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Denmark - 2020IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this tour is currently under review with our tour company, Brightwater. They have issued a notice to all their clients and you can read it at https://www.brightwaterholidays.com/travel-alerts/. We aim to provide an update on the status of this tour by the middle of April. In the mean time we suggest that attendees take no action prior to this statement. I've left the rest of this section unchanged. We currently have over 30 attendees for this event, which is a good, but also manageable, number. Registration remains open for the moment, though if you wish to join us and haven't submitted your registration form, please do so as soon as possible. Can I also remind attendees that payment of the balance must be made before the date on your invoice from Brightwater, I believe around the middle of April. If you have submitted a registration form but haven't received confirmation from Brightwater, please let us know immediately and we will check with them. Links to the brochure and registration form were contained in the October Newsletter which was emailed to all members for whom we have an email address. The remaining members were sent paper copies. The Society is using Brightwater Holidays to organize and run the event, though Fiona and Ken Woolfenden will be acting as your "tour guides". The meeting will start on Saturday 11 July 2020 in Aarhus in northern Denmark and finish in the Hamburg region in Germany on Saturday 18 July 2020. By doing this, we will visit two major German Clematis Nurseries. There are no specialist clematis nurseries in Denmark. We have included many private gardens of clematis lovers in Denmark. Whilst they vary in size, with some of them quite small, we believe they all have many features that will be of interest to you all. We will also include some Danish history and culture. Click here for the itinerary. We are asking members to register and pay their deposit by 31st December in order to reserve your place on the event. After that date places may still be available but cannot be guaranteed. Denmark was the suggestion of the membership at a previous Constitutional General Meeting. It is an expensive country, but we have tried to keep costs down as far as possible whilst retaining a good standard of accommodation and travel. The various places and gardens we will visit are all quite different but equally interesting, at least we think so. We look forward to meeting many of you on this event. Finally, the notes which accompany the other documents for this meeting contain some suggestions as to how to get to Aarhus, the Danish city where the meeting starts. One option which might be attractive to some members is to have a couple (or more) days in Copenhagen before taking a train to Aarhus. Copenhagen is a very interesting city and if you have not visited before, this could be a great opportunity. We look forward to seeing many of you in Denmark in 2020.
Relevant DocumentsDenmark 2020 Brochure - http://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020brochure.pdf (4 pages, A4 format, quite large at 8.5 Mbytes) (If the brochure above is too big this is a small size, low resolution version - http://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020brochurelowres.pdf (4 pages, A4 format, only 439 Kbytes) Denmark 2020 Booking Form - http://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020bookingform.pdf (2 pages, custom format, 125 Kbytes) Denmark 2020 Booking Form (A4 format) - http://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020bookingforma4.pdf (2 pages, A4 format, 126 Kbytes) Notes for completing the Denmark 2020 Booking Form - http://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020bookingformnotes.pdf (2 pages, A4 format, 20 Kbytes).
ItinerarySaturday 11 July 2020We travel under own arrangement to Aarhus today and make our way to our accommodation at the 4* Scandic Aarhus City Hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.Sunday 12 July 2020Following breakfast this morning we will depart for Randers for a visit to two private gardens. We begin with the garden of Lotte Hansen, a typical Danish allotment garden of 450 sq. metres, similar to the English Allotment garden and German Schrebergarten. In the late 1800s allotment gardens were created to give city-dwellers a place to grow their own vegetables. The gardeners built tool sheds which, over time, they expanded into huts so that they could spend weekends and summer vacations there. Lotte continues this tradition as she has a flat in the city where she lives in winter but she moves here for the summer. Lotte does grow some vegetables, but she mainly likes perennial flowers and has many geraniums, geums, grasses, roses and alliums all mixed together. The land is near a river and floods so Lotte tries to buy plants for wet conditions and she propagates plants for the garden and small markets. As the garden is very small we will divide into two groups. While half the group are in the garden the rest of the group can walk around the outside of the other allotments and see some birds from the river.Monday 13 July 2020
We then make our way to the garden of Kirsten and Ingolf Nielsen. This next garden is a total contrast in that each plant grows in its own space and all the plants are labeled. The garden contains several different areas such as lawn and flower beds, a collection of small shrubs and trees planted in granite troughs, a stone creek and paved and cobbled walkways. Stone edging to some of the flower beds brings the different parts of the garden together. Kirsten is the gardener and grows many perennials which should be in flower on our visit such as hostas, lilies and hemerocallis. There are also many ferns, rhododendrons, trilliums as well as rare trees and shrubs in the garden. Ingolf is a stone mason and has created a granite pergola, many statues and animals within the garden. Kirsten and Ingolf started gardening 50 years ago and they have expanded the garden over time by buying more land so that the garden is now 2,500 sq. metres behind a quite ordinary sized house. Kirsten and Ingolf do not speak English so their friend Birgitte Dennis should be around to help answer any questions.
