I.Cl.S. - Council Officers

Linda Beutler, President, USA©Linda Beutler
Linda Beutler
President
USA
Lyndy Broder, Vice-President, USA
Lyndy Broder
Vice-President
USA
Heidrun Kläser, Vice-President, Germany
Heidrun Kläser
Vice-President
Germany
Ken Woolfenden, Editor, Great Britain
Ken Woolfenden
Editor
Great Britain
Fiona Woolfenden, Secretary, Great Britain
Fiona Woolfenden
Secretary
Great Britain
Roy Nunn, Treasurer, Great Britain
Roy Nunn
Treasurer
Great Britain
Jon Gooch, Auditor, Great Britain
Jon Gooch
Auditor
Great Britain

Council Officers full addresses are sent to Members every year.


Linda Beutler, President, USA

Linda Beutler, USA©Linda BeutlerLinda Beutler is a fearless gardener who grows a great number of plants on a simple, flat 50 x 100 foot city lot in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. She was a professional florist for 18 years, and her first love in her own garden was growing flowers and foliage for cutting. That focus started changing 14 years ago, when Linda purchased her first clematis as a misnamed plant. Her personal collection now numbers over 275 separate species and cultivars, grown in many ways. In addition to clematis she collects hardy geraniums, old garden roses (over 90), alliums, hydrangeas, hardy fuchsias and she's never met a corydalis or thalictrum she didn't like.

Linda is a member of numerous gardening organizations (as most gardeners are) including the Ranunculaceae Society, American Hemerocallis Society, North American Lily Society, Pacific Northwest Peony Society, and Oregon State University Master Gardeners. She served eight years on the Board of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO), and was the Director in charge of the famous HPSO plant sale for eight years, from 1993 through 2001. Linda is a founding member of both the Pacific Northwest Clematis Society (1999), and the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection (2003). She volunteers at the collection weekly. She is newly appointed to the governing council of the International Clematis Society.

In addition to her floral career, Linda Beutler is the instructor of cut flower growing ("The Flower Arranger's Garden I & II"), as well as the herbaceous perennials class for the horticulture department at Clackamas Community College. She lectures nationally on several gardening topics, and is a garden writer for both local and national publications, including dig, Fine Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, and Birdwatcher's Digest. With Maurice Horn (co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery), Linda co-authored the chapter on growing clematis in North America for Dr. Mary Toomey's book The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis (Timber Press, 2001). Linda has now written her own book, Gardening with Clematis, which debuted for Timber Press in September 2004. It is the first major book about clematis written by a North American for North American gardeners since 1935. Boy, have things changed!

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Lyndy Broder, Vice-President, USA

Lyndy Broder, Council Member, USA" As a young bride in the early 70's, I moved into my new home south of Atlanta, Georgia. The empty trellis was soon planted with clematis 'Belle of Woking'. Although my love of clematis was born, it had to remain dormant for twenty-five years. I was busy raising four children and attending to a career in the mental health field. My early retirement in 1996 gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion of gardening. By then we had moved to a new home on my husband's family dairy farm in Stockbridge, Georgia. I now had a three-acre garden in the middle of a cow pasture, devoid of all plant material except for a solitary persimmon tree.

My first task was to become a master gardener and then I began joining plant societies. Of course, the International Clematis Society was one of my first to join. I then began collecting clematis, which necessitated the planting of many shrubs and trees as supports. Although I now have several hundred clematis, my favorite clematis are the North American natives. I have painstakingly collected a dozen different species mostly from the Southeast. Clematis crispa is native to my county and is prolific throughout my garden. My garden has been featured on the Home and Garden Television network show 'A Gardener's Diary' as a garden of a clematis lover.

I have developed many wonderful friendships through attending the annual conferences of the International Clematis Society. These friendships have been the most valuable benefit of the I.Cl.S. "

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Heidrun Kläser, Vice-President, Germany

Heidrun Kläser, Vice-President, Germany"I was born in December 1960 in Aachen, a town in West Germany, close to the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. My interest in gardening and horticulture started very early, when I helped my grandparents in their allotment, growing fruits, vegetables and cut flowers.

My career as a professional gardener started in 1980 with an apprenticeship in a tree nursery. During those two years my real love for plants was born. Afterwards I worked for a few years in different tree and perennial nurseries in Germany and the Netherlands, where I visited the display garden in Boskoop for a few times and found some clematis growing there. I liked them very much and my special interest for that plant was born.

Later I studied horticulture at the Leibniz University in Hannover, to learn more about plant production and economics. Then I had a large balcony and started to grow a few clematis in pots. In about 1998 I got in touch with a few members of the I.Cl.S. and joined the society, because I wanted to learn more about clematis.

