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I am determined that the Society will support Cactus and Succulent lovers all over the world during this difficult time and we welcome members and non-members to attend. These meetings are a showcase to what the hobby is about and we welcome absolute beginners through to the more experienced amongst us. We have a Zoom licence for 500 participants and currently have almost 300 attending so we have more space for visitors (if necessary, we could extend this to 1000 participants).

The talks are scheduled to last about an hour but I have added extra time at the end to allow for any over run and also to give you an opportunity to tell me how you would like me to move the Society forward.

Please contact me, Ian Thwaites, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you would like to offer to give future talks or are able to recommend any top-class speakers.

The meetings are open to all so please spread the word and encourage more members (and anyone else) to join in. These talks are NOT recorded and many of the lectures are one off ‘specials’ so there will not be another chance to experience the talk.

CactusWorld LIVE – Online talks for March

Topic: David Traish - The Beauty of Our Plants

Time: Tuesday 2nd March, 2021 7:30 PM (GMT)

Meeting ID: 882 2818 3224

Passcode: bcss

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88228183224?pwd=N2I2SzBETVNReElXSTdmSkdaTGt4dz09

This talk resulted out of my long years as Shows Secretary for the North Surrey Branch. I was disturbed by the general attitude of branch shows in that they did not attempt to major on the  beauty of our plants  but preferred to show the most difficult plants to grow. We missed the opportunity to show our plants at their best i.e. when they have attractive  flowers, beautiful bodies, wonderfully shaped leaves etc.

I am sure all members of the BCSS accept that our plants are fat, but that does not mean they are not beautiful. You judge!

March 2



Topic: Antun Perkovic - From seedling to a specimen

Time: Tuesday 9th March, 2021 7:30 PM (GMT)

Meeting ID: 835 9743 5485

Passcode: bcss

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83597435485?pwd=TFI4Q1RqRTIwU1BreUY3UmI0Sm0wUT09

My talk will be a continuation of my previous talk, showing how to degraft, root and / or regraft grown-up seedlings.

march 9


Topic: Buck Hemenway - Discovery in South Africa

Time: Tuesday 16th March, 2021 7:30 PM (GMT)

Meeting ID: 869 3402 2601

Passcode: bcss

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86934022601?pwd=MjRVVVBPVUhiUUNwQlYwUDl0V2pmQT09

Buck Hemenway and his wife Yvonne are enthusiastic growers of succulent plants. Their 15-year experience as suppliers of succulents to the nursery trade in Southern California, morphed into residence in in the Klein Karoo in Calitzdorp, South Africa.

They are long time members of the British Society and the CSSA. Buck has served as President of two local societies and served for more than 10 years on the board of the CSSA.

This talk is titled Discovery in South Africa. It explores various floristic regions of South Africa, the discoveries available there and their meaning to the author.

march 16

Topic: Frank Supplie - Orchid Cacti: beautiful Epiphyllum hybrids from the Netherlands

Time: Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 07:30 PM GMT

 Meeting ID: 894 9825 5071

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Frank Süpplie has created more Epiphyllum hybrids in the last 40 years then anyone else in the world. 

His private collection contains more than 8.500 different ones. In this talk he will show you many treasures for the first time. 

Frank has won the Clive Innes Memorial Award on the last B.C.S.S. National Show. 

march 23

Topic: Wolfgang Borgmann - Between Volcanoes and Dragon Trees - My Succulent Highlights of the Canary Islands

Time: Tuesday 30th March, 2021 7:30 PM (BST)

Meeting ID: 841 1954 1066

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 Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84119541066?pwd=U1psTGJjazFQa0dsVVgvOEo4WXpVdz09

The Canary Islands are a succulent paradise, also known as the "Galapagos of botany". The speaker has visited all 8 islands of the archipelago on numerous trips and will give an overview of the diverse landscapes and its most beautiful succulent sites in his lecture.




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