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October 2018

“Woodland Gardening” – Ken Cox, Glendoick Gardens

2nd October, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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A joint meeting with SRGC. An acknowledged expert on Rhododendrons, Ken has a passion for woodland gardening and his latest publication is devoted to the theme.  His talk will highlight aspects of the woodland garden such as its history, famous gardens, collectors, management and cultivation and will also look to the future of woodland gardens.

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Apple Day

6th October, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Every year The Caley, in conjunction with RBGE, holds an Apple Day.  This year's event will take place on Saturday 6th October from 12 - 4pm.  There will be a variety of things to see and do, from displays of Scottish apples to apple tasting.  You can even get that mystery apple that grows in your garden identified! Everything takes place in and around the Botanics Cottage at RBGE, so come along and celebrate apples in all their glory this…

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“Patrick Neill & the Dons – Forfar, Edinburgh, Sierra Leone and Nepal” – Alan Elliott, RBGE

16th October, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR United Kingdom
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Alan is a well-travelled botanist and horticulturist, with experience and expertise in plant collecting and fieldwork in Nepal and Bhutan.  He also liaised with RBGE and the community garden team that constructed and maintain the Forfar Botanists' garden. He has tutored courses in horticulture and run workshops on Meconopsis.

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November 2018

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

6th November, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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. This year the evening will feature the short presentations: An update on works at Saughton by Pam Whittle A short talk about the Caley Allotment by Moira Stevenson Images of the 2018 Gardens Visits presented by Stan da Prato Refreshments will be served in the Lecture Theatre at the start of the meeting.  We hope to see you all there!

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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 @ 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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Caley Dig Day

26th January @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saughton Park, Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom + Google Map

If you missed the last Caley Dig Day at Saughton back in November, fear not, you have another opportunity to get involved.  We have another Dig Day planned for 26th January 2019, 10am - 1pm. Don't worry if you can't stay for the whole time, whatever you can manage will be much appreciated. If you want to get involved, email caleyatsaughton@rchs.co.uk. The walled garden area is still officially closed, so do let us know you are coming so that someone…

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February 2019

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

5th February @ 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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