Meetings 2018

We meet on the last Thursday of every month, except December, and our 2018 programme is as follows:

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 OpuntiasMike 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 Tony Roberts
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 Trip
Saturday 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 CapesChris 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 WelascoDavid 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 CapeDerek 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

Thursday 31st October 2019

Columnar Cacti " Tony Mace

A new digital presentation, including pictures in our and other people.s collections and in habitat.



The Church of the Good Shepherd
35-37 Stanley Avenue    South
Mile Oak
East Sussex
BN41 2WH


Last Thursday of the month (unless indicated otherwise)


7.30pm start

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