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Society events are open to both members of the International Clematis Society and members of affiliated Societies, though where the number of places is limited, preference will be given to I.Cl.S. members.

The Society was pleased to publish information about a clematis event in the USA, originally planned for September 2020 but subsequently deferred to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event has now been cancelled. Please follow the link immediately below to read a statement from Wim Snoeijer. This event is not linked to any organization or society.

Denmark - 2022

April 2021 Update:

The following is the first paragraph of a statement issued by Brightwater Holidays, our partner for this meeting, to all attendees.

"Throughout the pandemic we have been continuously following the latest UK Government advice and based on the uncertainty with visiting other countries, we have made the decision, along with Fiona, to postpone the tour until 9 – 16 July 2022. I would like to confirm the price will remain the same and all monies paid will be transferred. We are in the process of contacting all gardens and nurseries and our intention is to offer the same itinerary as before – subject to them confirming the date change."

The Society continues to keep these arrangements under review

Description of the tour - this closely follows the original itinerary.

This tour will now start in Aarhus, Denmark on 9th July 2022.

[Editor's note: I've left the rest of this section largely unchanged from the original version.]

We currently have over 30 attendees for this event, which is a good, but also manageable, number. Registration remains open for the moment, though if you wish to join us and haven't submitted your registration form, please do so as soon as possible. Can I also remind attendees that payment of the balance must be made before the date on your invoice from Brightwater, I believe around the middle of April.

If you have submitted a registration form but haven't received confirmation from Brightwater, please let us know immediately and we will check with them.

A link to the brochure was contained in the October Newsletter which was emailed to all members for whom we have an email address. The remaining members were sent paper copies. Please note, the booking form has been removed from our website due to the change of dates.

The Society is using Brightwater Holidays to organize and run the event, though Fiona and Ken Woolfenden will be acting as your "tour guides". The meeting will start on Saturday 9 July 2022 in Aarhus in northern Denmark and finish in the Hamburg region in Germany on Saturday 16 July 2022. By doing this, we will visit two major German Clematis Nurseries. There are no specialist clematis nurseries in Denmark.

We have included many private gardens of clematis lovers in Denmark. Whilst they vary in size, with some of them quite small, we believe they all have many features that will be of interest to you all. We will also include some Danish history and culture. Click here for the itinerary.

We are asking members to register and pay their deposit by 31st December in order to reserve your place on the event. After that date places may still be available but cannot be guaranteed.

Denmark was the suggestion of the membership at a previous Constitutional General Meeting. It is an expensive country, but we have tried to keep costs down as far as possible whilst retaining a good standard of accommodation and travel. The various places and gardens we will visit are all quite different but equally interesting, at least we think so. We look forward to meeting many of you on this event.

Finally, the notes which accompany the other documents for this meeting contain some suggestions as to how to get to Aarhus, the Danish city where the meeting starts. One option which might be attractive to some members is to have a couple (or more) days in Copenhagen before taking a train to Aarhus. Copenhagen is a very interesting city and if you have not visited before, this could be a great opportunity.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Denmark in 2022.

Relevant Documents

Denmark Brochure - https://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020brochure.pdf (4 pages, A4 format, quite large at 8.5 Mbytes)

(If the brochure above is too big this is a small size, low resolution version - https://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020brochurelowres.pdf (4 pages, A4 format, only 439 Kbytes)

Denmark Booking Form - please contact our secretary, Fiona Woolfenden, for a form

Additional notes - https://www.clematisinternational.com/dk2020bookingformnotes.pdf (2 pages, A4 format, 20 Kbytes).


Day 1
We travel under own arrangement to Aarhus today and make our way to our accommodation at the 4* Scandic Aarhus City Hotel (hotel to be used in 2022 to be confirmed). Dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.
Day 2
Following breakfast this morning we will depart for Randers for a visit to two private gardens. We begin with the garden of Lotte Hansen, a typical Danish allotment garden of 450 sq. metres, similar to the English Allotment garden and German Schrebergarten. In the late 1800s allotment gardens were created to give city-dwellers a place to grow their own vegetables. The gardeners built tool sheds which, over time, they expanded into huts so that they could spend weekends and summer vacations there. Lotte continues this tradition as she has a flat in the city where she lives in winter but she moves here for the summer. Lotte does grow some vegetables, but she mainly likes perennial flowers and has many geraniums, geums, grasses, roses and alliums all mixed together. The land is near a river and floods so Lotte tries to buy plants for wet conditions and she propagates plants for the garden and small markets.

