Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group

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About Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group

The purpose of the Society is to promote the cultivation and conservation of alpine plants.

The group was formed to promote an interest in alpine plants in the wild and in cultivation. The term alpine plants is taken to include herbaceous plants, shrubs, small bulbs and orchids from all over the world that would be at home in a rock or small woodland garden, or in an unheated greenhouse or frame.

Our friendly meetings offer a wealth of information and inspiration with slide shows by enthusiastic speakers often world authorities in their field.

The meeting includes a mini plant show, plant sales, raffle and refreshments. Growers, photographers, plant hunters, mountain walkers and couch gardeners are all very welcome.

The Woking - West Surrey Group is affiliated to the national Alpine Garden Society (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/index.html). However, membership of the Alpine Garden Society is not essential for membership of the group. Our annual subscription is £10 or £15 for a family. Why not enjoy one of our evenings as a visitor for just £2?

Normally, meetings are held at Mayford Village Hall, Saunders Lane, Mayford, Woking at 8.00pm on the first Thursday of each month, from September to May inclusive. Doors open at 7.30pm. These meetings are temporarily suspended due to the Coronavirus situation. However, we are organising a series of virtual meetings; for more details please contact us.

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Mike Morton (Secretary) Telephone 01483-768047 Email morton.alpine@gmail.com

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Upcoming events

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
7:30pm
Upper Engadine - Switzerland
Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group
Mayford Village Hall, Mayford, Woking
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6
7:30pm
Exploring Tibet - David Haselgrove
Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group
Mayford Village Hall, Woking
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3
7:30pm
Flowers from the Avenue of Volcanoes - Ecuador
Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group
Mayford Village Hall, Woking

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Exploring Tibet - David Haselgrove

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a talk: "Exploring Tibet - David Haselgrove".

I will cover a journey from Lijiang to Lhasa. En route we cross the gorges of the Yangtze, Mekong, Salween rivers and into the Tsangpo valley
The talk covers a number of high passes up to about 17000 feet. I will show a wealth of plants along the way, especially Primulas and Meconopsis.

(Visitors £2.00. There is a small annual fee to join)

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo: by David Haselgrove
When
06 Oct 2022 at 7:30pm
until 06 Oct 2022 at 10:00pm
Where
Mayford Village Hall
Saunders Lane, Mayford
Woking
GU22 ONN

Flowers from the Avenue of Volcanoes - Ecuador

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a talk "Flowers from the Avenue of Volcanoes - Ecuador by Caroline Seymour"

For anyone curious to see what alpines grow at the Equator. Like any country there are different climatic zones and plant habitats each with their own flora. South American genera such as Oxalis and Calceolaria are represented everywhere, with occasional exciting populations of giants and pygmies. So, starting with the cloud forest, the talk will describe the plants seen on the gradual ascend in the Andes from 2000m to 4600m, just below the snow line.

(Visitors £2.00. There is a small annual fee to join)

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo: Espeletia pycnophylla by Caroline Seymour
When
03 Nov 2022 at 7:30pm
until 03 Nov 2022 at 10:00pm
Where
Mayford Village Hall
Saunders Lane, Mayford
Woking
GU22 ONN

Upper Engadine - Switzerland

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present "Upper Engadine, Switzerland - a talk by Elizabeth Livermore".

The talk is based on a one week trip to the Upper Engadine in early July 2012, with specalist natural history tour operator, Naturetrek. The River Inn (En as it is called in the local dialect) starts a little south west of St Moritz and flows through Austria to Germany, where it joins the Danube. We were based at Pontresina, in the Bernina Valley, and explored various sites in both the Engadine and Bernina Valleys. The flora is typical high alpine, altitudes being between 1800 and 3200 metres. The habitat is varied, ranging from alpine meadows, woodland, wet stream and lakeside, to rocky and scree areas.

(Visitors £2.00. There is a small annual fee to join)

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo: by Liz Livermore
When
01 Sep 2022 at 7:30pm
until 01 Sep 2022 at 10:00pm
Where
Mayford Village Hall
Saunders Lane
Mayford, Woking
GU22 ONN

The French Alps - by Nigel Hopes

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a Zoom talk " The French Alps", by Nigel Hopes

Nigel was the Rock and Alpine Supervisor and ultimately Senior Outdoor Supervisor at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses.

He left in June 2018 to take on a new challenge as Head Gardener for John Massey in his Private Garden at Ashwood Nurseries.

In 2014 Nigel went on a trip to the French Alps, in search of Alpines. This talk shows you some of the beautiful plants and breath-taking scenery they encountered. A must for anyone starting to collect alpines.

