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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, probably the best and most famous horticultural show in the world, was held in it's normal end-of-May slot after the autumn show of last year. Whilst it was reported that the number of gardens and displays was not quite as many as in some previous years, the standard was as high as ever.

There was only one dedicated clematis display, that of Raymond Evison, founder of this Society. It featured many of his clematis but in particular C. 'Evipo081' Issey™ which you will find described in the latest issue of our annual journal, Clematis International 2022.

I am very pleased to report that Raymond was awarded his 32nd Gold Medal - a wonderful achievement. We send him our congratulations.

Clematis International 2022

Our latest journal, CI2022, is due from our printer soon. It will then be posted to all members who have renewed their membership for 2022, with the exception of our members within the European Union, please see the comment below.

We still have a significant number of members yet to renew for 2022, so now would be a good time to check whether you have paid your membership. If you have not, please do so promptly in order to be included in the Membership List, sent with the journal.

EU members - last year there were problems with the way many EU customs authorities interpreted newly introduced regulations, resulting in demands for payment of customs duty before delivery. We have investigated but, unfortunately, it seems impossible to get a definitive statement on how to avoid a demand for additional payment. We are working on a plan which should achieve this but might delay distribution by a few weeks.

If any member wishes us to post the journal to them as soon as possible, please contact the Society. We will do this, but note that you may be asked for extra payment. If the journal is returned to us as undeliverable, we may ask for a donation before resending. Postage is already expensive and the Society cannot afford to resend journals.

Finally, I thank all those members and others who, given the lack of a Society meeting / visit, have rallied round to ensure an excellent selection of articles. I have no doubt that, when you receive your copy, you will agree.

Denmark Meeting

We are very pleased to announce that this event is finally going ahead. Originally planned for July 2020, it was postponed due to the COVID pandemic until 2021 and again for the same reason to July 2022. The situation with respect to COVID is now looking much better.

If you have any queries about this event please contact our secretary, Fiona Woolfenden.

Rich Galloway - 1947 to 2021

We were very sorry to learn that Society member, Rich Galloway of the USA, died on 1st September 2021. He was 74 years old and been living with cancer for several years.

Rich joined the Society in 2008 and attended several meetings. This is reflected in the wealth of illustrated articles he wrote:-
  • "Hiking Tour of Ena Mountain" - CI2009
  • "Garden of George Soule" - CI2011
  • "Garden of Annie Meuwissen" - CI2012
  • "Changsheng Temple and Three Pagodas" - CI2013
  • "LWG Clematis Display Garden" - CI2014
  • "Garden of Judy Springer" - CI2015
  • He was a very good photographer, specializing in birds and plants but able to handle pretty much all subjects. His garden contained collections of daylilies, hosta and, of course, clematis. And he had many other talents, including being a keen singer, a member of an English Country Dance community in the Baltimore and DC areas, and a cross-country skier.

    You read about these and much more at

    The Society sends its condolences to his family and friends.
    Left to right - Joy Sarri, Rich Galloway and Ton Hannink having lunch at Pflanzen Kölle garden centre in Germany©Ken Woolfenden

    Left to right - Joy Sarri, Rich Galloway and Ton Hannink having
    lunch at Pflanzen Kölle garden centre in Germany

    I.Cl.S. Webinars

    Recordings of the last two public webinars, along with a video describing the benefits of being a member of the International Clematis Society, are available on both the member-only page and also here, at our I.Cl.S. Webinars page.

    Details of our next webinar are yet to be finalized but will be communicated to members as soon as they have been decided.

    The International Clematis Registrar, and the International Clematis Register and Checklist

    The 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 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.

    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   Find us on Facebook   or use the button to your left.

    Recommended Clematis

    The 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 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. 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 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.

    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 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.

    General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR

    This Regulation applies to all organizations, large and small, that store personal data of EU and UK citizens electronically.

    A draft Privacy Policy was drawn up and discussed at a previous Council Meeting. We are still working on modifications and amendments. Once completed and the resulting document is agreed by your Council, 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.

    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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