Zoom Extra

In this section, I will be offering members the chance to view Zooms ( online payments) and sometimes free

Just Listen to a series of Podcast

Plant Heritage has a New series of Zoom talks in the Autumn-Winter program 2022 for a small charge

The first is

Rhododendrons  John Anderson from Windsor January 13th 2022

Monmouthshire Hardy Plant Society

Saturday 15th January at 2.30pm 

Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm 

Free Zooms Details below East Lancashire


We trust you all enjoyed Jim Jermyn’s magnificent lecture and many thanks for supporting our quartet of zoom presentations during autumn-winter 2021.  We fully intend to schedule another quartet of zoom lectures between January and April 2022 (the first of which has already been confirmed for Monday 10th January 2022 – see below)

The new Zoom season of the East Lancashire Group of the Alpine Garden Society begins on Monday 10th January 2022 with a fascinating lecture by Vancouver Island-based gardening expert; Paul Spriggs on ‘Cracks and Crevices -The Art of the Crevice Garden’ Zoom doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Please mark this date on your calendar.

This is just the first of four magnificent zoom presentations in the run-up to summer and all four can be watched by subscribing just £8 per household. (That works out at only £1 per lecture per person for a couple … excellent value in any language).

Many of you proved to be incredibly generous in 2021 and made donations to group funds on top of the subscription costs … these kindnesses have enabled us to plan ahead and book international speakers of the highest calibre for forthcoming presentations.  Our thanks to you all.

To subscribe to our Spring 2022 programme of four amazing zoom lectures:-

Preferred payment method if you have ‘online banking’, please pay to East Lancashire Group of the Alpine Garden Society, Sort Code 05-02-77,  Account Number 20699578  – with the reference being your name and then most importantly, you must please e-mail The Treasurer, Sue Booker  sue.booker@hotmail.com with your name, location and e-mail address to show that you are eligible for the receipt of the appropriate zoom links. These individual zoom links will be e-mailed to you a few days prior to each meeting. 

Paul Spriggs has been rock gardening for roughly 23 years and building crevice gardens for about 16 years. He is an avid plant explorer, photographer, mountaineer, owner of Spriggs Gardens Landscaping company, and past President of the Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society.  He has a passion for all wild plants especially those of dwarf stature and collects and cultivates them at various gardens in his hometown of Victoria, BC, Canada. Paul has learned the craft of crevice garden building directly from one of its innovators, Zdenek Zvolanek, of the Czech Republic, and in the past decade and a half, has built many gardens in public parks and private homes that range in size from small feature troughs to large installations involving many tonnes of stone. Paul is passionate about spreading the word of this style, through speaking to garden clubs all over the west, and by giving workshops for those keen on learning the finer points of this developing art form. He is currently working on the first North American book on Crevice gardening With co-author Kenton Seth of Colorado, due out spring 2022.

Monday 21st February

Tuesday 22nd March

Monday 11th April

Monmouthshire Hardy Plant Society

Our first Zoom talk of the new year will be on Saturday 15th January at 2.30pm when Nicola Spence, the UK’s Chief Plant Health Officer will tell us about ‘Protecting the UK from plant pests and diseases. The talk will be online using Zoom and the invite, with more details, will be with you very early in the New Year. 

– Then, on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm again via ZoomRazvan Chisu will describe ‘Fifty shades of green’. Razvan, The Transylvanian Gardener, is a UK-based garden designer, writer and lecturer. He grew up in Transylvania surrounded by vast woodlands and species-rich wildlife meadows and that has very much influenced his work.

– We’re also planning one or two more Zoom talks later in the year – details still tbc. 

These should be really interesting and relevant sessions and we hope you, and your friends and family will be able to join us. When the invites arrive,

NGS Virtual Garden Visits YouTubes

This  Zoom from Tender Shoots  is still available on Youtube I recommend it if you have not seen it

Succulent gardens & plants – Howard Drury –

Howard is a Midlands based Horticultural Speaker, Lecturer, Writer & Consultant. He gave us an inspiring talk on a range of succulent plants and gardens.