I.Cl.S. - Council Members

Duncan Donald, Council Member, Great Britain
Duncan Donald
Council Member
Great Britain
Ton Hannink, Past President, The Netherlands
Ton Hannink
Past President
The Netherlands
Helga Marie Huber, Council Member, Germany
Helga Marie Huber
Council Member
Germany
Jeff Jabco, Council Member, USA
Jeff Jabco
Council Member
USA
Akihito Kaneko, Council Member, Japan
Akihito Kaneko
Council Member
Japan
Peter Keeping, Council Member, Canada
Peter Keeping
Council Member
Canada
Ute Klatt, Council Member, Germany
Ute Klatt
Council Member
Germany
Mathias Münster, Council Member, Germany
Mathias Münster
Council Member
Germany
Werner Stastny, Council Member, Sweden (Co-opted)
Werner Stastny
Council Member (Co-opted)
Sweden

Council Members full addresses are sent to Members every year.


Duncan Donald, Council Member, Great Britain

Duncan Donald, Council Member, Great Britain"It was inevitable that I would become a gardener. My paternal grandfather, the son of an estate head gardener, was a market gardener in north-east Scotland. My maternal grandfather, the son of a head gardener, helped my grandmother run the nursery business in Surrey, England that she had inherited from her father. He had trained at the Jackmans' nursery at Woking and was himself the son of a gardener-cum-nurseryman connected with the plant collector, Robert Fortune.

I took a biology degree at Birmingham University, specializing in botany and in particular, taxonomy. Wanting practical experience and knowledge, I first trained at Slocock's Nursery, then the RHS Garden, Wisley before becoming Conservation Propagator at Cambridge University Botanic Garden working with rare native plants. I returned to Wisley four years later to become the first employee of the then newly formed British garden-plant conservation charity, the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG). There I worked closely, amongst others, with Raymond Evison, one of the Council's founding members and who spearheaded its publicity effort, not least its early Chelsea Show displays (which included lots of clematis!). Raymond was then based at Treasures of Tenbury, so visiting him also gave me a chance to see the marvellous clematis collection at Burford House.

I then spent six years as Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden, eleven years as Head of Gardens for the National Trust for Scotland, and four years as Property Manager at Inverewe Garden.

Currently I am the International Clematis Registrar."

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Ton Hannink, Past President, The Netherlands

Ton Hannink, President, The Netherlands "I was born in Olst in The Netherlands in 1947. I studied organic chemistry but now work in the pharmaceutical industry as a taskforce member for production automation.

In 1994 I sowed some seeds of Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid'. Most of the seedlings were almost the same colour but one plant was a completely different colour. After this discovery I became much more interested in clematis, in both collecting small flowered clematis and in clematis hybridization.

I am very interested in the true species and try to obtain them by importing seeds or plants from the countries where they originate. I try to interest people in small and medium flowered hybrids and species. Large flowered clematis have a bad name in several countries and it is important that people know that there are many other healthy hybrids and species.

During lectures I focus especially on these clematis.

I am interested in obtaining new hybrids by crossing small species with medium size hybrids. However the colour, shape and hardiness must be good. This is a must for my hobby."

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Helga Marie Huber, Council Member, Germany

Helga Marie Huber, Council Member, Germany"Born in 1952, I graduated in biology and biochemistry, specialising in immunology and for many years worked in basic immunological research. Fifteen years ago, almost by chance, I changed to working for the German Federal Drug Administration, where my main task was the licensing of biomedicinal products. It still remains fascinating.

Gardening was always going to be a part of my life as my parents had a large vegetable and flower garden for as long as I can remember. In the late 1980s, after having visited numerous gardens and garden festivals especially in the U.K. and the Netherlands for many years, I laid out our small garden around the house. At this time, my husband and I had to travel quite a lot within Germany to find all the wonderful plants I wanted to have in my garden. We drove 550 km one-way for my first 5 clematis - among them C. viticella 'Betty Corning', which is still one of my favourites.

As for most gardeners, I became a member of different (national) garden societies and in 2007 of the I.Cl.S. - where I especially love to meet people from all over the world who are interested and highly knowledgeable about clematis and its cultivars. Of course, since then the number of clematis in my garden has increased enormously and still does - either planted in my house garden, or in pots, or in my new large vegetable garden at the edge of the little town where we live, near Frankfurt am Main."

