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

Tuesday 15 October – Baja California by Neil Oakman

Baja California/Luca Penati/CC

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop join us for an evening in the sun and warmth of Baja California with a talk from Neil Oakman.

As usual all visitors are most welcome.

Baja California/Luca Penati/CC

BCSS Manchester visit

We had a visit from BCSS Manchester Branch on Saturday 14th September.  They hired a coach and visited both the Botanical Gardens and Winterbourne.  The weather was glorious and here is the video of their trip made by David the partner of Jo Adderley the organiser.


Tuesday 17 September – Crassulas Everywhere by Derek Tribble


Crassula corymbulosa/FarOutFlora/CC

Our next meeting welcomes Derek Tribble one of the experts on all aspects of the Crassulaceae who will be talking about Crassulas Everywhere.

All visitors most welcome.

Crassula rupestris/Geir K Edland/CC

Tuesday 20 August – Succulent Humour by John Watmough


Argyroderma congregatum/Martin Helgan/CC

Please come and join us for a talk by John Watmough on Succulent Humour which is sure to be humorous, witty and knowledgeable (rather like the man himself).  John is a regular visitor to Birmingham Branch, is a keen seed raiser and currently runs the Mesemb Study Group plant exchange.

All visitors most welcome.

Othonna species/James Gaither/CC