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The Next Meeting:


The next meeting on Monday 1st October is our Group's Annual General Meeting, starting at 8.00pm. After the formal business, Liz Livermore will give a short talk on the Group outing to Beth Chatto's Garden in 2017.


Our next speaker meeting and the first of our new season is on Monday 5th November when Jon Evans will be giving us a talk on Blackthorn Nursery in the Spring. This internationally renowned Alpine Plant Nursery in Hampshire closed a few years ago when the owners, Robin and Sue White, decided to retire. They have now converted the land into their own private garden. Jon has had the privilege to visit the garden on many occasions through all the seasons. He took so many photos on his visits that he couldn't fit them into just one talk, so it became a series of three!. Part 1 covers January to May.

Meetings are from 19:30 to 21:30, with the speaker beginning at 20:00. Entry is 2 for Group members, 3 for visitors and free for children and students; this fee includes refreshments.


There is no monthly competition at the AGM in October. The competition resumes in November - classes will be published when the website is updated after the AGM. 



 Class 1:  TBA

 Class 2:  TBA

 Class 3:  TBA

 Class 4:   TBA        

 Novice 1: One pan rock plant in flower

 Novice 2: One pan rock plant not in flower

 Artistic:  Up to two entries from the Artistic Categories below


         One photo of alpine(s) in the wild or in cultivation (can be submitted in advance by e-mail to mail@bedfordshirealpines.com).

         One picture of alpine(s) in any medium.

         One piece of needlework depicting or inspired by alpines.

         Four to six cut flowers from the exhibitor's garden displayed in vases (supplied). Not limited to a single bloom of any one plant.

         An arrangement of cut flowers or foliage grown in the exhibitor's garden, including dwarf shrubs, to be judged for quality, delicacy and artistic arrangement. No accessories allowed.



Monthly Meetings for the 2018 / 2019 Year:

Please note that the May meeting will be on the second Monday to avoid the Bank Holiday.





5th November 2018

Jon Evans

Blackthorn Nursery Part 1 (January - May)

3rd December 2018

Razvan Chisu

Romanian Alpine Plants

4th February 2019

Simon Wallis

Growimg Alpines at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

4th March 2019

David Haselgrove

Western Australia 

1st April 2019

Maren Talbot

Native Orchids of The British Isles

13th May 2019

Jim Almond

Fritillarias and Other Choice bulbs

3rd June 2019

Vic Aspland

Evia: Greece's Forgotten Island

1st July 2019

Liz Livermore

Carl Linnaeus and Uppsala Botanical Gardens

5th August 2019

Members Evening


2nd September 2019

Paul Cumbleton

Alpines of the Wasatch & Ruby Mountains, USA

7th October 2019