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Birmingham Autumn Show Sunday 3rd October


Puna clavarioides/Gill Mills

We will be holding our Birmingham Autumn Show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Sunday 3rd October 2021.

Please enter if you can.

autumn 2021 show schedule

BCSS Birmingham Branch meeting updates

Due to Covid, events will be arranged at short notice as and when we are able to meet up, and could include meets to see collections, gardens and other activities.

Regarding meeting at Winterbourne, as soon as it is safe for all to do so we will resume indoor evening meetings,  held on the third Tuesday of the month.

For the time being our Zoom meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month, unless indicated otherwise.  For further details of the Zoom meetings please contact Andy Harris at

Wed April 21st                     Propagation discussion – QA or external speaker tbc

Wed May 19th                       Rodney Sims; Oxford expedition

Wed June 16th                       Cultivation discussion QA or external speaker tbc

Wed July 21st                         Paul Spracklin;  Adventures in Mexico

Wed August 18th                    TBA

Wed September 22nd             Roy Earle; Lithops

FRIDAY October  22nd          Trevor Wray;      Arizona Bi-ways

TUESDAY November 16th     Indoor meeting  Stan Griffin;  Argentina

TUESDAY December 14th        Indoor Christmas meeting

Cactus and Succulent video from Andy Harris

Andy Harris, who organises our speakers and is presently arranging the Zoom presentations, is now having a go at producing YouTube videos on cactus and succulents.

Here is the first in what he hopes to be a series of videos “What’s in a Name?”




Wednesday 17th June – On-line talk by Jo Adderley, Chester Zoo cacti collection

Our regular Wednesday Zoom talk will feature an on-line talk by Jo Adderley about the Chester Zoo cacti collection.
We will have an informal talk and we will also have the chance to chat and ask questions of one another.
This talk is aimed at primarily at Birmingham Branch members or people interested in joining our Branch.
If you are interested please contact me at 
More info about Chester Zoo

Birmingham Branch meetings on Zoom


Due to the current situation with COVID-19 Winterbourne is closed and our meetings cancelled until further notice.  However, Andy Harris who usually arranges our speakers has been organising some internet meetings for the Branch and has asked me to post this message:

“Hi all – If you come along to the Birmingham Branch meetings or were thinking of doing so we have started some informal Wednesday evening meetings on Zoom.  If you are interested please message me at



Winterbourne Arid House/Gill Mills

Our March meeting on Tue 17th March is cancelled.

Due to the present Coronavirus situation, which seems too be escalating, members have expressed concerns about the meeting. We have a number of older members and feel it right to cancel this meeting and hopefully rearrange for another time.

For potential new attendees, massive apologies. If you have the chance do visit the cacti collection at Winterbourne gardens. Our members maintain this.

We will post updates regarding the next meetings and we will try to keep you informed.

18 February – Eritrean Environment and its Succulent Flora from Andy Harris


Eritrean Grand Canyon/Clay Gilliland/CC

Please come and join us on Tuesday 18 February for a talk from our own Andy Harris on Eritrean environment and its succulent flora.  Andy’s talk will cover the geography of the country, introduce its people and places and then look at its rather special succulent flora.

All visitors most welcome


21 January – New Year Film Night


Roy on the South Rim/Adam Baker/CC

Our first branch meeting of 2020 will be on Tuesday 21 January and will be a New Year Film Night organised by Andy Harris.  There will be three short films including 1. Biggest and Wildest Cacti 2. Psychedelic Cacti and 3. Extracts from Burning North.

What better way to start off the year than a cosy film night with refreshments and a friendly group of people.

All visitors most welcome.

Our 2020 programme of meetings can be seen here.

Tuesday 10 December – AGM and Christmas Social

Our final meeting of the year will be next Tuesday 10 December when we will have our AGM to discuss the year’s business which usually doesn’t take too long before we then get down to the main event of eating and socialising.

Please remember to bring some nibbles to share.

All visitors welcome.


Tuesday 19 November – Plants I’ve seen in my camera by Geoff Bowman

Agave Sunset/T Temple/CC

Please come and join us on Tuesday 19th November for a talk from Geoff Bowman entitled “Plants I’ve seen in my Camera”.  As Geoff is the holder of the National Plant Collection of Agaves it is a fair bet there will be quite a few Agaves making an appearance in the photos.

All visitors most welcome.

Agave/Jonathan Moreau/CC