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Annual General Meeting and 25th Birthday Celebration

Date & Time of Event: 
Wednesday, 3 July, 2013 - 10:30

The DGT was launched in July 1988 and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  DGT's Patron, the Countess of Arran, has graciously offered to host the 2013 AGM and Birthday Celebrations at Castle Hill, Filleigh, near Barnstaple on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

Our Guest Speaker will be Susan Minter V.M.M., F.I.Hort., Immediate Past President of the Institute of Horticulture.  Sue was Head of Living Collections at Eden for almost five years until 2006, Curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden for eleven, and before that she was Supervisor of the Palm House at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  She serves as Chair of the Herb Society.  The DGT is delighted to record that Sue has just been awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Sue's talk is entitled, "The Well-Connected Gardener: Alicia Amherst, Founder of Garden History".  

Alicia Amherst (1865-1941) wrote the first 'History of Gardening in England'  and subsequently books on London's gardens, children's gardens , the flora of the British Empire and historic gardens. This talk includes her links with Howard Carter (discoverer of King Tut's tomb) as well as her amazing gardens in Norfolk and (later) Dorset.

The AGM will commence at 11a.m. and this will be followed by the guest speaker.  A fork buffet lunch will be served before the cutting of a celebratory cake.  Tickets for members are priced at £15 (non-members £17.50) to include refreshments and lunch.  Please download a booking form here.  There is no cost to attend the AGM Business Meeting.

We hope as many members as possible will come to the AGM to commemorate the first 25 years.

Sue Minter Castle Hill
Susan Minter Castle Hill

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