April meeting – Conophytums by Eddy Harris



Our 17 April meeting will be a talk by the BCSS Secretary Eddy Harris on Conophytums, the  fascinating tiny South African plants.

Please come along and join us – all visitors welcome.


BCSS AGM Saturday 14 April

Andy Harris has asked me to remind you that on Saturday 14th April the BCSS National AGM will be held at Winstanley High School in Leicester (our side near the M1).  It is a new format and includes two guest speakers and lots of plant stalls.  The event is free to members and lunch is available to buy.  Last year the event was really good and they now minimise the formal AGM part.

Talks are by Anton Hofer on cactus and other succulent vegetation of Sierra Paila, Coahuila and Dr Keith Bensusan on Gibraltar’s Botanic Garden.

10 am Free coffee and biscuits.  Plant/book sales

11.00 Lecture 1

12.30 Lunch and plant/book sales

1.30 AGM

3.00 Break and plant/book sales

3.30 Lecture 2

Winstanley High School, Kingsway North, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 3BD

Andy and Richard will be going again so may see some of you there.  See the journal for info about speakers and the insert about the AGM for more information and a map.

March meeting – Stan Griffin of Craig House Cacti

Come and join us Tuesday 20 March for a talk by Stan Griffin of award winning Craig House Cacti intriguingly called “So you think you’ve got problems!”  All visitors welcome.

February meeting – Peter Berresford on David Parker founder of the Echinocereus Reference Collection


The February 20 talk will be from Peter Berresford, Deputy Editor of Cactus World, who will be talking about the life of the late David Parker who was a Birmingham member responsible for the Echinocereus Reference Collection.


Aloe marlothii in flower

Here’s the latest photo from Eddie Adams of the Aloe marlothii flowering at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Aloe marlothii

For those of you who came to this week’s meeting and saw the fascinating talk by Andy Harris with the photographs of Aloe marlothii in the wild, here is one from Eddie Adams of the plant about to flower at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

January 16 Meeting – Andy Harris South African Adventure – KwaZulu and Natal

Flora and fauna KwaZulu and Natal/photo Maureen Barlin (CC)

Come and be transported to the warmth and beauty of South Africa for the first meeting of 2018 on 16 January and enjoy our own Andy Harris tell you about his South African Adventure in KwaZulu and Natal.

During the usual tea-break we will have a mini AGM to bring you up to speed on anything that was missed due to the December AGM and Social being cancelled due to the adverse weather.  This will also be the last meeting that the Treasurer can take membership subs for 2018 as they have to be sent by the end of January.

Drakensberg Mountains/photo Jon Connell (CC)


We have decided to cancel Tuesday night’s AGM and Social due to the adverse weather conditions.  We decided to make the decision today in case people didn’t pick up the message in time.

We hope to have a quick recap of what would have been discussed at the AGM during the tea break at the 16 January meeting when our own Andy Harris will be talking about his South African Adventures: Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Best wishes to all for a very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

December Meeting AGM and Christmas Social

Don’t forget our December meeting will be next Tuesday 12 December when we will have our AGM to discuss the year’s business (this doesn’t usually take too long) and then get down to the main event of eating and socialising.  Please remember to bring some nibbles to share.

The Treasurer will also be able to take any membership subs for next year.

Our 2018 programme has been sorted thanks to Andy Harris and you can find a sneak preview here. Printed copies will be available at the January meeting.

November meeting – Macaronesian Memories by Colin Walker

Aeonium arboreum/photo Ali Eminov (CC)

Our meeting on 21 November will be titled ‘Macaronesian Memories’ by BCSS President Colin Walker. We are not sure of any more details at present but as Wikipedia says Macaronesia covers the Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde it is very likely to be about succulents including Aeoniums and Sedums.

What could be better on a cold November evening than to enjoy an interesting talk in good company drinking tea and eating biscuits packed in a room where the heating makes it feel like July? All visitors welcome so please come along and join us.