As the garden is very small we will divide into two groups. While half the group are in the garden the rest of the group can walk around the outside of the other allotments and see some birds from the river.
Allotment garden of Lotte Hansen©Ken Woolfenden Allotment garden of Lotte Hansen©Ken Woolfenden

Allotment garden of Lotte Hansen

We then make our way to the garden of Kirsten and Ingolf Nielsen. This next garden is a total contrast in that each plant grows in its own space and all the plants are labeled. The garden contains several different areas such as lawn and flower beds, a collection of small shrubs and trees planted in granite troughs, a stone creek and paved and cobbled walkways. Stone edging to some of the flower beds brings the different parts of the garden together. Kirsten is the gardener and grows many perennials which should be in flower on our visit such as hostas, lilies and hemerocallis. There are also many ferns, rhododendrons, trilliums as well as rare trees and shrubs in the garden. Ingolf is a stone mason and has created a granite pergola, many statues and animals within the garden. Kirsten and Ingolf started gardening 50 years ago and they have expanded the garden over time by buying more land so that the garden is now 2,500 sq. metres behind a quite ordinary sized house.

Kirsten and Ingolf do not speak English so their friend Birgitte Dennis should be around to help answer any questions.
Garden of Kirsten and Ingolf Nielsen©Ken Woolfenden Garden of Kirsten and Ingolf Nielsen©Ken Woolfenden

Garden of Kirsten and Ingolf Nielsen

A packed lunch is included today. This afternoon we travel to Ulstrup to visit another private garden, that of Laden and Vejrup. This is a large garden of 10,000 sq. metres, of which approx. 4,500 sq. metres are flower beds. In the garden there are around 1800 different species (varieties) of plants in small and large groups. The flower beds are divided into different colours, white, yellow and pink to obtain the greatest effect of a single colour. There are also some special beds with iris germanica, hemerocallis, peonies, roses, alpine plants, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, trees and bushes. Trees were originally planted around the edge of the garden to provide a wind break and help create a microclimate in the garden. Once these were established then other specimen trees were planted in the garden.

There is a huge barn and an outside shed containing lots of things for the house and garden such as cushions, stationary, ornaments, vases, statues, pots and lots more! There is also a nursery selling plants propagated from the garden. There are a number of seating areas within the garden where we can sit and eat our lunch including an area under cover near the big sales barn.
Garden of Laden and Vejrup©Ken Woolfenden Garden of Laden and Vejrup©Ken Woolfenden

Garden of Laden and Vejrup

Our final visit today was to have been to the Aarhus Botanic Gardens. However with the postponement of this meeting to 2022, we should now be able to visit the garden of Jette and Lars Jensen, to the north east of Randers. They will now have moved house and re-established their garden, using many the the clematis they've stored in the garden of Jette's parents. Although this garden will be quite new, we are confident it will be packed with clematis and there will be plenty to see.

Dinner is served in a local restaurant this evening.
Day 3
After breakfast this morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Aarhus with a local guide. We will see the Latin Quarter, Møllestein Street, Den Gamle By and Aarhus Art Museum (admission not included).
Aarhus, Møllestein Street©Ken Woolfenden Aarhus, by the river Aarhus©Fiona Woolfenden

Aarhus, Møllestein Street and the river, Aarhus

Lunch is at leisure today. This afternoon we will travel to Horsens where we will visit the private garden of Ina and John Anderson, known as 'The Creative Garden'. This has been named Denmark's most beautiful privately-owned garden for several years. It took three years to landscape the garden digging out three lakes, felling trees and placing 900 tons of stones in the garden. It is a large garden with a number of different areas. There is a sloping lawn area with shrub borders containing pebble and real streams which also includes some clematis. Below this are several large ponds or lakes with water lilies and a gravel area containing many different Japanese inspired feature ideas. Overall in the garden there is a Japanese influence, but the garden has been built using Danish materials. There are four Japanese pergolas in traditional red and green colours with lots of wood carving all designed and built by the owner of the garden. There are a number of seating areas where you can sit and enjoy the garden and views of the garden.
De Kreative garden©Ken Woolfenden De Kreative garden©Ken Woolfenden

