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Winterbourne Arid House

It may be winter, but there is a lot to see in the Arid House at Winterbourne at the moment. In recent weeks quite a few plants were added to the display and some of the old Ferocactus straightened up. Aloe arborescens is in full flower now, and another large Aloe is due to come […]

Auction of Derek’s collection

Just a reminder of the auction on 11 May at Winterbourne – with viewings and sales from 10am and the auction itself at 11am. Please use the usual garden entrance – you will not be expected to pay the entrance fee if you are coming specifically for the auction, but you will have the opportunity […]

Bob Stanley’s Mammillarias

It is a little over a year now that Bob Stanley passed away – a Mammillaria specialist who lived in the Birmingham area. Although Bob was not an active member of our branch his father Albert spent many years with us as a very valuable and popular member, also specialising in Mammillarias. Bob Stanley was […]

Pachycereus, potted

As you know, the tall Pachycereus in the Winterbourne Arid House was cut down in late May. Here it is rooting in its pot: Arthur managed to take some pictures of the operation: The plan is to put the plant on display again, in its pot, once it is stable and growing again. So far, […]

News round-up for May and June

Whilst the stalls at the NEC are being put up for Gardeners’ World Live I thought I’d give you a brief update on what’s been happening over the last few busy weeks. We’ll be at the NEC from tomorrow, Wednesday, 12 June, until Sunday, 16 June. Do come and find us if you have a […]

All change at the Winterbourne Arid House

The tall Pachycereus pringlei evidently enjoyed its time in the Winterbourne Arid House – planted out only five years ago it grew almost 4 ft to a height of 9 ft and is now almost touching the glass roof. Cutting it down will be a major operation… and that operation is imminent! The Euphorbia ingens […]

Bugs, Bees, Plants and Trees

Our Branch will have a stall with sales plants at the Winterbourne Family Day this coming Saturday (20th April) – do come and find us there! Bugs, Bees, Plants and Trees is on from 11am till 5pm; entry charges apply. See http://www.winterbourne.org.uk  for more details.

Blooms at Winterbourne

Finally, there was a touch of spring in the air last week. Here are some recent photographs of plants from the greenhouses at Winterbourne…

March 2013 Meeting: Out in the Cold and Wet / Stuart Estell

Sorry for the lateness of this write-up – just where has the time gone? Actually, our next branch meeting is not far off now (Andrew Gdaniec will be speaking on 16 April on cactus hunting in Canada). In March, though, we had Stuart Estell reporting on the successes and failures of growing cacti outside in […]


As mentioned by Derek at the last meeting, there are a few videos available on this site. You can watch: an interview with former branch chairman Vic Knight on Conophytum and Lithops Derek and Arthur potting up a large Euphorbia at Winterbourne a brief introduction to plants of the genus Cleistocactus and a tour of […]