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.
The next convention will be hosted by Wiltshire Branch on Sunday 26th April 2020, at the same venue.
For further details please visit the branch web sites, as listed above.
|January 12||Gloucester||AGM and plant auction|
|February 7||Wiltshire||Ian Thwaites – South West Africa|
|February 9||Gloucester||Roger Ferryman – Eriosyce in habitat and cultivation|
|February 19||Bristol||Alan Goldsmith – Cacti and other animals|
|March 7||Wiltshire||John Watmough – Colonise & populate|
|March 9||Gloucester||Members' minitalks|
|March 19||Bristol||Steve Bacon (Interior Oasis, Bristol) – Indoor gardens|
|March 20||South Wales||Colin Burston & Paul Bond – Cultivation tips|
|April 4||Wiltshire||Tom Radford – The remarkable Asclepiadaceae|
|April 13||Gloucester||Ian Robinson – South Africa pink and green|
|April 16||Bristol||Dr G B Hargreaves – Gardens of Cornwall|
|April 17||South Wales||Chris Davies – Large flowered Mammillarias|
|April 28||Zone 9 Convention – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham (ticket only)|
|May 2||Wiltshire||Rodney Sims – Little Karoo|
|May 11||Gloucester||Alan Brown – Mexico to buy a hat|
|May 15||South Wales||Cliff Thompson – Patagonia|
|May 21||Bristol||Paul Klaassen – Brazil 2018 and USA 2019|
|May 25||Bristol Joint Show – Filton Community Centre, Filton, Bristol|
|June 1||Bristol||Visit to Miserden nursery, Miserden, Stroud, GL6 7JA – arrive 11:30am|
|June 1||Gloucester Branch Show – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham|
|June 6||Wiltshire||Ian Woolnough – Mexico|
|June 8||Gloucester||Paul Klaassen – What I saw last winter (in Brazil & USA)|
|June 15||Wiltshire Branch Show – Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham|
|June 19||South Wales||Paul Klaassen – What I did last winter|
|June 22||South Wales Branch Show – Graig Community Centre, Bassaleg, Newport|
|June 29||South West Cactus Mart – Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol|
|July 4||Wiltshire||Members evening – Summer Social & film. Bring (cactus themed) food and drink, plants to discuss|
|July 13||Bristol||Fish & chip supper at Peter Warren's (members/partners only)|
|July 13||Gloucester||Ian Woolnough – Peru 2017|
|July 17||South Wales||Roger Ferryman – The Chihuahuan Desert|
|August 1||Wiltshire||David Richards – How to photograph your plants, with interactive demonstrations|
|August 20||Bristol||Geoff Bowman – Plants I've seen with my camera|
|August 21||South Wales||Ian Woolnough – Peru|
|September 5||Wiltshire||Derek Tribble – Evolution of mini-mesembs|
|September 14||Gloucester||Julian Cooke – Echinocereus|
|September 17||Bristol||Hilary Little – Patagonia with prickles|
|September 18||South Wales||Paul Bond – How to get the best out of the hobby|
|October 3||Wiltshire||Trevor Wray – Life & death in the desert|
|October 12||Gloucester||Question time – ask the "experts"|
|October 13||Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture – Graham Evans – The magnificent Matucanas – Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve, Bristol|
|October 16||South Wales||Frank Sengpiel – Southern California and Arizona|
|November 7||Wiltshire||Chris Davies – Large flowered Mammillarias|
|November 9||Gloucester||Alasdair Glen – A cactophile's Christmas|
|November 19||Bristol||Sam Chorley & Tya Shannon – How to display plants|
|November 20||South Wales||Alasdair Glen – A cactophile's Christmas|
|December 5||Wiltshire||AGM, Christmas Social and quiz with Mike Read|
|December 14||Gloucester||Christmas social|
|December 17||Bristol||AGM followed by a quiz and food and drink|
|December 18||South Wales||AGM and Christmas buffet|