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Compiled by John Foster

Please note this listing only includes the major shows and events, for a complete list of meetings and events in your area consult the list of all BCSS branches and Zones.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make additions or alterations.[Last Updated: 8th December 2018]

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March 2018
17 Teesside Branch 60th Anniversary Symposium: St Augustine's Church Hall, Kirkby Lane, Kirkby in Cleveland, TS9 7AQ. 09:30-16:45.

Speakers: Colin Walker, Graham Charles and Rick Gillman.

Details from Graham Walker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

18 Zone 15 Mini-convention: Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. 12:00-17:00.

Speakers:

  • Roger Ferryman "Chile and Argentina"
  • Alan Rollason "Haworthias"

Ticket £15, to include free entry to gardens (open from 10:00) and mid-term refreshments.

April 2018
7 South East Cactus Mart: Swalecliffe and Chestfield Community Centre,19 St Johns Rd, Whitstable, CT6 2QU.10:00-15:00. More info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
14 BCSS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Winstanley High School and Community College, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 3BD.

Details in March Journal.

  • Lecture 1: Mr Anton Hofer (Switzerland) "Cactus and other succulent vegetation of Sierra Paila, Coahuila"
  • Lecture 2: Dr Keith Bensusan (Gibraltar) "A history of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, with an emphasis on succulents"
16-20 Zone 18 Speaking Tour:

Details from Branch Secretaries.

21-22 Chelmsford Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Plant Heritage Event, RHS Gardens Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM3 8RA. 10:00-17:00.
22 Zone 9 Convention: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB. 10:00-17:00.

Speakers:

  • Louise Bustard "South Africa: a gift to the Earth"
  • Alasdair Glen "An alphabetical tour of the hobby"
  • Roger Ferryman "Up Chile and down Argentina".
22 Zone 12 Convention (Derek Desborough Memorial Lectures): Crawley Horticultural Society Hall, Ifield Avenue, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ. 12:30-17:30.

Speakers:

  • Martin Lowry "Bolivia"
  • Trevor Wray "Succulent Gardens of the Western Cape"

Tickets £10 from Suzanne Mace or Graham Evans.

26-29 York Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Harrogate Spring Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30.
May 2018
5 North West Cactus Mart: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:30-14:30.

Details from Peter Bint: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

6 The Mammillaria Society Annual Meeting: RHS Wisley, Hillside Centre, Woking, GU23 6QB. 10:00-16:30.
12 Havering Cactus Mart: North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row, Romford, RM5 3QJ. 10:00-15:00. 14 nurseries, refreshments available all day.
12 Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at Sparsholt College Countryside Day, Sparsholt Agricultural College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF. 09:30-16:30.
12-13 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Orchid Fair, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
12-13 Southend-on-Sea Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Southend-on-Sea Parks Nursery Open Weekend, Wakering Road, Great Wakering, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 0PZ. 10:00-16:00.
13 Tephrocactus Study Group Annual Meeting: Coddington Village Hall, Main Street, Coddington, Newark, NG24 2PN. 10:30-16:00.

Speakers:

  • Paul Hoxey "Opuntias in Peru"
  • Mike Partridge "Small Opuntias in habitat and cultivation"
  • Dave Appleton "The Michael Kiesling Opuntia collection"

All welcome, free entry. Details from John Betteley: 01636 707649 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

18-20 Southend-on-Sea Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Flower Show, Hyland House & Estate, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ. 10:00-17:00.
19 Cornwall Branch Show: Redruth School, Main Hall, Tolgus Vean, Redruth, TR15 1TA. 10:30-16:00.
19 Fife Branch Show: Leven Parish Church Hall, Durie Street, Leven, KY8 4HA. 10:00-15:30.
19 High Wycombe Branch Show: Great Kingshill Village Hall, Missenden Road, Great Kingshill, HP15 6DR. 10:00-16:00. Entries welcome from all BCSS members, free entry, refreshments and lunches available. Staging from 9:45am. Contact Chris Davies at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
19 South Wales Branch Show: Graig Community Centre, Caerphilly Rd, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8HZ. 10:00-16:00.
19 Bromley Branch Show. 10.30 - 3.30 Anthony Roper School, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0AA
19

ZONE 19 SYMPOSIUM

SATURDAY MAY 19TH 2018

SPEAKERS

  • Harald Jainta - "Wild Lithops - treasures of the Veldt"
  • Graham Charles - "Searching for cacti in Peru"
  • Petr Pavelka - "Madagascar, Itermo and the south"

