These are the pictures I took of some of the plants at the AGS Show in Blackpool while Tim was stuck in Kent!http://www.ideasforgardens.net/palustris/AGS_Blackpool_2012/
Advance notice of the New Zealand Alpine Garden Society's forthcoming Study Weekend, ‘In From The Wild: from the Great Outdoors to our Gardens’ . This was due to be held in 2012 but was postponed by a year following the earthquake. It will now be held at Lincoln University, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand from 1st to 3rd February 2013 and we look forward to welcoming a good number of visitors from overseas as well as local members.
We also extend a warm welcome to our two overseas guest speakers, HARRY JANS from the Netherlands and BOB WALLIS from Wales. Harry is well-known as a world traveller and top-class photographer and will be speaking about his travels and how some of the alpine plants he has seen grow in his garden at just 70 ft above sea level! Bob is an expert on bulbous plants, having travelled widely in Europe, Morocco, North America and the Middle East in search of bulbs. He and wife Rannveig maintain a large garden and extensive bulb collection, as well as running their ‘Buried Treasure’ bulb nursery and ‘Buried Promises’ seed business, so we look forward to learning from Bob’s wide experience and hands-on practical advice.
Also on offer are a new DVD from Ian Young, talks and workshops from local presenters, a visit to Broadfields Garden in Christchurch, and the ever-popular specialist plant sales. Finally we hope to round off the weekend with a field trip on the Monday to check out the native flora of the nearby Craigieburn Skifield.
Register your interest now with Ann Cartman (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) and start planning your New Zealand holiday!
Middle of South Island, New Zealand, in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps.
Continental climate, rare snow cover,
670 mm rain p.a.
The Autumn AGS Show in Kent has recently come and gone, and an enjoyable time to see late flowering alpines and autumn bulbs. These are just a few images. We have spent the last year working on restarting the nursery, so this was particularly interesting as a first outing with plants (and I am also involved in advertising the Show). Fewer visitors than we hoped but still a very enjoyable day, and food for thought for the Spring Show next year.
Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
And a few of the nurseries.
It's a relief I wasn't there - had gotten trouble with the customs back home :o
Had been very interesting visiting though.
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Good stuff, Tim- I can barely imagine access to those nurseries- I bet those bins of bulbs were more interesting than what I can find at Walmart ;D
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/