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Spring 2018 meeting - Belgium - 12th and 13th May

The 2018 Spring Meeting will be a two day Maple Study Weekend in Belgium, organised jointly by Arboretum Wespelaar and The Maple Society. The preliminary programme, which may be subject to change, is as follows:

Saturday 12th May, 2018, at Arboretum Wespelaar


  • Talk by Philippe de Spoelberch on Maples in Wespelaar or Maples in the Wild or … (title to be confirmed).
  • Talk by Jan de Langhe illustrating the Vegetative Key to Species in Cultivation of Acer and Dipteronia. This key, made in collaboration with Dan Crowley, is available on the Arboretum Wespelaar website, and will be updated further in the coming months
  • Species identification workshop lead by Koen Camelbeke.
  • Talk by Cor van Gelderen illustrating the Updated Maple Cultivar Groupings and accompanying key to the Groups.
  • Cultivar groupings workshop lead by Cor van Gelderen.


  • Guided visit of the dendrological collections of Arboretum Wespelaar and Herkenrode, the private garden of Philippe de Spoelberch. Guides: Koen Camelbeke, Philippe de Spoelberch, and Joke Ossaer.

Sunday 13th May, 2018


  • Guided visit of the nursery "Pépinières Choteau SPRL" of Benoit Choteau, at Binche, south of the city of La Louvière. The nursery is famous for its extensive collection of (Japanese) Maples and other woody ornamentals (website in French only).


  • Guided visit of the Park of Mariemont, at Morlanwelz, east of La Louvière. It is one of the important dendrological parks of Belgium. Guides: Koen Camelbeke and Joke Ossaer.

To register your interest in attending the Study Weekend, please email

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