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Tuesday 18 June – Paul Klaassen on his recent trip to Brazil

Sugarloaf Mountain/Rodrigo Soldon/CC

Our June meeting will be a welcome return by Paul Klaassen talking about his recent visit to Brazil.  Paul is an intrepid cactus explorer who regularly visits cacti in their habitat in our winter and then shares his experiences and photographs with us in the summer.   So forget the weather outside and come and be transported to Brazil for a few hours.

All visitors most welcome.

Selenicereus macdonaldiae/Amelia Berti/CC

Tuesday 21 May – South Africa by Ralph Martin


Baobab tree/Martin Helgan/CC

Our next meeting will be a talk on South Africa by one of our regular speakers (and ex Birmingham member) Ralph Martin.  Ralph is a frequent traveller and is responsible for the field number database.  He is the son of Bob Martin who is fondly remembered at the branch.

Ralph will be bringing plants for sale so please remember to bring some cash!    All visitors most welcome.

Mousebirds on Aloe ferox flowers/Martin Helgan/CC

Tuesday 16 April – Round the Rebutia Group by Alasdair Glen


Rebutia heliosa/Gill Mills

On Tuesday join us for a fascinating talk Round the Rebutia Group by one of our favourite speakers and previous BCSS Chairman Alasdair Glen.  Rebutias are one of the most popular cactus plants as most of them flower regularly and from an early age providing a regular flush of colour from early spring onwards in the greenhouse.

As usual all visitors are most welcome.

Rebutia albipilosa/Gill Mills


Tuesday 19 March – Gardening with Succulents by Paul Spracklin

Cacti and Succulents in Paul’s Essex garden

Our speaker this month is a return visit by one of our most popular speakers from last year.  Paul Spracklin has created a garden of hardy exotic plants in his Essex garden and will be giving us some tips to help us if we aspire to do this even on a more modest scale.

All visitors are most welcome.

Another view of Paul’s garden

Tuesday 19 February “FILM NIGHT” producer Andy Harris


Sonoran Desert/Ade Russell/CC

Forget the Oscars – come and join us for an Andy Harris produced Film Night.  The first film is about the Sonoran Desert and includes information on animals, the habitat and cacti especially the Saguaro.


The second half will show two films – the first about Knersvlakte in South Africa and the second about Ernst van Jaarsveld the legendary succulent plant collector.

All visitors most welcome.


Tuesday 15 January – Derek Castle: My Life in Cacti

Our first meeting of the year will be our President, Derek Castle, giving a talk entitled “My Life in Cacti”.   Derek has been a BCSS member for over 60 years and has travelled widely so his talk should prove fascinating.

All visitors are very welcome.

The rest of the 2019 programme can be accessed here.

New programme for 2019


Best wishes for Christmas and the new year to all Birmingham branch members, speakers and visitors and we hope to see you at our meetings in 2019.  Details will be listed shortly.

AGM and Christmas Social – Tuesday 11 December

Poinsettias/Liz Smith/CC

Don’t forget our December meeting will be next Tuesday 11 December when we will have our AGM to discuss the year’s business (this doesn’t usually take too long) before we then get down to the main event of eating and socialising.  Please remember to bring some nibbles to share.

Also best to bring some money as there will be an auction and the Treasurer will be able to take any membership subs for next year.

All visitors welcome.


Tuesday 20 November – Mark Preston talking about Epiphytic Cacti

Rhipsalis pachyptera/David Midgley/CC

Join us on what is likely to be a cold, dank November evening to enjoy a warm room full of interesting company (together with tea/coffee and biscuits) and be educated on the fascinating subject of Epiphytic Cacti by an acknowledged expert – our own Mark Preston.

As usual all visitors are welcome.

Disocactus aurantiacus/Joe Townsend/CC



Tuesday 16 October – Cacti of South America by Dorothy Minors

Echinopsis chiloensis/photo James Galther/CC

This is a reminder that next Tuesday’s meeting will be a talk by one of our regular speakers Dorothy Minors who will be telling us about the Cacti of South America.  This should be a fascinating talk as it will cover some of the many varieties that we all grow and it will be interesting to see them in habitat.

All visitors will be made most welcome as usual.

Echinopsis spachiana/photo John Rusk/CC