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Programme for 2017

The programme for 2017 is complete and will be online within the next week or so. We shall start off with the talk on Dudleya (see previous posting). Then in February Roy Earle will tell us more about raising and keeping Lithops – something we touched on a little at his last talk, but given […]

Coming up: AGM

This coming Tuesday, 13 December, we will hold our AGM. We will discuss reports from branch officers, and it is an opportunity for everyone in the branch to share thoughts on activities for next year. The branch programme for 2017 is complete, with talks on some favourite cacti (Mammillaria), very special habitats, some magnificent plant […]

Change of programme: November meeting

Unfortunately Andrew Young is unable to travel to Birmingham this month, so we re-arranged his talk on Steven Hammer’s collection for March next year. Instead, we have moved the talk originally scheduled for March 2017 forward: Derek Castle will tell us about a visit he made to South Africa, this coming Tuesday, 15 November, 7pm, […]

Coming up: October meeting

We are very pleased to be able to welcome nurseryman Tony Irons to our next branch meeting. He will share his expertise on raising cacti and succulents from seed. This is on Tuesday, 18 October, usual time and place – all welcome!

Autumn Show this weekend

It is the weekend of our Autumn Show in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 11-4 on Sunday, and the show is held in conjunction with the Haworthia Society.

Gold at BBC Gardener’s World Live

The branch achieved a Gold Medal for their stand at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live. Here is a photo of the stand – we’re in the Floral Marquee this year.

Grand days out at BBC Gardener’s World Live

For the first time specialist plant societies represent themselves in the Floral Marquee at BBC Gardener’s World Live, vis-a-vis the fabulous displays of various well-known exhibitors. We will have a stand again, with around 100 plants, all lovingly prepared, to demonstrate the variety in cacti and other succulents. We will happily advise on cultivation, treatment […]

Coming up: June meeting

We are looking forward to welcoming again BCSS Chairman Alasdair Glen, this time with a talk intriguingly entitled “The Whole Blooming Year”. This will be on Tuesday, 21 June, 7.30pm in the Horticultural Training Centre at Winterbourne House and Gardens, on the University of Birmingham main campus.

Coming up: April meeting

We are looking forward to a talk on lesser known mesembs – John Watmough, who runs the plant exchange scheme of the Mesemb Study Group, will introduce us to the weired and wonderful members from a diverse group of succulents, of which Lithops and Conophytum are probably the most widely grown. The talk is this coming […]

A word on our table shows…

We still have them, but we are no longer prescriptive in which type of cactus or other succulent you bring along. It would be nice to see more plants being brought along to meetings, and we hope that opening up the monthly show might encourage more of you to do just that… after all, we […]