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Gill Mills

Tuesday 16 July – Southern Namibia by Rodney Sims

  Welwitschia mirabilis/Petr Kosina/CC We have a welcome return visitor next Tuesday in Rodney Sims who is a good friend of Birmingham Branch and a stalwart of our times at Gardeners’ World Live when he would come up for most of the week to help on the stand. He will be talking about Southern Namibia […]

‘Queen of the Night’ flowers at Winterbourne

How about these for some superb flowers?  The Selenicereus grandiflorus (Queen of the Night) flowered last Saturday night (one night only) in the Arid House at Winterbourne and Arthur Tomkins captured the moment (along with some lucky visitors who were watching a play in the grounds).  Apologies for any lack of clarity but these were […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. INTERVAL – POPCORN OPTIONAL The second half will show two films – the first about Knersvlakte in […]

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 […]