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Autumn 2020 meeting

We hope to have our next meeting on Sunday 11th October 2020, subject to confirmation later. It may be at our usual meeting place, Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting will finish at approximately 2:30 p.m.

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 James Hitchmough
12.00 - 1 pm Lunch
1pm - 2pm Talk by James Hitchmough
2pm – 2.30pm Winding up

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Latest newsletters

  • The most recent published newsletter is number 39 (April 2019)
  • You can read or download all the SABG newsletters from our list of newsletters
  • There may be a draft of the next newsletter: Newsletter no. 42 but it is likely to be incomplete.

News items

  • The annual Bulb & Seed Exchange for 2020 has been announced by its coordinator, Jon Evans. Details have been emailed to members, and can also be read on our Bulb & Seed Exchange page. [Jon Evans, 7 June 2020]
  • The BBC Gardeners’ World episode with a portion devoted to wild Gladiolus with Rod & Rachel Saunders, filmed in the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa just before their deaths, has been shown on BBC television in the UK, and is now available for streaming from BBC iPlayer (, but unfortunately only for viewers in the UK, as far as I know. [Richard White, 7 May 2020]
  • Newsletter no. 41 (March 2020) is now available. [Richard White, 20 March 2020]
  • The SABG Committee has decided it is necessary to cancel the SABG meeting on Sunday 29th March 2020. [Paul Cumbleton, 16 March 2020]
  • I have moved some pictures and information about our former Chairman Bill Squire to a separate page [Richard White, 1 April 2019]
  • “Ephemeral” seeds (which germinate immediately) were available to members for two days only. For the list of species available, see Ephemeral seeds available 20-22 November 2018 [Jon Evans, 20 November 2018]
  • In the latest October 2018 Silverhill Seeds newsletter (, Ondine Schrick (who had worked for Rod and Rachel Saunders for over twenty years and is now the owner of the business) writes “We hope Rod and Rachel are in a gentler place now – perhaps at the top of a mountain gazing down over unfolding hills and valleys, tranquil. Work done, dreams and adventures fulfilled. The world a richer place for their time spent here.” There are many other tributes in the Scottish Rock Garden Club forum ( [Richard White, 7 November 2018]
  • The cremation service for our former Chairman Bill Squire was scheduled to place in Bangkok yesterday [Richard White, 7 November 2018]
  • A display of a small selection of Bill Squire's plants was presented by Leo Squire and Tony Bennett at the meeting of the Dorset Group of the Alpine Garden Society, of which Bill had been Chairman, on the 1st November, 2018. A small but appropriate tribute to a wonderful man. [Richard White, 2 November 2018]
  • Sadly I have to report the death of Bill Squire, our long-serving former Chairman, on Friday 26th October 2018. Not long after starting a “new life” with his partner in Thailand, he succumbed to a short but fatal illness. He was also well known as the former Chairman of the Dorset Group of the Alpine Garden Society, and the curator of the National Collection of Lachenalia. I am sure everyone will join with me in expressing our condolences to his family. [Richard White, 29 October 2018]
  • I have just added The South African Species of Dipcadi by A. A. Obermeyer (1964) to our Links to other web sites [Richard White, 29 October 2018]
  • For many years Audrey Cain maintained a large collection of photographs of bulbs, many of them South African, which could be viewed on her web-site, called “BulbWeb”. This has not been available for a while, but I am pleased to be able to report that, with help from Audrey and her son Doug, I have been able to reinstate the photos (about 1,500 in about 190 genera) and some of Audrey’s comments about them. The comments are mostly about flowering dates in cultivation, and require some more work to sort them out properly. However, rather than keep them hidden until this is done, I have made a provisional version of BulbWeb available on the SABG web site. Any comments will be welcomed by Audrey and me. [Richard White, 10 October 2018]
  • There is a special issue of the Pacific Bulb Society’s journal “The Bulb Garden” dedicated to the lives of Rod and Rachel Saunders. [Aiko Talens, 3 October 2018]

Bulb and Seed Exchange 2020

  • The annual Bulb & Seed Exchange for 2020 has been announced by its coordinator, Jon Evans. Details have been emailed to members, and can also be read on our Bulb & Seed Exchange page. The Exchange itself will begin in August. Details will be repeated in the next Newsletter. The full list of bulbs and seeds will be sent to members.

About the SABG web site

This is a new version of the SABG web site, which is intended to contain all the information from the original SABG web site (which will remain available for a while, but will not be updated). The URL (location, address) at which the web site can be found has not changed. It is or just It is a secure web-site. If your web browser says it isn’t, go to Information about our compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be found in our Privacy Policy.

This new version is hosted by a company whose servers are housed in an energy-efficient data centre powered by energy from green renewable sources. It’s implemented as a “wiki” in order to make it easier for people to contribute to it. The page “What's a wiki?” gives more details of how it works. Please email me with any problems or suggestions.

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