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Rock gardens and alpines

About these subjects already much has been said and written, but for the benefit of this site I would like to go into it a bit...One of the main reasons we sold our house and rock garden in 2002, is to spend more time on this group of plants, but now in their natural habitat. This reason has made it a lot easier to leave behind our house and garden. Our garden was a rock garden which we slowly build up over 11 years, there too was an alpine green house with a collection of dionysias. Since we settled back in Holland december 2016, I started building a new rock garden with a tufa wall and Corten steel. For people who are not so familiar with this "world"of ours, in Holland and several other countries there is a group of devoted people who collect and grow alpine plants. The name speaks for itself: a group of plants which grow in mountainous and rocky areas all over the world. There is a great diversity in this group of plants as well as in the people who grow and collect them. As far as the plants concerned, it stretches from delicate bulbs to vulnerable orchids to extremely dome shaped plants which grow in the most inhospitable places where they often give a display of the most magnificent flowers. Concerning the people, there are those who have specialised in particular varieties or those who have specialised in plants from certain countries. There are several organisations in different countries, like the NRV in Holland or like the AGS and the SRGC in the UK and Scotland respectively. The AGS is the oldest and largest, they also organise expeditions to various mountain areas in the world to find out more about particular species and varieties that grow there. Also several universities and botanical gardens are specialised in and work with these plants. If you are interested in these plants its certainly worthwhile to visit the websites of the organisations, universities and botanical gardens.

Our journeys:

Germany---botanical garden Tübingen
Greece---Peloponnese-Serifos-Milos april/may 2019

Canary Islands
Tenerife october 2018

Oman february 2018

Spain october/november 2016

Greece may--october 2015

Canary Islands
Lanzarote-Fuerteventura-Gran Canaria
December 2013--february 2014

Switzerland
Greece october/november 2012

Greece
september--november 2011

Turkey
july/august 2011

Greece
april--june 2011

Greece
april--october 2010

Crete Greece
october 2009--february 2010

Greece 
april--october 2008

Greece
april--july 2007

Turkey-Greece
february--july 2005

Syria-Jordan-Egypt
december 2004--february 2005

Greece-Turkey-Rhodos-Karpathos-Crete
september 2003--november 2004

Turkey 
june 2003--august 2003

Iran
march 2003--june 2003

UAE-Oman
january--march 2003

Greece-Turkey-Iran
december 2002--january 2003

Morocco
may/june 2001

Peloponnese Greece
december 2000

Iran
april/may 2000

Canary Islands
Lanzarote-Fuerteventura
december1999--january 2000

Peloponnese Greece
may 1999

Oman
december 1998

Turkey
may/june 1997

Cook Islands-New Zealand
november/december 1996

Canary Islands
La Palma
may 1996

Cape Verde Islands
december 1995--january 1996

Greece
Andros-Paros-Naxos-Amorgos-Astypalaia
june 1995

Canary Islands
Fuerteventura
december 1994

Greece
Peloponnese-Kefalonia-Ithaca
june 1994

Crete-Turkey
may/june 1993

Spain
december 1992

Turkey
may/june 1992

Greece
may/june 1991

Turkey
may/june 1990

Turkey
may/june 1989

France-Monaco
december 1988

Morocco
september 1988

Former Yugoslavia-Greece
june/july 1987

Corsica-Sardinia
may/june 1986

Bulgaria
may/june 1985

Former Yugoslavia-Greece
may/june 1984

Italy
may/june 1983

Spain
may/june 1982

France
july 1979


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