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Saturday 9 January 2021, 11am
We are delighted to have member Melvyn Jope talk to us about his travels in Greece, well known for its very rich flora. Melvyn has travelled there many times over the past 40 years, to lead field studies into Cyclamen and Galanthus. His talk, 'Galanthus and companion plants in Greece' will cover the spring flowering Galanthus graecus in Northern Greece, the autumn flowering Galanthus reginae-olgae (left) in the Peloponnese and Corfu and other interesting plants. We can expect to see many colourful images to lift our spirits. The charge to participate in the zoom lecture is £4 per screen and is open to members only. To book the day please follow the link here
A GREEK ISLAND
TRIP TO EASTERN SICILY
Provisional date 30 April to 7 May 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.
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.
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 .