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Autumn Meeting and AGM, 12th and 13th October 2019

Maple Society UK Autumn 2019 Meeting and AGM

12th October 2019


On Saturday morning we shall spend the morning at Maurice Foster’s Garden, near Sevenoaks in Kent. We shall meet at 1000 hrs. for a 1015 hrs. start. He is a great plantsman and has a great selection of plants and many rare maples in his arboretum. He will meet us and show us around, introducing us to a fabulous collection of plants. Maurice has been to China on a number of occasions and his garden reflects many of the plants from his trips.  He has also named several cultivars so it will be good to the original plants in-situ. A visit to this garden is always very interesting and we shall be introduced to many fine and rare plants. The charge is £10 per head which goes to charity.


White House Farm, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks Kent TN15 0NN. from the M25 follow Sevenoaks all the time, then the A25 towards Maidstone, through the village of Seal then in about a mile Ivy Hatch is signposted on the right just past Reuthes nursery. One mile into Ivy Hatch, stay on the main road through and we are on the road to Plaxtol on the left in High Cross Road.


The afternoon visit is to ‘The World Garden of Plants’ at Lullingstone Castle about a 35 minute drive from Maurice Foster’s garden.  We shall meet at 1415 hrs for a 1430 hrs start.  Tom, the mastermind behind the garden will meet us and show us around. The garden all began on 16th June 2000, during Tom's 9-month kidnap ordeal in the Colombian jungle, Tom opened his diary and began plans for a garden which would contain plants from around the globe planted in their respective continents of origin.

This plan would eventually become ‘The World Garden of Plants’.

Tom Hart Dyke is a modern day plant hunter who follows in the traditions of the plant hunters of old who risked life and limb in pursuit of fantastic blooms and plants. His World Garden pays homage to the amazing achievements of Victorian and Edwardian plant hunters who brought back the plants and flowers we now cherish. Please see below the specific directions to Lullingstone Castle as their top gate entrance is closed in October. £9 for Adults, £7.50 for Senior Citizens.  All of this money goes towards the up-keep of the gardens.

Directions: Following postcode DA4 0JA via The Ford Bridge in the village of Eynsford, then following signs to the Lullingstone Roman Villa. At the Roman Villa keep Villa IMMEDIATELY on your right-hand side following bend in road to Private Road sign. Follow this Private track to the Tudor Gatehouse and park on the grass. Visit for more info.

NB At the moment we are planning an evening meal on Saturday night in Royal Tunbridge Wells and details will be given out during the day.

13th October 2019

We shall spend all Sunday at Bedgebury, the National Pinetum, TN17 2SJ.  We shall meet at the Welcome building at 1000 hrs. for a 1015 hrs. start.

Bedgebury is owned and managed by Forestry England and supported by The Friends of Bedgebury.  Apart from the finest collection of conifers in the UK, Bedgebury also has some rare and interesting maples.  We saw some of these a number of years ago so it will be interesting to see how they have grown since then.  If you have ever considered that conifers are not interesting or just plain dull then you must come on this visit and be prepared to change your mind.  They are a fascinating group of plants.  Bedgebury also have a good web site so it is also worth visiting that before our visit.  There is also a good list of maples which I can send to you prior to the visit if required, just ask.

We shall be shown around in the morning by Dan Luscombe, the Curator.  He is another great plantsperson and enthusiast and will bring his 19 years experience at Bedgebury to ensure we have a fascinating visit.  Dan has been involved with many seed collecting expeditions and many of the young plants originate from his collections.  I feel sure we shall be introduced to some of them during our visit. 

After the morning tour we shall hold the AGM around lunchtime in the education room which has been kindly supplied free of charge.  We shall also hold our usual silent auction so please bring what you can to help support the society.

In the afternoon members will be free to walk around on their own to explore more of this wonderful collection or leave for home. 

Maple Society AGM 2019 - 12:30 at Bedgebury

The Maple Society AGM for 2019 will be held at 12:30 at Bedgebury National Pinetum. The please take a copy of the agenda for the AGM, however members are welcome to submit additional items for the agenda before 29 September.




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