De Kreative garden

We then transfer to Hinnerup to visit the garden of Elmer and Lissy Aagesen, which is packed with plants including approx. 300 clematis, 200 lilies, 50 dwarf Japanese maples, 75 irises and 75 hemerocallis; a number of which should be in flower when we visit. In addition, there are agapanthus, alliums, arisaemas, ferns, corydalis, erythroniums, fuchsias, hepaticas, hostas, muscari, primulas, rhododendrons, roscoea, roses, trilliums and many other perennials. The garden has a number of raised beds surrounded by natural stone, planted with many special trees, shrubs and acid-loving plants. Elmer's clematis collection includes old favourites and newer varieties both large and small flowered. Some of the clematis are planted in the ground and many others are in pots.

Elmer is a member of the Society and active on Facebook posting many pictures throughout the year of plants that he grows in his garden, a large number of which are clematis.
Garden of Elmer and Lissy Aagesen©Ken Woolfenden Garden of Elmer and Lissy Aagesen©Ken Woolfenden

Garden of Elmer and Lissy Aagesen

We return to our hotel this evening where dinner will be served.
Day 4
This morning after breakfast we visit the archaeological site of Jelling, which is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as an outstanding example of the Pagan Nordic culture. Jelling was a royal monument during the reigns of Gorm, and his son Harald Bluetooth, in the 10th century, and may possibly pre-date this era. The complex consists of two flat topped mounds, 70 metres in diameter and up to 11 metres high, which are almost identical in shape and size and construction, being built of turf, carefully stacked in even layers, with the grass side facing downwards. After introducing Christianity into Denmark, and integrating Norway with the country, Harald Bluetooth proclaimed his achievements by erecting an inscribed stone between the two mounds and building the first wooden church at Jelling. On the south-west face is the earliest depiction of Christ in Scandinavia, with an inscription relating to the conversion of the Danes to Christianity between 953 and 965. A small simple church of whitewashed stone is on the site of at least three earlier wooden churches, all of which were destroyed by fire. Excavations in 2006 have revealed evidence of a magnificent palisade surrounding the monument, and parts of a ship setting of unknown dimensions.

A packed lunch is included today. This afternoon we visit the garden of Lille Malunds in Klovborg. The garden is one of Denmark's oldest open gardens and started as an ordinary farm garden belonging to the farm, Lille Malund. The owners first became interested in gardening after visiting gardens in England. In 1975 the garden was opened to the public. It is a large garden of approx. 25,000 sq. metres and has a large plant collection of more than 10,000 different plants, arranged harmoniously in a predominantly English garden style including a number of mature roses and clematis in a rose garden with a pergola and seats to enjoy the garden. There are other areas of seasonal interest such as spring flowering plants, alpine stone beds, a lake with water lilies and also a small Japanese meditation garden.

There is a room with tables and chairs where garden visitors are welcome to eat their lunch so we will enjoy our packed lunch here. There is also a large plant nursery nearby where many of the plants grown in the garden can be found.
Lille Malund garden©Ken Woolfenden Lille Malund garden©Ken Woolfenden

Lille Malund garden

We will return to Aarhus where the rest of the day is at leisure - dinner is not included this evening but will be available in the hotel or local restaurants. For those who wish, this is an opportunity to visit the Aarhus Botanic Garden, which contain plants from different habitats found in Denmark, placed in groups so you can see what grows where. There is a special section containing the best known medicinal plants. A rockery situated in the centre of the Botanical Garden displays plants from many mountainous regions from the entire world. However, it is the Tropical Houses (or Væksthusene in Danish) which contain four different climatic zones which are recommended by locals to visit. There is also a Botanical Drawing Exhibition showing botanical illustrations by artist Bent Johnsen (1919-2004) who taught classes on drawing plants at the Botanical Institute of the University of Copenhagen and illustrated a number of books. In 1996, Johnsen was awarded the Linnean Society's Honorary Award for his botanical illustrations.
Day 5
After breakfast this morning we will visit two more private gardens - please note that the group will split in two during these garden visits. First we travel to Rønde, where we will visit the garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard. The garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard is a large garden with a lawn sweeping up to the house and flower beds on either side containing shrubs and perennials. It was started once they finished building the house in 1991 and is described as a 'farm' garden. There is also a protected area to one side to prevent more precious plants from wild animals such as rabbits. There are a number of clematis planted within the garden. We hope to have tea and coffee with Danish Kringle cake available to try!

