The Nerine & Amaryllid Society was founded by a
group of enthusiasts at a meeting called at Wisley in 1997.
We must be grateful to the
pioneers of the early days of this Society, perhaps with particular mention of
Roger Beauchamp, Brian Pingriff and Barrie Ward. They had learned from the
earlier Nerine Society (1966) that it would be difficult to sustain a single
genus Society and decided to include the whole of the Amaryllidacae, but with the stated intention of not infringing on
the work of the Galanthus Group, South African Bulb Group or any similar
Society. Recently Agapanthus have become part of the Amaryllid Family, adding
to the range of interests of the Society.
Since the start, the Society
has grown substantially in numbers, helped by an enthusiastic Committee and support
from many other members. The Journal helps to
link Society members who tend to be scattered throughout the UK and the rest of
the world. The Society aims
to cater for all levels of interest from the professional to the amateur; for
the expert and the not so expert; for those with large collections of plants
and those who grow only a few. The Society is for all those who are interested
in growing plants from this enormously interesting and varied group.