I.Cl.S. - Future Events


Society events are open to both members of the International Clematis Society and members of affiliated Societies, though where the number of places is limited, preference will be given to I.Cl.S. members.

Scotland 2018 - Friday 6th to Saturday 14th July 2018

Itinerary

Accommodation

Cost

Booking

Additional Notes

Summary

The Society has asked Brightwater Holidays Ltd. to plan and organize our meeting and visit to Scotland in 2018, working together on an itinerary that includes as much clematis content as we could find within reasonable travelling distance of our two accommodation centres, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Ken and Fiona Woolfenden visited a large number of gardens in June 2017, to assess what there was to see and when would be a good time to visit. Whilst there may not be quite as much clematis content as on some previous meetings, we have found a few "little gems" which we're sure you will enjoy.

A brochure, in .pdf format, giving details of the event can be found at Scotland 2018 Brochure. A 2-page Booking Form, also a .pdf document, can be found at Scotland 2018 Booking Form (see Booking, below).

The Itinerary

In addition to the brochure, we've put together some links to websites for individual gardens and a few photos that we took when we visited in June 2017.
Day 2 Saturday 7 July Shepherd House Garden
Two private gardens: Hunter's Tryst and 101 Greenbank Crescent
Hunter's Tryst©Ken Woolfenden

Hunter's Tryst

Day 3 Sunday 8 July Little Sparta
Little Sparta©Ken Woolfenden Little Sparta©Ken Woolfenden
Little Sparta©Ken Woolfenden

Little Sparta

Day 4 Monday 9 July Charles Jenks and Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries
Please note, Brightwater have been advised that it is unlikely that the visit to the Garden of Cosmic Speculation will be possible as the head gardener is retiring. As a result there will be a period where they do not accept groups until a new head gardener is in place. If this is the case we will change the itinerary and visit Crawick Multiverse, also designed by Charles Jencks.
Newtonairds, Dumfries
We also plan to stop for lunch at a garden centre (lunch not included) with enough time to look round the garden centre.
Newtonairds - Hostas and Clematis©Ken Woolfenden Newtonairds - Hostas and Clematis©Ken Woolfenden
Newtonairds - Hostas and Clematis©Ken Woolfenden Newtonairds - Hostas and Clematis©Ken Woolfenden

Newtonairds - Hostas and Clematis

Day 5 Tuesday 10 July Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh
Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh©Ken Woolfenden Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh©Ken Woolfenden

Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh

Day 6 Wednesday 11 July Parkhead Garden, Perth
Branklyn Garden, Perth
Falkland Palace Garden, Fife
Parkhead Garden, Perth©Ken Woolfenden Parkhead Garden, Perth©Ken Woolfenden

Parkhead Garden, Perth

Branklyn Garden, Perth©Ken Woolfenden Branklyn Garden, Perth©Ken Woolfenden

Branklyn Garden, Perth

Day 7 Thursday 12 July Backhouse Rossie Walled Garden, Fife
Kellie Castle and Walled Garden, Fife
Kingsbarns Distillery, Fife
Backhouse Rossie Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden Backhouse Rossie Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden

Backhouse Rossie Walled Garden, Fife

Kellie Castle and Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden Kellie Castle and Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden

Kellie Castle and Walled Garden, Fife


Kingsbarns Distillery, Fife©Ken Woolfenden

Kingsbarns Distillery, Fife

Day 8 Friday 13 July Wemyss Castle Walled Garden, Fife
Cambo Walled Garden, Fife and Cambo Heritage Trust
Wemyss Castle Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden Wemyss Castle Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden

Wemyss Castle Walled Garden, Fife

Wemyss Castle Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden Wemyss Castle Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden

Wemyss Castle Walled Garden, Fife

Cambo Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden Cambo Walled Garden, Fife©Ken Woolfenden

Cambo Walled Garden, Fife


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Accommodation

The Edinburgh accommodation is at Pollack Halls, Edinburgh University. The rooms are en-suite and in student accommodation blocks with lifts, reasonably spacious with TV, telephone, free wireless internet access and tea/coffee-making facilities. As well as a bar on site there is a shop which sells drink and common rooms where members can meet and talk. Pollack Halls are on the south east of Edinburgh, close to Arthur's Seat, about 20-30 minutes walking from the centre of Edinburgh and one hour walking from the Royal Botanic Gardens. There are a number of bus routes to the town centre.

