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Jiri Papousek

Our February meeting will be Zoom-only. Note the date and time which will accommodate our speaker who is in Czech Republic. Non-members may register on Eventbrite to attend this meeting. A recording of the talk will be available for a limited time.

Jiri Papousek is an expert rock gardener who visited CRAGS in June 2017. His garden is situated at altitude 200m, 10 km from Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. There are crevice rock gardens, various planted troughs, a woodland area with peat blocks, and an alpine tunnel with tufa wall. He has 35 years of experience of growing and exhibiting alpines at Prague Rock Gardens shows, and was part of the International Czech Rock Garden Conference committee in 2007, 2013, 2017 and 2023. His background is Chemical engineering and he works in the worldwide express shipping industry.

Jiri’s main interests include the cultivation of alpines, cushion plants, dionysias, small daphnes, and dwarf conifers and the design of crevice rock gardens, troughs, tufa wall, and peat blocks.

Daphnes are small shrubs with showy flowers, often evergreen, that are ideal for the rock garden. Many are hardy in Calgary’s Zone 3-4 climate. Usually the flowers are fragrant and they generally require well-drained soil. This genus is in the family Thymelaeaceae, native to Asia, Europe and north Africa.