blue Poppy - Martin Walsh

Sunday 20th November

Western USA - a place of diverse plant environments - Peter Korn
Gardening with bulbs - Kevin Hughes

The lecture programme for the 32nd Alpine Weekend, 20th - 22nd November, 2015, was as follows.

Saturday 21st November

Crocuses  cultivation and new species - Janis Ruksans
A Turkish Crescent - Joan & Liam McCaughey
Making the most of your plants through design - Drs. Carole & Ian Bainbridge

Sunday 22nd November

Modern rock gardening - Drs. Carole & Ian Bainbridge
Choice bulbs through the year - Janis Ruksans

The lecture programme for the 31st Alpine Weekend, 14th - 16th November, 2014, was as follows.

Saturday 15th November

Shady Characters - Colin Crosbie
Four Decades of Growing Alpines - Harold McBride
The Caucasus where the best plants grow - Henrik Zetterlund

Sunday 16th November

Favourite Bulbs in the wild, Gothenburg Botanical Gardens and my own garden - Henrik Zetterlund
Recent updates at Wisley - Colin Crosbie

The lecture programme for the 30th Alpine Weekend, 15th - 17th November, 2013, was as follows.

Saturday 16th November

Plant Hunting in Nepal - Ron McBeath
Iberian Travels - Brian Duncan
Highlights of Patagonia - Ger van den Beuken

Sunday 17th November

My way of growing High Alpines in The Netherlands - Ger van den Beuken
Favourite Alpine Plants - Ron McBeath

The lecture programme for the 29th Alpine Weekend, 18th - 20th November, 2012, was as follows.

Saturday 19th November

A Revised Look at Growing Himalayan Plants - Jim Jermyn
From Mullingar to the Mountains of Heaven - Liam and Joan McCaughey
Plant Hunting on the Roof of the World - Harry Jans

Sunday 20th November

A Close Look at some Classic Species from the Eastern Alps - Jim Jermyn
Plant Portraits - Harry Jans

The lecture programme for the 27th Alpine Weekend, 18th - 20th November, 2011, was as follows.

Saturday 19th November

A Revised Look at Growing Himalayan Plants - Jim Jermyn
From Mullingar to the Mountains of Heaven - Liam and Joan McCaughey
Plant Hunting on the Roof of the World - Harry Jans

Sunday 20th November

A Close Look at some Classic Species from the Eastern Alps - Jim Jermyn
Plant Portraits - Harry Jans

The lecture programme for the 26th Alpine Weekend, 19th - 21st November, 2010, was as follows.

Saturday 21st November

The Woodland Garden - Christine Skelmersdale
A Return to the Land of the Blue Poppy - Martin Walsh
Crevice Gardening - Zdenek Zvolanek

Sunday 22nd November

Winter into Spring - Christine Skelmersdale
The Magic of Limestone - Zdenek Zvolanek

The lecture programme for the 25th Alpine Weekend, 20th - 22nd November 2009, was as follows.

Saturday 21st November

Propagation - A Matter of Life and Death - Jim Almond
Burren: A Rocky Place - George Sevastopulo
The Pyrenees - Henry & Margaret Taylor

Sunday 22nd November

Out and About - Adventures of an Alpine Enthusiast - Jim Almond
Growing and Propagating Bulbs in Scotland - Susan Band
Bulbs from Spain - Henry & Margaret Taylor

The lecture programme for the 24th Alpine Weekend, 21st - 23rd November 2008, was as follows.

Saturday 22nd November

Rock garden design and growing in sand - Peter Korns 
From a packet of seeds - Robert Rolfe
Bhutan - in the steps of Ludlow and Sherriff - Martin Walsh

Sunday 18th November

D-lights - Daphne, Delphinium, Dianthus, Dicentra, Dionysia, Dodecatheon, Douglasia, etc - Robert Rolfe
Woodland, and building with peat blocks - Peter Korns 

The lecture programme for the 23rd Alpine Weekend, 17th - 19th November 2007, was as follows.

Saturday 17th November

Bulbs from Central Asia - Janis Ruksans
On The Rocks - Jim Archibald
30 years a'growing - George Sevastopulo

Sunday 18th November

Growing bulbs in Latvia - Janis Ruksans
Andes, North - South - Jim Archibald