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 next event is the Annual Show, which will be held on Saturday, 8th April, 1.30 to 4 pm, at Cabinteely Community School, Dublin. There will, I have no doubt, be the usual fantastic display of gorgeous alpines, but don't forget also that you'll have the opportunity to buy alpines and other choice plants from the commercial nursery stalls, and there will be bargains aplenty amongst the plants our members have contributed for sale.
The next event after that will be the Ulster Group Show, which will be on Saturday, 22nd April, at Greenmount College, Antrim.
You then have a break until Thursday, 11th May, when Gary Mentanko will be presenting ‘The Flora of sub-Arctic Canada’. That will be at 8 pm, St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan.
The full programme for 2017 is now available here.
The up-to-date Cork Branch Programme for 2017 is here.
Sadly we've had to cancel the trip to visit some Cork Gardens in May. We just didn't have enough interest, with only four members signing up, and that was a little surprising after the very sucessful trip to the Burren last year. Many thanks to Triona Corcoran for all the work she put into planning that - and let's hope we can make use of her research on another occasion.
We also had to cancel the lecture by Malcolm McGregor in February, due to illness, but we'll certainly get Malcolm back another time.
Another reminder: please pass on any archive material you think would be of interest to other members. Let me know (through the Contact page).
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Galanthus plicatus 'Wendy's Gold' in my garden recently. Supplied by Susan Band, and replacing those given to me by Margaret Glynn, which mysteriously disappeared one year. I'm no galanthophile, but the yellow ovary and markings are delightful. Jamie Chambers.