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.

If you would like a hard copy sending please contact Gill Mills at gmills1@virginmedia.com

August Meeting – Talk by Roger Ferryman

Desert Storm/by Dave Hemsley/on flickr (CC)

Legendary pioneer and cactus explorer Roger Ferryman will be the speaker at our next meeting on Tuesday 15 August. His talk will be about “Cactus of the Chihuahuan Desert”.  It will be at the usual meeting place of the Horticultural Training Centre at Winterbourne House 7 for 7.30 pm and all are welcome.

Chihuahuan Desert/by Dave Hemsley/on flickr (CC)

July meeting: Haworthia website

This is the website run by Haworthia enthusiast Jakub Jilemicky that Alan mentioned at the last meeting: http://haworthia-gasteria.blogspot.co.uk/2008/01/home.html

July Meeting: Gerhard Marx’s Haworthias

This month, the Chairman of the Haworthia Society, Alan Rollason, will introduce us to the South African plantsman, artist and Haworthia expert Gerhard Marx. Alan will focus particularly on the Haworthia collection of Gerhard Marx – “with some of the most spectacular specimen plants ever”, he reckons.

It is worth having a look at Gerhard Marx’s website, with some stunning examples of his botanical artworks (the image above is one we have linked to) and useful hints for pollinating and hybridizing Haworthias. Gerhard Marx has a recently described Haworthia species named after him, and he is a regular contributer to the Haworthiad journal, published by the Haworthia Society.

Coming up: June meeting

This month we welcome back globetrotter Paul Klaassen. He spent last winter in Madagascar and mainland Mexico, and we’ll hear all about it on Tuesday, 20 June, 7.30pm at the Horticultural Training Centre at Winterbourne House and Gardens (our usual meeting place). Do come along…