The British Cactus & Succulent Society (BCSS) has around 80 branches which are organised into zones. Zone 9 comprises these four branches:
All are welcome to attend any of our branch meetings - see our programme, or visit the individual branch web sites for further details.
Our zone representative is John Foster.
We hold a one day convention each year in April.
Sunday 28th April 2019
Shurdington Social Centre
Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB
|Hazel Taylor||Cactus highlights in North-eastern Mexico|
A trip organised by the CSSA in 2015 begins in Mexico City, heads north to Metztitlan, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, returning via San Luis Potosi. Plants seen include Turbinicarpus horripilus, Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus, Mammillaria orcuttii and much more, including a hands and knees search for Mammillaria albiflora.
|John Hughes||Cool customers (plants to grow with minimum heating)|
A showcase of cacti and succulents that can be grown in a cold greenhouse, linking the type of plants to their conditions in habitat.
In November 2015 Bob travelled with 2 Dutch friends into Zimbabwe via South Africa and Botswana. They went in at the North and came out in the South, visiting some wonderful plant locations and meeting members of the Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe.
Hosted by Gloucester Branch
Admission by ticket only, at £15 each to include all refeshments.
Tickets are available from any Zone 9 branch secretary or the Zone Rep.
For further details please visit the branch web sites, as listed above.
|January 13||Gloucester||AGM and plant auction|
|February 1||Wiltshire||Mike Read – Sonia Barker-Fricker slide show|
|February 10||Gloucester||Geoff Bowman – Cacti through my camera|
|February 20||Bristol||Heidelberg, plus new introductions (Frank Horwood) – BCSS digital library|
|February 21||South Wales||Venezuela (Keith Grantham) – BCSS digital library|
|March 1||Wiltshire||Rodney Sims – Little Karoo|
|March 10||Gloucester||Gordon Rowley's Cactotherapy – BCSS digital library|
|March 20||Bristol||John Watmough – Spring has sprung|
|March 21||South Wales||Chris Davies – Southern Arizona|
|April 3||Bristol||A visit to Cannington Walled Gardens – starts 11:00; entry approx £6|
|April 5||Wiltshire||David Traish – The beauty of our plants|
|April 14||Gloucester||Peter Sparkes – Madagascar|
|April 17||Bristol||Paul Klaassen – The threatened cacti of Brazil|
|April 18||South Wales||Frank Sengpiel – Adventures in Mexico|
|April 22||Zone 9 Convention – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham (ticket only)|
|May 3||Wiltshire||Paul Klaassen – But I don't like Opuntias! / Madagascar 2017|
|May 12||Gloucester||Keith & Kathy Flanagan – Our collection|
|May 15||Bristol||Lauren Tobia – Little Green, Bristol|
|May 16||South Wales||Alan Phipps – Where have all the cowboys gone?|
|May 19||South Wales Branch Show – Graig Community Centre, Bassaleg, Newport|
|May 26||Bristol Combined Show – Filton Community Centre, Filton, Bristol|
|June 2||Gloucester Branch Show – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham|
|June 7||Wiltshire||Mark Preston – Epiphytes aren't just for Christmas!|
|June 9||Gloucester||Mike Stansbie – Cactus identification|
|June 16||Wiltshire Branch Show – Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham|
|June 19||Bristol||Ian Woolnough – USA 2015|
|June 20||South Wales||Paul Klaassen – What I did last winter|
|June 30||South West Cactus Mart – Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol|
|July 5||Wiltshire||Costas Papathanasiou – Ariocarpus in the flesh and in the frame|
|July 7||Gloucester||Bill Darbon – Western Cape 2016|
|July 18||South Wales||Eddy Harris – Conophytums|
|July 21||Bristol||Fish & chip supper at Tony Irons' (members/partners only)|
|August 2||Wiltshire||Tony Roberts – My world of Mammillarias|
|August 11||Gloucester||Alan Rollason – Probably the best Haworthia collection in the world|
|August 15||South Wales||Ralph Martin – In my new greenhouse|
|September 6||Wiltshire||John Foster – Succulent Senecios|
|September 8||Gloucester||Roy Earle – How to find Lithops in nature|
|September 18||Bristol||Ian Thwaites – Life of plants & gardens|
|September 19||South Wales||Paul Spracklin – Gardening with succulents|
|October 4||Wiltshire||David Minnion – Baja California|
|October 13||Gloucester||Minishow of thematic displays|
|October 14||Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture – Ian Woolnough – Mexican highlights – Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve, Bristol|
|October 16||Bristol||Sam Chorley & Tya Shannon – How to display plants|
|October 17||South Wales||John Hughes – Cacti of Ecuador|
|November 1||Wiltshire||Geoff Bowman – Cacti through my camera|
|November 10||Gloucester||John Watmough – Cacti in my collection|
|November 20||Bristol||David Traish – Early history of Mammillarias (part 2)|
|November 21||South Wales||Ian Robinson – South Africa pink and green|
|December 6||Wiltshire||AGM, Christmas Social and quiz with Mike Read|
|December 8||Gloucester||Christmas social|
|December 18||Bristol||AGM, quiz and Christmas fare|
|December 19||South Wales||AGM and Christmas buffet|