|Mediterranean Garden Society|
24th Annual General Meeting
AGM Programme of Events
Thursday 25 October
Friday 26 October
The nearby Palmeral Museum shows the history of the area and illustrates the lives of those who lived and worked in it. One of the most recently constructed gardens in Elche, the vertical garden on the wall of the Calaforra Tower, will also be visited.
One of the private gardens near Elche to be visited will be that of Branch Heads Alan and Carol Hawes, with its variety of different ‘garden rooms’, including areas dedicated solely to plants from Australia, Africa and the Americas. Lunch will be a typical Spanish paella, taken in a splendid private garden with a Roman theme, set in the quiet countryside south of the city. The day will end at an atmospheric Arab-style garden, where we can explore the fascinating garden before enjoying some of the many types of tea and delicious pastries, as dusk falls and the Moorish lanterns illuminate the garden.
After returning to Alicante the evening will be free, with a chance to try one of the many nearby restaurants.
Saturday 27 October
Gardens of the mountainous interior of Alicante Province
The Brutinel Garden was built by a successful businessman, the owner of a paper factory, whose profits allowed him to pay for the construction of a complicated hillside garden with an amazing and beautiful pavilion (see the article by Jacqueline Charron in TMG 84). This comprises a huge conservatory (recently wonderfully restored), some sitting rooms and an interesting aviary. This garden is still in private hands and the owners are offering us a rare opportunity to visit it.
As a complete contrast we propose to visit the Espacio Natural Casa Tápena, which is the first Centre of Sustainable Gardening in the area. It aims to demonstrate the practical aspects of sustainability by providing attractive demonstration gardens using drought-tolerant plants and different mulches. There is also an interesting agricultural zone with examples of the traditional fruit and vegetable crops of the Alicante province.
In the evening, in the Melia Alicante Hotel, there will be a talk by Antonio Regueiro, the secretary of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Garden Madrid, who is a specialist in the design and restoration of botanic gardens. The rest of the evening will be free for participants to enjoy the nearby local restaurants.
Sunday 28 October
The General Assembly
See also Edith Haeuser’s article in TMG 92.
In the late afternoon we shall return to Alicante for a farewell dinner at the Melia Alicante Hotel.
Cost – AGM Programme of Events
There is in addition a registration fee of 40 euros, non-refundable in case of cancellation.
Hotel Information and Prices
Melia Alicante Plaza del Puerto, 3, Alicante
If you wish to book directly, rooms at the Melia Hotel have been provisionally reserved for arrival 24 October and departure 29 October (5 nights) and for arrival 25 October and departure 29 October (4 nights). The room rates (including tax and breakfast) are 128.25 euros for singles, and 147.50 euros for doubles per night. The hotel has reserved the right to adjust these rates after 14 May but is not expected to do so.
Jambo Travel is handling the bookng. Email or telephone on +34 966 461 010 and speak (in English) to Vivi or Carmen. Mention that you are an MGS member. Jambo Travel’s office opening hours are Monday-Friday 09:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00, and Saturday 09:30-13:30. Please check the time in Spain before telephoning – Spain is currently 8 hours behind Melbourne and 9 hours in advance of Los Angeles.
Tryp Ciudad Hotel, Gravina, 9, Alicante 03002
If you wish to book directly, rooms at the Tryp Ciudad Hotel have been provisionally reserved for arrival 25 October and departure 29 October (4 nights). The room rates (including tax and breakfast) are 69.00 euros for singles, and 75.00 euros for doubles per night.
Email or telephone on +34 965 210 700 and speak (in English) to Raquel or Jorge. Mention that you are an MGS member. Please check the time in Spain before telephoning – Spain is currently 8 hours behind Melbourne and 9 hours in advance of Los Angeles.
Explanada Hotel, Calle San Fernando Nº18, Alicante
If you wish to book directly, rooms at the Explanada Hotel have been provisionally reserved for arrival 25 October and departure 29 October (4 nights). The room rate (including tax and breakfast) is 50.00 euros per room (whether single or double occupancy).
Email or telephone on +34 965 204 694 and speak (in English) to Aitur. Mention that you are an MGS member. Please check the time in Spain before telephoning –Spain is currently 8 hours behind Melbourne and 9 hours in advance of Los Angeles.