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Triennial Maple Symposium - 22nd – 23rd October 2011


22nd – 23rd October 2011

Updated February 2012 - Finally, the presentations from the Symposium in October 2011 have been uploaded to the site - sorry it took so long, see the programme section below! We are pleased to say the symposium was very successful. The next symposium will be held at the Morris Arboretum in October 2014. Details will be posted when available.

The 4th International Maple Symposium will take place at the fascinating Wespelaar Arboretum, near Brussels, Belgium, on the weekend of the 22nd-23rd October 2011, kindly hosted by Vicomte Philippe de Spoelberch and Koen Camelbeke. A 3-day post-symposium tour is also arranged from Monday-to-Wednesday (24-26th October) for those delegates who wish to participate. The symposium is a splendid forum for amateur and professional enthusiasts to meet and exchange information on this wonderful group of plants. It also provides a real opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to meet the experts and obtain solutions to some of the queries and problems encountered in propagating and growing maples. Everyone with an interest in Maples is welcome to attend.

Symposium Schedule

The symposium will take place in the lecture hall of the new Wespelaar Arboretum Visitor Centre. On Friday, 21st October, registrations will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Antwerp, from 15:00-18:00hrs. Delegates to book their own accommodation - see the Travel and Accommodation section.

On Saturday morning delegates will be collected from the hotel after breakfast and taken to the arboretum by bus. There will be 6 half-to-threequarter hour presentations with breaks for coffee and for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon there will be an introductory guided tour of the Arboretum and Garden, before returning to the hotel by bus. The evening’s Symposium Dinner, included in the symposium registration fee, will end with a toast given by Philippe de Spoelberch, followed by a silent auction.

Similar arrangements for transport and presentations will occur on Sunday morning. In the afternoon, we will concentrate on the identification of maple species. Delegates will be divided into smaller groups, each group with a guide to lead them through the identification keys.

Lecture Programme

Unfortunately Yousheng Chen will be unable attend the Symposium, while it is disappointing he will not be able to make a presentation for us we will try to find an alternative speaker.

Post-Symposium Tours 24-26th October

Arrangements are being made for a 3-day programme visiting outstanding gardens and tree collections in Belgium and Holland. This will include tours of Hemelrijk, Kalmhout, Tervuren and Trompenburg Arboreta, the Brussel’s National Botanic Gardens and Esveld Nursery.

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