Welcome to the website!
I have been growing alpines (rock garden plants), and other related plants since 1970, and over the years have bought thousands of plants; mainly from mail order specialist nurseries, as well as personal visits to those nurseries. I have bought plants from Alpine Garden Society plant stalls, and have been given plants by friends and other alpine plant enthusiasts. I have grown many from seed, collected from remote and wild mountain regions in many parts of the world, sometimes by donating in a share of various plant hunting expeditions where I have often received seeds of plant species new to cultivation.
I have had great success and enjoyment with the majority of these plants I have acquired, but I have also had the inevitable losses and failures, and testament to this is a large glass jar filled with ‘dead labels’; which I keep on a top shelf in the garage, in the optimistic hope that I may be able to place some of them next to a new plant; and try again!
have bought very few plants from local garden centres or DIY gardening
sections, as the choices that are available in these are very limited,
and are just the “tip of the iceberg”. They usually offer
just the standard, easy, more common plants, and whilst many of these
are certainly worthy of a place in any rock garden or stone trough,
you will have to seek out some of the specialist alpine plant nurseries
to obtain some of the more elusive and rarer gems. But having said that,
and at the risk of sounding contradictory, there have been the few occasions
when I have called in at a garden centre for plant labels or potting
grit, and have been pleasantly surprised by unexpectedly coming across
an alpine gem amongst the hotchpotch of common every-day rock plants.
This doesn’t happen very often, but is most rewarding when it
Many of the pictures in the 'Portraits of Alpine Plants' page have a ‘mouse-over’ function where you can view a close-up or different view of the plant by moving the mouse cursor over the picture8. As you can with the two pictures shown below.
The website will be continually updated with newer pictures when they become available, so do please look here often.
do hope you find much of interest in these pages, and should
you wish to comment on any relevant subject, or just share you
experience in growing alpine plants or ask a question, I welcome
HAPPY ALPINE GARDENING!
Links to other interesting alpine plant sites
| Alpine Garden Society | Scottish Rock Garden Club | North American Rock Garden Society | Mountain Scenes | Paghats Garden |
| Pottertons Nursery | Collett's Mountain Holidays | Fernwood Nursery | Ashwood Nurseries | Christie's Alpines | Edrom Nurseries |
You can contact me by using the form below.