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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.

The BCSS is one of the largest Cactus and Succulent Societies in the world and I am determined that we will support all our members with the best Journal, Yearbook and regional meetings, to ensure that the BCSS provides the highest quality benefits in the world. As you know, I want to grow the Society for us all to enjoy this wonderful hobby.

We are very pleased to continue the online Zoom meetings every Tuesday and we hope that you and your friends are able to join us to enjoy some very special speakers during July. Please tell everyone who you think might like these talks. We have again scoured the globe to bring you the very best speakers available and have a very exciting schedule to look forward to.

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. Also in most cases the speakers do not wish to have their talks recorded.

Topic: Martin Lowry - Eastern lowlands of Bolivia
Date and time: Tuesday 7 July 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 813 8090 1721
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Martin is very well-travelled in South America and a respected expert on the cacti from this area, and will take us to the hot, sticky, mosquito-infested lowlands which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. You will see some very interesting Chaco endemics that will give you a whole new perspective on the cacti of Bolivia.

Topic: Brian Kemble - Barrel cacti (Ferocactus and Echinocactus)
Date and time: Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 882 3896 1691
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Brian is the curator at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in California and has travelled extensively. He has seen most of the ferocacti in habitat and also contributed several photographs to John Pilbeam's book on the subject. We will see a photo of the exact same F. pottsii seen on page 87, but taken more than a decade later.

Topic: Andry Petignat - Interesting species of Pachypodium from Madagascar 
Date and time: Tuesday 21 July 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 843 8983 1142
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Andry is director of the Antsokay Arboretum in Toliara, and will be talking to us from his home in Madagascar where he has spent years studying the very special plants of this country. In tonight’s talk Andry will concentrate on the fantastic Pachypodiums that inhabit the 'Red Island’.

Topic: Bob Potter - Cultivation my way
Date and time: Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 822 1677 4823
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Bob and Beryl were the famous Toobees Exotics nursery who we all flocked to before they took their well-earned retirement. Bob has travelled extensively studying some of the worlds special succulents and tonight he will tell us how to grow some of these plants in your greenhouse. Since his retirement Bob has been redesigning his greenhouses and will show us what a stunning display he has created and how this was achieved.

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We now have a link for the Zoom talks on the BCSS website, so why not click on this and save that web page to your favourites/bookmarks so that you can see what the talks are even if you accidentally delete this eNewshttps://tinyurl.com/CWLOnlineTalks



These meetings are a great way to enjoy the hobby and learn more about our favourite plants.  Please do attend if you can as this will help to build our international on line community.

Ian Thwaites