This is also where the clematis collection of Society members, Jette and Lars Jensen of Clematis Bageren, was 'stored' while they sold their previous large house and small garden and bought their current one - a smaller house with a bigger garden - which we visited on Day 2.
Garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard©Ken Woolfenden Garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard©Ken Woolfenden

Garden of Margit and Vagn Elgaard

Nearby we find the garden of Birthe and Flemming Hansen. This is a smaller garden but it contains many clematis attractively presented in different ways in a garden setting. For many years Flemming Hansen was known as 'Mr Clematis' in Denmark and his and Birthe's garden contains many interesting clematis. Clematis are grown spilling over edges of low walls, as specimen plants on tripods, shrubs and tree trunks, against walls and entwined with roses. The garden reflects their love of clematis.
Garden of Birthe and Flemming Hansen©Ken Woolfenden Garden of Birthe and Flemming Hansen©Ken Woolfenden

Garden of Birthe and Flemming Hansen

We then travel to Egå to visit Plantorama Egå − a large garden centre selling many bedding plants but also many other plants and items for the house and garden. The time spent here can be spent looking and shopping or having lunch (not included).

This afternoon's visit is to Staudeblomsten in Harlev, created by Kirsten Kragh and Morten Nielsen in the shape of a flower with yew hedges outlining a number of petals filled with perennials. Each petal contains plants of a single colour or colour shade of the rainbow. From the centre you can see into all the individual gardens but when in one garden the other gardens are not visible. There are over 1,100 different perennials within the 3000 sq. metres garden. Kirsten and Norten are both interested in English gardens and there was some spare land on the cow farm managed by Kirsten's brother so they were able to create this garden over the last 10 years. The soil of the garden is dry however many clematis grow successfully in the garden. If you want to find out the name of a plant within the garden, then Kirsten and Morten have a list of all the plants growing in the garden and their suppliers. We hope to have tea/coffee and biscuits available.
Staudeblomsten©Ken Woolfenden Staudeblomsten©Ken Woolfenden


This evening we will enjoy a Gala Dinner in a local restaurant featuring some typical Danish cuisine.
Day 6
This morning after breakfast we check out of the hotel, and head south towards Stouby, where we will visit Have-Idyllen, a garden created by Hanne and Leon using their own ideas, with an emphasis on lines, perspective and balance. Inspiration was taken from many of their visits to Danish garden owners and their lovely gardens. The garden is 1950 sq. metres and contains, among other things, cypresses cut into round shapes which help to create tranquillity. The garden pond became a major asset for the garden that birds and insects enjoy. There are a number of small buildings that help create a lovely environment to enjoy the garden. Hanne and Leon use supports of concrete reinforcing bars to display clematis plants to their advantage. There should be tea/coffee and biscuits available.
Have-Idyllen©Ken Woolfenden


Have-Idyllen©Ken Woolfenden

We then continue our journey south, stopping en route for lunch (not included). On arrival in Nordborg we visit the garden of Hans Jørgen and Maya Kuus, a wild garden with over 2000 different plants in it. The garden is 1300 sq. metres and dates from 1979 when it was an empty field. Hans Jørgen's interest in gardening started seriously in 1986, when he began to collect plants. He has many rare trees, shrubs and climbers from all over the world. His big passions are ferns, hellebores, paeonies and clematis species, especially the texensis group. Among others are camellias, daphnes, viburnums, Emmenopterys henryi, Franklinia alatamaha, Leptodermis oblonga, magnolias, Poliothyrsis sinensis and Styrax. There are a number of clematis in the garden but you may have to search for them! Hans Jørgen Kuus is also active on Facebook and posts regularly pictures of plants flowering in his garden, including clematis.
Garden of Hans Jørgen and Maya Kuus©Ken Woolfenden

