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A GREEK ISLAND
2021 - autumn
It is impossible to plan trips to the Mediterranean with certainty under current circumstances but we have provisional plans in place for a visit to Corfu, Evia ormainland Greece for wild-flower botanising and visits to a small number of gardens. One of these will be finalised and notified to members when Covid regulations allow. Picture shows an infinity pool near the sea in one of the Corfu gardens.
SUMMER GARDENS TOUR
Sunday 4 to Thursday 8 July 2021 (to be confirmed)
This garden tour in Yorkshire, organised by Geoff and Maddy Hughes, will, we hope, include a wide range of vists from Parceval Hall in the Yorkshire Dales to Scampston in the east plus others not normally open, such as recently designed gardens of Littlethorpe Manor, near Ripon. Members will stay at Hazlewood Castle, near York. Contact: Madalyn Hughes.
TRIP TO EASTERN SICILY
Provisionally, Monday 27 September to Monday 4 October 2021
Visit both public and private gardens in and around Taormina, Mount Etna, Catania and Siracusa, together with wildflower walks, visits to nurseries and archaeological site and historic sites; staying in both Catania and Siracusa. Our trip will be led by local horticulturist, Sergio Cumitini.
OXFORD BOTANIC GARDEN AND MERTON COLLEGE
Date to be announced - 2021
Botanist Dr Chris Thorogood, deputy director and head of science for the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum will be our guide for a tour of the gardens and herbarium. After a light cafe lunch members can visit the gardens of nearby Merton College, to be shown round by the head gardener, Lucille Savin, an MPG member. Merton is one of a few Oxford colleges to have its own garden team.
Other provisional plans are as follows:
- The Maremma Italy – autumn 2021 or spring 2022. Walking and botanising in the southern part of the province of Grosseto.
- William Dyson Salvias at Great Comp, Kent - 17 September (postponed from 2020).
- Armenia – June 2022. Exploration of the rich endemic flora, guided by Dr Anna Asatryan, who led our previous visit .