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SRGC Discussion Day
Saturday 9 October 2021 

This online FREE event is designed as a replacement for the annual residential SRGC Discussion Weekend which we regret has been cancelled as a result of the Covid pandemic.  The event consists of a series of 3 online lectures.


3.30pm BST (British Summer Time) Virtual doors open for attendees.

4pm UK BST (9am Colorado MDT time) 
"Creating the Caucasus Crevice Garden" with Nick Courtens. 
Nick is Curator of Plant Collections at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail, Colorado, USA.  The Caucasus mountains of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are home to some of the most beautiful species of plants in the world.  Nick shows the process of building a modern crevice garden, the unique plants and the results of several weeks of moving rock and soil to create a one-of-a-kind rock garden.  
(The W C Buchanan Lecture)

5.30pm UK BST
"European Alpines in Nature - A New Look" with Jim Jermyn.
Jim is Property Manager and Head Gardener, Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland, a renowned and historic garden in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.  He has been involved with alpines all his life, and has lived and worked in the European mountains, and knows their plants well.  This new talk is intended as a fresh look and assessment of the alpine plants which Jim has known and loved for many years.     
(The John Duff Lecture)

7pm UK BST (7am Sunday NZDT time)
"In the Southern Alps with Steve Newall" with Hamish Brown.
Hamish is well known as past president of the New Zealand Alpine Garden Society, and is based in Christchurch, New Zealand.  For the past 7 years Hamish has formed a great friendship with the late Steve Newall.  Bound by a love of plants, mountains, (mis)adventure and booze they have shared many days together in the Southern Alps hunting for elusive and spectacular alpine specimens to photograph and tell tall stories about later on.  It is a tragedy that Steve has gone before his time but you are sure to find the tales of his exploits educational and entertaining.
(The Harold Esselmont Lecture)

There will be time for questions after each talk, and then a comfort break with time to chat before the next talk.

The event is FREE and open to everyone.  You do NOT have to be an SRGC member to attend.
The event is run online via Zoom.  Virtual doors open 3.30pm BST on Sat 9 Oct 2021.
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The Caucasus Crevice Garden

In the European Alps

In the Southern Alps