Allotment garden of Lotte Hansen
A packed lunch is included today. This afternoon we travel to Ulstrup to visit another private garden, that of Laden and Vejrup. This is a large garden of 10,000 sq. metres, of which approx. 4,500 sq. metres are flower beds. In the garden there are around 1800 different species (varieties) of plants in small and large groups. The flower beds are divided into different colours, white, yellow and pink to obtain the greatest effect of a single colour. There are also some special beds with iris germanica, hemerocallis, peonies, roses, alpine plants, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, trees and bushes. Trees were originally planted around the edge of the garden to provide a wind break and help create a microclimate in the garden. Once these were established then other specimen trees were planted in the garden. There is a huge barn and an outside shed containing lots of things for the house and garden such as cushions, stationary, ornaments, vases, statues, pots and lots more! There is also a nursery selling plants propagated from the garden. There are a number of seating areas within the garden where we can sit and eat our lunch including an area under cover near the big sales barn.
Garden of Kirsten and Ingolf Nielsen
Our final visit today is to the Aarhus Botanic Gardens, which contain plants from different habitats found in Denmark, placed in groups so you can see what grows where. There is a special section containing the best known medicinal plants. A rockery situated in the centre of the Botanical Garden displays plants from many mountainous regions from the entire world. However, it is the Tropical Houses (or Væksthusene in Danish) which contain four different climatic zones which are recommended by locals to visit. There is also a Botanical Drawing Exhibition showing botanical illustrations by artist Bent Johnsen (1919-2004) who taught classes on drawing plants at the Botanical Institute of the University of Copenhagen and illustrated a number of books. In 1996, Johnsen was awarded the Linnean Society's Honorary Award for his botanical illustrations. Dinner is served in a local restaurant this evening.
Garden of Laden and VejrupAfter breakfast this morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Aarhus with a local guide. We will see the Latin Quarter, Møllestein Street, Den Gamle By and Aarhus Art Museum (admission not included).Tuesday 14 July 2020
Lunch is at leisure today. This afternoon we will travel to Horsens where we will visit the private garden of Ina and John Anderson, known as 'The Creative Garden'. This has been named Denmark's most beautiful privately-owned garden for several years. It took three years to landscape the garden digging out three lakes, felling trees and placing 900 tons of stones in the garden. It is a large garden with a number of different areas. There is a sloping lawn area with shrub borders containing pebble and real streams which also includes some clematis. Below this are several large ponds or lakes with water lilies and a gravel area containing many different Japanese inspired feature ideas. Overall in the garden there is a Japanese influence, but the garden has been built using Danish materials. There are four Japanese pergolas in traditional red and green colours with lots of wood carving all designed and built by the owner of the garden. There are a number of seating areas where you can sit and enjoy the garden and views of the garden.
Aarhus, Møllestein Street and the river, Aarhus
We then transfer to Hinnerup to visit the garden of Elmer and Lissy Aagesen, which is packed with plants including approx. 300 clematis, 200 lilies, 50 dwarf Japanese maples, 75 irises and 75 hemerocallis; a number of which should be in flower when we visit. In addition, there are agapanthus, alliums, arisaemas, ferns, corydalis, erythroniums, fuchsias, hepaticas, hostas, muscari, primulas, rhododendrons, roscoea, roses, trilliums and many other perennials. The garden has a number of raised beds surrounded by natural stone, planted with many special trees, shrubs and acid-loving plants. Elmer's clematis collection includes old favourites and newer varieties both large and small flowered. Some of the clematis are planted in the ground and many others are in pots. Elmer is a member of the Society and active on Facebook posting many pictures throughout the year of plants that he grows in his garden, a large number of which are clematis.
De Kreative garden
We return to our hotel this evening where dinner will be served.
