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
John Hughes Cool customers (plants to grow with minimum heating)
Bob Potter Zimbabwe

Hosted by Gloucester Branch

More details soon.

Zone 9 programme for 2018

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

Download this programme as a PDF

January 13GloucesterAGM and plant auction
February 1WiltshireMike Read – Sonia Barker-Fricker slide show
February 10GloucesterGeoff Bowman – Cacti through my camera
February 20BristolHeidelberg, plus new introductions (Frank Horwood) – BCSS digital library
February 21South WalesVenezuela (Keith Grantham) – BCSS digital library
March 1WiltshireRodney Sims – Little Karoo
March 10GloucesterGordon Rowley's Cactotherapy – BCSS digital library
March 20BristolJohn Watmough – Spring has sprung
March 21South WalesChris Davies – Southern Arizona
April 3BristolA visit to Cannington Walled Gardens – starts 11:00; entry approx 6
April 5WiltshireDavid Traish – The beauty of our plants
April 14GloucesterPeter Sparkes – Madagascar
April 17BristolPaul Klaassen – The threatened cacti of Brazil
April 18South WalesFrank Sengpiel – Adventures in Mexico
April 22Zone 9 Convention – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham (ticket only)
May 3WiltshirePaul Klaassen – But I don't like Opuntias! / Madagascar 2017
May 12GloucesterKeith & Kathy Flanagan – Our collection
May 15BristolLauren Tobia – Little Green, Bristol
May 16South WalesAlan Phipps – Where have all the cowboys gone?
May 19South Wales Branch Show – Graig Community Centre, Bassaleg, Newport
May 26Bristol Combined Show – Filton Community Centre, Filton, Bristol
June 2Gloucester Branch Show – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham
June 7WiltshireMark Preston – Epiphytes aren't just for Christmas!
June 9GloucesterMike Stansbie – Cactus identification
June 16Wiltshire Branch Show – Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham
June 19BristolIan Woolnough – USA 2015
June 20South WalesPaul Klaassen – What I did last winter
June 30South West Cactus Mart – Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol
July 5WiltshireCostas Papathanasiou – Ariocarpus in the flesh and in the frame
July 7GloucesterBill Darbon – Western Cape 2016
July 18South WalesEddy Harris – Conophytums
July 21BristolFish & chip supper at Tony Irons' (members/partners only)
August 2WiltshireTony Roberts – My world of Mammillarias
August 11GloucesterAlan Rollason – Probably the best Haworthia collection in the world
August 15South WalesRalph Martin – In my new greenhouse
September 6WiltshireJohn Foster – Succulent Senecios
September 8GloucesterRoy Earle – How to find Lithops in nature
September 18BristolIan Thwaites – Life of plants & gardens
September 19South WalesPaul Spracklin – Gardening with succulents
October 4WiltshireDavid Minnion – Baja California
October 13GloucesterMinishow of thematic displays
October 14Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture – Ian Woolnough – Mexican highlights – Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve, Bristol
October 16BristolSam Chorley & Tya Shannon – How to display plants
October 17South WalesJohn Hughes – Cacti of Ecuador
November 1WiltshireGeoff Bowman – Cacti through my camera
November 10GloucesterJohn Watmough – Cacti in my collection
November 20BristolDavid Traish – Early history of Mammillarias (part 2)
November 21South WalesIan Robinson – South Africa pink and green
December 6WiltshireAGM, Christmas Social and quiz with Mike Read
December 8GloucesterChristmas social
December 18BristolAGM, quiz and Christmas fare
December 19South WalesAGM and Christmas buffet

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