Tuesday October 16, 2018
   Scottish Rock Garden Club Established 1933

The Club for people who love plants.

  • Plant enthusiasts join together from around the world to share and enjoy a love of plants.
  • Amateur or professional, beginner or expert. 

  • Small garden, large garden, no garden! Bog garden, woodland garden, raised beds, troughs.
  • Dwarf herbaceous, bulbs corms and tubers,trees, shrubs,cacti, succulents, orchids.

  • Displays, Shows, Plant sales and exchanges.
  • Meetings, Conferences with world class talks.
  • Grants and Award schemes.

  • Website and forum.
  • Journals and Seed exchange.
The Scottish Rock Garden Club was founded in Edinburgh in 1933 by a small group of enthusiasts who were interested in promoting the cultivation of alpine and rock garden plants. Originally formed to host meetings and shows, through the years the SRGC added a journal and conferences along with the international seed exchange.

Now a registered charity the Club has grown with thousands of enthusiastic members in 38 countries all around the world. The SRGC is the largest horticultural society in Scotland and considered by many to be the friendliest and most accessible in the World. The SRGC supports local Groups in many parts of Scotland and the North of England and is always open to helping form new groups.

The main remit of the SRGC is to spread the word and share the fascination for the plants at every level of expertise catering for all from the absolute beginner and the world’s top professionals at the same time.

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all who share our interest in the wide range of plants that fall under the scope of the ‘rock garden’ from the tiniest cushion plants to trees. Many strong and lasting friendships have been forged throughout the SRGC’s history and now with the dynamic website many more are possible.

The web site adds another dimension to Club membership and also provides non-members with a window on club activities and membership benefits. It is packed with information on club activities and covers every aspect of the cultivation of alpines, rockgarden plants and dwarf bulbs. There are sections on local groups, show reports, plant portraits, feature articles etc. 

Please take a look at our very busy discussion forum. It is visited regularly by a very active and friendly group of "forumists". It has proved an invaluable aid to encourage interaction between the worldwide membership of the SRGC, who use it as a “local” meeting place for social communication as well as for plant discussions. This has strengthened friendships and club loyalty tremendously, widening the appeal for what might initially seem to be a club “restricted” to Scotland! With nearly 2500 registered forum members you are ensured of a warm welcome and quick response to any posts, be they questions on plant identification or images of your garden.

No surprise that the forum is also read by thousands of visitors. If you wish to post to the forum, it is necessary to register ( from a forum page, not the main SRGC homepage) before you can contribute: registration is free of charge and you do not have be an SRGC member although we hope to persuade you that it is worth becoming a full Member and supporting the ongoing work of the Club. 

If you have a question on any aspect of cultivating plants, then the forum is a great place to visit. It is searchable and has become an important resource with photos and comments on many thousands of plants, from traditional “rock garden and alpine” plants to many other plant types and families - in fact any plants that are of interest to our members. 

Other features to check out are Ian Young's weekly "Bulb Log", now in it’s tenth year, which not only covers all aspects of growing bulbs but also regular updates on the other plants in his garden. The International Rock Gardener, our free online monthly magazine, is a wonderful resource of illustrated articles on plants from all over the world. Features are contributed by international plantspeople who write on plants both in the wild and in gardens.

These and all the other features are accessible from the menus.

Contributions to this site are very welcome and we really want to encourage the wider membership to participate. If you feel you have something to offer, please get in touch.

The SRGC web team hopes that you enjoy this site and would be very interested in your views, comments and suggestions for improving it. Remember that this site is a reflection of the SRGC's policy of openness and friendliness, whether or not you are a member. We do hope however that any non-members who like the site will consider joining us and thereby enjoy the wide range of benefits that membership of the SRGC brings!

You can join the SRGC or renew your membership here and now using our secure on-line membership facility - just click on "Join Here".

Thank you for visiting the SRGC site, please email via the "Contact Us" button from the menu at the top of this page if you would like to send us your comments.    

For postal contact with the SRGC :

please write to Scottish Rock Garden Club,  P.O. Box 14063  Edinurgh EH10 YE.

The SRGC is a registered charity: SCO 00942




At the Annual General Meeting of the SRGC on 14th November 2015, David Rankin was elected as President of the Club.


David Rankin 

From our new SRGC President –


Instructions to the new president

1. Write a message to members for publication in the Rock Garden.

2. Write a message to members for publication on the website.

3. Make the two messages different.

4. Don't miss anything important from either of them.

5. Tell everyone about all the exciting ideas you have for the future.

6. Don't say anything until it has been approved by council.

7. We want your messages NOW.


Our club needs to carry on moving forward, so that we can continue to bring the world of rock gardens and their plants to further generations, in a world that has changed and is changing.

How can we do this, without losing all that is loved at present?

I have lots of ideas, this week (the end of November) the SRGC Council will be contributing theirs, and I hope that you will let us know about yours(contact may be made via the website)
The new structure of working groups, in accord with our new constitution, will allow five groups of people to work on developing and implementing ideas. I hope that members all over the world, not just in Scotland, will be able to contribute, as we are a truly international society.


We will keep you informed of progress, but please remember that the club depends on all of its members, not just on a few.


 David Rankin    



SRGC Executive Office Bearers:

   President David Rankin
Treasurer Richard Green
Secretary Mrs C. McNab
Subscription Secretary Ms C Boulby
Editor Anton Edwards
Publicity Manager Mr A J Leven
Chairman of Web Committee Mr I Young

You may contact the SRGC via the "Contact Us" button in the menu at the top of the page.



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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

We at the Scottish Rock Garden Club pride ourselves in being one of the world's friendliest, most forward looking and open plant societies.

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

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