March 2023

location TBA

Thursday, March 30th, evening YBA


 Talk given by Carole & Ian Bainbridge

(the topic will be posted closer to the event)


Drs Carole and Ian Bainbridge are both keen rock gardeners from south-west Scotland.


Ian’s career was in nature conservation and ecology; he was Chief Ecological Adviser to the Sottish Government, and Head of Science at the Scottish nature conservation agency.  Carole came from a horticultural family, and followed a biology doctorate with a career in business, including in the European Commission.  She subsequently retrained in garden design, and ran her own design company for 20 years.


Since their retirement, they have been working on their Galloway garden, started from scratch in 2010, after they moved from Edinburgh after 31 years.  The garden has rock, boulder, scree and crevice beds, a stumpery and a pond, and more traditional shrub and herbaceous beds including a New Zealand bed.


Carole and Ian have been involved with the Scottish Rock Garden Club for more years than they like to admit (over 40).  Both are past Presidents of the Club, they have been the Editors of the Journal ‘The Rock Garden’ and organised the 2001 International Rock Garden Conference in Scotland.  They currently run the Seed Reception element of the Club’s large seed exchange, and Carole sits on the Club Council.

Both Carole and Ian are members of the Royal Horticultural Society Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee; Carole is its Scottish Secretary.



Over 40 years they have travelled to all six continents in search of alpines.  They have been on three visits to Patagonia; and several to North America.  There have been many trips to European mountains, and they have visited China and New Zealand.



rest of 2023 season will be posted later



early in the month we will participate in the annual seed sorting event from NARGS. it is an all day event 

Saturday TBD, 9AM to 4PM