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  • The cremation service for our former Chairman Bill Squire was scheduled to place in Bangkok yesterday, 6 November 2018 (see the “News items” section below). The photo of him wearing his “Squire Bill” Show Secretary badge was taken by Jon Evans at the AGS Southern Show at Wimborne on 19th May 2018, when Bill handed over his duties as Show Secretary to Ben Parmee, after many years of service in this role.
  • A provisional revived version of Audrey Cain's BulbWeb can now be viewed and searched (see the “News items” section below).
  • Newsletter no. 38 (October 2018) is now available
  • SABG Members: do we have your correct email address? Newsletter no. 38 was sent on 5th October to all SABG members whose email addresses we have. If you are a member and didn’t receive it, please email Richard White (see “Contacts” on this page).
  • Our next meeting is on Sunday 7th April 2019 in Winchester, UK. Anyone interested in these plants is welcome, whether or not you are a member of the SABG. There will be plants and books for sale.

Bill Squire on 19 May 2018 (click to see more pictures)

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Bill Squire

Here are a couple of photographs of Bill doing what he liked best.

Bill in his natural habitat (1)

with his National Collection of Lachenalia Bill with his National Collection of Lachenalia

[Photo by Jeremy Spon, 7 April 2018]

The image of Bill in one of his greenhouses with the National Collection of Lachenalia also shows what he did to control light levels – shading for the summer and artificial lighting for the winter. The photo was taken the day before the SABG Spring meeting in 2018, the last one that Bill was able to attend.

Bill in his natural habitat (2)

near Middelpos, South Africa Bill with Romulea komsbergensis

[Photo by Richard White, 1 September 2017]

The magenta flowers carpeting the ground are Romulea komsbergensis.

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Display of Bill Squire's plants

Display of Bill Squire's plants, Dorset AGS, 1/11/2018

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This display of just a few of Bill Squire’s plants was presented by Tony Bennett with the assistance of Leo Squire at the meeting of the Dorset Group of the Alpine Garden Society on the 1st November, 2018. A small but appropriate tribute to a wonderful man. Bill was well known as the former Chairman of the Dorset Group and long-standing Show Secretary for the Alpine Garden Society Wimborne Show, until very recently Chairman of the Southern African Bulb Group, and an active member of the Nerine and Amaryllid Society and the Scottish Rock Garden Club.

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Spring 2019 meeting

The next meeting of the Southern African Bulb Group will be the Spring meeting on Sunday 7th April 2019, 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 3 to 4 p.m.

The speaker for the morning session at approximately 11:00 a.m. will be Kit Strange from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who will give a demonstration of how bulbs are grown at Kew.

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. There will also be some 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, 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.

Other 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 alison.corley@btinternet.com if you wish to attend.

  • There will probably be a Lachenalia Visit Day at Exbury in Spring 2019 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 alison.corley@btinternet.com 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

News items

  • The cremation service for our former Chairman Bill Squire was scheduled to place in Bangkok yesterday [Richard White, 7 November 2018]
  • In the latest October 2018 Silverhill Seeds newsletter (http://www.silverhillseeds.co.za/newsletter.asp), 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 (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=16118.15) [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]

Latest newsletters

  • The latest newsletter is number 38 (October 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

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 (address) at which the web site can be found has not changed. It is www.sabg.tk or just sabg.tk. It is a secure web-site. If your web browser says it isn’t, go to https://sabg.tk.

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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For help with finding your way around, click on Help (on the sidebar, which may appear on the left of the page on computers and at the top on small devices).

Contacts

  • To join the group, or to enquire about joining, email Rodney Sims rodney.sims@tiscali.co.uk.
  • To enquire about the newsletter or web site, to send suggestions for additions and improvements, or to submit items for inclusion, email Richard White richard@sabg.tk.

[Copyright © 2018 by the Southern African Bulb Group and Richard White.]

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