Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September 2013
Last year’s Planthunter’s Seminar at Mount Stewart, was such a success it was decided to hold another one this year, organised by Neil Porteous and Paul Stewart. It started off with an hour-long tour of the formal gardens with Neil. We could have listened to him for three hours but reluctantly had to get back for the second tour group. Even after working for years as a volunteer at Mount Stewart I find that there is always more to learn about the history of the gardens and the future plans are quite mind-boggling.
After lunch Lady Rose gave a personal welcome to everyone and said she was delighted with the work that Neil had done and thought the gardens had never looked so good with explosions of colour this year.
The enthusiasm of the three well-known speakers was very infectious and they had a very attentive audience.
Chris Chadwell, a professional plant hunter, spoke about the beautiful flowers of Kashmir.
Stephen Haw, who has lived in China, told us about trees and shrubs of China and Rhododendrons in Western China.
Roy Nunn, whose expertise lies in everything to do with Clematis, spoke about new crosses, cultivation and propagation.
It was a wonderful weekend, very interesting speakers, enthusiastic gathering, good fun, delicious food and all in lovely Mount Stewart.
Next year’s seminar has already been planned with Helen Dillon, Fergus Garrett and Alexis Datta speaking.