CactusWorldLIVE! – Online talks for July 2022 - next months talks are published just before the end of the month

Our talks normally take place twice a month on the first and third Tuesday at 7:30 PM GMT/UCT.

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Topic: Graham Charles– Matucana in habitat and culture

Time: Tuesday 5 July 2022 at 7:30pm (BST)

Meeting ID: 861 2861 0532

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Graham Charles, the BCSS President, joined the then National Cactus and Succulent Society 60 years ago at the age of 12 and he has enthusiastically pursued the hobby since then, especially the study of South American cacti. During his 10 visits to Peru, Matucanas became a particular interest and, with his travelling companions, a number of new distinct species were found and described. The most recent have just been published in the June edition of CactusWorld.

In this talk, Graham will tell us about the history of the genus, the characteristics of the species and where they grow. He will introduce us to the best species to cultivate and tell us how to cultivate them. You will see some of the dramatic habitats where Matucanas can be seen growing in nature.


july 22 2

Topic: Melanie Lewis - Aeonium’ ...a succulent passion!

Time: Tuesday 19 July 2022 at 7:30pm (BST)

Meeting ID: 880 3912 8884

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Melanie first became interested in Aeonium back in the 1980’s when she was a young State Registered Nurse working full time in a hospital in Lymington in the New Forest. However, nursing was not her biggest passion, Melanie’s heart belonged to plants, and her connection with plants has always been her true succulent passion. Melanie’s first Aeonium fascinated her as it looked nothing like anything she had seen before. This resulted in a quest to find more information and it has become a botanical adventure of discovery! Melanie says that she feels fortunate these days in being able to dedicate her life to these plants and her national collection. She enjoys the opportunity to educate people on these wonderful plants, including her recent appearance on BBC Gardeners World. Melanie is passionate on educating people on the plight of this wonderful genus!

In what promises to be an exciting and fascinating talk, Melanie will help us explore the roots of Aeoniums, and their habitat. She will explain her deep concerns for the genus in the wild, and finally she will allow us to take a peep at modern cultivars and where they are heading.


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