BCSS   Zone 9

Registered Charity No 290786

Convention Programme

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.

Zone 9 Convention

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.
Bob Potter Zimbabwe
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.

The next convention will be hosted by Wiltshire Branch on Sunday 26th April 2020, at the same venue.

Zone 9 programme for 2019

For further details please visit the branch web sites, as listed above.

Download this programme as a PDF

January 12GloucesterAGM and plant auction
February 7WiltshireIan Thwaites – South West Africa
February 9GloucesterRoger Ferryman – Eriosyce in habitat and cultivation
February 19BristolAlan Goldsmith – Cacti and other animals
March 7WiltshireJohn Watmough – Colonise & populate
March 9GloucesterMembers' minitalks
March 19BristolSteve Bacon (Interior Oasis, Bristol) – Indoor gardens
March 20South WalesColin Burston & Paul Bond – Cultivation tips
April 4WiltshireTom Radford – The remarkable Asclepiadaceae
April 13GloucesterIan Robinson – South Africa pink and green
April 16BristolDr G B Hargreaves – Gardens of Cornwall
April 17South WalesChris Davies – Large flowered Mammillarias
April 28Zone 9 Convention – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham (ticket only)
May 2WiltshireRodney Sims – Little Karoo
May 11GloucesterAlan Brown – Mexico to buy a hat
May 15South WalesCliff Thompson – Patagonia
May 21BristolPaul Klaassen – Brazil 2018 and USA 2019
May 25Bristol Joint Show – Filton Community Centre, Filton, Bristol
June 1BristolVisit to Miserden nursery, Miserden, Stroud, GL6 7JA – arrive 11:30am
June 1Gloucester Branch Show – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham
June 6WiltshireIan Woolnough – Mexico
June 8GloucesterPaul Klaassen – What I saw last winter (in Brazil & USA)
June 15Wiltshire Branch Show – Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham
June 19South WalesPaul Klaassen – What I did last winter
June 22South Wales Branch Show – Graig Community Centre, Bassaleg, Newport
June 29South West Cactus Mart – Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol
July 4WiltshireMembers evening – Summer Social & film. Bring (cactus themed) food and drink, plants to discuss
July 13BristolFish & chip supper at Peter Warren's (members/partners only)
July 13GloucesterIan Woolnough – Peru 2017
July 17South WalesRoger Ferryman – The Chihuahuan Desert
August 1WiltshireDavid Richards – How to photograph your plants, with interactive demonstrations
August 10GloucesterMinishow
August 20BristolGeoff Bowman – Plants I've seen with my camera
August 21South WalesIan Woolnough – Peru
September 5WiltshireDerek Tribble – Evolution of mini-mesembs
September 14GloucesterJulian Cooke – Echinocereus
September 17BristolHilary Little – Patagonia with prickles
September 18South WalesPaul Bond – How to get the best out of the hobby
October 3WiltshireTrevor Wray – Life & death in the desert
October 12GloucesterQuestion time – ask the "experts"
October 13Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture – Graham Evans – The magnificent Matucanas – Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve, Bristol
October 16South WalesFrank Sengpiel – Southern California and Arizona
November 7WiltshireChris Davies – Large flowered Mammillarias
November 9GloucesterAlasdair Glen – A cactophile's Christmas
November 19BristolSam Chorley & Tya Shannon – How to display plants
November 20South WalesAlasdair Glen – A cactophile's Christmas
December 5WiltshireAGM, Christmas Social and quiz with Mike Read
December 14GloucesterChristmas social
December 17BristolAGM followed by a quiz and food and drink
December 18South WalesAGM and Christmas buffet

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