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.

In addition to the above, I am pleased to publish information about a clematis event in the USA in September 2020

Portland, Oregon, USA - 2019

This meeting and conference will take place from 16 - 23 June 2019 in Portland, Oregon, USA. Full details have been supplied with the October 2018 Newsletter. The itinerary is also reproduced below.

We are pleased to announce that Half Registration, either the first or second half, is now also available. Specific details can be found by following the Half Registration link.


Once again it is the pleasure of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection to welcome the International Clematis Society to the greater Portland area.

The Rogerson Clematis Garden (RCG) has undergone major improvements since the last visit in 2010. The RCG is also home to a budding research horticultural library, and is gathering funding for an on-site herbarium. But the Rogerson Clematis Collection (RCC) isn't merely a living museum and has continued to grow in size and scope since 2010, attaining accreditation as a national collection through the Plant Collections Network of the American Public Garden Association.

In addition to visiting the Rogerson Clematis Garden, attendees will get a four corners tour of the area's gardens both public and private.

Conference Hotel

Those of you who attended our conference in 2010 will already be familiar with University Place, the event hotel of Portland State University in downtown Portland. This location is convenient to Portland's MAX light rail Orange Line, connecting to the airport express line.

Returning guests will be happy to know 75% of the rooms have been updated, and the hotel now includes the Lincoln Station Grill, as well as Crafted Bites & Brews. The latter manages the in-house catering. A hot breakfast buffet is included every day of your stay (no matter what room rate you choose), served in the Lincoln Station Grill.

The special room rates will be extended for three days before and three days after the conference, at your request when you book your room. The special price code is ICS.


Sunday, 16 June

Our week begins as members arrive at University Place Hotel. Afternoon registration is followed by a social hour and dinner in the hotel.

Monday, 17 June

Today takes us to the east side of town to the territorial capital of the state, Oregon City. We will spend the morning and enjoy lunch at Ainsworth House, a Greek revival farmhouse and garden owned by Bud Bowen and Kevin Yell. Bud is a clematis addict. The extensive gardens boast the boldest and showiest cultivars to decorate the event spaces surrounding the farmhouse.

Ainsworth House is one of the area's premier wedding venues. In their reception hall we'll have a presentation by I.Cl.S. President Jeff Jabco highlighting the results of the clematis trials held on the east coast and visited by the I.Cl.S. in 2014. The Bomber, one of east Portland's most beloved restaurants, will cater our lunch.

We return to University Place in the mid-afternoon, and everyone (except the I.Cl.S. council) will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to spend as they please.

Lunch included, dinner on your own.

Tuesday, 18 June

We begin with an early "before opening" tour of Lan Su, Portland's Chinese Garden, just a few minutes north by coach from our hotel. Lan Su is an authentic "scholar's garden" featuring a symbolic and historic array of plants taking up an entire square block of Northwest Portland.

We return to University Place so the I.Cl.S. can take care of business at its constitutional meeting, followed by a light buffet lunch in the meeting hall.

The remainder of the day takes us south to Dundee, Oregon, heart of Oregon's wine country. Our first stop is the Argyle Winery Tasting House, the area's premier makers of sparkling wine (although their offerings run the gamut of Oregon's best varietals). But the real reason to visit is the garden surrounding the remodelled historic farmhouse, designed by Sean Hogan (some will have visited his Cistus Nursery in 2010). Sean will be on hand to tour us through the display gardens.

From Argyle we make the quick trip up into the hills to the Red Ridge appellation to visit Red Ridge Farms Garden Center, home to Durant Winery and Durant Olive Mill (formerly Oregon Olive Mill). We will be treated to a tour of the olive works and an olive oil tasting.

There will be a casual group dinner when we return to University Place.

Lunch and dinner included.

Wednesday, 19 June

Today takes us further south to one of Oregon's favorite nurseries, Dancing Oaks, outside Monmouth Oregon. Theirs is a vast and varied destination display garden, worth hours to wander. Lunch will be served in the education pavilion with its broad veranda offering splendid views of the garden.

From Monmouth we will travel north to Brooks, Oregon to visit Sebright Gardens, a shade-garden specialist nursery with a cool, serene display garden. No trip to Brooks is complete without a slice of pie at our final stop of the day, Bauman Farm and Garden Center.

Lunch and afternoon pie stop included. Dinner will be on your own.

Thursday, 20 June

We head north to Debbie Fischer's Silver Star Vinery, on Silver Star Mountain outside Yacolt, WA. We'll be met with pastries and coffee before wandering the display gardens. Once we've worked up an appetite, lunch will be served!

