After the success of our first Plant Focus Evening last year, at our next meeting on Tuesday 6 August, we will hold another Plant Focus Evening at which we will focus on two popular genera, Aloe and Gymnocalycium.
We would like everyone to bring along plants of these genera from their collections, large or small, and we will have a detailed look at the many species available and hold discussions about them. We will talk about which are the fast and easy species, and which are more of a challenge in cultivation. We will talk about the slow growing types, and the best cultivation techniques for the more difficult and demanding ones. Minimum temperatures, compost preferences, watering requirements and all other aspects of cultivation will be discussed. We will also talk about the best places to acquire plants or seeds, the best nurseries in the UK and elsewhere, whether you plan to visit or to order by post or online. We will also look at the range of literature available that covers these plants, and will have a large selection of books etc at the meeting for everyone to look at to decide if they want to seek them out, or maybe just to borrow some of the relevant titles from our Branch library.
Please make a special effort to bring along as many plants of Aloe and Gymnocalycium as possible to the meeting!
There will be no table show at the August meeting, the table show will resume at the September meeting.
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
|8th Jan||Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members||Echinocactus Group, Aloe Group, Plant in Flower|
|5th Feb||A Personal Choice. A brief history of cactus & succulent growing (Tom Radford)||Eriosyce Group, Crassulaceae Group, Plant in Flower|
|5th Mar||Bulbs & Succulents in the Roggeveld & Knersvlakte (Richard White)||Opuntia Group, Gasteria Group, Plant in Flower|
|2nd Apr||Interesting Haworthias (Stirling Baker)||Rebutia Group, Haworthia Group, Plant in Flower|
|7th May||Cultivation & Propagation Workshop - with demonstrations and discussions|| |
|4th Jun||Columnar Cacti (Tony Mace)||Parodia Group, Euphorbia Group, Plant in Flower|
|29th Jun||Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD|
|2nd Jul||Crassulas Everywhere (Derek Tribble)||Gymnocalycium Group, Agave Group, Plant in Flower|
|20th Jul||Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB|
|28th Jul||Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset|
|30Jul-1Aug||Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst||9am - 6pm|
|6th Aug||Plant Focus Evening – Aloe & Gymnocalycium|| |
|3rd Sep||Gardening with Succulents (Paul Spracklin)||Mammillaria Group, Mesemb Group (exc Lithops), Plant in Flower|
|14th Sep||Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands||9:00am - 6:00pm|
|1st Oct||Ex-situ Conservation of Cactaceae in the UK (Vicky Davies)||Echinocereus Group, Lithops Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|5th Nov||Agaves for the Collector (Kathy & Keith Flanagan)||Cactus - 3 plants, Succulents - 3 plants, Plant in Flower|
|3rd Dec||Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social|
|Regular Meetings (@ St James)|
|Shows, Displays and other Events|
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|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.
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.