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The next meeting of the Southern African Bulb Group will be the Spring meeting on Sunday 29th March 2020, at Hale Institute Village Hall, near Farnham, Surrey, UK, not at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting will finish at approximately 2:30 p.m. Directions to the Hale Institute Village Hall can be viewed here.
The speaker for the morning session at approximately 11:00 a.m. will be Chris Birchall of Tale Valley Nursery, on the subject of “Rhodohypoxis - Growing, Showing and Natural Environs”. This will cover the plants in cultivation and growing in the Drakensberg, and also some associated plants of the area. In the afternoon, there will be a talk by Jon Evans on “South African bulbs from the AGS Spring shows” and some time for any additional contributions and discussion.
All who are interested in growing these plants will be welcome. There is an entry fee of £3.00, but parking is free. There will as usual be a plant display table, plant sales (a good reason to arrive soon after 10:00!), and tea and coffee with biscuits. There will also be a few books for sale. You are encouraged to bring along any plants you wish to display or sell, or digital photos to share with the audience. Bring your own lunch.
The timetable we plan is as follows:
|10am||Doors open for Plant Sales. Tea/coffee available|
|11am – 12.00||Talk by Chris Birchall: “Rhodohypoxis - Growing, Showing and Natural Environs”|
|12.00 - 1 pm||Lunch|
|1pm - 2pm||Talk by Jon Evans: “South African bulbs from the Spring AGS shows”|
|2pm – 2.30pm||Winding up|
More details of our meetings, including directions for getting there, are given on the meetings page.
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The SABG is based in the UK and is for anyone interested in growing the beautiful and diverse bulbous plants of South Africa and neighbouring countries. You do not need to be an expert (I’m not!) or live in the UK, but our meetings have all been in England so far.
The objective of the Southern African Bulb Group is to further the understanding of the cultivation of Southern African bulbs, where ‘bulbs’ is used in the broad sense to encompass bulb-, corm- and tuber- possessing Southern African plants, which are mostly ‘monocots’ (plants with strap-like leaves and flower parts in threes or sixes) but also including ‘dicots’ (with broad leaves and frequently five-petalled flowers) such as Oxalis.
Our activities include two meetings per year with talks and plant sales (recently these have been in Winchester in southern England), an annual bulb and seed exchange, and a newsletter with three or four issues per year.
Many of these plants come from the former Cape Province of South Africa, now the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape Provinces, and are easy to grow in a cool greenhouse or a sunny conservatory or window sill. They usually provide colourful flowers in autumn and winter and need a dry period in summer, because they are mostly winter growers from the winter rainfall areas of South Africa. Some are summer growers and a few of these will grow outside in southern or sheltered parts of the UK, such as Agapanthus, some Nerines and Tulbaghias, etc. Others, like Lachenalia, are real jewels to brighten up your conservatory when not much else is in flower.
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