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Discussion in 'Alpine Gardening' started by dogsbody, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. dogsbody

    dogsbody Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi all,
    as we're not able to travel far these days (cue violins) I've been thinking of ordering by post. Has anyone tried this with alpines and if so with what success.

    Thank you,

    Dogsbody
     
  2. Anthony Rogers

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    Hi Dogsbody,

    I haven't specifically had alpines but most of my plants have come via mail-order.
    The only company I'm not really keen on is Thompson & Morgan, their plants are generally tiny.

    The best mail -order firm in my opinion is Parkers. They do everything, trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs.
     
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      Thanks for your reply Anthony, I'll have to give it a try.

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      Personally if you are specifically looking for alpines you would be best dealing with a specialist alpine nursery.
      Cant suggest any as its not my kind of thing, but well known online ones do exist.

      I'd tend to shy away from the big boys, think you often get better service from slightly smaller specialists.
      Have a look at the nurseries that attend Alpine shows and also do mail order.
       
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          I've never bought Alpines by post so am not qualified to answer the OP.

          I've bought most of my alpines from The Alpine Centre, Derbyshire or Chris Pattison, North Glos.but neither do mail order. I haven't checked but Potterton's in Lincs probably do and there's definitely a few in Scotland. The Scottish Rock Garden Society have a comprehensive list of suppliers from all over the world.
           
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            Me neither. I usually buy from the ones which attend AGS shows or Plant Hunter's Fairs. However Potterton's do have a superb reputation.
             
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