Thursday February 21, 2019

Notice Board

Written by SRGC

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

N.B. Main items of SRGC News can be found here on the main site,

and also be found HERE in the forum.




1st December 2018 : SRGC Annual Members' Seed Exchange #72 for 2018-2019 is now open for orders.  Online ordering  can be found via this page:

A seedlist  with links to google search is available to all: you may download that list here :



SRGC AGM and Autumn Event  10th November 2018 -

 congratulations to new SRGC President, Julia Corden and all the Award Winners at the AGM. Some photos from the event  can be seen here.



SRGC Subscription Reminder :

 Annual subscriptions for postal members become due on 1st October, please renew promptly to be able to take part in the Seed Exchange and retain other membership features.  :)

It is simple to renew ( or join!) online - see all details here :


For  "online, electronic" members - that is, those only gaining access to  journals  etc online - your  memberships run according to your date of subscription and your online profile page will show when you need to renew:



SRGC Seed Exchange  No. 72     2018-2019 


Thank you to to members who collected seed and donated it to the SRGC Seed Exchange - this enables seed of  literally thousands of types of plants - many of which are rarely if ever available  from commercial sources - to be obtained and grown by members worldwide. 
The Seed Exchange is expected to open for orders on 1st December 2018




AUCTION: At the SRGC Early Bulb Day 16th February, 2019 it is planned to include an  Auction of  Watercolour Paintings, mostly by the late Lawrence Greenwood, donated by Fred Hunt for Club funds.

Fred Hunt, famous as one of SRGC's  greatest growers and exhibitors has  generously donated a number of flower paintings to be auctioned for Club Funds. This auction will take place  at the  Early Bulb Day in Dunblane in 2019.
 All but one of the paintings for auction are by the late Lawrence Greenwood. Lawrence was a stalwart member of SRGC who often exhibited his watercolour paintings of flowers at Club events.

This is the list of paintings by Lawrence Greenwood  :
Aquilegia jonesii
Arisaema elephas
Cypripedium calceolus
Cypripedium formosanum
Cypripedium guttatum
Cypripedium macranthos
Fritillaria hermonis ssp. amana ‘Sunglow’
Fritillaria latifolia
Fritillaria michailovskyi
Gentiana acaulis
Lilium souliei
Meconopsis grandis ‘Slieve Donard‘
Primula falcifolia
Primula reidii var. williamsii
Pulsatilla ‘Budapest‘
Rhododendron leucaspis
Trillium discolor
Plus one other –
Rhododendron yakushimanum  by M. Wilson

 A pdf  containing photos of the paintings ( taken under glass in their frames, so showing some reflection )  may be downloaded  by clicking this link.

 This pdf contains  photos of the works, plus the size of the images and the size  including their frames.



2018 - New SRGC Privacy Policy re GDPR - click here to read


The  Dryas news booklet for July 2018  is available from  this link:


SRGC Yearbook 2018 - click here

SRGC Dryas  - News booklet ( was  Secretary's Pages)  January 2018 - click here

SRGC Show Schedules 2018 -  click here



The International Rock Garden Conference 2021 is  progressing through its planning stages.

Advance notice for your diaries: the International Rock Garden Conference 2021 - a gathering for lovers of plants, gardens and mountains - will be held 08-11 May 2021 at Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland.
Advance notice for your diaries:

SRGC looks forward to welcoming you all to Scotland in 2021.
More information will follow in the coming months and years!

We are confident that this will be a superb event where  plant lovers from across the world  can convene to celebrate our  common interests.

Information will also be posted in the SRGC Forum - HERE and on this  dedicated Facebook Page - HERE



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   

who can be contacted by 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." target="_blank">

 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.



Volunteers needed for SRGC !!

Volunteer posts to fill:

The posts of Convener of Show Secretaries and  Chair of Local Group Conveners are vacant - 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,  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

01557 814141    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." class="bbc_email">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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!



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.



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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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