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Hans Ruedi Horn-Gfeller - 1920 to 2018

I received the sad news that Hans Ruedi Horn-Gfeller, a founder member of our Society, died on 16th July 2018. He was 98 years old and had been living with dementia for a number of years.

Hans Ruedi lived for many years in a beautiful Swiss chalet overlooking Lake Thun. He grew many clematis in his large garden, quite a challenge since it was on a very steep slope.

The Society visited Hans Ruedi in Switzerland two or three times, I believe.

He was good friends with Magnus Johnson and would often stay when travelling to and from Norway on clematis expeditions looking, for example, for Clematis sibirica. He gave a paper about C. sibirica to the German branch of the International Clematis Society at a meeting in Basel, Switzerland in May 2001. This paper was published in Clematis International 2002, starting on page 134.

The Society last saw Hans Ruedi when we visited Switzerland in 2009. He met us on the platform whilst waiting for the rack-and-pinion mountain railway which would take us up to Schynige Platte, see Switzerland 2009 - Part 2. The photo on your right was taken at Baumschule Alfred Forster in Switzerland on that trip.

Hans Ruedi Horn-Gfeller received one of the first three Golden Clematis Awards give by this Society, please see 2008 Golden Clematis Awards.

The Society sends our condolences to his family and friends.
Hans Ruedi Horn-Gfeller and Fiona Woolfenden in Switzerland in 2009, with Walter Stabler in background©Ken Woolfenden

Scotland 2018

Everyone that I spoke to said that the Society visit and tour to Scotland was a great success. We had very good weather, possibly a bit too hot particularly for the initial few days, and with strong sunlight that's not the best for photography (some people are never pleased!) but only one morning of light rain, which is quite remarkable as Scotland is well known for wet weather. But one of the things that most people said was how varied and interesting the visits were. The itinerary included private gardens, both small and large, a private "art park" of modern installation garden art, a sculpture and philosophy garden and a number of walled gardens, all with a different twist on what to include within the walls - something to please everyone.

My thanks to those members who have volunteered to write about our visits for the 2019 journal. In the mean time and for the next three or four months I will put together my usual informal pictorial reports of where we went and what we saw.

You can see the first of these my clicking on Scotland 2018 - Part 1. It covers the first two days of visits.

Constitutional General Meeting

This was held on the morning of Sunday 8th July 2018 in St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh. Minutes of the meeting will be published in due course. However there are a couple of items that you may be interested in now.

The first is that a number of Council Officers and Members had reached the maximum period of election and so had to stand down. Their places have been filled by other members who we thank for volunteering to stand. The new list of Council Officers, including our new President and a new Vice-President, can be found at Council Officers. For the latest list of Council Members please click on Council Members.

The second is that at the C.G.M., three new Golden Clematis Award nominations were recommended by Council to the members present and all unanimously approved. You can read about who has received them and the reasons for their nominations by visiting Golden Clematis Awards.

General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR

This European Union Regulation came into effect on 25th May this year. Whilst it is an EU regulation, it affects any organization, large and small, that stores personal data of EU citizens electronically, irrespective of where that organization is based. Personal data is defined as any data which can potentially identify an individual person. Put simply (necessary since the regulation runs to pages), GDPR requires the data holder to say what data is kept, why it is necessary to keep it, to give anyone a copy of the data held about them if they ask, to hold the data in a safe and secure way.

The Society has drawn up a draft Privacy Policy which was discussed at the Council Meeting held in Edinburgh in July 2018. A few modifications and amendments were suggested. Once they have been actioned and the resulting document agreed it will be released to all members and posted in this website.

The Society is committed to complying with this regulation. Should any member have any questions or concerns regarding it, please contact our designated Data Controller, Ken Woolfenden.

Clematis International 2018

Posting of the latest issue of our annual journal, Clematis International 2018 is nearly complete. To save cost, the Society thanks those US members who carried about 10 Kgs of journals back to the States with them, where postage for printed matter is significantly cheaper.

There are still a handful of members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2018. We will not send out any more reminders. But if you've decided that you don't wish to renew, we'd be grateful if you'd let us know.

RHS Clematis Register and Checklist

The International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002 Sixth Supplement has just been published. Our congratulations and thanks go to Duncan Donald, current International Clematis Registrar. At 114 pages it's a very substantial volume, though not all these pages are devoted to new or amended clematis registrations. From page 56 onwards there is an "Historical Checklist of Clematis Groups". This gives a fascinating insight into when a group name was first used and how sometimes this usage has been modified, extended or otherwise changed over the years.

Published by the Royal Horticultural Society, this supplement is available via the RHS website at https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/plantsmanship/plant-registration/Clematis-registration/Clematis or at RHS book shops, subject to stock. Note, you can also download all supplements for free, though unfortunately not the original Register.

The Society fully endorses the work of the International Clematis Registrar, The International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002 and the six supplements published so far. We recommend all clematis lovers use the standards they describe.