Garden of Elmer and Lissy AagesenThis morning after breakfast we visit the archaeological site of Jelling, which is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as an outstanding example of the Pagan Nordic culture. Jelling was a royal monument during the reigns of Gorm, and his son Harald Bluetooth, in the 10th century, and may possibly pre-date this era. The complex consists of two flat topped mounds, 70 metres in diameter and up to 11 metres high, which are almost identical in shape and size and construction, being built of turf, carefully stacked in even layers, with the grass side facing downwards. After introducing Christianity into Denmark, and integrating Norway with the country, Harald Bluetooth proclaimed his achievements by erecting an inscribed stone between the two mounds and building the first wooden church at Jelling. On the south-west face is the earliest depiction of Christ in Scandinavia, with an inscription relating to the conversion of the Danes to Christianity between 953 and 965. A small simple church of whitewashed stone is on the site of at least three earlier wooden churches, all of which were destroyed by fire. Excavations in 2006 have revealed evidence of a magnificent palisade surrounding the monument, and parts of a ship setting of unknown dimensions. A packed lunch is included today. This afternoon we visit the garden of Lille Malunds in Klovborg. The garden is one of Denmark's oldest open gardens and started as an ordinary farm garden belonging to the farm, Lille Malund. The owners first became interested in gardening after visiting gardens in England. In 1975 the garden was opened to the public. It is a large garden of approx. 25,000 sq. metres and has a large plant collection of more than 10,000 different plants, arranged harmoniously in a predominantly English garden style including a number of mature roses and clematis in a rose garden with a pergola and seats to enjoy the garden. There are other areas of seasonal interest such as spring flowering plants, alpine stone beds, a lake with water lilies and also a small Japanese meditation garden. There is a room with tables and chairs where garden visitors are welcome to eat their lunch so we will enjoy our packed lunch here. There is also a large plant nursery nearby where many of the plants grown in the garden can be found.Wednesday 15 July 2020
We will return to Aarhus where the rest of the day is at leisure - dinner is not included this evening but will be available in the hotel or local restaurants.
Lille Malund gardenAfter breakfast this morning we will visit two more private gardens - please note that the group will split in two during these garden visits. First we travel to Rønde, where we will visit the garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard. The garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard is a large garden with a lawn sweeping up to the house and flower beds on either side containing shrubs and perennials. It was started once they finished building the house in 1991 and is described as a 'farm' garden. There is also a protected area to one side to prevent more precious plants from wild animals such as rabbits. There are a number of clematis planted within the garden. We hope to have tea and coffee with Danish Kringle cake available to try! This is also where the clematis collection of Society members, Jette and Lars Jensen of Clematis Bageren, is currently 'stored' while they sell their current large house and small garden and buy a smaller house with a bigger garden. Jette and Lars live in Randers and have dug up their clematis collection which is here in pots.Thursday 16 July 2020
Nearby we find the garden of Birthe and Flemming Hansen. This is a smaller garden but it contains many clematis attractively presented in different ways in a garden setting. For many years Flemming Hansen was known as 'Mr Clematis' in Denmark and his and Birthe's garden contains many interesting clematis. Clematis are grown spilling over edges of low walls, as specimen plants on tripods, shrubs and tree trunks, against walls and entwined with roses. The garden reflects their love of clematis.
Garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard
We then travel to Egå to visit Plantorama Egå − a large garden centre selling many bedding plants but also many other plants and items for the house and garden. The time spent here can be spent looking and shopping or having lunch (not included). This afternoon's visit is to Staudeblomsten in Harlev, created by Kirsten Kragh and Morten Nielsen in the shape of a flower with yew hedges outlining a number of petals filled with perennials. Each petal contains plants of a single colour or colour shade of the rainbow. From the centre you can see into all the individual gardens but when in one garden the other gardens are not visible. There are over 1,100 different perennials within the 3000 sq. metres garden. Kirsten and Norten are both interested in English gardens and there was some spare land on the cow farm managed by Kirsten's brother so they were able to create this garden over the last 10 years. The soil of the garden is dry however many clematis grow successfully in the garden. If you want to find out the name of a plant within the garden, then Kirsten and Morten have a list of all the plants growing in the garden and their suppliers. We hope to have tea/coffee and biscuits available.
Garden of Birthe and Flemming Hansen
This evening we will enjoy a Gala Dinner in a local restaurant featuring some typical Danish cuisine.
