David Charlton: Flowers of the Dolomites

Date: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Jun 14, 2023

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My first encounter with tiny alpine gems was in the alpine house at Kew Gardens at a time when my wife Judy and I lived in a tiny apartment in London with no garden or outside spaceIn
1985 we moved to our present home in Derbyshire in the English Midlands and I began growing alpines on raised bed, in troughs and in pots in alpine houses

I love exploring wild places and discovering the plants that grow thereParadoxically, in the bleakest, most inhospitable habitats grow the loveliest flowersThat is why I take so much pleasure in cultivating mountain plants and trying to pass on my enthusiasm to others. 

I joined the Alpine Garden Society after seeing a spectacular display exhibited at one of their ShowsI have been secretary of the AGS Derby Local Group for many years and served for four years as a Trustee of the SocietyI am a regular exhibitor and judge at AGS ShowsI am a frequent speaker at AGS Groups and other gardening and natural history societies. 

Since 2007, when I began to wind down from my working life as a Solicitor (Attorney), I have led mountain flower walks for Collett’s Mountain Holidays in the Dolomites, the Pyrenees and the Picos de EuropaMy good friend Cliff Booker and I have published pocket field guides to the flowers of those mountains. 

I was privileged to carry out a lecture tour for NARGS in New England and am delighted to have received a further invitation to visit NW America this JuneI look forward to this wonderful opportunity with eager anticipation.