We leave Silver Star for North Vancouver, WA and the garden of Linda Rectanus. Linda is a former FRCC board member and is also active in both local Fuchsia societies as well as the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. Her particular love is combining clematis and roses.

From Linda's we travel a little further south, still in Vancouver, WA, to the personal paradise and living laboratory of garden designer and author Vanessa Nagel (Seasons Garden Design). Her books include Understanding Garden Design (Timber Press 2010) and The Professional Designer's Guide to Garden Furnishings (Timber Press 2013). We will be one of the first groups to tour Vanessa's new "Gully Garden", a wild woodland tamed—but not too much—to highlight a natural spring. We'll have a happy hour of wine and nibbles at Vanessa's before returning to University Place.

Lunch and happy hour included. Dinner on your own.

Friday, 21 June

This day gives the I.Cl.S. several opportunities to rub elbows with local garden clubs and societies. Our day begins with a public presentation by I.Cl.S.'s own Dan Long in the meeting hall at University Place ("Clematis You Need/You Need Clematis").

A buffet lunch will be served to I.Cl.S. and our garden club guests before I.Cl.S. attendees leave for the Rogerson Clematis Garden. Docents will be on hand to tour the garden, the library will be open, and we hope the newest planting area, The Antipodes, will be well underway.

There will be an early cold dinner followed by our annual Solstice Strawberry Festival, to which we have invited the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. They will join us for a strawberry tasting trial and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Everyone will have the chance to enjoy the longest day of the year and the photo opportunities to be exploited as the evening light illuminates the garden.

Lunch, dinner, and dessert included.

Saturday, 22 June

Today begins with a morning visit to the Lake Oswego Farmer's Market. The market, one of the area's best, features fresh local produce, wine tastings, garden products such as lavender toiletries, hand crafted costume jewelry, and bakery stalls.

After you get lunch on your own at the market or in nearby cafes, we will make our trip west into the foothills of the Coast Range to visit Dave McCoy at McCoy Family Nursery, wholesale purveyors of groundcovers and clematis (North Plains, OR). Up Dairy Creek Road another eight miles beyond the site of the former Gutmann Nursery (where the RCC was housed until moving to Luscher Farm), Dave took over clematis operations from Bob and Carol Gutmann when they retired in 2002.

We will make an early return to University Place to rest up for our final Gala Dinner at the hotel.

Lunch on your own. Dinner included.

Sunday, 23 June

Our final breakfast (for those at the hotel) before check-out, when everyone begins their journeys home or to other stops in the Pacific Northwest.

Plant Inspections:

Arrangements are still being made to allow for plant inspection of any plants purchased by our overseas guests. Any plant inspection costs will be paid in cash (USD) by the individual having plants to be inspected.

Those wishing to have plants inspected will wash and pack their plants themselves prior to inspection. Space for plant washing will be provided.

It is our intention that the inspection take place at the RCG in the afternoon of 21 June.

Conference package includes:
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners (1 drink coupon for first night dinner, and wine provided for the final Gala Dinner)
  • Pie at Bauman's
  • Olive oil tasting at Durant Olive Mill
  • Happy Hour at Vanessa Nagel's
  • Break tea & coffee and snacks throughout
  • Coach and driver throughout the week
  • Admission to Lan Su and Ainsworth House, and other public gardens
  • All gratuities and administrative expenses
  • Please note that your accommodations are NOT included in the following total.

    Total Cost per person for Event Registration: $1075.00

    Half Registration

    Whilst we still have ample space for full event registrations for the 2019 Conference in Portland, as promised, we have now divided the week in half. Some attendees may choose to arrive for the "business half" of the conference (which still includes plenty of social time and local gardens), or come for the "social half" and the visit to the Rogerson Clematis Garden (we have invited local garden societies to join in certain events to increase the visibility of the I.Cl.S. being in town).

    Details and costs - Business Half

    Join in all events from the welcome reception on June 16th through the end of the day June 19th. Includes:

    Sunday, 16 June

    Social hour and dinner at University Place (conference hotel)

    Monday, 17 June

    Bus (coach) travel to Ainsworth House for Tour, presentation by Jeff Jabco, and catered lunch. Afternoon and evening are free time, except for I.Cl.S. council meeting. Dinner on your own.

    Tuesday, 18 June

    Early morning guided tour of Lan Su Chinese Garden (round trip bus travel provided), followed by the I.Cl.S. general constitutional meeting at University Place with lunch. After lunch we travel by bus to Argyle Winery Tasting House, followed by a stop at Red Ridge Nursery with Durant Winery and Olive Mill on site. Casual group dinner included when we return to University Place is included.

