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the Alpine Garden Society does offer a range of interesting options. (Thank you Bulbaholic as I wouldnt have thought of it otherwise.) With knee trouble this year, I was worried I may not always be able to keep my 20 pole allotment. The prospect of staying indoors was not attractive at all ! Although this problem, which former athletes get, seems to be improving at long last if I am careful. I have Patella-femoral-instability-syndrome. My knees would not support my body weight. So I joined the AGS.

The 10 instruction leaflets ‘Best ideas for small plants’ accompanied by 5 free packets of seeds came free of charge on request. I found these very helpful.

The quarterly magazine ‘Alpine News’ is well presented and includes lots of photographs and ideas. Just getting used to small plants is a slow process for me.

The journal ‘The Alpine Gardener’ contains a wealth of information. For a handicapped person with some family help, the raised bed option which can be looked after from a wheelchair is ideal for year round interest.

Collecting small rocks or pieces of slate, making Tufa,
hunting for small garden ornaments to add to an Alpine Garden from charity sales could be very enjoyable from a wheelchair. Christmas gifts would help a lot too.

I think the subscription is a very good investment.

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I am so pleased that my suggestion proved to be worthwhile, Diane. As a long time member of the sister club, SRGC, I am fully aware of the benefits of these societies to gardeners interested in hardy perennials, particularly the wee ones. For the information of GoY friends across the pond there is also the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS).

24 Aug, 2012

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