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November 2018

“Branklyn – A contemporary look at the Renton Legacy” – Jim Jermyn, NTS.

6th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Jim is well-known to Caley members. An experienced horticulturist and lecturer, he is currently property manager of Branklyn Garden in Perth which was created in the 1920's by John and Dorothy Renton.  Jim has followed their tradition of growing rare and unusual plants but has imaginatively reconstructed and updated some features of the garden.

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“To the Black Mountain – 80 years after Sherriff” – Dr David Long, RBGE Associate.

20th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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David is a globally renowned RBGE Himalayan botanist and bryologist.  He is co-author of two comprehensive volumes on the Flora of Bhutan.  George Sherriff made a plant-collecting expedition to the Black Mountain in Bhutan in 1937.  David recounts his own experiences of more recent travels in the area.

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December 2018

“Craigie’s, we’re growing” – John Sinclair, West Craigie’s Farm.

4th December @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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John is the owner of Craigie's Fruit Farm, and Farm Shop, Deli & Cafe near Kirkliston.  This is a popular venue where visitors can pick their own fruit.  There is a strong emphasis on family-run events and experiences throughout the year. The talk will cover fruit growing and some of the ongoing education activities.    

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Informal Evening

18th December @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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An informal, pre-Christmas event featuring a Paperwhites competition, and update on the Saughton Project (hopefully we should be in by then) and images  of this years events and garden visits.

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January 2019

“In the steps of the Snow Leopard – Travels in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan” – John Mitchell, RBGE

15th January, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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John is Supervisor of the Alpine Department at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Rock Garden Club.  He has participated in many expeditions, including to China, Iran, Georgia and the "Stans". He has lectured and led tours in several countries.  Recently his travels have been concentrated on central Asia.

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February 2019

“Blue is the colour – the big blue poppies and autumn Gentians” – Gavin McNaughton, Macplants.

5th February, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Gavin and his family own Macplants, are supporters of The Caley and are well-known as exhibitors and stallholders at Scottish Horticultural shows. This year, Macplants exhibit at Gardening Scotland won a Premier Gold Medal. Gavin's talk will cover the cultivation of Meconopsis and the story of the gentians bred by his father Ian, an expert in the genus.  It was he who created Gentiana 'The Caley'.

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“Backhouse-raised Daffodils of National Importance – a race against time” – Caroline Thomson, Rossie Estate.

19th February, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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This is a joint meeting with the SES Plant Heritage Group. Caroline and husband Andrew run the Rossie Estate in Fife.  She is a member of the Quaker Backhouse family who, over a period of 100 years, through three generations of Backhouses, created a National Collection of daffodils.  The collection and cultivation had a huge impact on the growing and preservation of these important and rare species.  It has commercial significance - Britain supplies 90% of the world's daffodil needs.

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March 2019

AGM & Awards Ceremony

5th March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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This meeting starts at 7pm prompt.

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“Why Peat-free?” – Emma Goodyer, IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

19th March, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Emma is the Manager of IUCN UK Peatland Programme, based at the Scottish Wildlife Trust.  She previously worked as a wetland ecologist, predominantly in Scotland, and has made a study of blanket bog habitats. The use of large quantities of peat in horticulture has long been a matter for controversy.  Emma will provide up-to-date information on the subject.

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Junior Groups Spring Show – 23rd & 24th March 2019

23rd March, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 24th March, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
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The Caley's Junior Spring Show will take place on 23rd and 24th March 2019 in the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This year the bulb growing competition has been expanded to include junior groups such cubs, brownies and other groups as well as schools and nursery classes. For further information, contact Paula Collings at schoolspringshow@rchs.co.uk.

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