Next to plants my other main interests are reading, travelling, cooking, painting and learning new things. So I love to join the conferences of the society, because I can combine many of my interests, such as learning more about clematis, meeting nice people from all over the world (many European countries, the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, China and other countries) and seeing new gardens, countries and other things all over the world. I enjoy the annual meetings very much, because I've made some friends there and always look forward to seeing them again and to meeting new people. And by the way: I can practise my English.

For the last eight years I have worked as a consultant for garden centers. I visit the owner in his garden center and advise him how he can improve his location. Because I have to travel a lot I'm quite often far away from home. Therefore I don't have a garden myself. I have a large balcony, where I grow different plants in pots, including a few clematis. In the garden, that belongs to the house, in which I rent a flat, I have also planted a few clematis. I try to interest other people like my family and friends in clematis and have planted some varieties in their gardens, so others can see how beautiful and varied clematis can be. "

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Ken Woolfenden, Editor, Great Britain

Ken Woolfenden "Born in 1950, I graduated from Sussex University, England with a BSc in Applied Engineering. Almost by chance I applied for a job as a trainee computer programmer. I stayed in this fascinating industry, in various roles, until very recently when I opted for early retirement.

Fiona and I met whilst we were both working on the same computer implementation project. After getting married in 1984, I gave her a one-year membership to the International Clematis Society, and we haven't had a free moment since.

My involvement with, and knowledge of, clematis has grown through my relationship with Fiona and my other interests, particularly photography, which I learnt as a child from my parents.

Working with computers for many years, including using them for many presentations and proposals, has provided useful experience when it comes to the production side of our journal, 'Clematis International'. With PCs of today, even complex formatting is achievable, if you know how.

I created the I.Cl.S. Web Site in 1996, I was interested in this new and emerging 'Internet' technology and wanted to understand more about it, how it worked, what you could do with it, whether it could benefit the Society. The first site was a very simple affair, 7 pages, today we have over 400 pages. The site features a different clematis each month.

As well as photography, I'm interested in cooking, wine and travel. With a little imagination we've used our membership of the I.Cl.S. to extend our experiences in all these areas."

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Fiona Woolfenden, Secretary, Great Britain

Fiona Woolfenden 'My interest with Clematis started with a visit to Jim Fisk's Clematis Nursery in the mid 1980's. We bought three and never looked back. Now we have over 100 in our small garden either planted in the ground or in large pots. I prefer alpina types and late flowering varieties to the early large flowered varieties. I also have several herbaceous varieties, which I admire for their late colour and scent.

In 1989-90 I was the Secretary of the Great Britain and Ireland Branch of the I.Cl.S. and then became the Secretary of the British Clematis Society after its formation in 1991 until 1993. I was elected Secretary of the I.Cl.S. in 1994.

Ken and I work and live on the outskirts of north London. I've always enjoyed gardening including as a child earning holiday money by weeding! When I was young we had a very large garden, which was partly cultivated as a garden, and partly a fruit orchard. I remember the garden having peonies, roses and conifers but no Clematis!

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Roy Nunn, Treasurer, Great Britain

Roy Nunn, Great Britain

"Born at the end of 1944 in the middle of the Cambridgeshire Fens, which at the time was predominantly an arable and fruit growing area. Since my childhood I have had two main interests, music and gardening. After school I would spend many hours helping my father in the garden, mainly growing food crops for our consumption. I first became interested in clematis about 20 years ago, by way of a chance meeting at one of the Orchestral concerts at which I was playing. I was invited to stay with a family who lived on the shores of Loch Lomond Scotland. It was there that I first saw some of the small flowered species and hybrids, also a number of the New Zealand and American species growing happily outside in their rocky garden right on the shore of the Loch. After expressing interest, seedlings and cuttings were provided, for me to try in our garden, some of these plants are still with us today, having survived moving into three gardens.

We have over 100 clematis planted in the garden, amongst other plant varieties, and about the same number in pots, I have been propagating plants from seed and cuttings and assessing suitability for garden use. I also hybridise hellebores and lilies.

I have now retired from my job as Building Surveyor (Clerk of Works) at Trinity College, Cambridge, Great Britain and spend some of my time writing for Magazines, I.Cl.S. and the BCS about the merits of growing the small flowered clematis."

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Jon Gooch, Auditor, Great Britain

Jon Gooch Jon was born in 1952 and studied Microbiology at college. His career includes food research for the British Government's Scientific Research Department, followed by some years as a pensions adviser with Norwich Union and later for a local independent company.

Some years ago he gave this up to join his wife, Ruth, and work full time in the family business, Thorncroft Clematis.

Thorncroft Clematis has introduced a number of new cultivars over the years. It also has an enviable reputation, having won 5 Gold Medals (as of January 2012) at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


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