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Welcome to Zone 11 of the British Cactus and Succulent Society


Monthly Meetings

The Branches which comprise Zone 11 (Southampton and District, Portsmouth and District, and Isle Of Wight) hold regular meetings and stage displays or sell plants at events throughout the year. Details of these are given in the colour-coded table below.

Each monthly meeting generally consists of a speaker giving a slide show, practical demonstration or talk about a topic likely to be of interest to cacti and succulent growers. A selection of plants is usually available for purchase, and some of the branches hold a library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis. Attending these meetings is an ideal way of learning more about the hobby - and if you have cacti or succulent plants which require identification, bring them along - someone will help you put names to the plants and tell you more about how to look after them.

Southampton Meetings
usually 1st Tuesday each month
7:30pm start
St James's Parish Hall
Church Hill (A27)
West End
SO30 3LA
  Isle of Wight Meetings
usually 2nd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
Church Close Community Centre
off Church Close
Wootton, Isle of Wight
PO33 4QH
  Portsmouth Meetings
usually 3rd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
St Colman’s Church Hall
St Colman’s Avenue

Zone 11 Programme - 2018

Date Branch Subject/Speaker/Event
2nd Jan Soton Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members
13th Jan IOW No meeting
20th Jan Ports Echinocereus (Julian Cook)
6th Feb Soton Brazil - The Land of the Uebelmannia (Cliff Thompson)
10th Feb IOW Sweet Peas (Keith Brewer)
17th Feb Ports Gymnocalycium (Graham Evans)
6th Mar Soton Peru 2017 (Ian Woolnough)
10th Mar IOW Nature in Close-up #5 (Colin Haygarth)
17th Mar Ports Lithops - In Captivity East to West (Dr Jonathan Clark)
3rd Apr Soton What I Saw Last Winter - Mexico & Madagascar (Paul Klaassen)
14th Apr IOW Show & Tell
21st Apr Ports Bring and Buy Auction
1st May Soton Cultivation & Propagation Workshop - with demonstrations and discussions
12th May IOW What I Did Last Winter (Paul Klaassen)
12th May Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day)
19th May Ports How to best show your plants and an insight into judging (Bill Darbon)
2nd Jun Ports Portsmouth Summer Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO7 5AU
5th Jun Soton Travels in Ethiopia (Bob Potter)
9th Jun IOW Mexico 3 (Cliff Thompson)
16th Jun Ports Christmas & Easter Cacti — Schlumbergera, Rhipsalidopsis and Hatiora (Dr Mark Preston)
20th Jun Ports Visit to Suzanne and Tony Mace's Greenhouses, at Ansty, W.Sussex
30th Jun Soton Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD
3rd Jul Soton Cultivation of Cacti & Succulents (Terry Smale)
14th Jul IOW Keith Grantham Slide Show – SW USA 3
21st Jul Ports Mexico 3 (Cliff Thompson)
22nd Jul Soton Southampton Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset
24-26 Jul Soton Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst
28th Jul Soton Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LBW
7th Aug Soton Plant Focus Evening – Mammillaria & Euphorbia
11th Aug IOW Open Evening (Members only)
18th Aug Ports No meeting
18th Aug Ports Display at Denmead Horticultural Show
27th Aug Ports Display at Emsworth Horticultural Society Show
1st Sep Ports Display at Hayling Island Horticultural Show
4th Sep Soton Succulent Senecios (John Foster)
8th Sep IOW Post Cards of the Isle of Wight (Richard Salter)
8th Sep Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show
15th Sep Ports Cultivation of Cacti & Succulents (Terry Smale)
2nd Oct Soton Gasterias in Habitat & Culture (Tony Roberts)
6th Oct Ports Portsmouth Autumn Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO7 5AU
13th Oct IOW To be confirmed
20th Oct Ports Thelocactus - The Forgotten Genus (Martin Doorbar)
6th Nov Soton Around The Collection (Stuart Riley)
10th Nov IOW Eastern Cape (Rodney Sims)
17th Nov Ports Aloe! Aloe! (Rodney Sims)
1st Dec Ports Annual General Meeting & Christmas Social
4th Dec Soton Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social
8th Dec IOW Annual General Meeting followed by American Supper

Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will usually be posted here. However sometimes changes can occur at the last minute, so if travelling from a distance to attend a particular meeting, please check the relevant branch website (or phone the secretary of the branch) a day or two before the event.

Contact Details

To obtain further information you may wish to visit the appropriate branch's website or contact the branch secretary :
BCSS Southampton Secretary:
Mr David Neville, 
Tel: 02380 551173
Southampton Website
  BCSS Isle of Wight Secretary:
Mr Stephen Woods, 
Tel: 01983 866356
Isle of Wight Website
  BCSS Portsmouth Secretary:
Ms Carrie Hands, 
Tel: 02392 375667
Portsmouth Website