Our 2018-19 Programme

Our meetings are held on the 4th Thursday in the month from September to May.*  We meet at the Chilworth Hall (behind The Chilworth Arms) and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

*The December meeting will be on Thursday 13th, at Hursley Road.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served at each meeting (except December and May when wine and soft drinks are available).

At most meetings there is a raffleplant sales, and a display table, and all are encouraged to bring plants,  for sale, for the raffle, and for the display table. Plants sales are on a 80% member/20% Group funds basis.

Visitors are welcome – entrance is £2.50.

Programme for Sept 2018- May 2019

Thursday September 27th 2018 

Hepaticas at Ashwood   

John Massey

John is the owner of Ashwood Nursery, and well-known as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal and Best in Show winner for his amazing display of Hepaticas. He is an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining speaker!

At this meeting there will be the

Annual bulb and seed sale

This has become a regular event for us now, and we hope that it will continue to grow and benefit all! So please bring along any spare bulbs/bulbils that you have, and seed too.

Proceeds will go to the group funds. Please pack your bulbs in 50p or £1 packages (or more if appropriate, but in multiples of 50p please!), and seeds in 20p packages.

This year we have decided not to buy in bulbs to sell, so it is to be hoped that members will make an extra effort to bring their own spare bulbs and seeds – PLEASE!

Hopefully there will be plants for sale too – please bring any you would like to sell.

Thursday October  25th.  

  The AGS Open Lecture

    Branklyn Gardens

Jim Jermyn

Jim is the Property Manager for the National Trust for Scotland’s Branklyn Garden, and many of you may have seen glimpses of the garden there from his Facebook posts on our page.  Jim has led many botanical tours to the Dolomites, and also lectures widely.

Thursday November 22nd

Cyclamen in the Wild and in Cultivation 

   Vic Aspland

Vic and his wife Janet are regular exhibitors at AGS shows, and also judge. Vic is also a well-known speaker on the AGS circuit, and they travel widely across Europe in search of Cyclamen and other alpines.

Thursday 13th December  (Note: 2nd Thursday in month)

 In-house entertainment…

Hosted again this year by Paddy and Ben , 179 Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford, SO53 1JH

There will be some brief slide presentations from members and  a fun quiz, followed by a cheese and wine supper which will be provided.



Thursday 24th January 

 A lifetime of flowers

Bob Gibbons

Natural History Travel was set up 25 years ago by Bob Gibbons to offer high quality natural history and photography tours, and his talks follow his travel experiences.


Thursday 28th February

With the AGS in the mountains of Central Chile  

Martin Sheader

Martin is a member of the Hampshire AGS Group.  He is an AGS judge, author, and a tour leader. This talk is new to his extensive list of subjects.

 Thursday 28th March

The 21st Lionel Bacon Memorial Lecture

 Galanthophiles – Snowdrop Devotees 1854 – 2014 

Jane Kilpatrick and Jennifer Harmer 

Jennifer and Jane have co-authored the brilliantly-researched book which is the basis for tonight’s talk. Jennifer is a member of the Hampshire AGS group.

There will also be a Competitive Show for the David Benton Rose Bowl  (voted for by our members) and a Photographic Competition for the Margaret Hedges Trophy (also voted for by members).

There will be Plant Sales and a Raffle.

Other AGS groups are invited.


Thursday 25th April

A photographic experience of Alpine Plants, at home and in the wild. 

Paddy Parmee

Paddy is of course our Chairman, a keen grower and exhibitor of Alpines, and a passionate photographer.

This lecture will be followed by the

Annual Plant Sale

We hope many of you will bring plants for this sale, to raise funds for the group.  No raffle.


Thursday 23rd May  

Alpine flowers of Slovenia

Graham Poynter  

Graham leads plant-hunting across Europe for Naturetrek. He is a member of the Dorset AGS Group.

This lecture will be followed by the

Annual General Meeting 

which as usual will be brief. Food and wine will be provided!



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