Well, it's good to see that there are at least some folks reading this page!
I will point out that the title of the e-magazine is the "International Rock 
and there is no doubt that alpines -and terrestrial orchids - are happy  
companions in many a rock garden. 
Perhaps it is the insistence on a very narrow definition of "alpine" that is 
the cause of the lack of activity here? 
I suppose there are people who only grow one type of plant - though I must say 
I have met very few in my time and 
had imagined that those interested in "Alpines" would have at least a passing 
interest in the plants featured in the IRG.
The IRG concentrates in the main on plants able to be grown in the open garden 
- which I suppose excludes a 
large number of alpines in a large number of countries - we hope to improve 
gardens and the pleasure gained from 
them, rather than limit our horizons unnaturally.

I thank Brian Whyer for his comment on the AGS definition of its interests - 
which are, of course, very similar to those 
of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, which hosts the IRG. Happily the SRGC and AGS 
are open in their definitons, 
which probably leads to their success in enthusing and informing about  what is 
a fascinating range of plants, which may 
widely be referred to, I  would say, as smaller types of  "wildflowers" for a 
range of climates and situations -  some of which will be 
"truly" alpine. 

Margaret Young
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