Monday October 16, 2017

Notice Board : News

Written by SRGC

Scottish Rock Garden Club is a Charity registered with Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR):  SC000942

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Next SRGC Event:


SRGC "Late Bulb Day" - Aberdeen 23rd September 2017


This will be held in Ruthrieston West Church Hall, on Broomhill Road, which was the previous venue for SRGC shows in Aberdeen. 


late bulb day details 2017


During the day there will be three talks, listed below, but there will also be a display of plants to admire and talk about.  You are invited to bring along plants to contribute to the display. These do NOT have to be alpines, so if you have any pots of plants that you think people would like to see please bring them along, and the display is not restricted to pot plants, so cut flowers, autumn foliage, fruits and berries etc are all equally welcome. This is not a competitive show, so there will be no points or winners. Rather, the intention is to have exhibits to look at and discuss when not listening to the talks.

The hall will be open from 8am and the first talk is at 10am, so please bring exhibits before 9.30am. Each exhibit should have a card with the name of the plant/s and the exhibitor.

There will be a sales table of seed, plants, corms and bulbs donated by members of the Rock Garden Club.  Rumbling Bridge Nursery, from Kinross, will also have plants for sale.


Soup, sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the day.


Entry to the hall costs £2, for which you get free tea/coffee. You can also buy a ticket for each talk for £1, and these also serve as raffle tickets for a prize which will be drawn at the end of each talk.

If you have any questions, please contact the ‘show secretary’ Mike Hopkins, Sunfield, Leschangie, Kemnay, Inverurie AB51 5PP. Tel: 01467 642429. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speakers at Late Bulb Day 2017




The SRGC website contains many resources of 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 page.
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. 





The SRGC Secretary is  Carolyn  McNab, Barmagachan House, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW   

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 Latest SRGC Secretary's Pages are  HERE


We are all pleased to welcome Carolyn and send  sincere thanks to Carol Shaw for her years of service in this post.



SRGC on Social Media

SRGC is now on Instagram too.
Instagram is an easy way to share images and short content. It will also have a link to the website.To get Instagram just simply download the app to your phone or view on a web page.               Our username is srg_club, so you can follow us at

SRGC has been on Twitter for some time :    @ScottishRockgc
 and  also on Facebook :   @ScottishRockGC
- and of course, as ever the  SRGC forum  is open to all - it  is archived and searchable  and your contributions are always welcome.



 SRGC Show Dates for 2017


 Please consult the 2017 Show Schedules  (to download that, click here) for full details.   This page has individual links for each show.

Dunblane Early Bulb Display 18th February
Kendal 18th March

Stirling Show (Kincardine) 25th March

Hexham  1st April - new contact : Angus Thompson, The Old Garden House, Belsay Hall, Belsay, Northumberland NE20 0DX   
Telephone 01661 881240   Email: Angus.Thompson

Edinburgh  8th April
 Perth 15th April

 Highland Show (Nairn)  29th April
 Glasgow 6th  May
 Aberdeen 20th May
 Summer Event (Dunblane) 19th August

 Aberdeen Late Bulb Day 23rd September
 Newcastle (Ponteland) 7th  October
 Discussion Weekend 14 October



Volunteers needed for SRGC !!

Volunteer posts to fill:

The posts of Convener of Show Secretaries and  Chair of Local Group Conveners are vacant - An Advertising Manager is also  needed : please get involved - your Club needs YOUR help to continue its  great work.

If you feel you could help out the Club  by putting yourself forward for this position or any of the other vacant positions, please do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you!



 Links from SRGC to other websites


On this page of the website  you can find links to many websites of interest to SRGC members: other plant organisations, nurseries, seed suppliers etc.

For a List of Specialist Plant Nurseries as a pdf, compiled by  David Nicholson, you may download that HERE.




We are pleased to announce the sale of the original pen and ink drawings by Duncan Lowe from the acclaimed book ‘The Genus Androsace’ by George Smith and Duncan Lowe.

At the request of the families of David Mowle and Duncan Lowe, we are able to offer for sale the original pen and ink illustrations by Duncan Lowe from the book ‘The Genus Androsace’, along with a few drawings from its predecessor ‘Androsaces’, a few habitat sketches from ‘Primulas of Europe and America’ by Smith, Lowe and Burrow, and a few technical sheets.

