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Welcome to Zone 11 of the British Cactus and Succulent Society


Monthly Meetings

The Branches which comprise Zone 11 (Southampton and District, Portsmouth and District, and Isle Of Wight) hold regular meetings and stage displays or sell plants at events throughout the year. Details of these are given in the colour-coded table below.

Each monthly meeting generally consists of a speaker giving a slide show, practical demonstration or talk about a topic likely to be of interest to cacti and succulent growers. A selection of plants is usually available for purchase, and some of the branches hold a library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis. Attending these meetings is an ideal way of learning more about the hobby - and if you have cacti or succulent plants which require identification, bring them along - someone will help you put names to the plants and tell you more about how to look after them.

Note that the listing of the Portsmouth meetings has been updated on 26th March to reflect some rescheduled meetings and other changes.

Southampton Meetings
usually 1st Tuesday each month
7:30pm start
St James's Parish Hall
Church Hill (A27)
West End
SO30 3LA
  Isle of Wight Meetings
usually 2nd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
Church Close Community Centre
off Church Close
Wootton, Isle of Wight
PO33 4QH
  Portsmouth Meetings
usually 3rd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
St Colman’s Church Hall
St Colman’s Avenue

Zone 11 Programme - 2019

Date Branch Subject/Speaker/Event
8th Jan Soton Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members
12th Jan IOW No meeting
19th Jan Ports Thelocactus and their cultivation (Julian Cooke)
5th Feb Soton A Personal Choice. A brief history of cactus & succulent growing (Tom Radford)
9th Feb IOW Your Pictures and Slides
16th Feb Ports Origin and Evolution of the Cactaceae (Prof Dave Martill)
5th Mar Soton Bulbs & Succulents in the Roggeveld & Knersvlakte (Richard White)
9th Mar IOW To be confirmed (David Neville)
16th Mar Ports Propagation of Cacti and Succulents (Dr Tony Roberts)
2nd Apr Soton Interesting Haworthias (Stirling Baker)
13th Apr IOW To be confirmed
20th Apr Ports Plant Auction
5th May Ports Visit to RHS Wisley (Mammillaria Show)
7th May Soton Cultivation & Propagation Workshop - with demonstrations and discussions
11th May IOW What I Did Last Winter (Paul Klaassen)
18th May Ports Getting ready for the Summer Show (Cliff Thompson)
1st Jun Ports Portsmouth Summer Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO6 3NB
4th Jun Soton Columnar Cacti (Tony Mace)
8th Jun IOW To be confirmed (Rodney Sims)
15th Jun Ports Seed Raising (Ian Woolnough)
29th Jun Soton Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD
2nd Jul Soton Crassulas Everywhere (Derek Tribble)
13th Jul IOW Mexico, Winter 2017 (Cliff Thompson)
20th Jul Ports Cacti in Northwest Argentina (Hazel Taylor)
20th Jul Soton Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LBW
28th Jul Soton Southampton Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset
30Jul-1Aug Soton Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst
6th Aug Soton Plant Focus Evening – Aloe and Gymnocalycium
10th Aug IOW Open Evening @ Peter Collard (Members only)
17th Aug Ports No meeting
18th Aug Ports Display at Purbrook Horticultural Show
26th Aug Ports Display at Emsworth Horticultural Society Show
3rd Sep Soton Gardening with Succulents (Paul Spracklin)
14th Sep IOW Adventures into Borneo (Hazel Taylor)
14th Sep Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show
21st Sep Ports Succulent Senecios (John Foster)
28th Sep Ports Portsmouth Autumn Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO6 3NB
1st Oct Soton Ex-situ Conservation of Cactaceae in the UK (Vicky Davies)
12th Oct IOW Gardening Through the Year (Helen Mount)
19th Oct Ports Lophophoras (includes cultivation) (John Watmough)
5th Nov Soton Agaves for the Collector (Kathy & Keith Flanagan)
9th Nov IOW To be confirmed
16th Nov Ports Agaves and their Cultivation (Kathy & Keith Flanagan)
3rd Dec Soton Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social
7th Dec Ports Annual General Meeting & Christmas Social
14th Dec IOW Annual General Meeting followed by American Supper

Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will usually be posted here. However sometimes changes can occur at the last minute, so if travelling from a distance to attend a particular meeting, please check the relevant branch website (or phone the secretary of the branch) a day or two before the event.

Contact Details

To obtain further information you may wish to visit the appropriate branch's website or contact the branch secretary :
BCSS Southampton Secretary:
Mr David Neville, 
Tel: 02380 551173
Southampton Website
  BCSS Isle of Wight Secretary:
Mr Stephen Woods, 
Tel: 01983 866356
Isle of Wight Website
  BCSS Portsmouth Secretary:
Ms Carrie Hands, 
Tel: 02392 375667
Portsmouth Website