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SRGC Discussion Weekend 11-13 October 2019
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:36:43 PM »
SRGC Discussion Weekend 11-13 October 2019

Four years on from our last visit to Grantown-on-Spey, the Perthshire Group of the SRGC invites you here again for the Highland hospitality of the 2019 Discussion Weekend. Grantown is a ‘planned’ town built in 1766 by Sir James Grant. It features a broad high street with the square at its northern end and is perhaps unique in Scotland in that it has no chain stores, just a range of independent shops, cafés and bars. The town is small and, with little by way of modern housing developments, still enjoys a peaceful woodland location alongside the River Spey. The Grant Arms Hotel sits in the middle of the square and was recently refurbished to a very high standard. All our club experience of the hotel has been friendly and welcoming; that is one of the reasons for our moving to Grantown for 2019 and 2020. At the hotel we will also be guests of the Bird Watchers and Wildlife Club (BWWC, www.bwwc.co.uk), whose facilities and informative help are available to us. The hotel is cosy, with forty-eight rooms, two of which suit disabled guests, while six are available as single rooms. When all rooms in the Grant Arms have been filled, delegates will be housed in an equally agreeable hotel nearby. If arriving by car, leave the A9 at Aviemore and follow the A95 to Grantown. If coming by public transport, we recommend the scenic train journey through the Grampian mountains to Aviemore, then onwards by the frequent bus service to Grantown.Saturday morning is, as usual, free time for delegates and organizers to enjoy some arranged visits. There is a great deal to recommend. The Grant Arms, as the base for the BWWC, can provide guides to take you on wildlife walks in the neighbouring Anagach Woods and by the River Spey; both long and short walks are planned. There is a native plant garden at 600 metres on Cairngorm mountain and the gardener may be able to tell you all about it, after which you might enjoy the funicular to the Ptarmigan Station to see the views and to enjoy their world-famous hot chocolate. Grantown may be a place for a longer break, with the Discussion Weekend as the ‘jewel in the crown’; there is so much to see and do. If golf appeals, Grantown has its own magniἀcent eighteen-hole course, or you may drive up to Nairn to try the two links courses, or even the home of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

We are delighted to be able to offer the weekend at the cost of £237 per person for the weekend for two persons sharing (see the Dryas booklet or the  post  below for full price details and order form). The preceding Thursday or following Sunday nights are available at £71.50 per person per night for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Outside this period the Grant Arms will welcome your company at the normal rate.
The closing date for applying is 31 August 2019, subject to availability.
If you have any further queries, please contact  Julia Corden at julia.corden@icloud.com or phone 07976849666

We look forward to seeing you all in October 2019.

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Re: SRGC Discussion Weekend 11-13 October 2019
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 02:39:44 PM »
Provisional Programme
Friday 11th October 2019
15.00   Registration       
16.00 – 17.00 Plant Staging
18.00   Dinner                     
19.45   President’s Welcome               
20.00   The Jim Archibald Bulb Lecture:
Dimitri Zubov  ‘Bulbs in the Wild’
21.00   Small Bulb Exchange   
Saturday 12th October 2019
7.00 – 9.00 Breakfast      
8.00 – 9.00 Plant Staging
9.00   Optional activities               
9.30   Guided walks in the area, organised by the hotel   
12.15    Lunch                  
13.45   The Harold Esslemont Lecture:
Anne Wright ‘Growing Bulbs’   
14.45   Peter Korn ‘Inspiration from the Steppe’
15.45   Tea and Coffee                  
16.15   Steve Newall ‘Growing Plants for Seeds’         
18.30   Drinks reception                  
19.00   Gala Dinner                   
20.15   Presentation of show trophies
20.30   Plant Auction
Sunday 13th October 2019            
7.00 – 9.00 Breakfast      
8.00    Show Opens
9.30   The William Buchanan Lecture:
Christopher Bailes ‘Gardening with Shade Perennials’
10.30   Tea & Coffee
11.00   Steve Newall ‘The Alpine Gems of Te Waipounamu’
12.15    Lunch                      
13.15    Show Closes
13.30   Peter Korn: ‘Creating Conditions’
14.30   The John Duff Lecture:
Kevin Hughes ‘Cally Gardens - my First Year’
15.30   Closing Address
15.45   Tea & Coffee

The  Speakers ......
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  Steve  Newall
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Re: SRGC Discussion Weekend 11-13 October 2019
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2019, 02:43:16 PM »
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Christopher  Bailes

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Kevin Hughes
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