Petr's talk contains new material not seen before

Venue: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester M24 1PP

Time: Doors open at 9am

Price: £15 including a substantial buffet lunch

Order of events:

  • 9.00 - 10.25: refreshments, plants sales and general talk among friends
  • 10.25: Welcome address
  • 10.30 - 12.00: Harald Jainta
  • 12.00 - 13.15: Lunch, sales etc
  • 13.15 - 14.45: Graham Charles
  • 14.45 - 15.10: Refreshments
  • 15.10 - 16.40: Petr Pavelka
  • 16.40 - 16.45: Closing address

Tickets can be booked by:

  • post to: Peter Bint, 313, Manchester New Road, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester M24 1NR
  • email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Telephone to: 0161 643 8932

Tickets will be sent upon receipt of payment - Cheques to BCSS ZONE 19 please

26 BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.
26 Bristol Joint Show (Bristol Branch and Bristol Cactus Society): Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PS. 10:00-17:00.
26-28 Lea Valley Branch Show: Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. 10:00-17:00.
27 Croydon Branch: Display and Sales at Croydon Lions Addiscombe Carnival, Ashburton Park, Croydon, CR0 6RX. 11:00-17:00.
June 2018
2 Glasgow Branch Show: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-16:00.
2 Gloucester Branch Show: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB. 11:00-16:30.
2 Havering Branch Show: Exhibition Room, 1st floor of YMCA, Roneo Corner, Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0PH. 10:00-17:00.
2 Luton Branch Show: Pirton Village Hall, High Street, Pirton, Hitchin, SG5 3PS. 10:45-16:00.
2 Portsmouth & District Branch Summer Show: Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5AU. 11:00-16:00. Schedules from Branch Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2-3 Sheffield Branch Show: Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN. 10:00-16:00.
3 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
9 Bradford Branch Show: Woodbank Garden Centre, Harden Road, Harden, Bingley, BD16 1BE. 10:00-15:30.

Details from Branch Secretary John Parker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9 Croydon Branch: Display and Sales at 16th Purley Scout Group Gruffy Fayre, Sanderstead Hill, Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9LA. 11:00-17:00
9 Southend-on-Sea Branch Show: Crowstone St George"s United Reformed Church Hall, 91 Crowstone Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 8LH. 12:00-16:00.
16 Croydon Branch Show: Sanderstead Methodist Church, Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9EE.
16 Southport Branch Show: Formby Luncheon Club, Rosemary Lane, Formby, L37 3HA. 11:00-16:00.
16 Wiltshire Branch Show: Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES. 11:00-15:30.
16-17 Woking Branch: Display and Sales at Plant Society Show, RHS Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB. Saturday 09:00-17:30, Sunday 09:00-17:00.
17 Cambridge Branch Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ. 10:30-16:30.
20 Herne Bay Branch Closed Show: The Over 60s Club, Pettman House, Hanover Square, Herne Bay, CT6 5NY. 19:30-22:00.
23 Littlehampton Branch: Cactus Classes & Plant Sales at Yapton Cottage Gardeners" Summer Show, Yapton Village Hall, Yapton, Arundel, BN18 0ET. 14.00-16:30.
30 South West Cactus Mart: Portishead Youth Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DD. 09:30-13:30.
July 2018
1 Leicester Branch: Display and Sales at Leicester University Botanic Garden Open Day, Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 2LD. 11:00-16:00.
7 Fife Branch: Display and Sales at Duntrune Community Garden Gala Day, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 1JX. 12:00-16:00.
7 Event Cancelled Waltham Forest Branch Show: Chingford Horticultural Hall, Larkshall Road, (opposite Dale View Crescent), Chingford, London, E4 6PE. Plant sales from 09:00, show 10:30-16:00.
7 Zone 1 Show: Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, NE64 6DB. 10:00-15:30.
8 Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch Show: at Wilmslow Show, The Carnival Fields, Altrincham Road (A538), Wilmslow, SK9 5NG. 11:00-17:00.
11 Bradford Branch Auction: Saltaire Methodist Church Hall, Shipley, BD18 3HJ. 19:15.
13-15 BCSS ninth International Convention: Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2018 at Stamford Court Conference Suite, University of Leicester, Stamford Court, Manor Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 2LH.

There are six international and one British speaker on a balanced variety of topics to suit all tastes.

