AGM and Christmas Social – Tuesday 11 December

Poinsettias/Liz Smith/CC

Don’t forget our December meeting will be next Tuesday 11 December when we will have our AGM to discuss the year’s business (this doesn’t usually take too long) before we then get down to the main event of eating and socialising.  Please remember to bring some nibbles to share.

Also best to bring some money as there will be an auction and the Treasurer will be able to take any membership subs for next year.

All visitors welcome.


Tuesday 20 November – Mark Preston talking about Epiphytic Cacti

Rhipsalis pachyptera/David Midgley/CC

Join us on what is likely to be a cold, dank November evening to enjoy a warm room full of interesting company (together with tea/coffee and biscuits) and be educated on the fascinating subject of Epiphytic Cacti by an acknowledged expert – our own Mark Preston.

As usual all visitors are welcome.

Disocactus aurantiacus/Joe Townsend/CC



Tuesday 16 October – Cacti of South America by Dorothy Minors

Echinopsis chiloensis/photo James Galther/CC

This is a reminder that next Tuesday’s meeting will be a talk by one of our regular speakers Dorothy Minors who will be telling us about the Cacti of South America.  This should be a fascinating talk as it will cover some of the many varieties that we all grow and it will be interesting to see them in habitat.

All visitors will be made most welcome as usual.

Echinopsis spachiana/photo John Rusk/CC


Tuesday 18 September – John Foster on Senecios

Senecio flower/photo Leonora Enking/CC

For next Tuesday’s meeting we welcome our good friend John Foster the Chairman of Gloucester Branch who will be telling us all about Senecios.

If you don’t know too much about this diverse range of plants (and even if you do) come and be amazed at the variety of them.

All visitors are welcome as usual.

Senecio haworthii/photo Leonora Enking/CC


August Meeting : Lee Hale of Winterbourne

Arid House Winterbourne/photo Gill Mills

Come and join us on Tuesday 21 August to hear Lee Hale Curator and Head of Winterbourne talk about the history and background to these superb gardens where we hold our meetings.

Everyone is welcome.

Winterbourne Wisteria/photo Gill Mills

Autumn Show with the Haworthia Society 7 October


Rebutia heliosa/photo Gill Mills

2018 Autumn Show Schedule

We now have the show schedule available for the Birmingham 2018 Autumn Show with the Haworthia Society which will be held on Sunday 7 October.

As usual we will hold the show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is different from 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.

If you would like a hard copy sending please contact Gill Mills at

July Meeting – National Parks of Madagascar and the Caribbean

Eastern Woolly Lemur/National Park Madagascar/photo Leonora Enking/CC

Please come and join us on 17 July for a talk on the National Parks of Madagascar and the Caribbean from Tony Morris and Alan Brown.

As usual this will be 7 for 7.30pm at Winterbourne and all visitors are most welcome for what promises to be a fascinating talk.

Kalanchoe species/Amber Mountain National Park, Madagascar/photo Linda de Volder/CC

June Meeting – Paul Spracklin on Hardy Bromeliads

Bromeliad/photo Simulacrum/CC

Our meeting on 19 June features a new (to Birmingham) and interesting speaker as it will be Paul Spracklin telling us about Hardy Bromeliads.   Paul has created a garden of hardy exotic plants in his Essex garden and to whet your appetite here is a link to an article he wrote for the March edition of the Essex Succulent Review.

Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome.

Bromeliad/photo Mike Cohen/CC


Loudon Terrace at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Here are the latest photos from Eddie Adams showing the planting of the Cactus and Other Succulent bed on the Loudon Terrace at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  They show the Pachycereus pringlei originally donated to Winterbourne by Ian Thwaites and the Oreocereus celsianus donated by Arthur Tomkins.


May Meeting – Maurice Williams on Matucanas


Matucana flowers/ photo Ezequiel Coelho/CC

Our 15 May meeting is a talk by Maurice Williams on Matucanas the attractive cactus plants only found in Peru.  Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome.

Matucana hystrix/photo dornenwolf/CC