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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 - 2020

Date Branch Subject/Speaker/Event
7th Jan Soton Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members
11th Jan IOW No meeting
18th Jan Ports Ramble through the collection + Greenhouse automation (Julian Cook)
4th Feb Soton Rio Grande do Sul (Cliff Thompson)*
8th Feb IOW Highlights of Arizona & Utah (David Neville)
15th Feb Ports New Season Cultivation/propogation workshop (Cliff Thompson)
3rd Mar Soton A Trip to North-West Argentina (Hazel Taylor)
14th Mar IOW Northern Peru Nov 2017 (Cliff Thompson)
21st Mar Ports My world of Mammillarias (Dr Tony Roberts)
7th Apr Soton A Tour of Continental Nurseries & Collections (Stuart Riley) **
11th Apr IOW Open Meeting
18th Apr Ports Plant Auction **
5th May Soton Cultivation & Propagation Workshop - with demonstrations and discussions **
9th May IOW to be confirmed (Rodney Simms)
9th May Soton Branch visit to Havering Cactus Mart, North Romford RM5 3QJ **
16th May Ports Interesting Haworthias (Stirling Baker) **
2nd Jun Soton South-West USA (Martin Edwards) **
6th Jun Ports Portsmouth Summer Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO6 3NB **
13th Jun IOW Chile aka the Photographers Tour (Paul Klaassen)
20th Jun Ports 70th Anniversary Celebration - day event at Cosham Baptist Church **
4th July BCSS National Show, Milton Keynes Arena, Stadium Way MK1 1ST **
7th Jul Soton Haworthia & Gasteria (Terry Smale) **
11th Jul IOW Close-up in nature IV (Colin Haygarth)
18th Jul Ports Gardening with Succulents (Paul Spracklin)
28Jul-30Jul Soton Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst **
1st Aug Soton Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LBW
4th Aug Soton Plant Focus Evening – Agave and Parodia/Notocactus
8th Aug IOW Open Evening @ Stephen's (Members only)
15th Aug Ports No meeting
15th Aug Ports Denmead Horticultural Show - Plant display and sales
31st Aug Ports Emsworth Horticultural Society Show - Plant display and sales
1st Sep Soton Epiphytes Aren't Just For Christmas (Mark Preston)
12th Sep IOW Plants & Animals of the Western Cape part 1 (Hazel Taylor)
12th Sep Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show
19th Sep Ports Northern Peru 2017 (Cliff Thompson)
26th Sep Ports Portsmouth Autumn Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO6 3NB
6th Oct Soton Mesembs in Habitat (Alice Vanden Bon)
10th Oct IOW Open Meeting
17th Oct Ports What's New in the Cactus and Succulent Hobby (Stuart Riley)
3rd Nov Soton Highlights, People & Plants at the 2020 BCSS National Show
14th Nov IOW Sweet Peas (Darren Everest)
21st Nov Ports Ex Situ Conservation of Cacti (Vicky Davies)
1st Dec Soton Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social
5th Dec Ports Annual General Meeting & Christmas Social
12th Dec IOW Annual General Meeting followed by American Supper
* - change from original published details ** - event cancelled due to Covid-19

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