I would like to introduce to all NARGS members, the CZECH ROCK GARDEN SOCIETY (CZRGS):
A new society combining local groups to promote the Czech love of rock garden plants in true rock garden settings: http://czrgs.cz/about-us.html
CZRGS have selected for their emblem their best alpine plant Primula minima forma sudetica: it is a beauty from the fell-fields (alpine stony ridges) of Mt. Sněžka (the highest peak in the Krkonoše Mts. in NW of Czech Republic***). The charming, stylised logo is shown above.
The main object of this group, apart from publishing an online journal, with which the SRGC and IRG is very pleased to cooperate, is to bring photogalleries of rock gardens and ,their major project will be the organisation of the 2nd CZECH INTERNATIONAL ROCK GARDEN CONFERENCE
Reservation, pricing and other details, will be available on their website later on: if you wish to be notified, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Dates : 2nd to the 5th May 2013
Place: The Town of Tabor, situated 90 km south of Prague See the CZRGS website for links to videos of the town and the conference venue.
Speakers: (to be confirmed):
POST CONFERENCE GARDEN TOUR
Dates 6th to 10th May 2013
"The post conference tours are designed for a maximum of 120 delegates, which will visit the circling rock gardens in 4 buses with our experienced guides. The tours are prepared for 5 days, visiting 20 rock gardens (many of them have the sale of alpines, rock garden plants, dwarf shrubs and dwarf conifers/witches brooms) and Prague downtown with the famous May Rock Garden Show."
Zdenek Zvolanek – chairman
For those of you who may be curious about the FIRST Czech Conference in 2007, the SRGC forum already has many pages of reports about that wonderful event. The reports there may help you make up your mind to support the second conference, held in the land of so many talented growers and garden makers!
You can find a link to all the forum pages about the First Conference here:
From my first pleas for photos for those of us who could not attend......... through the show, to the post conference tours .... there are pages and pages about the wonderful conference, the great show of plants, the many tours to fantastic gardens.... all the great people the vistors met... it is all there!
I have not spoken to anyone who attended the first conference who is not happily looking forward to the second.
For those who have visited before it is an excellent reason to go again. For first-timers, it should be regarded as a really exciting prospect.
I commend it to all of you who all looking for a reason to make a european visit!