The Traditional Alpine House

The RBGE Alpine House

The RBGE Alpine House 

The Alpine House was built in the 1970s as some alpines need conditions that cannot easily be created outdoors. In the wild, some plants are hidden under a blanket of snow for several months and dislike winter wet, while some enjoy particularly dry winters and very wet summers. Others need ample moisture at the roots, which in nature is obtained from melting snow, but have delicate flowers that can be ruined by heavy rain. Pot culture in the unheated, well ventilated Alpine House and frames is still preferred for these subjects, and for those which are so small that they are safest and best appreciated in isolation.

Fritillaria eduardiiAn electric fan blows over the plants constantly to reduce the risk of moulds. The Alpine House is surrounded by unheated frames and alpine troughs in which plants are displayed. A wall is also planted up with those trailing and cushion-forming plants that thrive when their roots are wedged into crevices.

In spring, the Alpine House and its surrounding area are full of vibrant colour from Draba, Dionysia and Androsace. Bulbs such as Cyclamen, Fritillaria and tulips also thrive, as do primulas, gentians and Chilean crocuses.

Other garden features include....

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Views inside the Alpine House at RBGE.

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