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AGS Lyttel Trophy 2014


November 8th 2014 was a very special day for me.

During the AGS AGM & Conference I was presented the AGS Lyttel Trophy,


Scrape Map, an unique map for every globetrotter!!!


Have you travelled to many places and countries all over the world?

Since a few months there is the first world “Scrape Map” available on which you can mark all the places you have visited. Its is a trendy map with lots of color and detailed information.

The Scrape Map is a unique and luxurious large world map poster with a layer to scrape off the places you’ve visited. Re-live your travel memories. The deluxe Scrape Map cannot be compared with any other Map. Besides the unique design it contains a lot of special details: Shining magnifying glasses that reveal exotic places, tropical postcards with a zoom of small islands, a personal bucket list, travel stamps and shining polaroid travel pictures. Not only city names will come out after you scrape off the layer, also small drawings and famous icon landmarks will appear. There’s s just so many to reveal on this map, you have to discover it for yourself, we won’t tip all the scales……..


Features of the Scrape Map World Edition DELUXE

•   XL size: 91,5 cm x 61 cm (fits standard frames)

•   High quality card with scratch-resistant matte laminate

•   Full color map covered with Silver / Grey scrape off Layer

•   Additional special shine effects

•   The map comes wrapped in silk paper in a decorated gift tube

•   Made in the Netherlands


Just grab a coin………and start scraping!  Whether you’re 8 or 80, this is the ultimate gift for every globetrotter!

Are you interested? Check the Scrape Map website.  (www.scrapemaps.com)


Socotra Tour cancelled


Due to problems in the Middle East I have decided to cancel my planned trip to Socotra Archipelago. I hope to run this tour in the future when it is more safe in this particular area of the world. I am very sorry for the group members as they all really wanted to visit this unique Island.


New book !


This is your chance to get a copy of a new book about

The Genus Pulsatilla


The Genus Pulsatilla

A Guide for Gardeners, Horticulturists and Botanists 

writer: Christopher Grey-Wilson


Closely related to the anemones, pulsatillas or pasque-flowers are amongst the most exquisite of all mountain plants and an essential element in any alpine garden. This is the first book devoted to these charming and eagerly sought plants. The work is not only a survey of the genus and the identification of the various species but it also examines, in detail, their cultivation and place in the garden. All this is aided by sumptuous photographs of the species in the wild and in cultivation.


Christopher Grey-Wilson has recently retired as Editor of the Alpine Garden Society after twenty-one years. Before that, from 1968-1989, he was a Principal Scientific Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. He has travelled widely in the mountains of Europe and Asia, in particular, and as has written many books and articles over the years; Clematis, Cyclamen, Dionysia, as well as guides to European alpine plants, Mediterranean flowers, the flowers of western China and poppies. He was awarded a VMH by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2007 for ‘outstanding  service to horticulture’.


This book is a limited edition restricted to just 300 copies. (SOLD OUT !!!)

Each copy will be numbered and signed by the author.


Book details:

Type: Hardback Cased - Facepaper

Size: 340 x 270 mm portrait

Pages: 216

Colour plates: 278

Maps: 2

Publication date: 15 January 2014

ISBN: 978-0-900048-76-6


Price per copy: £36.00


Post & packing per copy:

Special rates possible for orders of 3 copies or more

UK: add £3.50,   EU Airmail: add £5.00,   Elsewhere surface mail: add £6.50


Please email details of orders giving your name, address and payment method

Email: c.grey-wilson@talk21.com


Payment details:

Cheques made payable to Dr C. Grey-Wilson, Red Lion Barn,

East Church Street, Kenninghall, Norfolk, NR16 2EP, UK.


Direct payments UK Bank Sort Code 40-15-22; Account Number: 31817876


EU and elsewhere

IBAN (International Bank Account Number) GB57MIDL40152231817876

Swift Code/BIC: MIDLGB22


Botanical Tour to South Peru



You can sign in now for a very special botanical tour. This time I will lead a tour to the South of Peru. A new area not many people have botainised. We will not look for plants only, but there will be also enough opportunities to visit some famous Inca treasures as well.

(update May 2014: Tour was a great success)


Information about special Books & Articles now available


I have added to my website a new section in which you can see how some special books look like and what kind of information can be found in it. Some of the pages are scanned in so you have a better idea about the layout. It is also possible to download a Pdf of some scanned pages. Next to that there is information about writer, publisher, colour images, price etc. Hope it will help you in some way.