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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, possibly the most famous horticultural show in the world, is over for another year. I understand it is covered on the TV in many countries and, of course, these days you can find even more information via the internet and social media sites.

It was a difficult period leading up to the show, with temperatures varying wildly, and the weather for the show itself hotter than is best for exhibiting plants at their peak of their condition. All the exhibitors must be congratulated for putting on yet another stunning show, but in particular Raymond Evison and Thorncroft Clematis who both received GOLD Awards for their displays in the Great Pavilion.

For Jon, Ruth and Peter Gooch, this is their 10th Gold Medal. Their stand featured a garden shed with clematis growing over it, and old garden tools in the windows and propped outside. Peter posted a video clip on the Thorncroft Facebook page which is well worth seeing. Congratulations to them and their team.

Raymond Evison received his 15th consecutive Gold Medal, making a total over the years of 29 Golds. His stand was a very modern design with a floor of sea sand and Guernsey pebbles and a stainless steel wave structure, over which clematis are arranged. There was a walkway through the middle to give an even better view. I liked the video clip on Facebook showing HRH The Queen and Raymond walking through the display, both of them smiling at the fish silhouettes hanging "under the waves". For this innovative idea, Raymond also received the Great Pavilion New Design Award.

All in all a very good Chelsea result for Clematis - well done to all of you.

Mahala Huff, USA - 1929 to 2017

This is to let members know that Mahala Huff died on 28th April 2017, after a prolonged illness.

Many members will remember her with Richard, her husband, on a number of Society meetings. I have certainly traced them from Portland 2001, through Cambridge 2004 and Ireland 2006. I'm sure if I had the time I could find others.

Short, quietly spoken but with a feisty streak, Mahala was generous and considerate, as is Richard. She was a talented hair stylist and astute business woman, her ventures included running a number of hair salons and a catering company.

Richard and Mahala had been married nearly 60 years and had travelled the world together. They jointly created a non-profit called Hope Gardens Inc., which employed at-risk youth in the garden and donated produce to the Heights Emergency Food centre housed in Disciples Christian Church, of which they were both active members. Mahala was active in many other similarly focused projects.

The picture to your right shows Mahala and Richard during the Society conference and visit to Ireland in 2006.

The Society sends its condolences to Richard, her two sons, David and Thomas, and their families.
Mahala and Richard Huff during the Society vist to Ireland in 2006©Ken Woolfenden

Clematis International 2017

In case any of our members are wondering what's happened to the journal this year, personal reasons have meant it is a little later than previous years. However it is progressing and is currently being proof read. I hope to have it published in late June or early July.

2017 Seed Exchange List

The International Clematis Society Seed Exchange is a benefit for all members of the Society, providing the opportunity to obtain seed that is often difficult or even impossible to find. Since the publication of the original list, you can see the latest stock levels by clicking on 2017 Seed Exchange List.

Our garden this month - a change of venue!

The way information is viewed these days has changed dramatically since this feature was first introduced (in July 2002, even I didn't realize it had been so long). It was originally aimed at giving a view of our garden through the year and has been quite successful. However I have taken the decision that with current technology, the Society Facebook page is a much more appropriate vehicle, being more immediate and not constrained by a once a month update. So I am handing over this baton to Fiona, who is much better versed in this technology.

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!

RHS Late Large-flowered Clematis Trial 2012 - 2015

The Royal Horticultural Society have announced the Award of Garden Merits winners, and losers, of this trial. We have featured this trial in the last three issues of Clematis International with articles by Fiona Woolfenden. Now the RHS have announce five newly awarded AGMs, to C. 'Ascotiensis', C. 'Perle d'Azur', C. 'Remembrance', C. 'Roko-Kolla' and C. 'Zohapbi' HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Reconfirmed were AGMs for C. 'Błękitny Anioł', C. 'Comtesse de Bouchaud', C. 'Ernest Markham', C. 'Gipsy Queen', C. 'Huldine', C. 'Prince Charles' and C. 'Evipo001' WISLEY.

I mentioned that there were also losers and they were C. 'Aotearoa' and C. 'Madame Grangé'. This doesn't, of course, mean you shouldn't grow them, but perhaps they need special attention.

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.

Find us on  facebook ?

Did you know the Society is on Facebook? We suspect not many of you do, so to make it easier we've added a "Find us on Facebook" icon on the left hand menu. Why not give it a try?

You'll also find photos and news of last year's meeting in the West Country of Great Britain.

RHS Clematis Register and Checklist - Fifth Supplement

The International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002 Fifth Supplement is the latest issue. Published by the Royal Horticultural Society, this 60 page document costs £5.00 plus post and packing and is available via the RHS website at or at RHS book shops, subject to stock. Note, you can also download all supplements other than the first.

The Society fully endorses the work of the International Clematis Registrar, The International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002 and the four 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.

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.

Clematis Cultivar Group Classification with Identifying Key and Diagrams, by Wim Snoeijer

Wim Snoeijer, renown clematis expert, enthusiast and clematis breeder with the Dutch clematis nursery of Jan van Zoest, will be known to many members of this Society from articles published in our journal, talks that he has given and the visit to the van Zoest nursery during our trip to the Netherlands in 2003. He has self-published a book about Clematis Classification, detailing his research, thinking and conclusions in this area.

A short description of this book was published in Clematis International 2009, with a more comprehensive review in Clematis International 2010.

The book is only available from Wim Snoeijer. For further details, please visit Clematis Cultivar Group Classification book by Wim Snoeijer.

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.

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