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  • SABG Members: do we have your correct email address? An email was sent on 18th June 2018 and Newsletter no. 37 was sent on 2nd July to all SABG members whose email addresses we have. If you are a member and didn’t receive them, please email Richard White (see Contacts on this page).
  • This is a new version of the SABG web site, which is intended to contain all the information from the old version (which will remain available for a while, but will not be updated). Please email me with any problems or suggestions.
  • Newsletter no. 37 (July 2018) is now available

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Autumn 2018 meeting

The next meeting of the Southern African Bulb Group will be the Autumn meeting on Sunday 7th October 2018, at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4QB (U.K.) Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting will finish at approximately 4:00 p.m.

The speaker for the morning session at approximately 11:00 a.m. will be our new SABG Chairman, Paul Cumbleton, who will talk about “Growing and propagating South African winter-growing bulbs”.

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, photos, short talks, plant sales (a good reason to arrive soon after 10:00!), and tea and coffee with biscuits. 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, or buy something at Sainsbury’s next door.

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

Later meetings

  • Saturday 13th October 2018: SABG members are invited to the Exbury Nerine Visit Day organised by the Nerine and Amaryllid Society at the Five Arrows gallery, Exbury House gardens, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AX, by kind invitation of Nicholas de Rothschild and Theo Herselman. For this (and other NAAS events) see the NAAS events page and please inform Theo or the NAAS Secretary Alison Corley if you wish to attend.
  • The SABG meetings in 2019 will be on Sunday 7th April (when Kit Strange from Kew will give a demonstration) and Sunday 6th October. More details will follow later when they are available.

Further information


Latest newsletters

  • The latest newsletter is number 37 (July 2018). You can read or download all the SABG newsletters from our list of Newsletters.

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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), 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.

More about the SABG

About the SABG web site

The original SABG web site has been replaced by one which 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.

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  • To join the group, or to enquire about joining, email Rodney Sims
  • To enquire about the newsletter or web site, to send suggestions for additions and improvements, or to submit items for inclusion, email Richard White

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