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Catch up

There is some catching up to do on previous meetings etc. – meanwhile, though, we have some more photos from the NEC to share.

Coming up: June meeting

We are looking forward to a talk by Mike Stansbie on cactus identification. Mike is Secretary of  Shows Committee in the BCSS, and he did send me a brief description of what to expect: The talk is one which I was persuaded to give at the Judges` Course, giving a simple resume of the features […]

Branch success at the NEC

A huge Thank You to Arthur Tomkins for masterminding this year’s exhibit at the NEC!

Annual Show this Sunday

From 11.00 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3TR. The show will be judged by John Foster. Three cactus nurseries will be selling plants: Tony Irons, Stuart and Jane Riley, and Richard and Sheena Drane. Deadline for submitting entries for the show is by the end of today – please download the […]

Coming up: May meeting

The topic for our May meeting is: “Where do Cape succulents grow?” We are very grateful to Terry Smale to give us an expert tour of the succulent habitats in the winter rainfall areas of South Africa, and he will give us insights in how succulents were adapted to survival in harsh environments. The talk […]

Coming up: April meeting

We are looking forward to welcoming Paul Klaassen to our branch, with a talk on two visits to cactus habitats in Mexico. On his first trip Paul specifically looked for Thelocactus; the second trip was a repeat of his first journey, this time with a focus on Ariocarpus. This is on Tuesday, 21 April. Usual […]

Annual Show – 31 May

The schedule for our Annual Show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is fresh off the press – please submit your entries for the show by 28 May. Three nurseries will be at the show to sell plants: Stuart and Jane Riley (Plantlife); Tony Irons (Tony Irons Seedling Cacti) and Richard and Sheena Drane (Richard and […]

Coming up: March meeting

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 17 March) is our next meeting – this time we have a talk by our fellow branch member Mark Preston on Rhipsalis, a fascinating genus of epiphytic plants. Usual time and place, all welcome.

Plant auction – 17 May

We have been asked to help auctioning a splendid collection of former BCSS Birmingham member Fred Hassam. The auction will be held at Winterbourne, on Sunday 17 May. Winterbourne will be opening at 10am on that day to faciliate viewing of the auction lots, before bidding starts at 11am. Gill took photos of the collection, […]

Coming up: January meeting

We’ll take it leisurely this month and start off the new year with a look at slides taken by Frank Horwood on a visit to Heidelberg Botanic Gardens, in 1965. This was five years into Werner Rauh’s directorship of the gardens and following several expeditions to Madagascar (amongst other countries). Rauh collected widely, and one […]