StaudeblomstenThis morning after breakfast we check out of the hotel, and head south towards Stouby, where we will visit Have-Idyllen, a garden created by Hanne and Leon using their own ideas, with an emphasis on lines, perspective and balance. Inspiration was taken from many of their visits to Danish garden owners and their lovely gardens. The garden is 1950 sq. metres and contains, among other things, cypresses cut into round shapes which help to create tranquillity. The garden pond became a major asset for the garden that birds and insects enjoy. There are a number of small buildings that help create a lovely environment to enjoy the garden. Hanne and Leon use supports of concrete reinforcing bars to display clematis plants to their advantage. There should be tea/coffee and biscuits available.Friday 17 July 2020
We then continue our journey south, stopping en route for lunch (not included). On arrival in Nordborg we visit the garden of Hans Jørgen and Maya Kuus, a wild garden with over 2000 different plants in it. The garden is 1300 sq. metres and dates from 1979 when it was an empty field. Hans Jørgen's interest in gardening started seriously in 1986, when he began to collect plants. He has many rare trees, shrubs and climbers from all over the world. His big passions are ferns, hellebores, paeonies and clematis species, especially the texensis group. Among others are camellias, daphnes, viburnums, Emmenopterys henryi, Franklinia alatamaha, Leptodermis oblonga, magnolias, Poliothyrsis sinensis and Styrax. There are a number of clematis in the garden but you may have to search for them! Hans Jørgen Kuus is also active on Facebook and posts regularly pictures of plants flowering in his garden, including clematis.
We then travel over the border into Germany and after a further comfort stop continue to Hamburg, where we will arrive at our hotel, the 4* Holiday Inn Hamburg Berliner Tor. Dinner will be served in the evening.
Garden of Hans Jørgen and Maya Kuus
Following breakfast this morning we will visit the Münster Baumschulen, the clematis nursery of Mathais Münster, a member of our Society. There are garden areas around the houses of both Mathais and his father, Klaus, which include some unusual varieties. There is a small area of some more unusual varieties. The rest of the nursery area near the houses is devoted to rows and rows of clematis being grown on for sale. Mathais produces around 80,000 clematis every year and he will explain the process that he uses. He grows a number of other climbing plants, shrubs and trees and there is an area across the road which we can also visit.Saturday 18 July 2020
We will also pay a visit to the garden centre in Elmshorn, where there will be an opportunity for lunch (not included). This afternoon we visit the Garten der Horizonte in Heidgraben, The garden behind the ordinary looking house of Maia Luer and her family in a quiet street is a surprise. The 8500 sq. metre garden consists of several different areas containing perennial flower beds for different conditions within a large lawn area. The plant selection of 1,500 perennials and grasses is very varied and colourful giving a good contrast with the green of the lawn. In July the warm red, orange and yellow shades of the perennials reflect the sunny days in the summer. The yellow rudbeckia has become the trademark of the garden because of the wonderful contrast to the blue of the sky. There is also a large plant nursery in the garden selling the plants displayed there.
Our final visit is to 'Clematiskulturen', the Clematis Nursery of Society members Manfred and Sabine Westphal in Prisdorf. The nursery produces around 100,000 clematis a year. Manfred sells many clematis through his on-line mail order business and through local markets. There is also an impressive display garden with many clematis growing both in the ground and in pots. We finish our tour in a little bit of clematis heaven!
Garten der Horizonte
Dinner this evening will be served in the Restaurant Goldschätzchen here in Prisdorf, after which we return to our hotel in Hamburg.
'Clematiskulturen', the Clematis Nursery of Manfred and Sabine WestphalWe check out of our hotel after breakfast this morning, after which travel home is under own arrangement.To return to the start of this section, please click here. To go to the list of relevant links, please click here.
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Denver, Colorado, USA - 2021The Society has provisionally been invited to hold a meeting based in and around the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2021. Some of our US members have good contacts with the Botanic Gardens and believe we could put together a very interesting program. We will update you with further details as they emerge.
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USA - 2020Details of this meeting are contained in the Delaware Clematis Meeting 2020 document, the latest version of which can be found by clicking on Delaware Clematis Meeting 2020 - December 2019 Update.pdf, where you can read or download it. Produced by Wim Snoeijer, it includes the Provisional Program, how to register, a suggested hotel with costs, how to make a hotel reservation, logistics and contact details. I have left the Provisional Program information on this site to assist viewing. However please check all details with the latest version of the Delaware Clematis Meeting 2020, see above.
Invitation for our Delaware/Columbus Clematis Meeting, Ohio, U.S.A., September 2020
- Organized and hosted by Deborah Hardwick
- Coordinator and contact person Wim Snoeijer
- Back up host Lyndy Broder
- Advisors Peter Zale, Marie Laure Rauline & Ton Hannink
- Wednesday 2nd September 2020
- Thursday 3rd September 2020
- Friday 4th September 2020
Provisional Program:Day 1 − Wednesday 2 September 2020 − Clematis Collection of Deborah Hardwick.Location:Day 2 − Thursday 3 September 2020 − Indoor meeting with talks and discussions.
