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Spring 2019 meeting - Devon (UK) - 11th and 12th May

This is going to be fabulous weekend visiting two nurseries and the lovely tree collection at Knightshayes in the south west.  New members particularly welcome.  The main focus for the nursery visits will be the smaller maple varieties that so many of us grow in our gardens, so this will be a wonderful opportunity for members to see and discuss a wide range of these wonderful plants.  All visits will be led by owners and/or gardeners.

Saturday 11th May 2019 – Knightshayes Garden, postcode EX16 7RQ

10.00 am - meet at the main entrance for a 10.15 am start.  The walk will be led by the Head Gardener.  Knightshayes has a very fine tree collection and is a very beautiful garden. It is a National Trust garden and full details can be found on their web site.

Members will have to pay an entry fee unless they are National Trust members, full price for 2019 £12.20/person and there is currently a small car park charge. The Head Gardener has very kindly waived her normal fee so for National Trust members the whole morning will be free. We suggest lunching here before moving on for the afternoon visit.

We then drive to Junkers Nursery, postcode TA4 1NJ.  Allow 30 minutes for the drive, for a 2.30 pm start.  We shall be met and shown around the nursery and growing areas, around 50 acres, by Karan Junker who has owned the nursery for several years and specialises in maples, birches and a rich variety of other interesting trees and shrubs suitable for the garden. They have created a Maple Glade and has over 300 different Japanese maples in the collection, this area includes around 80 cultivars. Inevitably this includes many of their favourites, but they have also tried to cover the range of shapes, sizes and colours without too much duplication within the various groups.  It is unlikely that we shall be able to buy plants on the day but they can be ordered in advance by visiting their web site. We shall aim to leave around 5.00 pm. The charge will be £8.00/person.

There is a good selection of accommodation in Taunton to suit all pockets.  We plan to organise an evening meal on Saturday night for members.  The venue for this is very likely to be in Taunton and will be notified to members as soon as we can. 

Sunday 12th May 2019 – Mallet Court Nursery, postcode TA3 6SZ

Meet at 10.00 am for a 10.15 am start.  This is a morning visit to Mallet Court Nursery, about a 20 minute drive from Taunton.  We shall be met and shown around by James Harris, owner.  It is a family run business specialising in rare and unusual trees and shrubs.  The nursery now has one of the largest collections of maples and oaks in the Country.  They have travelled widely and have introduced several new plants into cultivation.  They have been awarded many premier awards including Gold Medals at Chelsea and elsewhere.  The tour will include the nursery and parts of their personal garden.  We shall finish with lunch at the nursery and will then be free to depart or buy some plants to take home.  The visit will cost £12.50/person and this includes lunch. 

NB

Numbers to these events has been variable recently so to help with our planning we do ask that you let us know if you are coming by the 14th April 2019.  This will allow us to send you any changes to the itinerary prior to the weekend.  Your co-operation with this is much appreciated.

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