Kew Guild Annual Dinner, 2018

Dear Guild Member,

The Kew Guild President, Jean Griffin, requests the pleasure of your company at the Kew Guild Annual Dinner to be held at Cambridge Cottage, 37 Kew Green, TW9 3AB on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

The Dinner provides the perfect opportunity to renew old friendships, make new friends, catch up on news, and meet the current Kew Diploma students and Guild Committee members.

The Guest Speaker will be Tom Hart Dyke, designer of the World Garden at Lullingstone Castle, his ancestral home. In 2000 he was held captive for nine months by guerrillas in the area between Panama and Colombia while hunting for rare orchids. Tom wrote about his experiences in his book The Cloud Garden

In addition to this special occasion all day free admission to Kew Gardens has been agreed for all applicants. A great opportunity to visit the newly restored Temperate House and the surrounding landscape, which is scheduled to open on 5th May. Cambridge Cottage will be open from 5.30pm where a pay bar will be available. Dinner commences at 7:00 p.m. with carriages at 11:00p.m.

The President with the assistance of Tony Overland has arranged a menu with an excellent selection for you to choose when applying for your tickets. There will be a cash bar to purchase drinks throughout the event. The current students will organise a cash raffle / auction to help support student travels. There will be no reserved seating.

Any member requiring financial assistance to facilitate attendance at the Dinner should contact Awards Scheme Chairman, Chris Kidd in confidence by email – chris.kidd@botanic.co.uk by Thursday 31st March.

We look forward to meeting you all at what will be an excellent occasion for the Guild. Please complete the Annual Dinner Booking form 2018 to reserve your place[s].

Yours sincerely,

Jean

Jean Griffin, President 2017-18