  • Aymeric de Barmon - "Cultivation of cacti"
  • Philippe Corman - "Cacti of Mendoza and San Juan, Argentina" & "The habitats of cacti"
  • John Ellis - "Photography of succulents"
  • Adam Harrower - "The new cliff-dwelling succulent house at Kirstenbosch Gardens" & "The Knersvlakte, S. Africa"
  • Wolter ten Hoeve - "Mexico withMammillaria"
  • Joel Lode - "Taxonomy of theCactaceae" & "Socotra"
  • Ricarda Riina - "Succulent Euphorbias of the New World" & "New findings on the semi-succulentEuphorbia balsamifera group: from the Sahel to the borders of Africa and Macronesia."

A good opportunity to see old friends and make new ones in a congenial atmosphere.

There will be plant and sundry sales from many vendors and exhibitions by special interest groups. Further information in CactusWorld or from John Arnold 01522 790960 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

14-15 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-18:00.
14-15 Zone 15 Show: RHS Gardens Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET. 10:00-17:00.
18-22 Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Display at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, National Plant Societies Section, Showground, Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN. 10:00-18:30 each day, except Sunday 10:00-17:00. RHS only on Wednesday.
21 Zone 12 Show, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road (A273), Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LY. Open from 9:00am. Judge: Hazel Taylor.
24-26 Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at New Forest Show, New Park, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH. 09:00-18:00.
28 Oxford Branch Show: 60th Anniversary Show (including The Mammillaria Society Show)

10.00 a.m to 3.30 p.m. FREE ENTRY Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove, OX12 7LB. 10:00-15:30.

Plants for sale by Craig Barber - William's Cactus Stuart Riley - Plant Life - V Davies Branch Plant Sales

Details from Bill Darbon: 01993 881926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Refreshments (Bacon Rolls and salad lunch available on request)

Ample free car parking in front of hall

28 Teesside Branch Show: Cleveland Show, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR. 09:30-16:30.
29 William"s Cactus Open Day: 11 Brookside Terrace, South Elmsall, Pontefract, WF9 2RS. 10:00-17:00.
August 2018
1-5 Zone 15: Display and Plant Sales at RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, RHS Gardens Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET. 10:00-17:00.
3-4 Somerset Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Taunton Flower Show, Vivary Park, Taunton, TA1 3QG. Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00.

Details at tauntonfs.co.uk

4 Harrow Branch Show, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 32 Field End Road, Eastcote, Pinner, HA5 2QT

Free parking, light refreshments and a modest entrance fee of £1 for adults, Judge and nurseryman will be Stuart Riley (Plantlife). Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 Edenbridge Branch Show: Crockham Hill Village Hall, Church Lane, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 6RP. 11:00-15:30. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
11 BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.
16-19 Southport Branch: Display at Southport Flower Show, Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ.
18 North Fylde Branch: Display, Plant Sales and Competitive Classes at Thornton Cleveleys Horticultural Society Flower, Arts & Crafts Show, Millfield Science & Performing Arts College, Belvedere Road, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 5DG. 13:00-18:00.
18 Portsmouth & District Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Denmead Horticultural Show, Hambledon Road, Denmead, PO7 6NN. 10:00-16:00.
18 Zone 18 Show: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-16:00.
25 Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Display at Poynton Show, Poynton Park, 220 Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1RQ. 10:00-17:00.
25-26 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Fuchsia Show and Gladiola Show, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
26-27 Havering Branch: Plant Sales at Harrow Lodge Show, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, RM11 1JR. 11:00-18:00.
27 Portsmouth & District Branch: Display and Sales at Emsworth Horticultural Society Show, Jubilee Recreation Ground, Horndean Road, Emsworth, PO10 7PT. 10:30-17:00.
31-2 BCSS Judges" Course: Moulton College, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7RR.

Details from Bill Darbon: 01993 881926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

31-2 Fife Branch / Zone 18: Display, Sales and Competitive Classes at Dundee Flower Show and Food Festival, Camperdown Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF. 10:00-17:30.
September 2018
1 Havering Branch: Plant Sales at Orsett Country Show, Orsett Showground, Rectory Road, Orsett, Grays, RM16 3JN. 10:00-18:00.
1 Portsmouth & District Branch: Display at Hayling Island Horticultural Show, Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0HB. 14:00-16:00.
7-9 ELK Conference: Blankenberg, Belgium.

Details from David Rushforth: 01704 563849.

8 Littlehampton Branch: Cactus Classes & Plant Sales at Littlehampton Town Show & Family Fun Day, Rosemead Park, East Street, Littlehampton, BN17 6ED. 13:00-16:30.
8 Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at Romsey Show, Broadlands Park, Romsey, SO51 9ZD. 09:00-18:00.
14-16 York Branch Show: Harrogate Autumn Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30.

Further details from Show Secretary David Fair: 01904 705207.

