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The Royal Horticultural Society Rhododendron Conference, April, 1949

Tuesday, April 26
and Wednesday, April 27 - Rhododendron Conference

Thursday, April 28 - Visit to Tower Court, Ascot (property of J. B. Stevenson Esq. V. M. H.)

Friday, April 29 - Visit to Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Sussex (property of Sir Henry Price) and to Leonardslee, Horsham, Sussex (property of Sir Giles Loder.)

Saturday, April 30 - Visit to R. H. S. Gardens, Wisley, Surrey.

Visiting British Rhododendron Gardens

Sunday, May 1 - London-Guildford-Winchester-Southampton (Visit to Exbury House, property of Edmund de Rothschild, Esq.)

Monday, May 2 - Bournemouth-Dorchester (Visit to Cerne Abbey, property of Lord Digby, D. S. 0., M. C.)

Tuesday, May 3 - Torqual-Plymouth-St. Austell (Visit to Caerhays Castle, property of C. Williams, Esq., M. P.)

Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5 - at Falmouth: Visits to Gardens at: Tregothnan, Falmouth (property of Viscount Falmouth) -Trewithen, Grampound Road (property of G. H. Johnstone, Esq.)-Heligan, St. Ewe (property of J. C. L. Tremayne, Esq.) - Trengwainton, Penzance (property of Lt.-Col. E. H. W. Bolitho, C. B., D. S. O.) - Penzance for lunch and see Land's End-Penjerrick, Falmouth (property of W. T. Fox, Esq.)

Friday, May 6 - Falmouth-Bodmin-Okehampton-Exeter-Taunton

Saturday, May 7 -Taunton-Bristol-Gloucester (Visit to Hideote Manor, Chipping Campden, property of Major Lawrence W. Johnston)

Sunday, May 8 - Warwick-Birmingham-Shrewsbury-Llangollen-Bettsw-y-Coed

Monday, May 9 - At Bettsw-y-Coed. Visits to Gardens at Bodnant (property of Lord Aberconway, C. B. E., V. M. H.) and to Conway Castle.

Tuesday, May 10 - Return to London

PAPERS to be given on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 & 27.

"Rhododendrons in the Wild" by F. Kingdon-Ward, Esq.

"Survey of the Genus Rhododendron" by Dr. J. MacQueen Cowan of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

"Rhododendrons in the Garden" by Lord Aberconway, C. B. E., V. M. H.

"Propagation of Rhododendrons, including the Raising of Seedlings" by Mr. F. Hanger, Curator, R. H. S. Gardens, Wisley.

"Hardy Hybrid Rhododendrons Grown Commercially" by Mr. O. C. A. Slocock.

"Modern Hybrid Rhododendrons" by Mr. F. J. Rose, V. M. H.

World Rhododendron Conference, April, 1949

December 15, 1948


We feel that our American friends will be particularly interested to learn that the Rhododendron Conference originally planned by The Royal Horticultural Society for 1940, but postponed owing to the intervention of the war, will be held in London in April, 1949.

The Royal Horticultural Society appointed a Committee of prominent rhododendron specialists under the Chairmanship of our President, Lord Aberconway, and this Committee has arranged to hold a two-day Conference in the Society's Hall, Westminster on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, 1949 which, it is hoped, will be attended by rhododendron enthusiasts from all over the world.

On each of these days papers will be given by acknowledged rhododendron experts, and particulars of the subjects are given on the attached sheet. A two-day Show will be held concurrently with the Conference, in which displays of rhododendrons will be an outstanding feature and at which there will be an exhibit of rhododendron literature. A dinner will be held on the second day.

Special items of interest, which we think will appeal to our overseas guests, are the one-day visits to outstanding rhododendron gardens in the vicinity of London and to the Society's Gardens at Wisley, on April 28, 29 and 30, and a nine-day tour by motor coach visiting rhododendron gardens in England and Wales. Particulars of these trips are given on the enclosed schedule.

Among the gardens to be visited are those of J. B. Stevenson, Esq., at Tower Court, Ascot, where the finest collection of rhododendron species in the country may be seen. Our President, whose garden at Bodnant is world famous, has had repeated successes with rhododendron hybrids and other flowers raised there. The Gardens at Exbury were created by Lionel de Rothschild, Esq., and have been maintained by his son, Edmund de Rothschild, Esq., and are noted for the many rhododendron hybrids which they have produced for our enjoyment.

Two days will be spent in Cornwall, whose gardens have a special attraction of their own owing to the climate and the lay of the land, and visitors will undoubtedly appreciate seeing Hideote Manor, near the historic Cotswold village of Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire.

These tours can only be carried out if sufficient subscribers apply, and we should appreciate it very much if you could give as wide publicity as possible to the Conference in order that we may get the necessary support to carry out our project. All arrangements for tours have been put in the hands of Messrs. Thos. Cook & Son, whose offices in America are open to receive bookings.

Yours truly,

C. V. L. Lycett, Secretary