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Mike Nelhams, Curator of Abbey gardens, Tresco, talk via Zoom
Wednesday 10 February 2021, 5.30 for 6pm
We are pleased to have Mike Nelhams curator at Abbey gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, talk to us about the garden and the range of Mediterranean plants they grow.
Mike took over as head gardener at the young age of 26 and has gardened there for the last 35 years so has vast experience to share with us. He is a member of the RHS tender and ornamental plant committee for plants from the Mediterranean and associated coastal region. This early evening talk will last for about 40 minutes with time for questions at the end. Book here.
Aeonium - in their natural habitat, talk VIA ZOOm from Mellie Lewis
Wednesday 3 March at 5.40 for 6pm
We are pleased to have Mellie Lewis talk to us about Aeonium and companion plants in their natural habitat the Canary Islands. Mellie is holder of the National Collection of Aeonium species and cultivars. She will talk to us about hunting Aeonium in their natural habitat believing strongly you only really get to know your plants when you see them in their habitat. The talk will last 40 minutes with time afterwards for questions. There is no charge but please follow this link to book.
A GREEK ISLAND
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, Friday 24 September to Friday 1 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 this tour of the gardens and herbarium. After lunch members will be able to return to the garden at their leisure or go on to visit the gardens of Merton College, close by. Merton is one of a few Oxford colleges which have their own garden team, two of which are members of MPG.
Other provisional plans for 2021 are as follows:
- The Maremma Italy – late April 2021. Walking and botanising in the southern part of the province of Grosseto.
- Armenia – 5 /6 June – 15/16 June. Exploring the rich endemic flora, guided by Dr Anna Asatryan, who led our previous visit .
- William Dyson Salvias at Great Comp, Kent - 17 September (postponed from 2020) more information to follow.