Alpine expert shares his skills

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A DECORATED member of the North East England Group of the Alpine Garden Society (AGS) is the speaker at its next meeting in Ponteland on Monday.

John Richards, Emeritus Professor of Botany at the University of Newcastle, will discuss rhododendrons and primulas – two large and decorative genera which tend to occur in the same mountain ranges in the wild and associate well in the garden.

Mr Richards is also an AGS judge, past AGS President, Vice Chair of the Royal Horticultural Society Joint Rock Garden Committee and has written eight books including Plant Breeding Systems and Primula.

The meeting will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, from 7.30pm. The entry fee for visitors is £2.

For more information, telephone Terry Teal on 0191 4132574 or e-mail