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Jeff Jabco, Council Member, USA

Jeff Jabco, Council Member, USADetails to be supplied.

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Akihito Kaneko, Council Member, Japan

Akihito Kaneko, Council Member, JapanAkihito Kaneko was one of the original members of the International Clematis Society when it was founded in 1984. He has written and published in Japan many clematis books, a number of which have been reviewed in past journals. These reviews are also on the Society website, within the Information, Answers and Questions on Growing Clematis Section under Further Information.

Akihito Kaneko provided help and advice for the fabulous gardens of Clematis-no-Oka, also known as the Clematis Hill White Garden, which the Society visited in Japan in 2008.

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Peter Keeping, Council Member, Canada

Peter Keeping, Council Member, CanadaPeter was born in Rochester, Kent, England, moved to Fulham in 1937 where he lived through the war. He worked for Wills and Seagar in Knightsbridge - Florists to Her Majesty. He emigrated to Canada in 1957 with his family. He started a horse ranch and farmed 1500 acres until 1971 when the farm was sold. Peter moved to Grand Valley in Ontario and then to Scarborough in 1980.

He started gardening with Clematis in 1986 when most of the children had left home. It was a large garden. He moved to a 1/2 acre property in Bowmanville, Ontario in November 2000, where he and his partner Sheila, had to start the garden from scratch.

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Ute Klatt, Council Member, Germany

Ute Klatt, Council Member, Germany"When we got our first garden it was very small, rather dry and occupied by three trees and a suffering rose. With the idea to improve it I looked for plants that prefer living in the shadow and like arboreal company.

Beside a lot of different beautiful species adapted to this habitat I was especially appealed by hellebores, Cyclamen coum and - of course - clematis which became my botanical passion, whereas our garden became a little bit larger with every move within the last years."

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Mathias Münster, Council Member, Germany

Mathias Münster, Council Member, Germany"I was born on 29th October 1974 in Elmshorn, Germany. From 1991-1994 I was learning the job in a nursery with shrubs and trees. During 1995 and 1996 I working in a nursery with rhododendron, maples and other rare plants.

Since 1996 I have worked in the nursery of my father, Baumschulen Münster, at our home.

During 2001 and 2002 I did a Master Degree in a school in Elmshorn. In 2005 I took over the nursery from my father and I currently run it together with my uncle.

In the nursery we have approximately 250 clematis varieties. We also have many other climbers, for example Aristolochia, Wisteria, Campsis,Vitis,etc., and rarities such as Acer palmatum varieties, Cornus kousa varieties, Viburnum, Pinus, Picea, etc."

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Werner Stastny, Council Member (Co-opted), Sweden

Werner Stastny, Council Member, Sweden"I was born in 1940 in Vienna, Austria during the war. At the age of 14, I had to decide whether to go on with my studies or to start a more practical education. First I wanted to practice in oenology, but I was too young at the time, so I started to be a gardener. After 3 years I studied again, this time for 4 more years at the horticultural school in Vienna. Every holiday we students went abroad to practice in another country. I myself travelled to Holland, Switzerland, France and Sweden. Sweden I liked most, so I decided to stay another year. I am still in Sweden.

From the beginning I worked as a landscape gardener and after 2 years when I was fluent in Swedish, I worked for the next 20 years as a landscape architect in several bureaus. In 1975 I started my own business, always as a one man business.

Clematis became important to me after I met Magnus Johnson in 1966. After every meeting with him I got more and more interested. I joined the International Clematis Society when it was founded by Raymond Evison. When I look at the member list in the yearbook from 1984, I still see some persons who are still in the I.Cl.S.

In 1988 the Swedish Clematis Society was founded and in 1989 the new I.Cl.S. I was the Chairman of the SClS for 13 years and the President of the I.Cl.S. for 4 years. My best memories were all the excursions we did to Baltic States right after the dissolution of the Soviet empire.

At the general meeting in Portland Oregon 2010 I agreed to join the council again.

I could never believe to make so many listening contacts all over the world just because of an interest in the genus CLEMATIS."

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