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Important message to all SABG members
Depending on the changing situation regarding the coronavirus epidemic, the SABG committee is considering the possibility of holding our autumn meeting on 11th October. We will make a decision about that nearer the time, taking government guidelines into account, and let you all know.
Meanwhile, stay safe.
The SABG Committee
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|
More details of our meetings, including directions for getting there, are given on the meetings page.
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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.
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