The speaker at our next meeting, to be held on Tuesday 4th April at our regular meeting venue in West End, is Ben Turner, giving a presentation called 'The Huntington Desert Garden and LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens'. The gardens at the Huntington are world famous, with spectacular outdoor plantings and an impressive private collection. During his visit there last year Ben met some of the main propagators at the gardens, so hopefully we shall see pictures of some of the unusual plants that they are growing behind the scenes. The LA County Arboretum is less well known, but this 127 acre garden near the San Gabriel mountains has many attractions, not least the large collection of Aloes that is maintained there.
Ben is an avid horticulturalist and has worked over the years at Tresco on the Scilly Islands, at RHS Wisley, and at Sparsholt Agricultural College. His plant knowledge is wide ranging and his talks are always interesting and informative. We can be sure that we have an entertaining evening to look forward to.
Don't forget to bring some plants along to support the Table Show classes. Cactus classes at this meeting are Rebutia Group, and succulent classes are for Gasteria 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
|3rd Jan||Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members||Echinocactus Group, Aloe Group, Plant in Flower|
|7th Feb||Peru - Arequipa to Ancash (Martin Sheader)||Eriosyce Group, Crassulaceae Group, Plant in Flower|
|7th Mar||Plants from my Collection (Julie Carey)||Opuntia Group, Haworthia Group, Plant in Flower|
|4th Apr||The Huntington Desert Garden & LA County Arboretum (Ben Turner)||Rebutia Group, Gasteria Group, Plant in Flower|
|2nd May||Cultivation & Propagation Workshop With demonstrations and discussions||Cacti (3 plants), Succulents (3 plants), Plant in Flower|
|13th May||Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day)||9:30am - 4:30pm|
|6th Jun||South Africa #1 - Western Cape (Chris Eyers)||Parodia Group, Euphorbia Group, Plant in Flower|
|24th Jun||Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD|
|4th Jul||Gymnocalycium in Person (Graham Evans)||Gymnocalycium Group, Stapelia Group, Plant in Flower|
|23rd Jul||Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset|
|25-27 Jul||Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst||9am - 6pm|
|1st Aug||Cultivation Masterclass - Composts, Repotting & Watering||PMammillaria Group, Agave Group, Plant in Flower|
|12th Aug||Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB|
|19th Aug||Branch visit to Southern Area Show & Mart, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5DN|
|5th Sep||The Beauty of our Plants (David Traish)||Echinopsis Group, Mesemb Group (exc Lithops), Plant in Flower|
|9th Sep||Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands||9:45am - 5:30pm|
|3rd Oct||Cacti of the Big Bend, Texas (Hazel Taylor)||Echinocereus Group, Lithops Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|7th Nov||Epiphytic Cacti - A General Introduction (Dr Mark Preston)||Copiapoa Group, Echeveria Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|5th 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.
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Mob: 07974 191354
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.