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  • The SABG Autumn meeting will be on Sunday 20th October 2024 at Badger’s Farm Community Centre (a change to the originally published provisional date). More details below.
  • Newsletter no. 50 (March 2024) is available.
  • Bulletin no. 50/2 (19 June 2024) has been emailed.

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  • 14 August: deadline for sending bulbs and seeds (or a list of material to be sent) for the 2024 Bulb & Seed Exchange
  • The SABG Autumn 2024 meeting is on Sunday 20th October 2024
  • The SABG Spring meeting has not yet been booked for 2025


  • Very occasionally I change the “theme” (style) of the web site. The current theme has a choice of a light or dark background. To change from one to the other, click on “Toggle theme” at the very top on the right-hand side. For more information, see About the SABG web site [20 June 2024]
  • The timetable for the annual Bulb & Seed Exchanges for 2024 has been announced. Details have been emailed to members in Bulletin 50/2, and can also be read on our Bulb & Seed Exchanges page. [Jon Evans, 19 June 2024]
  • An SABG member has drawn my attention to a study of the South African species of Ledebouria, which I have added to our Digital library [22 November 2023]

Recent emails

The following emails were sent recently to all SABG members whose email addresses we have. (The dates are when the emails were sent, not the dates of any meetings or deadlines to which they might refer.) If you are a member and didn’t receive any of them, please email Richard White (see “Contacts” on this page). (If you’re not a member and are interested in what we do, see our pages About the SABG and How to join the SABG.)

  • SABG Bulletin 50/2 (19 June 2024)
  • SABG Bulletin 50/1 (15 March 2024)
  • SABG Newsletter 50 (7 March 2024)
  • SABG Bulletin 49/3 (3 November 2023)

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We made changes (on 13 April 2022) intended to reduce the likelihood of our emails being regarded as spam. Please let me know (with a copy of the email) if anything from the SABG (with the SABG’s Lachenalia logo, rather than from an individual member) ends up in your Spam or Junk email folder. Thank you.

Autumn 2024 meeting

Our next meeting will be on Sunday 20th October 2024.

The speaker for this meeting is Alex Summers, who was until recently the curator of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, now working in a National Trust garden. He will give a talk (title to be agreed). The NBGW has a large section devoted to plants from regions with a Mediterranean climate, including a collection of South African bulbs.

Directions to the meeting hall. The doors will open at 10.00, and the meeting will close at about 14.30. SABG members, their guests and visitors are welcome. Admission is £3.00 and parking is free.

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More details of our meetings, including directions for getting there, are given on the meetings page.

Keep calm & grow bulbs

Other meetings

  • Saturday in October 2024: Nerine visit day
  • both organised by the Nerine and Amaryllid Society at the Five Arrows Gallery, Exbury Gardens, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AX, by kind invitation of Nicholas de Rothschild and Theo Herselman. These events are for NAAS members, but SABG members are also invited; see the NAAS events page, and please inform Theo or the NAAS Secretary Alison Corley if you wish to attend so that numbers can be estimated.

Latest newsletters and bulletins

  • The latest newsletter is number 50 (March 2024). You can read or download all the SABG newsletters from our list of Newsletters.
  • The latest bulletin is number 50/2 and was emailed to members on 19 June 2024.

Further information

I plan to include a photo gallery here. Until it is ready, why not visit Audrey Cain's BulbWeb? Her web-site, now hosted by the SABG, contains over 1,400 photographs of plants in 175 genera (not all of them are South African).

About the Group

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), one or two Bulb & Seed Exchanges per year, and three or four Newsletters 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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