Zone 9

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 26th April 2020

This event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For refunds please return tickets to whoever you bought them from.

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

Tony Roberts Gasterias in habitat and culture
Ray Stephenson QI of succulents
Joël Lodé The plants adventure in the desert

Hosted by Wiltshire 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.

Zone 9 programme for 2020

Many of these events may be cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check with the relevant branch.

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

Download this programme as a PDF

January 11GloucesterAGM and plant auction
February 6WiltshireJonathan Clark – Lithops in captivity, East to West V2.0
February 8GloucesterAlan Goldsmith – Cacti and other animals
February 18BristolAlan Goldsmith & Alan Weaden – Sowing and growing workshop
March 5WiltshireMembers evening – Seed sowing & repotting workshop
March 14GloucesterPaul Bond & Colin Burston – Cultivation tips
March 17BristolDiane Tripp & John Foster – How to show
March 18South WalesTrevor Wray – Namibian deserts
April 2WiltshireMike Read – South Africa and Namibia with a mobile phone
April 11GloucesterTrevor Jackman – My plants past but mostly present
April 15South WalesChris Davies – Around the valley of Metztitlan
April 21BristolAlan Butler – Hoyas
April 26Zone 9 Convention – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham (ticket only)
May 7WiltshireMembers evening – Workshop: Grafting/propagation, pest & diseases + Gordon Rowley's Cactotherapy
May 9GloucesterGraham Walker – Return to USA
May 19BristolIan Woolnough – Mexico 2017
May 20South WalesDerek Tribble – Huntingdon Symposium 2018
May 30Bristol Joint Show – Filton Community Centre, Filton, Bristol
June 4WiltshireAuction + narrated slide show on Britton & Rose
June 6Gloucester Branch Show – Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, Cheltenham
June 13GloucesterFrank Sengpiel – Adventures in Mexico
June 17South WalesPaul Klaassen – What I did last winter
June 20South Wales Branch Show – Graig Community Centre, Bassaleg, Newport
June 20Wiltshire Branch Show – Melksham Assembly Hall, Melksham
June 27South West Cactus, Succulent & Exotic Plant Fair – Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol
July 2WiltshireMembers evening – Summer Social. Bring (cactus themed) food and drink, plants to discuss
July 11GloucesterMembers' discussion – Crassulaceae
July 15South WalesCliff Thompson – Patagonia
July 18BristolFish & chip supper at Peter Warren's (members/partners only)
August 1BristolGraham Charles – Matucanas in habitat and culture
August 6WiltshireAlan Rollason – Haworthia growing my way
August 8Gloucester3 short films on South Africa
August 19South WalesDorothy Minors – Mesembs wild and tame
August 22BristolRalph Martin – In my greenhouse 2017
September 3WiltshireHilary Little – Patagonia with prickles
September 12GloucesterMinishow
September 15BristolNicholas Wray – From Namaqualand to Namibia
September 16South WalesAlasdair Glen – A cactophile finds the other succulents
October 1WiltshireMembers evening – Narrated slide show on Venezuela
October 10GloucesterGraham Evans – Gymnocalycium in person
October 18Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture – Vicky Davies – Ex-situ conservation of Cactaceae in the UK – Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve
October 21South WalesIan Robinson – An Argentinian adventure
November 5WiltshireCollette Harrison – A taste of Bonsai
November 14GloucesterAndy Harris – The environment and succulents of Eritrea
November 17BristolAlan Goldsmith – Cacti at Alpine Garden Society shows
November 18South WalesJohn Gander – Opuntias large and small
December 1BristolAGM + quiz
December 3WiltshireAGM, Christmas Social and quiz with Mike Read
December 12GloucesterChristmas social
December 16South WalesAGM and Christmas buffet
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