The Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group

Three groups of plants – one group of enthusiasts worldwide

AGM 2019

The AGM for 2019 will be held on Saturday 1st June at Exbury Social Club. We will meet at the club from 11 am for refreshments followed by the AGM at 11.30 am. Parking is available at Exbury Social Club, which is situated in Exbury village, near to the Gardens. Entry to the AGM is free to all Group members and their guests. Our AGM forms part of a weekend of Group events hosted at Exbury. Details of the weekend are given below. Please notify the Hon Secretary, Polly Cooke by email or phone 01932 863719 by Wednesday 29th May if you wish to attend the AGM.

(Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June 2019).

Lionel de Rothschild has kindly invited Group members to visit Exbury Gardens, in its Centenary Year, for a weekend of events to be hosted there. These are:
Saturday 1st June (Gardens open 10 am – 5.30pm)
Centenary Show
Details are as given separately by Pam Hayward. Please note: There will be plants for sale from some nurseries outside the Five Arrows Gallery.
11 am for 11.30 am details given above.

Lunch is at your own expense. Take advantage of Mr Eddy’s restaurant or light refreshments from the Old Tennis Courts café. There are also designated picnic areas in the gardens.
Afternoon Group Tour of the Gardens
A guided tour of the Gardens is available to Group members starting from the House at 2.30 pm. It will be led by Lionel de Rothschild and Head Gardener, Tom Clarke.
Evening Buffet Meal and Lectures (Entry by ticket only)
A buffet meal including a glass of wine will be held at Exbury Social Club starting at 6.30 pm. There will be lectures from Seamus O’Brien about Joseph Hooker and from Lionel de Rothschild about the History of Exbury. Their latest books will be on sale and the speakers will be available to sign copies for you.


Sunday 2nd June
Continuation of Gardens Tour
On Sunday morning Tom Clarke will continue the gardens tour. This will include a visit to the glass houses and parts of the garden not visited on the Saturday.

The cost to attend all of the above events is £40 per head, including entry to the Gardens on both days. Payment will be in advance so that tickets, passes and maps can be provided. Details for payment will follow.

If you cannot attend everything:
To attend the show and the guided tour on Saturday June 1st only, please pay for normal garden entry and join us.

Full details will be sent out by email. If you do not have email and wish to attend any or all of the events, please phone me.

Visit to the Rothschild Archive

Lionel de Rothschild has extended an invitation for Group members to visit The Rothschild Archive in London. The first visit will have taken place by the time you read this but a second visit is on Wednesday 26th June at 2 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to see their correspondence and many other documents. If you have a particular interest, please let me know and I will pass on your request to the Archivist who will do her best for you.

There are still places available for this visit. If you would like to join the visit, please contact me.

Polly Cooke Tel: 01932 863719

Your presence at the AGM would be most appreciated this year.