    Wednesday, 19 June

    Willamette Valley Nursery Day begins with bus travel to Dancing Oaks Nursery (where we will have lunch), then on to Sebright Gardens, and ending with a slice of pie at Bauman's Farm and Garden Center.

    All coach travel provided, and each trip begins and ends at University Place. We regret that we cannot offer inspection and soil-washing facilities for any plants purchased at during this half of the tour.

    Cost for Conference First Half: $635.00 (Please book hotel separately if needed, see previous section and form.)

    Details and costs - Social Half

    Join in all events from 19th June through the end of the Conference at the Gala Dinner 22nd June. Includes:

    Wednesday, 19 June

    Described above.

    Thursday, 20 June

    Visit by bus to Silver Star Vinery in Yacolt, Washington including arrival snacks and lunch, followed by visit to two private gardens, first Linda Rectanus, then on to Vanessa Nagel's, where we'll have a wine tasting and nibbles. Dinner on your own when we return to University Place.

    Friday, 21 June

    Day begins with presentation by Dan Long (to which the public is invited) followed by lunch for all attendees. After lunch, I.Cl.S. travels to the Rogerson Clematis Garden for docent led tours, visit to their library, and clematis shopping. An early dinner will be served, followed by the arrival of members of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to join in the annual Solstice Strawberry Tasting, including strawberry shortcake! *Plant inspections for plants going out of the United States will happen here, and plant washing stations will be set up for those needing to remove soil for export. You will need to wash your own plants, but volunteers will assist if needed.

    Saturday, 22 June

    Begins with journey to the Lake Oswego Farmers Market (including local crafts). Lunch on your own within the market or at nearby cafes. In the afternoon we'll visit McCoy Family Nursery, wholesale clematis growers. (Shopping will be limited here to those living within the USA, and Dave won't have much stock left, as it is the end of his wholesale season). We will return to University Place with time to freshen up before the farewell Gala Dinner on site.

    All coach travel provided, and each trip begins and ends at University Place.

    Cost for Conference Second Half: $599.00 (Please book hotel separately if needed.)

    Registration and other documents

    Full details, including how to register for the event and how to book accommodation at University Place Hotel (optional) can be found in the following documents:-

  • Portland 2019 is the full Portland 2019 Itinerary. It is an A4 document, 4 pages long and 55 Kbytes in size. There is also a booklet formatted version, which can be printed double sided on A4 paper and folded into an A5 booklet. It is 2 pages long, 196 Kbytes in size, and can be found at Portland 2019 Booklet
  • Portland 2019 Event Registration Form is an A4 document, 1 page long and 242 Kbytes in size.
  • Portland 2019 Half Event Registration Form is an A4 document, 1 page long and 262 Kbytes in size.
  • University Place Hotel Credit Card Authorization Form is an A4 document, 1 page long and 116 Kbytes in size.
  • Notes to help with registration and completing the forms. Please read carefully to ensure everything is as it should be. It is an A4 document, 2 pages long and 30 Kbytes in size.
  • With questions, please contact Dina Trachta at ICS2019PDX@outlook.com

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    Denmark - 2020

    Previous plans for a garden trip through Denmark were put on hold due to health issues with one of the organisers. We are happy to say that these plans are now being revisited to see if it would be possible to organize a trip in 2020. It is not yet known when in the year the trip might take place.

    It is likely that we would travel the length of Denmark, from north to south and finishing near Hamburg to visit two German Clematis Nurseries.

    A slight warning, Denmark is quite an expensive country. We do not yet know how much such trip would cost.

    The emphasis would be to visit private gardens of clematis lovers in Denmark. There are quite a few, but they tend to be in small clusters, so our itinerary might require visiting days and a few travelling days.

    We will be investigating itineraries over the winter and spring of next year and hope to have a better idea of what we can offer by the middle of 2019.

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    Denver, Colorado, USA - 2021

    The 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 - 2020

    Invitation for our Delaware/Columbus Clematis Meeting, Ohio, U.S.A., September 2020

    Provisional Program:

    Day 1
    Whole day - Clematis Collection of Deborah Hardwick, Delaware, Ohio.
    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.

    Day 2
    Whole day − indoor meeting with talks and discussions, probably in Columbus, Ohio.
    Confirmed speaker is Peter Zale (Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. https://longwoodgardens.org/)

    Day 3
    Hiking for C. viorna. The most northern colony known of this species is in Ohio.

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