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Coming up: April meeting

We have our next meeting tomorrow (16 April) – Andrew Gdaniec will be taking us ‘cactus hunting in Canada’. All welcome, time and location as usual.

Coming up: March meeting

Don’t forget we’ll be having Stuart Estell with us again this coming Tuesday – he’ll be introducing us to cactus cultivation out of doors (in the wonderful Birmingham climate). We meet as usual at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at Winterbourne.

In Planning: Trip to Rene Geissler

We’re planning another branch trip to Rene Geissler, a most friendly and hospitable nurseryman – always a good destination for those interested in buying more unusual plants. We’ll be going by car, lifts can be arranged. If you would like to come along, please contact our Chairman Mark O’Connor. The trip is scheduled for Sunday, 5 […]

Programme for 2013 now complete

This year’s programme is now complete – September’s meeting will be with Alasdair Glen, who will be giving a talk on Neoporteria/Eriosyce.

Coming up: February meeting

Next week, Derek will be introducing us to “Continental Collections” – based on visits to continental nurseries in the 70s and 80s in particular. We meet on 19 February, 7.30pm at Winterbourne as usual. All welcome! There have been a few amendments to this year’s programme – do have a look at what is on […]


As mentioned by Derek at the last meeting, there are a few videos available on this site. You can watch: an interview with former branch chairman Vic Knight on Conophytum and Lithops Derek and Arthur potting up a large Euphorbia at Winterbourne a brief introduction to plants of the genus Cleistocactus and a tour of […]

January 2013 Meeting – Plant Clinic

Just a handful of plants were brought along, but it was a lively evening nonetheless, with people exchanging ideas on how to combat red spider mites or what may cause a fungal infection on almost felty succulent leaves (aphid droppings perhaps?). We then discussed different methods of seed raising – when it comes to cacti, […]

Coming up: January Plant Clinic

Happy new year everyone! We have our first meeting for 2013 this coming Tuesday evening (15 January, 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start at Winterbourne as usual). Please bring along any plant you seek advice on. We will try our best to offer help. You can have a look at Stephen’s account of last year’s […]

Things to look forward to

The Branch is planning two plant shows in 2013, with the Annual Show on 26 May and the Autumn Show on 6 October. Both shows will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We will also be back at the NEC for BBC Gardeners World Live (12 – 16 June). Talks this year will include […]

December 2012 AGM – New Chairman

We had our AGM on Tuesday – and our current Chairman, Stuart Estell, announced that he would like to step down from his post. He has done a tremendous job heading this Branch and putting together such varied yearly programmes of talks – thank you, Stuart, for all your hard work! Mark O”Connor, our Branch […]