This is a unique chance to buy beautiful original artwork from the book recognised as the key volume on Androsaces.

Most drawings are approximately twice the size of the book reproduction, and are ink drawings on heavy paper or artists’ board.  Most are priced at only £25, plus post and packaging.

All proceeds from this sale will be divided equally between the Alpine Garden Society, Scottish Rock Garden Club, and charities chosen by the families of Duncan Lowe and David Mowle.

A catalogue of the drawings offered is available; or you can look at your copy of the books and enquire about the availability of particular drawings.  I can provide a scanned image for perusal before you buy.

For all enquiries please contact Ian Bainbridge

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We are grateful to the families for their generosity in this matter.

See the list of drawings  HERE 

- contact Ian Bainbridge to learn which are still available.


Androsace mathildae drawing

      Androsace mathildae - drawing by Duncan Lowe





SRGC Electronic Membership

The SRGC Web Team has been working to improve the system for registration and renewal of the electronic subscription to the SRGC – which is for those who wish to access the Journals etc online only, with no postal communication from the club.

For those with current e-subscriptions you may log in on the new online subscriptions pages using your registered email address and current password to access the Members’ section and Journals. For those whose subscriptions have very recently expired - you too may log in on the new online subscriptions pages  using your registered email address and current password to renew your membership - after checking that all your address details are correctly entered.

Those people wishing to join the SRGC with an electronic-only subscription please complete a new registration on the new online subscriptions pages.


The new online subscriptions pages are here:


Please also note  that registrations to take part in the SRGC Forum, which is a separate system, must be made from the Forum pages:


Access for all types of membership applications and renewals are available from here  or from the drop-down menu under "About Us" at the top of the main web page, where electronic members will also find the link to their special Section "SRGC Online Subscription Pages"




Success for expedition with members sponsored by SRGC Exploration Grants

An Expedition  to Bhutan, with  members Johan Nilson (Gothenburg Botanic Garden), Elspeth Mackintosh (RBG Edinburgh) and Julia Corden (Explorers' Garden, Pitlochry) - all sponsored by the Exploration Fund of SRGC, along with other members, Martin Walsh, Koen Van Poulke and Ann de Rijke have found a  beautiful primula last seen decades ago.


Primula sherriffiae in the wild - photo by Sonam Wangchan, who lead the trip


After 81 years Primula sherriffiae  has been found on steep mossy cliffs at  2120m in Bhutan.
Also growing on the cliff was Primula ludlowii - As recorded by Sherriff and Ludlow in 1934.

The expedition was lead by Sonam Wangchan owner of Bhutan Excursions. He climbed the cliff to find the plants!


 - this message was received from Julia Corden 8th July 2015

Warm congratulations  to all members of the expedition!




NOTICE for all SRGC Members:


Nominations for the Award of the GOLDEN JUBILEE SALVER


Nominations for the 2017 recipient should be sent to the Secretary no later than 15 August 2017.

It would be helpful if a short account of the nominee’s services to the Club were to be included, and also the names of other supporters.

The Salver is presented annually to an individual member for outstanding service to the Club. All nominations are considered by the Awarding Committee which consists of previous winners of this prestigious award.

(You may submit your nomination again in subsequent years if initially unsuccessful.)

The names of all previous holders are recorded in the Golden Jubilee Salver Book which is available for inspection at the AGM. For those who cannot attend our AGM the Golden Jubilee Salver has been awarded to the following individuals.

1983 Alf Evans   1984 Joyce Halley   1985 Don Stead  1986 Harold Esslemont   1987 Lewis Bilton   1988 Isobel Simpson

1989 Kathleen Simpson-Hall   1990 Angus Small   1991 Jack Crosland  1992 Sheila Maule   1993 Sandy Leven  

1994 Bill Mackenzie   1995 Bette Ivey   1996 Harley Milne   1997 Ron McBeath   1998 Jean Wyllie   1999 Lyn Bezzant

2000 Alastair McKelvie  2001 Glassford Sprunt   2002 Morris Wilson   2003 Jim Christie  2004 Jackie Thomlinson

2005 Margaret Taylor   2006 Henry Taylor  2007 Jean Band   2008 Ian Young   2009 Anne Chambers  2010 Ian Bainbridge 2011 Ian Christie   2012 Jim Sutherlan   2013 Julia Corden    2014 Liz Mills 2015 Alan Newton  2016 Ann Christie

