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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 […]

Tuesday 18 September – John Foster on Senecios

Senecio flower/photo Leonora Enking/CC For next Tuesday’s meeting we welcome our good friend John Foster the Chairman of Gloucester Branch who will be telling us all about Senecios. If you don’t know too much about this diverse range of plants (and even if you do) come and be amazed at the variety of them. All […]

August Meeting : Lee Hale of Winterbourne

Arid House Winterbourne/photo Gill Mills Come and join us on Tuesday 21 August to hear Lee Hale Curator and Head of Winterbourne talk about the history and background to these superb gardens where we hold our meetings. Everyone is welcome. Winterbourne Wisteria/photo Gill Mills

Autumn Show with the Haworthia Society 7 October

  Rebutia heliosa/photo Gill Mills 2018 Autumn Show Schedule We now have the show schedule available for the Birmingham 2018 Autumn Show with the Haworthia Society which will be held on Sunday 7 October. As usual we will hold the show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is different from our meeting venue. Directions can be found […]

July Meeting – National Parks of Madagascar and the Caribbean

Eastern Woolly Lemur/National Park Madagascar/photo Leonora Enking/CC Please come and join us on 17 July for a talk on the National Parks of Madagascar and the Caribbean from Tony Morris and Alan Brown. As usual this will be 7 for 7.30pm at Winterbourne and all visitors are most welcome for what promises to be a […]

June Meeting – Paul Spracklin on Hardy Bromeliads

Bromeliad/photo Simulacrum/CC Our meeting on 19 June features a new (to Birmingham) and interesting speaker as it will be Paul Spracklin telling us about Hardy Bromeliads.   Paul has created a garden of hardy exotic plants in his Essex garden and to whet your appetite here is a link to an article he wrote for the March […]

Loudon Terrace at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Here are the latest photos from Eddie Adams showing the planting of the Cactus and Other Succulent bed on the Loudon Terrace at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  They show the Pachycereus pringlei originally donated to Winterbourne by Ian Thwaites and the Oreocereus celsianus donated by Arthur Tomkins.  

May Meeting – Maurice Williams on Matucanas

  Matucana flowers/ photo Ezequiel Coelho/CC Our 15 May meeting is a talk by Maurice Williams on Matucanas the attractive cactus plants only found in Peru.  Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome. Matucana hystrix/photo dornenwolf/CC

April meeting – Conophytums by Eddy Harris

    Our 17 April meeting will be a talk by the BCSS Secretary Eddy Harris on Conophytums, the  fascinating tiny South African plants. Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome.  

BCSS AGM Saturday 14 April

Andy Harris has asked me to remind you that on Saturday 14th April the BCSS National AGM will be held at Winstanley High School in Leicester (our side near the M1).  It is a new format and includes two guest speakers and lots of plant stalls.  The event is free to members and lunch is […]