SPRING STUDY DAY – Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Spring Study Day

Saturday, March 2, 2019

To register for the Spring Study Day, please forward you cheque, payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, for $45 (members pre‐paid), $50 (non‐members and all tickets at the door), to Lindsay Macpherson, 11662 Carr St, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 5M9. If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are member or non‐members. Cheques should be received by February 22, 2019, which will allow time for your name to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre‐paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event. Cheques received after that date will be kept in the order they have been received and may or may not gain you entry to the event.


10:00 – 10:10 Vancouver Hardy Plant Group notices and introduction

10:10 – 11:10 Panayoti Kelaidis – 40 Years at Denver Botanic Gardens

11:10 – 11:35 Complimentary coffee – you are encouraged to bring your own cup

11:35 – 12:35 John Anderson – Plant Hunting in Cultivation

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch – please bring your own

1:30 – 1:40 Door prizes and settling down

1:40 – 2:40 Panayoti Kelaidis – Genus: Iris

2:40 – 3:40 John Anderson – Gardens I Have Managed

3:45 Conclusion

John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens, Windsor Great Park, UK

John Anderson began his garden training at the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, Dublin and went on to study at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His first appointment as Head Gardener was at the famous Mt. Usher Gardens in Co. Wicklow, where he was also curator of the National Collection of Eucryphia, Eucalyptus and Nothofagus. Subsequently he undertook an appointment with the National Trust for Scotland in Inverewe, and then in 2006 moved to Exbury in southern England, home of the Rothschilds, located among 200 acres of woodland gardens along the coast of Hampshire. At each of these later gardens he was responsible for curating National Collections of various species of interest in our area.

John remained at Exbury for ten years before moving on to an even more prestigious appointment in 2016.  As the fourth Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, he is responsible for the Savill Garden, Valley Gardens, and Her Majesty’s Private Garden at Frogmore.

In addition to his work at Windsor Great Park, John is also Vice-Chairman of the RHS Plant Committee and an RHS Judge.

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Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator & Director of Outreach,

Denver Botanic Gardens, CO, USA


Panayoti Kelaidis represents Denver Botanic Gardens in educational, professional, and promotional endeavors in his role as an expert in horticulture, science, and art. A past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) and the American Penstemon Society, he is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs and the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from Swarthmore College.

Panayoti’s association with the Denver Botanic Gardens spans almost 40 years, but he was already an enthusiastic gardener at age 8.  Much of his life has been spent exploring alpine trees, ferns, cacti, bulbs, and xeric plants both in the US and more exotic locations. He also co-authored the first comparative study of the steppe climate regions of North and South America, Africa and Central Asia, and has recently returned from a tour of the plant-rich high elevation areas of China.

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