Welcome to all Clematis Lovers
The 33rd Chelsea GOLD Medal for Raymond EvisonThe RHS Chelsea Flower Show, one of the best, in fact possibly THE best, horticultural show in the gardening calendar, run from the morning of Monday 22nd May to the end of the afternoon on Saturday 27th May. Judging of all the exhibits was on Monday with the results and medal awards being announced on Tuesday. I am very pleased to report that the Raymond Evison Clematis stand was awarded a GOLD medal. This is the 33rd Gold Medal that Raymond and his team have received, an amazing record. The stand was said to have over 2000 plants. With a design which allows people to walk through the display along a winding path, under moon gates made of rings of steel, you could get up close to all the blooms. Fiona and I were unable to visit, so I thank Raymond Evison Clematis for these two photos. The landscape photo of the stand is from a short video which can be viewed, along with one other video, on the Facebook page and the Instagram group for Raymond Evison Clematis.
WebinarsThe Society has held three webinars so far this year. The latest public event was about Clematis texensis, by Linda Beutler and Maurice Horn, and can be viewed by visiting International Clematis Society Webinars. However, members can view all webinars that we've held, that's a total of 13 events, on a wide variety of subjects. Use the special web address that was published in the last few Society newsletters, or contact your secretary.
The International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002 - Seventh SupplementI am very pleased to announce that the latest supplement to the International Clematis Register is now available. In line with the continued expansion of internet usage and with an eye to reducing paper usage and cost, it is suggested that you download it for free from the RHS website, just visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/plantsmanship/plant-registration/clematis-registration/clematis
Members Seed ExchangeThe Seed Exchange for this year is now closed to new orders and our Seed Exchange administrators are distributing the requested seeds. If you have asked for seeds, please be patient. Distribution is complex with many points where delays can occur. We will endeavour to send them out as soon as we can.
A New Society LogoThe new Society logo, seen at the top of this page, has now replaced the one used by the Society since 1988, shortly after it was founded. Designed and created by Larry Beutler, approved by your Council and first shown to members at the online Constitutional General Meeting, the logo embraces the all-encompassing and international nature of the Society. The old logo showed the flower of a "generic" cultivar, the new logo is C. 'Kimi'idera', a C. 'Nelly Moser' × C. patens cross, by Kichiya Shiozaki. With the 40th anniversary of the Society only one year away, the clean modern lines of the flower, compass points and font are indicative of our future-looking vision.
International Clematis Society on FacebookDon'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.
The International Clematis Registrar, and the International Clematis Register and ChecklistThe International Clematis Register and Checklist 2002, which went out of print some time ago, is available in electronic format. One benefit of this is that it allows text searching. Details for The Register and all six supplements can be found via the RHS website at https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/plantsmanship/plant-registration/Clematis-registration/Clematis. However because of the file size of the Register itself, approximately 25 Mbytes, it cannot be downloaded from the RHS web site in the same way that the supplements can. To help the RHS and reduce their workload, Society members wanting a copy should email Ken Woolfenden, I.Cl.S. Webperson and Editor, at icls editor, who will return a download link. 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 cultivars 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.
Recommended ClematisThe Society's Clematis for Beginners List is now Recommended Clematis, reflecting the wider usefulness of this set of clematis cultivars for all clematis growers around the world. It was reviewed and revised during our meeting in Devon and Cornwall in 2015. It is available online and also as a downloadable version from our Recommended Clematis section, in Dutch, English, French, German and Swedish 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 as yet, I'm afraid) is very suitable for taking with you when you visit your local nursery or garden centre!
Journal Index of Clematis ReferencesA 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. The index currently covers the years 2005 - 2014 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, just under 220 Kbytes. You can find it by visiting the Previous Journals page.
RHS Clematis Catalogue CollectionThe 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. Whilst he was the International Clematis Registrar, Duncan Donald 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. The Society has asked where further donated catalogues should be sent. As soon as we have this information it will be publish here.
Nursery MembershipThe 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 ClematisAn 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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