There is, of course, still a need for all Clematis breeders, both professionals and amateurs, to register your Clematis varieties with the Registrar to continue to keep the International Clematis Register up to date. If you want a copy of the form, information about it is available at the Clematis Registration Form section. Once you've filled it in and signed it, please send it to Duncan Donald, the International Clematis Registrar.

International Clematis Society on Facebook

Don't forget to visit our Facebook page for updates on what's happening in our garden, as well as clematis news from other members. All you need do is click      or use the button to your left.

Clematis for Beginners List

The Society's Clematis for Beginners List gives a list of cultivars that are very suitable for clematis novices around the world. It was reviewed and revised during our meeting in Devon and Cornwall in 2015. It has been available online for a few months and also as a downloadable version from our Clematis for Beginners Download section. Recently we have added a German language version to the English and Dutch issues, thanks to Heidrun Kläser.

All the clematis on the list are easy to grow, easy to look after and resistant to common pests and diseases, and whilst there are no absolute guarantees where gardening is concerned, most people should have success with all of these.

Because space is not so much of a problem, the online version of the list now contains more information about each clematis featured within it, along with a simple menu bar to let you see each group and then pick the clematis you're interested in. The downloadable version (no illustrations, I'm afraid) folds into a handy booklet, very suitable for taking with you when you visit your local nursery or garden centre!

Journal Index of Clematis References

A reminder of a facility which I'm sure many of you will find most useful - an index of references to all the clematis mentioned in the journals of the Society, both in the text and as pictures. I am indebted to Ton Hannink for all the work he has put into producing the first issue of this index. Initially it covers the years 2005 - 2010 inclusive. Further years will be added as they are completed. Whilst it is quite a large document, some 29 pages, it is not a particularly large file to download should you wish, about 290 Kbytes. You can find it by visiting the Previous Journals page.

RHS Clematis Catalogue Collection

The Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain holds a collection of Nursery Catalogues and have been keen to add to it. A number of years ago the Society was asked to canvas our members for any Clematis Nursery catalogues which they had and would donate to the collection, which we did. Quite a few have been donated so far.

Now Duncan Donald, International Clematis Registrar, has extracted a list of catalogues from Clematis Specialists which are currently within the collection and a list of catalogues which feature clematis, but under such headings as "climbing plants" or "climbers". You can find them at RHS Clematis Catalogue Collection and RHS Climbers and Climbing Plant Catalogue Collection. Links to both these files can also be found via the "Information, Answers and Questions" link on the left of this page.

Duncan is waiting to clarify where further donated catalogues should be sent. As soon as he has this information I will publish it here.

Clematis Nomenclatural Standards List by Wim Snoeijer

Wim Snoeijer has provided another update to this list, and added a few more images. You can find it at Clematis Nomenclatural Standards List. I've changed the format slightly and the images, instead of being embedded within the list which made it a little disjointed, are now available by clicking on the link to make them appear in a separate window. The list is also available as a downloadable .pdf file.

Over the next few months I hope to add many more images, and at higher resolutions than currently displayed.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of Nomenclatural Standards you may wish to read the article by Wim Snoeijer that was published in Clematis International 2010.

Nursery Membership

The Society offers a second category of membership - Nursery Membership. So far we have been very pleased with the support that many nurseries have given by renewing as Nursery Members. We thank them all.

These Nursery Members can be found on a special Nursery Members page on this website.

The Society hopes you will recognize that, as members of this Society, these Nursery Members have a particular interest, knowledge and love of clematis and can be expected to provide a range and quality of plants, and informed knowledge, not usually available in non-specialist outlets. Please check this page regularly for additions.

Whilst it is now too late for your nursery details to be included in Clematis International 2011, any further Nursery Memberships will be published on this website as they are received and also in the List of Members when it is reissued at the beginning of next year.

Trialing New Clematis

An example of a Clematis Trial contract, mentioned in the article in Clematis International 2008 about trialing new clematis by well-known clematis breeder, Wim Snoeijer, can be downloaded by visiting the A.O.B. (Any Other Business) page accessible from our Information, Answers and Questions section.

How do you pronounce .....

If you're uncertain how to pronounce some clematis names, why not visit Clematis on the Web. A number of cultivar entries now have a helpful "how to say" feature.

A classic example is probably C. 'Mrs Cholmondeley'. How do you pronounce this? Just take a look at Clematis on the Web - Mrs Cholmondeley, click on the loudspeaker icon and find out for yourself.

This is an extreme example but I'm sure there are many others that people may be unsure of, but don't like to ask. Now you can find out in the privacy of your own home.

And finally ....

The ethos of the Internet is to be an open forum for ideas, views and opinions. Sites should encourage visitors to link to other sites, it's a two-way process. So if you've got a few moments, why not look at our Clematis Links page and follow up one or two. You may find a lot more than you were expecting!

For any non-members visiting this site, have you considered joining the Society? With plans for some very interesting meetings over the next few years there couldn't be a better time. For details, visit our How to Join page.

Last message - for any new visitors. If you cannot see a set of menu buttons down the left hand side of your screen your link to this site may be incorrect. Please re-visit by calling www.clematisinternational.com.

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