Gardening societies, particularly for alpine plants
The Alpine Garden Society
is a club
based in England, for those interested in alpine and rock garden plants, small bulbs etc.
There are many local groups with lectures, outings, etc., and alpine flower shows. There
is also a large seed exchange, and all members receive the quarterly bulletin.
The Scottish Rock Garden Club
is a club for those
interested in alpine and rock garden plants, small bulbs etc. It is based in Scotland,
but has members world-wide. It runs a large seed exchange, and publishes a twice-yearly journal.
See also the link to the forum, below.
The North American Rock Garden Society
is the society
for alpine plant lovers in the United States and Canada. It has a seed exchange and a Bulletin, published four times a year, as well as an active forum with masses of archive material. It also has a wiki
with an ever-increasing amount of useful information about alpine plants and ways of growing them.
The Highland Rock Garden Club
is affiliated to both the Scottish Rock
Garden Club and the Royal Horticultural Society. They meet at the Culloden Community
Centre, not far from Inverness.
Groups and websites specialising in particular groups of plants
The Androsace Group
of the Alpine Garden
Society is for those interested in these high alpine, mainly cushion plants. The web
site includes a picture gallery.
is a splendid
compilation of photographs of Androsace species.
are shown on Roy Herold's Arisaema pages.
The Pacific Bulb Society
is interested in
bulbs and companion plants, specifically those that can be grown in gardens round the Pacific rim, but that
covers just about everywhere. Their web site has masses of useful information, and many excellent
Codonopsis are the subject of this
private web site, run by the holder of the UK National Collection of these beautiful plants.
The Cyclamen Society
specialises in Cyclamen,
and its website has an extensive collection of photographs.
The Fritillaria Group
of the Alpine
Garden Society is for those interested in these bulbs. The web site includes a
The Meconopsis Group
is dedicated to the study
of Meconopsis, particularly the big blue poppies, and has been instrumental in sorting
out the naming of these beautiful plants.
is a developing collection of photographs and information about Meconopsis species, mainly in the wild, intented to help with their identification.
Penstemons are featured on this privately-run web site, which has many photographs.
is a superb compilation of photographs of Primula species, mainly in the wild, which now also has links to scans of type specimens and the original descriptions and maps showing where these specimens came from.
Rhododendrons, large and small, are invaluable gardens plants, providing both colour
and structure. Useful web sites include those of the
Scottish Rhododendron Society,
which is also a chapter of the
American Rhododendron Society, and of the
Rhododendron Species Foundation, which has a
large garden in Federal Way, near Seattle.
The Saxifrage Society
is dedicated to Saxifrages
and their relatives, which they say are the best plants in the world. Well, they would,
The Rock Garden Plants Database contains a huge
amount of information about alpine plants, and includes a substantial gallery of
Secret Seeds should not be a secret. They offer
1300 varieties of seeds, most of them grown on their own (organic) site.
Plant World have a good range of seeds,
including some interesting introductions from South America, with enthusiastic descriptions.
Publishers of books and magazines about plants
Timber Press publishes many books on
plants and horticulture. They include John Richard's excellent book on
Chris Grey-Wilson's book on
includes Meconopsis (but is now out of print), and Robin White's splendid account of
The definitive account of
The Genus Sorbus (rowans) is published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
is devoted to new, rare and unusual garden plants. If you look below 'search' in the index panel you will find
that you can download an index to all the past volumes of issues about these plants.
Ray Cox Photography.
Ray is a full-time, professional photographer specialising in the gardens and plants of Scotland. He has an impeccable
pedigree, as a member of the Cox family of Rhododendron fame.
Floras - the main botanical guides
The Flora of China
is the definitive work on Chinese plants - masses of useful information.
Flora Europea is a searchable database of
The Flora of North America is an on-going project
producing a definitive flora of North American plants.
The Flora of New Zealand is an electronic version, but the Flora
is also available in paper form.
The Scottish Rock Garden Club has an extremely lively and active forum, which has accumulated more than
one hundred thousand posts, with hundreds of people on-line each day - and an unbelievable maximum of nearly
800 at once! Click here if you have a few hours to spare.
You have been warned! It is addictive.
The North American Rock Garden Society also has a very active forum. Click here to discover more.
If you have questions for the alpine plant experts, or just want to see their
accumulated wisdom in answers to questions asked by other people, then the
Alpine-L discussion forum is the
place to go.
Rock Gardeners' Last Resort says
that when your search engines fail, start here. It provides links to an impressive array
of botanical and horticultural websites.
Hawthorn Alpine Troughs make troughs for alpines that look
like hypertufa, and therefore, with a bit of imagination, like stone.
The Turf Shop supplies lawn turf (and if you really must, artificial
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Logie Steading is a visitor centre in the Findhorn Valley.
Elmer Aagesen's garden at Hinnerup in Denmark, with lots of high-resolution photos that are slow to load.
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