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Annual Show this Sunday

From 11.00 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3TR. The show will be judged by John Foster. Three cactus nurseries will be selling plants: Tony Irons, Stuart and Jane Riley, and Richard and Sheena Drane. Deadline for submitting entries for the show is by the end of today – please download the […]

Auction – many thanks!

The branch would like to thank everyone who came along to the auction to make it such a success. Of over 200 plants a mere 6 were not sold (we will bring these to our Annual Show to sell). There were a large number of excellent plants on offer, and we know that these are […]

Hardy Agaves

Here is another interesting article from The Plantsman – on Agave suitable for cold glass or outdoor cultivation in the UK. We will have a talk on these plants later this year, in September.

Coming up: May meeting

The topic for our May meeting is: “Where do Cape succulents grow?” We are very grateful to Terry Smale to give us an expert tour of the succulent habitats in the winter rainfall areas of South Africa, and he will give us insights in how succulents were adapted to survival in harsh environments. The talk […]

Cactus hunting in Canada

Andrew Gdaniec gave a talk on this topic a couple of years ago. If you missed it have a look at the RHS publication The Plantsman (September 2014 issue) where he has published an article on the hardy cacti of that country. A more technical account of Andrew’s Canada expedition is available from the Merlin […]

Auction on 17 May – update

Gill has added some new photos of the auction plants – now at Winterbourne and flowering. Two lots got damaged on the way and won’t be auctioned: no. 161 (Lophophora williamsii) and no. 191 (Uebelmannia pectinifera).

Coming up: April meeting

We are looking forward to welcoming Paul Klaassen to our branch, with a talk on two visits to cactus habitats in Mexico. On his first trip Paul specifically looked for Thelocactus; the second trip was a repeat of his first journey, this time with a focus on Ariocarpus. This is on Tuesday, 21 April. Usual […]

Annual Show – 31 May

The schedule for our Annual Show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is fresh off the press – please submit your entries for the show by 28 May. Three nurseries will be at the show to sell plants: Stuart and Jane Riley (Plantlife); Tony Irons (Tony Irons Seedling Cacti) and Richard and Sheena Drane (Richard and […]

Coming up: March meeting

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 17 March) is our next meeting – this time we have a talk by our fellow branch member Mark Preston on Rhipsalis, a fascinating genus of epiphytic plants. Usual time and place, all welcome.

Plant auction – 17 May

We have been asked to help auctioning a splendid collection of former BCSS Birmingham member Fred Hassam. The auction will be held at Winterbourne, on Sunday 17 May. Winterbourne will be opening at 10am on that day to faciliate viewing of the auction lots, before bidding starts at 11am. Gill took photos of the collection, […]