2019 AGM Expression of Interest
To help us plan things more accurately, it would be most helpful if you could indicate which parts of the AGM weekend events you are planning to attend and how many people there will be in your party.
The weekend will get underway with a welcome reception hosted by Tom and Hilary Bigge at their home, Marwood House. You will have a chance to see their garden, enjoy some tea & cake and chat with other EBTS members attending the AGM. In the evening we plan to reserve some tables for those who want to meet up at a local pub, recommended by Tom, that is just outside Barnstaple.
On Saturday we will start with the formal AGM at Castle Hill House, followed by a talk given from Lynn R Batdorf, the Registrar of the International Cultivar Registration Authority for Buxus and John Marston entitled “From Mooing to Mowing”. After lunch the Countess of Arran will guide us through the gardens and Castle Hill’s history. In the evening there will be an AGM dinner at a hotel in Barnstaple.
Sunday is our day of garden visits which we will do by coach to avoid lots of cars travelling around the narrow North Devon lanes. The itinerary includes a visit to John Marston’s garden at Gorwell House, Heddon Hall a privately owned garden rarely open to the public, lunch at a local pub followed by a guided tour of RHS Rosemoor by the Head Gardener. On returning to Barnstaple you will have a free evening.
On Monday we visit South Wood Farm, Cotleigh, Honiton, before heading home.
Accommodation: When the tickets go on sale for the AGM, we will provide suggestions for hotels in the area that you might like to book. We will also endeavour to negotiate a discounted rate for EBTS members if possible.