For more information see Pollock Halls, Edinburgh University.

If you plan to travel to Edinburgh by car you may wish to park your car at the airport for the duration of the conference. This should cost about £50 if booked far enough in advance.

In Fife we will stay at Agnes Blackadder Hall, St Andrews University and we understand that it has a similar level of en-suite accommodation to Pollack Halls. Agnes Blackadder Hall is a 3 minute walk from the sea and a 10 minute walk to the centre of town.

For more information see Agnes Blackadder Hall, St. Andrews University.

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Cost

The price per person, based on two people sharing a room and on a minimum number travelling of 25 is £1040.00. There is a single room supplement of £365.00

Included in the price:

Not included in the price

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Booking

The meeting is open to all paid-up members of the International Clematis Society and members of associated societies though where the number of places is limited, preference will be given to I.Cl.S. members.

We have decided that, with December a busy period for many people, registration will be extended until the end of February 2018. If you wish to join on this visit, you must return your booking form to Fiona Woolfenden (electronically or by post) by 28th February 2018 and pay a deposit of £100 by one of the methods specified on the Booking Form. After this date it may still be possible to reserve a place provided that the accommodation and room in the coach is available, but it cannot be guaranteed.

Please complete the Booking Form. You may do this electronically. First download the booking form from our website. Open it within Adobe Acrobat Reader, then selecting "Tools", then "Fill & Sign". This also allows you to sign the form electronically (or use a previously stored signature). You can then save the completed booking form and email it to Fiona Woolfenden, Secretary, at secretary@clematisinternational.comm. Alternately you can print and complete the form, then either scan and email it to Fiona, or post the form using the address at the end of the second page. We will check your form and pass the details on to Brightwater Holidays.. Alternately you can print and complete the form, then either scan and email it to Fiona, or post the form using the address at the end of the second page. We will check your form and pass the details on to Brightwater Holidays.

At the same time you should pay the deposit of £100 per person. Bank Transfer is the preferred method for UK members and others with access to a UK Bank Account. If you wish to pay by cheque, please post it to Fiona Woolfenden using the address at the end of the second page of the booking form. Your cheque MUST be made payable to Brightwater Holidays Ltd.

The deposit and balance may also be paid by Credit or Debit Card. Note that for Credit Card payments, a 2.5% surcharge on the balance will be payable, though not the deposit. For non-UK residents, Brightwater will email you to agree a time that they can phone to take your card details.

Passport details are not required for this tour.

Departure point - this refers to where you wish to be taken to on our final morning, Saturday 14th July 2018. After breakfast our coach will leave to make a single journey to Edinburgh Airport, then on to the centre of Edinburgh for the Bus and Waverley Train Stations. Please specify whether you wish to be dropped at either of these three places. Note, the journey time is likely to be at least 1½ hours, possibly more depending on traffic. You should bear this in mind when planning your onward / return travel.

Insurance - Brightwater Holidays can only provide insurance to UK residents. The International Clematis Society strongly recommends that ALL members have Holiday Insurance in case of unforeseen events. If you have your own Holiday Insurance, please fill in the details on the form at the top of page 2.

The balance is due 8 weeks before the Conference, i.e. by the beginning of May 2018.

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Additional Notes

No drinks are included within the programme.

The Booking Form refers to a Tour Guide. In order to keep costs down, Ken and Fiona Woolfenden will take on this role.

A fee, estimated at between £20 and £30 per person and payable in cash, will be collected upon arrival on the first day. This is to cover administration costs to the Society for the meeting.

Scotland is notorious for wonderful green landscapes, and unpredictable weather. Hopefully early July should be too early for Scottish midges, but we could and probably will experience sun and showers, possibly on the same day. We will have a few long journeys but we believe the gardens we will visit justify this. And as we always point out, itineraries are subject to change for all sorts of reasons.

The programme may be changed without notification.

Neither the Society nor any members of the Society can accept liability or be held responsible in any way for any injury or loss suffered to person or property by its actions or inactions.

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Summary

When members said they would like a meeting in Scotland, we were concerned as to just how much clematis we would be able to see. We are confident that we have an itinerary that includes some outstanding gardens, many with clematis but all with interest.

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