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24th Annual General Meeting
Costa Blanca, Spain
25 to 28 October 2018

Pre-AGM trip - Mallorca. Post-AGM trip - Valencia

The MGS is delighted to announce that our 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place in the Costa Blanca region of Spain.

The organising team, headed by Alan and Carol Hawes, is already well along with its arrangements so, since we know that members need to plan well ahead, particularly those in America and Australia, we are making an early announcement of the dates and locations.    

AGM Programme of Events Thursday October 25 to Sunday October 28
Members will be based in Alicante and the programme of events will include visits to three distinct regions of the province.

On the first day, the historic city of Elche within its World Heritage Palm Grove will be the focus of visits to public and private gardens in the fertile, well-irrigated plain south of the city. 

The vertical garden on the wall of the 12th century
Calaforra Tower in the historic centre of Elche

The second day will consist of visits to modern and historic public gardens in the mountainous interior of the province. 

The large formal pool in the Santos Garden in Penaguila

On the third day, a scenic drive along the coast north of Alicante will lead to the Albarda Garden, near Javea, where the General Assembly will be held.  This will include a buffet lunch and garden tour, contributing to a very special day. 

A mosaic tiled wall in the L'Albarda Garden

Pre-AGM tour: Mallorca
Hosted by Sally Beale, this tour will take place from Saturday October 20 to Tuesday October 23.  It will include visits to historic gardens at ancient houses dating from Arab times, as well as a programme of visits to many private gardens of contrasting styles, from the cottage to the ultra-contemporary.  All these gardens belong to MGS members, culminating with the iconic garden of our former President and doyenne of Mediterranean gardening, Heidi Gildemeister.

Post-AGM tour: Gardens of Valencia
There will also be a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best gardens, old and new, in the city of Valencia, from Monday October 29 to Wednesday October 31.   

The mansion in the Montforte Garden in Valencia
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