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 22nd April 2018

Shurdington Social Centre
Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB

Louise Bustard South Africa: a gift to the Earth
Alasdair Glen An alphabetical tour of the hobby
Roger Ferryman Up Chile and down Argentina


Hosted by Bristol Branch

Admission by ticket only, at 15 each to include all refeshments.

Tickets available soon.

Zone 9 programme for 2017

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

Download this programme as a PDF

January 14GloucesterAGM and plant auction
February 2WiltshireMike Stansbie – Cactus identification
February 11GloucesterBranch forum – Pest control & propagation
February 15South WalesSouth African succulents (Harry Hall) – BCSS digital library
February 21Bristol19th & early 20th century New York botany and horticulture – BCSS digital library
March 2WiltshireRalph Martin – Succulents of Namibia
March 11GloucesterCollections USA (Sonia Barker-Fricker) – BCSS digital library
March 15South WalesRalph Martin – My favourite cacti & succulents and how to grow them
March 21BristolCome and meet the people behind b_botanical@Instagram
April 6WiltshireTom Radford – A personal choice: cacti & succulents
April 8GloucesterRoger Ferryman – Chile 2016
April 18BristolPaul Klaassen – What I did last winter
April 19South WalesBill Darbon – How to show and mini-show
May 4WiltshireJohn Watmough – Succulent humour
May 13GloucesterJonathan Clark – Lithops in captivity
May 13South Wales Branch Show – Graig Community Centre, Bassaleg, Newport
May 16BristolAlasdair Glen – A cactophile's Christmas
May 17South WalesTrevor Wray – Fabulas Crassulas
May 28Bristol Combined Show – Filton Community Centre, Filton, Bristol
June 1WiltshireIan Woolnough – World collections & nurseries
June 3Gloucester Branch Show – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham
June 10GloucesterPaul Klaassen – But I don't like Opuntias!
June 20BristolPaul Bond – Final talk
June 21South WalesPaul Klaassen – What I did last winter
June 24South West Cactus Mart – Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol
June 24Wiltshire Branch Show – Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham
July 6WiltshireBranch members – Bring & talk, mini talks, favourite plants, question time
July 8GloucesterDavid Neville – Highlights of Gran Canaria and Tenerife
July 18BristolLunch at The Lion, Trellech, then the afternoon at Paul Bond's large plant collection
July 19South WalesIan Woolnough – The desert in flower, Argentina & Chile 2010
August 3WiltshireChris Davies – Mexico 2010 part 2: Chihuahua to Morelos
August 12GloucesterCostas Papathanasiou – Turbinicarpus
August 15BristolDavid Neville – Czech collections
August 16South WalesRoger Ferryman – Eriosyce in cultivation
September 7WiltshireTrevor Wray – Fabulas Crassulas
September 9GloucesterTrevor Wray – Around the shows
September 19BristolJohn Foster – Succulent Senecios
September 20South WalesDavid Minnion – Gardens, collections and nurseries in the USA
October 5WiltshireJohn Foster – Succulent Senecios
October 14GloucesterAl Laius – Subject to be decided (could be Aloes or Madagascar)
October 17BristolRoy Earle – How to find Lithops
October 18South WalesJohn Watmough – Colonise and populate
October 22Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture – Mark Preston – Cacti in trees, whatever next? – Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve, Bristol
November 2WiltshireJonathan Clark – Coping with Copiapoa in Chile
November 11GloucesterTony Morris – The Caribbean
November 15South WalesPaul Bond – Nobody grows these
November 21BristolDavid Traish – Early history of Mammillarias
December 7WiltshireAGM, Christmas Social and quiz with Mike Read
December 9GloucesterChristmas social
December 19BristolAGM and quiz
December 20South WalesAGM and Christmas buffet

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