IBSA Symposium August 2003

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Wed, 27 Nov 2002 16:01:08 PST
Dear All,

A number of us are members of IBSA, the Indigenous Bulb Association of South Africa. A couple of years ago there was a bulb meeting in South Africa that was very expensive and few if any of the talks were about South African bulbs. So IBSA decided to put on their own symposium featuring their native bulbs and at a more affordable cost. They have been planning it for a couple of years now and with their annual Bulletin there was a flyer telling about it. I think it looks really interesting, especially since there will be three days looking for bulbs in the wild. My husband and I joined an IBSA group to do that when we were in South Africa and they know where to go to find them. Since you do not have to be a member to attend this Symposium I am posting the details from the flyer. If anyone needs an application form I can probably either figure out a way to scan it or make a copy and mail it to you.

IBSA is holding a Symposium at the Goudini Spa, near Worcester, from Monday 25 August to Friday 29 August 2003. Delegates book in on the afternoon of Sunday 24 August 2003. The hotel is one of the Premier hot springs spas of South Africa, 100 km north east of Cape Town across the Du Toitskloof in charming surroundings. The first 2 days of the Symposium will consist of Lectures, Slide Shows and Talks covering aspects such as Cultivation, Morphology and Identification of South African bulbs and corms.
On the next 3 days we are going to visit sites around the Worcester area where we will be able to see some of the exquisite bulbs and corm that were discussed. We are going to explore some amazing locations, rich in bulbous flora. The farmers have promised their co-operation and we can look forward to some excellent botanising in the veld. Attendance is not restricted to IBSA members.

Visiting delegates from overseas or other parts of South Africa may wish to extend their excursions after the Symposium and we will offer advice re suitable areas and possible accommodation. Transport for the Symposium excursions will be provided.

It is our firm intention that this should be a working holiday for everyone. Goudini is central to such towns as Paarl, Worcester, Ceres and Tulbagh as well as to the famous scenic Passes of Du Toitskloof, Bainsfloof, Mitchell and Franschoek. Goudini is also close to all the major Cape Vineyards. Come and enjoy a unique experience. You will meet fellow enthusiasts and make useful contacts.

The Cost
Single USD $400
Shared USD $360
The price of the symposium includes accommodation, breakfast,lunch and dinners. Transport for the 3 excursion days is also included. A deposit of USD $200 is payable by 31-03-2003. We will refund 80% of your deposit if cancellation is received 30 days or more prior to the first day of the symposium. Payment can be made in US dollars or equivalent in GB pound or in Euros.

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