A happy new year from Birmingham Branch

Our new events calendar is now up on the events page – click here to view it.

We start the year with a plant clinic – so if you have anything that looks as though it’s ailing, or simply a plant that needs to be identified, bring it along and between us we will try and figure it out, although if it’s as rotten as this poor uebelmannia, there’s probably no hope…

The Birmingham Branch Autumn Show and Haworthia Society Annual Show – A Guest’s Perspective

We’re very grateful to Tony Roberts from Dartford Branch for his response to our show:

It was my first visit to this show and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a splendid venue for this event, and the conference hall provides ample space for the exhibits and “trade stands”. There was a tremendous variety of plants to be seen in the 46 Cactus and Succulent classes and then a dazzling array of specialist plants in the 35 Haworthia classes. What a feast for the eyes! There were some show-winning plants I recognised from other events “down south” (must have been Stirling Baker’s fine entries!) but what was really nice was to see different plants grown by enthusiasts from parts of the country I don’t normally reach.

I also enjoyed browsing the sales tables of Plantlife, Toobees and the Edgingtons, not forgetting the Branch Sales stand too and those of Haworthia Society members. I almost resisted (keeping my hands firmly in my pockets!) but succumbed to a couple of super Adromischus and a Gasteria from the members’ sales tables. The highlight of the day though, apart from the plants, was meeting so many friends, old and new, and making contact with people I’d previously only conversed with by phone, e-mail or on the BCSS Forum.

Any regrets? Well, I spent too much time talking and at the Haworthia Society B.G.M. and not enough time looking at the plants, whilst exploration of the “Gardens and Glasshouses” will have to be reserved for another, perhaps sunnier, visit! Many thanks to all the Birmingham Branch and Haworthia Society officials and members and particularly the Exhibitors who made this such an enjoyable day. I look forward to next time!

Dr Tony Roberts, Chairman, BCSS Dartford Branch

Autumn Show with the Haworthia Society

Our autumn show with the Haworthia Society will be held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on October the 3rd from 11am to 4pm. As ever we’ll have a massive display of plants, and welcome entries from all society members. And, as a further incentive, if you enter just one plant into the show, you get free admission to the Botanical Gardens.

Traders attending to sell their wares will be:

  • Plantlife
  • Richard and Wendy Edginton
  • Bob and Beryl Potter
  • Keith Larkin (Keith’s Cactus Books)

The schedule is available for download here: BCSS Birmingham Autumn Show 2010 – entry form

You can post entries to the address shown on the schedule, or if you prefer to do it electronically, please email Gill Mills at gill@bcssbirmingham.org.uk with your entries.

Display and sales at Birmingham Gardeners’ Weekend

Our sales plants proved popular as always

Our annual appearance at the King’s Heath Park went as well as ever, although it was slightly sad to see that for the second year running there were far fewer traders at the event.

The sales table is always a good way of making room in the greenhouse and finding new homes for rooted cuttings and seedlings, and our customers were very obliging in helping our cause. It’s an excellent way of raising some funds for the branch too, so our thanks to everyone who crossed our palms with silver.

The volunteers from the branch who staff the display and sales tables always have a great time – it’s a rewarding way of spending a few hours talking to people about the plants you love, especially if you’re able to give advice regarding something that may be puzzling them about their own plants. It’s always nice to be able to catch up with friends we’ve got to know over the years, too – some of our customers return time after time, and know exactly where to find us!

Roll on next year – we’ll be sowing seeds and rooting cuttings well in advance…