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GARDENS OF EASTERN SICILY
Friday 8 to Friday 15 May 2020
POSTPONED - we expect to reschedule in 2021.
We have organised a seven-night trip to visit both public and private gardens in and around Taormina, Mount Etna, Catania and Siracusa, together with two wildflower walks, visits to two nurseries and an archaeological site and a historic site; staying in both Catania and Siracusa. Our trip will be led by local horticulturist, Sergio Cumitini, who will introduce us to his area, with the assistance of local gardeners and other specialists.
Oxford Botanic Garden and Merton College
Friday 5 June 2020
Unable to go ahead but hope to rearrange for 2021
Botanist Dr Chris Thorogood, Deputy Director and Head of Science for the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum is our guide for this tour of the gardens and herbarium starting at 11 am and lasting an hour and a quarter. The cost is £21 per person including a simple lunch. After lunch members may return to the garden at their leisure. An optional extra will be a visit to the gardens of Merton College, close by, one of the few Oxford colleges to have its own garden team. Full information and to book click here
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the AGM will be held on line via a Zoom video conference link. This year there will be no provision during the AGM to vote and only online votes, using the form will be counted. All members are welcome at the meeting but only those who joined more than six months before the AGM are eligible to vote. There will be the opportunity to ask the management committee questions and we hope all members will wish to join the meeting. Full information here. Zoom is very easy to use and details of how to join the meeting will be sent to members who register. Register and vote now.
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SUMMER GARDENS TOUR, 2020
Sunday 28 June 2020 - Thursday 2 July 2020.
POSTPONED. We expect this trip to run from Sunday 4 July to Thursday 8 July 2021.
Geoff and Maddy Hughes are organising the 2020 summer garden tour in Yorkshire,
following our Annual General Meeting. The tour will visit renowned gardens 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.
BETH CHATTO GARDENS’ VISIT
Friday 17 July 2020
We are pleased to offer a trip to the well-known garden, nursery and home of the late Beth Chatto. The day will start with a guided tour of the gravel garden led by David Ward , the garden and nursery manager and who has worked at the garden for over 35 years.
Booking open here
GREAT COMP GARDEN and SALVIA PROPAGATION
Thursday 6 August 2020
Great Comp is a 7-acre garden near Sevenoaks, Kent, where garden curator William Dyson will give members a guided tour of the garden in the afternoon. The morning will be spent learning about salvias with William and he will give us a demonstration on propagation. Shrubby hardy salvias can form the mainstay of summer colour in the garden with a long flowering season. William has bred a number of them including the pretty Salvia 'Dysons Joy'. The day will break include a simple lunch followed by the garden tour. Booking forms are open here.
CAPE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY TO HOST INTERNATIONAL EVENT
Sunday 23 August 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020 - CANCELLED
One of our sister associations, Cape Horticultural Society in South Africa, will host the 2020 international gathering next year. Members of our fellow societies will be welcome
to share the amazing scenery, plants and gardens in and around Cape Town. The event consists of a conference weekend with optional coach tours and one-day events before and after.
FOR YOUR DIARY – 2021
Our provisional plans for 2021 may be of interest to members. More information will be available in due course.
- South of France – International MGi event to be hosted by MGFrance in Hyères 24 – 31 May 2021. MPG is investigating a pre-trip extension for MPG members.
- Abruzzo, Italy – 24 May – 1 June. Walking and botanising in the Abruzzo.
- Armenia – 5 or 6 June – 15 or 16 June. Exploring the rich endemic flora, guided by Dr Anna Asatryan, who led our previous visit
- Devon / Cornwall – late June/early July – Garden tour organised by Jo Hynes and John Fielding.
- Turkey – Could be April/May or October/November. Planning is at earliest stages.
- Outstanding gardens of Tangier and wild flowers in that area. Planning is at earliest stages.