Autumn 2016 meetingThe Autumn meeting of the Southern African Bulb Group will be on Sunday 23rd October 2016, at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, UK. 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 will be Nick Wray, the curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden.
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.
More information about our meetings, the location and directions are shown on our meetings page.
The display table at our Autumn meeting in October 2014, showing a variety of species of Nerine, Lachenalia, Massonia, Empodium and other genera.
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(Richard White, 12 October 2014)
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.
Many of these plants come from the former Cape Province, 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 winter growers. 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.