March 30, 2023

Olbrich Gardens 

Thursday, March 30th, 7PM


 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.



April 15 TBA

location TBA


Ingrid Jordon-Thaden talk

Talk and photos from Alaskan expedition.



possible trip to Benedict's Nursery in Nappanee Indiana. Know for special plants especially alpines.



June 8-11


June 24 

Milwaukee area garden visits.

Brat fry for lunch hosted by the Colluras.


July 8 

10AM Visit to LDI Nursery

owned by member Steve Lesch.


September 16

Annual Members Plant Sale

Lynn Groeschel's house, Wisconsin Dells


October 21



November 18, 1PM 

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is as always a pot luck. Please bring a dish to pass.


West Madison Ag Reseach Station



Election of officers which has not taken place since before the pandemic. Please consider nominating yourself. New & old members can serve and previous officers are always willing to help.


Alpines Across North America

A two projector slide presentation by Ed Glover highlighting choice alpines and rock garden plants he has seen in his travels. Its been some time since he has made this presentation so it will be a special treat.



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




Special Presentation


Olbrich, March 30-7pm


Carol & Ian Bainbridge from the UK