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Pachycereus pringlei update

In case you were wondering what will happen to the Pachycereus pringlei which was also on the terrace at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, here are some before and after photos of it showing it wrapped up in bubblewrap and cardboard before being transported to the nursery on a trailer where it was potted up ready for its winter rest.

Most of the other cactus and succulent plants in the display were dug out and potted up on the spot before going down to the nursery.


Agave tequilana now under cover

The Agave tequilana which was outside at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens has now been moved indoors into the subtropical house. The move took all day and involved six gardeners.

October Meeting – Threatened Cacti of Mexico


Echinocereus triglochidiatus/Kerry Woods/CC

Don’t forget our next meeting on 17 October in the usual room at Winterbourne when we will be welcoming our good friend and award winning photographer Ian Thwaites with a talk on Threatened Cacti of Mexico. All visitors welcome.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Sonora Desert/billandkent/CC

Update on Agave tequilana at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

It’s that time of year when we’re all thinking of bringing our plants inside for the winter so spare a thought for the gardeners at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Eddie Adams has sent the latest pictures of the Agave tequilana which has started to flower. The plant is 5.95m tall and in the event of cold weather the plan is for five helpers to move it into the subtropical house as it is too big to fit into the barrel arch with the Agave salmiana.

Autumn Show this Sunday


Rebutia heliosa/Gill Mills

Just to remind everyone it is our Birmingham Branch Autumn Show on Sunday 1st October at the Botanical Gardens.

If you can come along and perhaps enter some plants in the Show (entries by Thursday please) you will also find lots of plants to buy and experts to give you advice regarding cultivation.

September Meeting – Gardens of the Western Cape

Kirstenbosch Fynbos/Steve Elliott/CC

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19 September in the usual room at Winterbourne when our good friend Trevor Wray will be talking about Gardens of the Western Cape.

Trevor is a very entertaining speaker and excellent photographer so this will be a meeting not to miss. All visitors welcome.

Kirstenbosch Gardens/Steven dosRemedios/CC




BCSS Birmingham on Twitter


BCSS Birmingham are now on twitter thanks to our own Eddie Adams.  You can access it here


Agave tequilana update

Here are the latest views of the Agave tequilana on the Loudon Terrace at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens- now over 5 metres tall and with around 2000 flower buds.

photos Eddie Adams/BBG/with permission

Birmingham Autumn Show 1 October 2017

Mammillaria spinossima/Winterbourne Arid House/Gill Mills

We now have the autumn 2017 show schedule available.

As usual we will hold the show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is different to our meeting venue. Directions can be found in the schedule and as always you will gain free entry to the gardens on entering one plant into the show.

The Autumn Show will be on Sunday 1 October.

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