Dendrology Society visit- May 2018

Visit of the International Dendrology Society

Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th May 2018


A group of 19 members travelled from places in Britain as far apart as Perthshire, Taunton and Llanelli. Two couples from even further afield also attended, coming from New Zealand and Boston (USA). Local members also joined the party from time to time as they were keen to meet other interested people and show off their Island.

The IDS (www.dendrology.org) run and organise tours all over the world to enjoy trees and shrubs (and all plants in fact)and by the tone of their comments were clearly not disappointed in what they saw in Jersey. Conrad Evans (Arboricultural Officer) was charged with conducting a good many of the garden visits. It was a very tight and variedschedule over the three and a half days drawn up by Advocate Anthony Dessain (an ex Committee Member) and Mrs Jenny White.

Places they visited included Val de la Mare Arboretum, the Eric Young Orchid Foundation and number of manor houses including Trinity, St Ouen, La Hague and Samares. Several individuals were also pleased to show off their gardens around the Island.

Photographs and notes aplenty were taken as they were shown innumerable interesting and rare trees and plants. Notable trees that they were delighted to have seen, all the largest of their type in the British Isles, included Euonymous lucidus (a very rare small tree at Rozel Manor), Chinese Pencil Cedars, two species of Pine (Val de la Mare), Crape Myrtle, three species of Palm and Golden Ash (in a private garden in Grouville) and a Flagpole Cherry (La Hague Manor).

Staying in Chateau la Chaire proved to be an ideal venue as Samuel Curtis, a famous Victorian garden designer, plant hunter and collector as well as horticultural publicist, lived in the property where he grew many rare and first introduction to Britain and Europe. Another highlight, just up the valley from the hotel, is the National Champion Handkerchief Tree. This tree and the records previously mentioned can be seen on the member’s pages of the website of the Tree Register of the British Isles (TROBI at www.treeregister.org)

Conrad Evans

25 May 2018