Tuesday July 14, 2020


Written by SRGC

Events and Notices:


N.B. SRGC News can also be found  HERE in the forum

and HERE.


Notices  re  any  event  cancellations  due to the  Covid-219 Corona Virus  pandemic  may  be  found in the  SRGC Forum : HERE.


SRGC 2020 Show  Schedules  : click here to download

Click here to see SRGC Shows and events in the  Forum


Dryas Booklet with  SRGC News  January 2020 - click here

SRGC Yearbook 2020: click here




SRGC  Show/Events Dates for 2020


22 February: Early bulb, Dunblane
14 March: Kendal joint AGS/SRGC show
21 March: Dunblane show cancelled due to virus crisis
28 March: Hexham Spring joint AGS/SRGC  cancelled due to virus crisis
4 April:  Edinburgh & the Lothians showcancelled due to virus crisis
18 April:  Perth show cancelled due to virus crisis
25 April:  Highland (Nairn) show cancelled due to virus crisis
2 May:  Glasgow show cancelled due to virus crisis
16th -18th May David  Boyd  Event  in Mull cancelled due to virus crisis
23 May:  Aberdeen show cancelled due to virus crisis

29th -31st  May  Gardening Scotland Show cancelled due to virus crisis
15 August: Dunblane Summer event cancelled due to virus crisis
19th September Late  Bulb Display, Aberdeen cancelled due to virus crisis
26 September: Hexham Autumn joint AGS/SRGC show
9-11 October: Discussion Weekend, Grantown on Spey cancelled due to virus crisis
7 November  AGM and Autumn Festival, Scone 
Note  to registrants  for SRGC  Discussion Weekend 2020:

You may be concerned about the scheduled Discussion Weekend at Grantown-on-Spey in the light of the recent travel restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the viral pandemic. At present the Grant Arms Hotel is closed and the date for re-opening the hotel is not yet determined but will be dependent upon national guidelines regarding travel.

As a result, the SRGC Council have unanimously approved the cancellation of this meeting for 2020 and I have therefore returned your cheque for the booking fee which was not presented for payment. This is yet another unfortunate and disappointing cancellation in a year when they have been many others, but it was felt that we should take decisive action at an early stage.

If you have attended Discussion Weekends at the Grant Arms before you will know that we have been made most welcome by the staff and it has proved to be an excellent venue for the weekend. Once the travel restrictions begin to be relaxed, it is venues like this which will need the support of their visitors to rebuild their business.

We have therefore provisionally booked the hotel for October 2021 and revised plans will be notified in The Rock Garden and on the SRGC website as the situation develops: we look forward to meeting you there in 2021.

Keep safe and well.

Kind regards,

Peter Maguire (Registration Secretary)





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The International Rock Garden Conference 2021 - a gathering for lovers of plants, gardens and mountains - was  ready  to be  held held 08-11 May 2021 at Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland, unfortunately, due  to  the  CORONAVIRUS (SARS-COV-2 / COVID-19) and  

following careful consideration and discussions between the 2021 Conference Committee, the SRGC Council and the AGS, we have taken the unanimous decision to cancel the "Alpines 2021” conference, due to the ongoing coronavirus (SARS-COV-2 / COVID-19) pandemic. We do this with a heavy heart, and hope you understand this was not an easy decision, but it is our belief that the effects of this virus will be felt for a considerable time. International travel, which is an essential part of any international conference is also likely to be curtailed through next year at least. Therefore, cancellation at this time is in the best interests of everyone's health and wellbeing.

The Scottish Rhododendron Society, the Rhododendron Species Conservation Group and the  Czech Rock Gardeners Society were pleased to be sponsorship partners to the Conference but understand the reasons to cancel.


We are arranging for all booked delegates to receive a full refund of their registration fees. We have directly emailed all booked delegates with more information.

The Alpines 2021 email address will remain active and regularly monitored for some time yet. If there are any problems or queries with your refund, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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We know that you will be as disappointed as we are, but we hope we can all meet again when circumstances permit.

Keep well all.

Best wishes,

SRGC 2021 Committee


We are sorry  to have  had  to take  this  difficult  and  very disappointing  decision. We  hope  we  will be  able  to  welcome  you  to Scotland  in the  future!



The SRGC website contains many resources to interest and inform  plant lovers. For instance.....

The Bulb Log

In 2003 Ian Young started the Bulb Log, as a one year project, with no idea of how popular it would become. It is now in its fifteenth year - faithfully published every week.
Bulb Log main page can be found via this link. 
The content  remains much as it always has been - a personal diary covering all aspects of the bulbs Ian grows both under glass and in the open garden as well as any other garden plants and  projects that he may be working on.

The  Bulb Log  for 12th July 2017 shows how everyone should have an island, or two ! Plus updates on the new beds @IanYoung is working on - see it via this link.    

The Bulb Log is  supplemented by a series of videos, listed in the SRGC Forum, here, of course, but also all available on YouTube  - over 100 so far - THIS LINK is  the main page for those videos.

The International Rock Gardener ( IRG )

Since January 2010 The Scottish Rock Garden Club has presented a monthly online magazine for Rock Gardeners which will be posted as a PDF on the SRGC site at the end of each month.
Every issue of the IRG can be downloaded from this link.
Each issue will have a mix of photo based items, our target being a minimum of pots and a maximum of plants in the wild and in gardens, from photographers in different countries.
This will be an international celebration, if you will, of mountain plants in habitat and our gardens.
Our aim is to showcase the beauty of the plants, where they are found in nature or as they are used in garden settings and give brief comments on cultivation.
This venture is coordinated and compiled by Margaret Young with  Zdenek Zvolanek and Ian Young.
The world of rock gardeners is just that: an international community of people with a deep interest in the flora of the mountains and wild places; we hope to provide a regular electronic glimpse of these plants.

YOUR contributions are not only most welcome; we are actively seeking your input which will be key to the vigour of this enterprise.
To submit material for inclusion in the International Rock Gardener This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "E-Magazine". A full Index to International Rock Gardener, prepared by Glassford Sprunt, is updated each month and is available to download from HERE  

You are most welcome to read and, we hope, enjoy all the features provided by the SRGC. 


 SRGC Local Groups

The SRGC has Local Groups in Scotland and the North of England - click HERE for contact details and programmes.   For general queries: email via the "Contact Us" button from the menu at the top of this page.  

The SRGC Secretary is Hannah Wilson,

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Quick Links

The SRGC web site and forum is a large and valuable resource. Here are a few quick links to features you may find interesting!

Seedexchange: We list seeds of over 5000 species annually.

Journal: One of the world's best publications for rock gardeners.

Shows: Every year we hold shows in Scotland and in northern England.

Events: What's happening?

Seeking Plant information?

Phelypaea coccineaIn addition to the articles on this website, which includes over a hundred of our Journals, the SRGC has a huge resource of thousands of plant photos and information in the pages of the interactive Forum. The Forum is fully searchable and you may well find there all you need to know about a particular plant.

To search the Forum click here

Support The SRGC

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We are constantly looking for ways to be even more open, more inclusive and to provide ever expanding resources for ordinary plant lovers.

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