Garden of Hans Jørgen and Maya Kuus

Garden of Hans Jørgen and Maya Kuus©Ken Woolfenden

We then travel over the border into Germany and after a further comfort stop continue to Hamburg, where we will arrive at our hotel, the 4* Holiday Inn Hamburg Berliner Tor. Dinner will be served in the evening.
Day 7
Following breakfast this morning we will visit the Münster Baumschulen, the clematis nursery of Mathais Münster, a member of our Society. There are garden areas around the houses of both Mathais and his father, Klaus, which include some unusual varieties. There is a small area of some more unusual varieties. The rest of the nursery area near the houses is devoted to rows and rows of clematis being grown on for sale. Mathais produces around 80,000 clematis every year and he will explain the process that he uses. He grows a number of other climbing plants, shrubs and trees and there is an area across the road which we can also visit.
Münster Baumschulen©Ken Woolfenden

Münster Baumschulen©Ken Woolfenden

Münster Baumschulen

We will also pay a visit to the garden centre in Elmshorn, where there will be an opportunity for lunch (not included).

This afternoon we visit the Garten der Horizonte in Heidgraben, The garden behind the ordinary looking house of Maia Luer and her family in a quiet street is a surprise. The 8500 sq. metre garden consists of several different areas containing perennial flower beds for different conditions within a large lawn area. The plant selection of 1,500 perennials and grasses is very varied and colourful giving a good contrast with the green of the lawn. In July the warm red, orange and yellow shades of the perennials reflect the sunny days in the summer. The yellow rudbeckia has become the trademark of the garden because of the wonderful contrast to the blue of the sky. There is also a large plant nursery in the garden selling the plants displayed there.
Garten der Horizonte ©Ken Woolfenden

Garten der Horizonte ©Ken Woolfenden

Garten der Horizonte

Our final visit is to 'Clematiskulturen', the Clematis Nursery of Society members Manfred and Sabine Westphal in Prisdorf. The nursery produces around 100,000 clematis a year. Manfred sells many clematis through his on-line mail order business and through local markets. There is also an impressive display garden with many clematis growing both in the ground and in pots. We finish our tour in a little bit of clematis heaven!
'Clematiskulturen', the Clematis Nursery of Manfred and Sabine Westphal©Ken Woolfenden

'Clematiskulturen', the Clematis Nursery of Manfred and Sabine Westphal©Ken Woolfenden

'Clematiskulturen', the Clematis Nursery of Manfred and Sabine Westphal

Dinner this evening will be served in the Restaurant Goldschätzchen here in Prisdorf, after which we return to our hotel in Hamburg.
Day 8
We check out of our hotel after breakfast this morning, after which travel home is under own arrangement.
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Denver, Colorado, USA - 20xx

The Society was provisionally invited to hold a meeting based in and around the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2021. Some of our US members have good contacts with the Botanic Gardens and believe we could put together a very interesting program.

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Denver meeting will be re-investigated once other plans have been fixed.

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Delaware Clematis Meeting - 2021

Delaware Clematis Meeting - March 2021 Update

The following statement was released by Wim Snoeijer on 1st March 2021.

Dear Clematarians,

As promised we send you our March Info Sheet about the planned Delaware Clematis Meeting 2021.


After serious consideration, with reference to the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, we decided to cancel our Delaware Clematis Meeting planned for September 2021. This decision is not based that we give up hope for Clematis meetings, but we rather see that lives turn normal, what ever normal means these days, and become at ease first. We hope you can relate to this decision, thank you.

A direct consequence is that this is the last email I send out to you, our group of Clematarians that had the idea to participate the Meeting. After this email I will delete this email group from my computer.


Of course we hope to meet and great each other in the future, however it seems that Clematis has become a secondairy reason now to meet. With memories from our Orleans meeting in mind we sure hope to do similar meetings in future, whether that is in Japan, Malaysia, Europe, Canada or the USA. Keep an eye open for any (social) media or when you are curious, please do not hesitate and email Deborah or me.

Also on behalf of Deborah, Lyndy, Marie-Laure, Peter and Ton ; keep well and keep safe!

Best wishes,


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