Our first meeting of 2018 will be held on January 2nd and it will follow the usual format of our own members giving short talks. This usually proves to be a very varied and interesting evening because of the wide variety of topics that tend to be covered. This year we can look forward to presentations from 6 different people, on subjects including a plant and bulb hunting trip in South Africa, pictures of a members' collection, a focus on the plants found at a small beach-side locality in Chile, images taken on a recent trip to Argentina, pictures taken on a visit to Southfield Nurseries (also known as CactusLand) in Bourne, Lincolnshire, and shots of cacti & succulents encountered during various holidays to mainland Europe.
Don't forget to bring some plants along to support the Table Show classes. Cactus classes at this meeting are Echinocactus Group, and succulent classes are for Aloe Group. We shall also have the regular monthly class for Flowering Plant (cactus or succulent). Full details of pot size limits etc can be found elsewhere on this website or on the printed programme.
Each monthly meeting starts at 7:30pm
and finishes at 10:00pm, with a break for refreshments. The meetings generally
consist of a speaker and slide show, or a practical demonstration or talk.
A good selection of plants are available for purchase, and there is also an extensive
library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis.
There is also a table show, where members bring along plants from a nominated category
|2nd Jan||Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members||Echinocactus Group, Aloe Group, Plant in Flower|
|6th Feb||Brazil - The Land of the Uebelmannia (Cliff Thompson)||Eriosyce Group, Crassulaceae Group, Plant in Flower|
|6th Mar||Peru 2017 (Ian Woolnough)||Opuntia Group, Haworthia Group, Plant in Flower|
|3rd Apr||What I Saw Last Winter - Mexico & Madagascar (Paul Klaassen)||Rebutia Group, Gasteria Group, Plant in Flower|
|1st May||Cultivation & Propagation Workshop With demonstrations and discussions||Cacti (3 plants), Succulents (3 plants), Plant in Flower|
|12th May||Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day)||9:30am - 4:30pm|
|5th Jun||Travels in Ethiopia (Bob Potter)||Parodia Group, Euphorbia Group, Plant in Flower|
|30th Jun||Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD|
|3rd Jul||Cultivation of Cacti & Succulents (Terry Smale)||Gymnocalycium Group, Stapelia Group, Plant in Flower|
|22nd Jul||Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset|
|24-26 Jul||Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst||9am - 6pm|
|28th Jul||Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB|
|7th Aug||Plant Focus Evening – Mammillaria & Euphorbia||Echinopsis Group, Agave Group, Plant in Flower|
|4th Sep||Succulent Senecios (John Foster)||Mammillaria Group, Mesemb Group (exc Lithops), Plant in Flower|
|8th Sep||Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands||9:00am - 6:00pm|
|2nd Oct||Gasterias in Habitat & Culture (Tony Roberts)||Echinocereus Group, Lithops Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|6th Nov||Around The Collection (Stuart Riley)||Copiapoa Group, Echeveria Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|4th Dec||Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social|
|Regular Meetings (@ St James)|
|Shows, Displays and other Events|
|Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will be posted on this website. If travelling from a distance, please check here (or with the secretary) a day or two before the event.|
|Monthly Table Show||The Table Show is held at most branch meetings, see table above for details of the eligible cactus and succulent classes for each month. The classes are divided into Open Section (unlimited pot size),
Intermediate Section (4.5in pot size limit) and Novice Section (3.5in pot size limit). For every table show, there is also a class for Any cactus or succulent plant in flower (unlimited pot size).
Members can enter multiple entries in a class, if they wish. The novice classes are open to all branch members who have not previously won the Novice Section.
The classes will be judged according to the 10th edition of the BCSS Handbook of Shows. The decision of the judge will be final.
Trophies will be awarded at the end of the year to the persons gaining the most points over the year in the different classes. In addition, the Ladies Cup will be awarded to the lady member gaining the most points across all classes during the year.
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
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Tel: 023 80261989
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.