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo: Gentiana acaulis
When
04 Aug 2022 at 7:30pm
until 04 Aug 2022 at 10:00pm

Alpines of the Wasatch and Ruby Mountains, USA, by Paul Cumbleton

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a Zoom talk " Alpines of the Wasatch and Ruby Mountains, USA, by Paul Cumbleton.

Paul Cumbleton was the Senior Supervisor of the Rock and Alpine garden at Wisley until 2013, after 11 years at Wisley.

Paul will be talking about the Wasatch and Ruby Mountains in Utah and Nevada. The Wasatch Mountains are located North East of Salt Lake City in Utah, The Ruby Mountains being North of Las Vegas and West of Salt Lake City in Nevada. Nevada is 1.2 times the size of the UK and Utah is about 90% the size of the UK,

Paul will present a travelogue of field trips to these areas, made as part of an International Conference held in Utah in 2006. Both these mountain ranges have a rich alpine flora, illustrated in the talk and with comments on cultivation of the plants seen where applicable.

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo: Helianthella uniflora
When
07 Jul 2022 at 7:30pm
until 07 Jul 2022 at 10:00pm

In Western China by David Hughes

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a Zoom talk "In Western China" by David Hughes

David is a member of the Dorset and Hampshire AGS Groups. With his wife, Christine he travels the mountains of the Northern Hemisphere looking for mountain plants. He will talk on a trip to Western China, including the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan where the prime target was Cypripedium but there is much more.

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo: Cypripedium yunnanense in Zhongdian by David Hughes
When
02 Jun 2022 at 7:30pm
until 02 Jun 2022 at 10:00pm

With the AGS in the mountains of Central Chile by Martin Sheader

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a Zoom talk "With the AGS in the mountains of Central Chile" by Martin Sheader

The talk covers an Alpine Garden Society tour to the central Chilean Andes. This is a floristically rich area with an exciting range of interesting plant communities set in magnificent landscapes. The tour began in the Andes to the north of Santiago at the ski resorts of Valle Nevado and La Parva. Ski resorts are useful in providing easy road / ski lift access to the high mountains. Many of the areas we visited on the trip were volcanic landscapes with several active volcanoes. We travelled as far south as Volcan Llaima, driving along the way to the high mountain passes linking Chile and Argentina. Plants found included species of rosulate violas, oxalis, alstroemerias, nassauvias, orchids and rhodophialas.

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo Laguna del Maule by Martin Sheader
When
03 Mar 2022 at 7:30pm
until 03 Mar 2022 at 10:00pm

Plant hunting in Bhutan by Alan Oatway

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a Zoom talk "Plant hunting in Bhutan" by Alan Oatway.

Alan gives an account of a three-weekvisit to Bhutan, which allows for a look at the character of this most distinctive of countries before taking a close look at the plants seen during atwo-week camping expedition through very unspoilt country. The trek took the party fromsub-tropical forest to high alpine terrain at over 5000m, and the talk discusses the plants in the contextof their habitat.

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo by Alan Oatway
When
03 Feb 2022 at 7:30pm
until 03 Feb 2022 at 10:00pm

Fritillaries on Four Continents by Bob Wallis

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a Zoom talk "Fritillaries on Four Continents" by Bob Wallis, Chairman of the Fritillaria Group.

A genus of about 170 species, Fritillaria aredistributed around the northern hemisphere, in habitats ranging from grasslandto high altitude steppe. Bob and his wife Rannveig have spentmany years travelling the World and photographing many of the species. They also grow a wide range here inCarmarthenshire with varying degrees of success. The purpose of this talk is to show at leastsome of the diversity and their preferred habitats.

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo by Bob Charman
When
06 Jan 2022 at 7:30pm
until 06 Jan 2022 at 10:00pm

Stars of the Celestial mountains: floral highlights of the Tien Shan by Fraser Henderson

The Alpine Garden Society - Woking West Surrey Group present a Zoom talk "Stars of the Celestial mountains: floral highlights of the Tien Shan" by Fraser Henderson

A photographic lecture providing a general overview of theflora of the Tien Shan before focussing on three distinct areas: the highalpine plants of the Song Kul plateau in Kyrgyzstan; the upland flower meadowsof the stunningly beautiful Sary Chalek National Park in Kyrgyzstan; and thefloral endemics of the Chimgan mountains in Uzbekistan.

For more information, please contact the Secretary

Mike Morton, 01483-768047

Photo by Fraser Henderson
When
04 Nov 2021 at 7:30pm
until 04 Nov 2021 at 10:00pm