22 Teesside Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Stokesley Show, The Showground, Helmsley Road, Stokesley, TS9 5JL. 09:30-16:30.
23 BCSS Zone 6 International Convention Harston Village Hall, 20 High Street, Harston, Cambridge, CB22 7PX

Speakers:

  • Aldo & Daina Delladdio “Turbinicarpi in their habitat” and “Small Mexican cacti”
  • Jakub Jilemicky "Haworthias and other succulents of the Western Cape"

Tickets £15. Further details from David Bennett Tel: 01440 785643 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

29-30 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
October 2018
6 Portsmouth & District Branch Autumn Show: Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5AU. 11:00-16:00. Schedules from Branch Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
7 Birmingham Branch and Haworthia Society Show: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00-16:00.
7 Exeter Branch Convention: Woodbury Village Hall, Flower Street, Woodbury, Exeter, EX5 1LX. 9:00-15:30.

Speakers:

  • David Minnion "Texas"
  • Dr Jonathan Clark "Lithops and other Mesembs"

Tickets £15, including lunch.

Details from Ian Woolnough: 01392 422147 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7 Zone Representatives Meeting: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00.
10 Cambridge Branch Autumn Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ. 19:30-22:00.
13 North West Mesemb Show: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:15-15:45. Speaker: John Watmough "Those you may not have seen" (14:00).

Details and schedules from Peter Bint: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

14 Bristol Branch Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture: Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve Hill Road, Cleeve, Bristol, BS49 4PH. 14:00-17:00. Speaker: Ian Woolnough "Mexican highlights".
14 South East Cactus Mart: Crockham Hill Village Hall, Church Lane, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 6RP. 10:00-15:00. More info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
15-19 Zone 18 Speaking Tour: Details from Branch Secretaries.
21

Oxford Branch

60th Anniversary Celebration Symposium

Sunday 21st October 2018

At the Lambert Arms, Aston Rowant OX49 5SQ (just off junction 6 of M40) from;- 1000 -

Speakers will be Colin Walker. Martin Lowry, Paul Hoxey and Ian Woolnough

Tickets £15 (including buffet)

Further information and full details from Bill Darbon 01993 881928 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

December 2018
1 BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.

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March 2019
31 Event: Zone 6 International Convention.
Date: Sunday 31st March 2019.
Location: Western Turville Village Hall, School Approach, Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire HP22 5RW.
Speakers: Rikus van Veldhuisen will give two talks. First talk will be ‘An Introduction to the succulent Euphorbias of South Africa’ and his second will be ‘Tanzania’. Graham Charles will be speaking about 'Matucana in habitat and culture'.
Trade stands will be by Stuart Riley and William’s Cactus. The two speakers may have plants for sale. There will be book sales by Keith Larkin.
April 2019
6 South East Cactus Mart: Swalecliffe and Chestfield Community Centre,19 St Johns Rd, Whitstable, CT6 2QU.10:00-15:00. More info from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
28 Zone 9 Convention: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB.
May 2019
12 Zone 12 Convention (Derek Desborough Memorial Lectures), Crawley Horticultural Society Hall, Ifield Avenue, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ. 12:00-17:00 (doors open 11:30).

Speakers:

  • Paul Hoxey: "Hunting Matucana and Other Cacti in Northern Peru"
  • Ray Stephenson: "The European Succulents"

Plant sales by David Neville, Stuart Riley and C & V Cacti; generous buffet. Tickets £10.00 each from Suzanne Mace or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

25 Bristol Joint Show (Bristol Branch and Bristol Cactus Society): Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PS.
June 2019
1 Glasgow Branch Show: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-16:00.
1 Gloucester Branch Show: Shurdington Social Centre, Bishop Road, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4TB.
2 Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
15 Wiltshire Branch Show: Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES.
22 South Wales Branch Show: Graig Community Centre, Caerphilly Rd, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8HZ.
July 2019
20 OXFORD BRANCH SHOW (with The Haworthia Society)
SATURDAY 20th JULY 2019
The Old Mill Hall, Grove OX12 7LB
Nursery and Branch sales tables
Open 10:00 to 15:30 FREE ENTRY
Details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
September 2019
21-22 Lullingstone Castle Show and Mart, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 OJA. 11am - 5pm. Show (Saturday only), plant sales from 10 or more top nurseries, displays, mini-talks, competitions and more! In conjunction with the World Garden's Mexican Celebration Weekend, including flower displays, Mexican food, mariachi bands and guided tours by Tom Hart Dyke. Entry £5 for BCSS members, £10 for non-members.