Forget the 2012 Olympics, the next international event that we rockgardeners and alpine lovers are interested in is the next International Rock Garden Plant Conference... coming up in 2011.These conferences are held every ten years and Interim events have been held in previous times in New Zealand and by NARGS in the USA and I know that many of you will have attended more of these events than you perhaps care to count!The Eighth International Rock Garden Conference will be held at Nottingham University....a venue for a previous conference but one now wholly changed from the era of that distant gathering. This long-anticipated event will be held at the Nottingham University in the East Midlands Conference Centre from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th April, 2011. Readers of the International Rock Gardener ( http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international )will have seen introductory pieces about the Speakers for the Conference, including NARGS' own Todd Boland, in the last two issues The AGS is making the arrangements for the 2011 event, supported by the SRGC : booking arrangements will be found on the AGS Website. See here for a flavour of the venue: http://www.nottinghamconferences.co.uk/emcc/and here for the programme : http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/events/Eighth+International+Rock+Gard... and for booking: http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/sales/conferences/bookings/2011/The deadline for making a saving of £100 or just over $150 dollars (at today's currency exchange rates) on the cost of registration for the event is the end of August, so it would be wise to get your booking fixed soon! Further to this reminder about booking for the Eighth International Conference- Alpines 2011, I would like to draw your attention to the information about the Tours being organised by the AGS, both PRE and POST Conference.Details here in the SRGC Forum : http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=2751.msg161651#msg161651or on the AGS website http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/tours/forthcoming/Eighth+Internationa...There was great support from NARGS Members at the last Conference in Edinburgh in 2001 and we're looking forward to both meeting old friends and making new ones, in Nottingham in April 2011 !