Hardwick Hall Clematis Collection (HHCC)
6956 South Sectionline Road
Delaware, OH 43015, U.S.A.
Open 11:00, closing 16:00.
Coffee, tea and lunch available but needs to be paid for. Deborah started to collect Clematis in 2001 and has now over 2000 plants covering about 1400 different Clematis species and cultivars. This private collection is called the "Hardwick Hall Clematis Collection" (HHCC).
The HHCC is on the founder's 2 acre residential property in a suburb just north of Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. The gardens are divided into 9 areas, each containing Clematis diversity and other plants of interest.Location:Day 3 − Friday 4 September 2020, timetable to be set
Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse
5311 South Section Line Road
OH 43015 Delaware, U.S.A.
https://foertmeyerandsons.com/ Confirmed Speakers
Pascale Krüger (Clematis breeder for Impexflora [Ton Hannink], The Netherlands. http://www.impex-flora.nl/)
Shigeharu Matsuda (Flower Power Yatsugatake, Japan. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Flower-Power-Yatsugatake-131740360518946/photos/?ref=page_internal)
Wim Snoeijer (Clematis nursery J. van Zoest B.V., The Netherlands. http://clematisinfo.nl/Home/4549)
Peter Zale (Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. https://longwoodgardens.org/) Provisional Program
Proposed discussion subjects
08:30 Doors open at Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse 10:00 Talk by Shigeharu Matsuda 1. Sushi Roll with fresh Clematis
Introducing new method to increase the amount of roots from a crown.
2. What should we do for the next generation?
Introducing basic experiment to develop future potential market in horticulture field.
10:30 Discussion & coffee break 11:00 Talk by Win Snoeijer
What to choose for the garden: upright-upright or nodding-nodding?
11:45 Talk by Pascale Krüger
To predict or not to predict in Clematis hybridizing.
12:30 Lunch break 13:00 Discussion 14:00 Talk by Peter Zale
Clematis by Coincidence
Plant exploration plays a vital role in understanding the ecological needs and associations of wild clematis and for introducing new germplasm to cultivation, even if you are not necessarily looking for them! This presentation will discuss the "accidental" discovery of numerous clematis in the wilds of North America, Asia, and the Caucasus, while searching for other target plant species.
14:45 Discussion & coffee break 16:00 Nursery Walk 18:00 Buffet 20:00 EndAny participant that would like to discuss a subject can forward this to Wim Snoeijer so that the subject will appear on the list. We also hope that (some) participants can do a 5 minute talk about their 'Love for Clematis', with or without photo's. For those who would like to do a 5 minute talk; we will include a contact to send your digital presentation or digital photo's to in the June 2020 Info Sheet. Coffee, tea, lunch and buffet available but need to be paid for. Why does Clematis 'Vyvyan Pennell' flower with single flowers in summer? Is Clematis texensis used in breeding Clematis 'Ville de Lyon'? Should Clematis be pruned? If so, why, when and how? Is Clematis viorna the same species as Clematis texensis? Will "we" have a next Clematis Meeting? If so, where, when and who will organize this? UK China GermanyMorning
Hiking for Clematis viorna (see photo's below). The location is secret. This is an easy walk on flat paths, just 5 minutes from where the vans will park. The whole hiking, including getting out of the vans and in, looking for Clematis viorna and looking at other plants, might take one hour.
Information about directions will be provided at Day 2. Morning / Afternoon
Spring Hill Nursery − Spring Hill Gardens Alive Research Farm, 457 Evanston, Tipp City, Ohio. https://www.springhillnursery.com/aboutus. There will be a bus service for this day by means of passenger vans, sponsored by Spring Hill Nursery. There will be one collecting point and that is the parking at the hotel:
By the way: you are free to stay at any other hotel, you are not obliged to stay at the Hotel Quality Inn & Suites to make use of this bus service and of course you can drive with your own car if you want. Spring Hill Nursery might organize a plant sale, more information in the June 2020 Info Sheet. The day will end in the afternoon, there is no supper. Coffee, tea and lunch provided, also sponsored by Spring Hill Nursery.
- Hotel Quality Inn & Suites (north of Columbus, exit 20 at the Interstate 270)
3950 Tuller Road,
Dublin, OH 43017, U.S.A.
Further Information and Registration:
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