We meet on the last Thursday of every month, except December, and our 2018 programme is as follows:
Thursday 25th January
Subject: Eriosyce, etc: Meet the Species – Graham Evans
There are only two species of Eriosyce in the strict sense but the genus was expanded to include Horridocactus, Neoporteria, Neochilenia and Pyrrhocactus, probably wrongly. Graham, our Branch Chairman, tries to untangle this in his inimitable style.
Thursday 22nd February
Subject: Introduction to Exotic Gardening – Paul Spracklin
Paul is a garden designer with a passion for subtropical plants, including cacti and succulents. Whether you fancy growing a tropical rainforest in Rustington or a desert in Ditchling, he is the man to turn your dreams into reality!
Thursday 22nd March: Note Week Early because of Maundy Thursday
Subject: The Arid Lands of Edinburgh – Gunnar Ovstebo
As Senior Horticulturalist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Gunnar tell us about his work as the man responsible for the Arid Lands glasshouse (amongst other things). This fine collection of over 500 species cacti and succulents is planted in a naturalistic way to highlight the incredible plant forms and adaptations to dry environments.
Sunday 22nd April
Sussex Zone Convention
Martin Lowry Bolivia
Trevor Wray Succulent Gardens of the Western Cape
Nursery and members plant sales
Tickets £10 from Suzanne Mace or Graham Evans
Thursday 26th April
Subject: Mexico 3 – Cliff Thompson
Thursday 31st May 2018
Subject : Small Opuntias – Mike Partridge
Co-author of the recent seminal work on this group of dwarf species in the Opuntioidea subfamily, Mike will talk us through the joys of growing this interesting group of cacti that are ideal for growers with limited space.
Saturday 9th June
Hurstpierpoint Village Hall, Trinity Road, Hurtspierpoint, BN6 9UY
Subject: Propagation of Cacti and Succulents –
Plant sales: Chris and Vicki Cacti, Helios Cacti
Thursday 28th June
Subject: Cacti and Succulents in North-eastern Mexico
Dr Hazel Taylor
In this second part of her trip, Hazel starts at Arroyo and travels south via San Luis Potosi, passing Xichu, and taking in El Huizache Junction on the way (home of the really large Lophophora williamsii clumps).
Zone 12 Road TripSaturday 30th June: Kent Cacti & Lullingstone Castle
Sunday 1st July: Southfields and Woodside Cacti
Only open to BCSS members
Saturday 21st July
Zone 12 Show, Hassocks. Judge: Hazel Taylor
Thursday 26th July
Subject : South Africa: Flora and Fauna of the West and East Capes – Chris Eyers
The first of two talks, this part starts at Cape Town and looks at some plants around the base of Table Mountain, followed by a visit to Kistenbosch Botanic Garden. Chris then headed North and visits Macgregor for an Open Gardens event and the talk finishes with a look at some of the plants at Worcester Botanic Gardens on the edge of the Little Karoo.
Thursday 30th August
Subject : Exploring Texas: From Marathon to Welasco – David Minnion
In this 8-day trip to Texas, David talks about the cacti and succulents he found while travelling from Marathon, north of the Big Bend, to Weslaco, in southeast Texas, effectively following the roads in the lower Rio Grande valley almost as far southeast as it is possible to travel in Texas.
Thursday 27th September
Subject: AGM and Bring & Buy Sale
Our annual sale of donated cacti, succulents and a few other things besides, is one of the highlights of our year. The AGM part is mercifully brief, allowing plenty of time for Suzanne to wield her gavel!
Thursday 25th October 2018
Subject: South Africa 2014: The Western Cape – Derek Tribble
A report of the first half of Derek’s last field trip across the Karoos, travelling with professional botanists searching for Anacampseros for a DNA study. During the 10 days, the group came across many other succulents including crassulas, mesembs, haworthias and Derek’s special interest, Adromischus, despite some misfortunes!
Thursday 29th November 2018
Subject: Winter Is Y-Cumin In
Prepare your plants for Cold Weather – John Watmough
We’ll have had some frost by the time John gives his talk
Thursday 31st January 2019
Subject: Barad's, Land's and Harp's Stapeliads – Tony Mace
A collation of pictures of Stapeliads from some major stapeliad collections of the past
Thursday 30th May 2019
Subject: Elton Roberts collection in California – Keith and Kathy Flanagan
Thursday 26th September 2019
Subject: AGM and Bring & Buy Sale
The Church of the Good Shepherd
35-37 Stanley Avenue South
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