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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 […]

February 2013 Meeting: Continental Collections / Derek Castle

Our most recent talk introduced us to some cactus nurseries and private collections on the continent, mainly in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Derek made several trips to the continent in the 1980s, together with other members of the branch at the time (Graham Charles, Philip Blackman). Those must have been the golden days of […]


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 […]