(Surviving recipients are: Mr A J Leven, Mrs E B Ivey, Mr J H A Milne, Mr R J D McBeath, Mrs

J Wyllie, Mr A D McKelvie, Mrs L Bezzant, Mr T G Sprunt, Mrs J Thomlinson, Mrs M Taylor,

Mr H Taylor, Mr I Young, Mrs A Chambers. Dr I Bainbridge, Mr I Christie, Mr J Sutherland, Ms J Corden, Mrs Liz Mills, Mr Alan Newton, Mrs Ann Christie)


A nomination  may be emailed -  but it needs to have been written or typed  and actually signed by the proposer and seconder, then scanned before sending by email.

The SRGC Secretary is  Carolyn  McNab, Barmagachan House, Borgue, Kirkcudbright DG6 4SW   

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Amazon Affiliate  Programme: started 1st November 2014


A way for anyone to contribute to the SRGC's funds

A new item has been added to the pages of the forum and to the main page of the SRGC. This is a link to the Amazon website.
ANY item bought  via one of these links will earn some money for the SRGC at no cost to the Club. Though many think of Amazon as a bookselling company, in fact one can source all manner of items via Amazon.        
The SRGC is no longer selling books and we hope that members and others reading and appreciating this site will, if they wish to purchase an item from Amazon or one of their partner sellers, do so via one of the links on our site. In this way, not only will members benefit from some of the good deals available there but the SRGC will also gain a monetary return from each transaction.
If you shop online with Amazon you can benefit the Scottish Rock Garden Club at the same time!
You must access the sale via one of the SRGC links for this to be achieved.
We trust this will add a new dimension to your online shopping when you can contribute to the SRGC !
We do hope that you will consider using this method for the benefit of the Club.



Thank you for visiting the SRGC site, please email via the "Contact Us" button from


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For postal contact with the SRGC : please write to


Scottsh Rock Garden Club, P.O. Box 14063  Edinurgh EH10 YE.


The SRGC is a registered charity: SCO 00942






Various Grants for Students and for Plant Exploration are available from the SRGC ........   see HERE 




 SRGC Constitution was revised November 2013 : click here



SRGC members given top honour by RCHS - 2013

Former SRGC President Glassford Sprunt was honoured by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society with a special presentation at the SRGC Early Bulb Day in recognition of his highly regarded and significant contribution to horticulture and gardening in Scotland. Click here to read more.


                    RCHS President Pam Whittle with Glassford Sprunt

Carole Baxter, best known as a presenter of the Beechgrove Garden Television programme and a long time SRGC member,  was honoured in March  by the award of the Scottish Horticultural Medal by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.
The Scottish Horticultural Medal (SHM)  is an award first introduced in 1950 to mark the 150th anniversary of the RCHS. The award is strictly limited to a maximum of 50 recipients and is awarded to anyone, anywhere, who has made an outstanding service, professional or amateur, to Scottish Horticulture.
Jim McColl presents SHM to Carole Baxter
   Jim McColl, Honorary President of the Caley,  presents Carole Baxter with the Scottish Horticultural Medal.
The Caley AGM and award ceremony was held on  March 5th.
Congratulations to all the award winners presented with their awards that evening: Carole Baxter, Dr Mark Watson, Lindsay Morrison, Sandra Maclennan, Constance Gilleghan, Jim Laurie, Nan Henderson, Peter Guthrie Finulla McCloskey and Fiona Fitzelle. [Glassford Sprunt received his award at the Dunblane Bulb Day, see below.]


 February 16th 2013:  Honour for SRGC stalwart, Glassford Sprunt

At the SRGC Early Bulb Day held in Dunblane on 16th February,  the President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, Pam Whittle, was in attendance to present a Certificate of Merit from the RCHS (or "the Caley" as it is affectionately known) to SRGC past President and devoted supporter, Glassford Sprunt.  Many congratulations to Glassford for this honour.   Click here to see more.



For general  queries to the SRGC : please email using the "Contact Us" button  in the top menu of this page.




Various Grants for Students and for Plant Exploration are available from the SRGC ........   see HERE


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

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