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Welcome to the Southampton & District Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society


August Meeting - 6th August

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.

Monthly Meetings

The Southampton and District branch holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, at Saint James' Church Hall, Church Hill (A27), West End (SO30 3LA). The Hall is located on the A27, about one mile west of junction 7 of the M27. Access to the hall car park is from Hatherell Close - if this car park is full, you can also go round the corner and use the main church car park which can be entered from West End Road. There is no charge for attending meetings and visitors are just as welcome as members. In addition, the Branch takes part in shows and displays at other venues throughout the year.

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 or genus.


Each month, the branch publishes a newsletter. These contain summaries of the talks given at meetings and also provide additional information about forthcoming events. You can download these newsletters (in PDF format) here

50th Anniversary

2004 was a very special year for the Branch since it marked our 50th Anniversary. We held a special birthday convention to celebrate this occasion. If you are interested in the history of the branch, click here.


The branch holds an extensive collection of books which can be borrowed by members. Click here for details of the branch library and for a list of the titles available.


The branch has recently commissioned an enamel badge which allows members to show their affiliation to the branch. Click here for further details.

Additional Information & Links

Click here for some general information on the cultivation of cacti and succulents. It's also fun to try and raise plants from seed.
Click here for links to other Internet websites containing useful information on cacti and succulents.

Photo Galleries

Photos of plants, of some of the events we took part in during recent years, and of the 2004 National Show (which featured some of the best plants in the country).
Gallery 1   Gallery 2  
Events 1   Events 2   Events 3
2004 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6  7
2005   2006   2007
2016 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6 
ELK Conferences   ELK 2012  ELK 2013

2019 Programme

Date Subject/Speaker Table Show
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
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.

Contact Details

To obtain further information or for correspondence, please contact:
David Neville, 
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
Email: davnev at btopenworld.com
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Vinay Shah, 
Tel: 023 80261989 
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.