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The 2017 Zone 6 International Convention will take place on Saturday 14 October 2017 at Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ in north London. The venue is close to the M25/A10 junction J25 (also home for recent BCSS Zone 15 conventions). Doors open at 10.00am for plant and book sales and the Convention ends at 5pm.

There will be two speakers, Dr Ernst van Jaarsveld (South Africa) will present two talks: “Succulents of Southern Africa” and “Expeditions from Cape Agulhas to Angola”. He has been awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS and is described as “a legend” in South Africa for his lifetime’s work with succulents. Perhaps his new Gasteria book will be available by then? (Ernst’s talks will be different to those for the Haworthia Society’s Convention on the following weekend). In-between, Ian Woolnough (Exeter), who has not spoken in the London area before, will present “Some Mexican Highlights”. Ian has visited cactus habitats in N&S America many times including a trip to Mexico this spring.

Plant sales will be provided by Terry Smale , Doug Sizmur Cacti and Harrow Branch Members. In addition book sales will be available from Keith Larkin ( Keith's Plant Books). As usual, there will be a raffle

Tickets are available in advance from Zone 6 Branch Secretaries or directly from Chris Backhouse 50 Cecil Crescent, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0HG and are priced at £15, including a substantial lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea/coffee/biscuits.

Please make cheques payable to C. Backhouse and enclose your email address if available.

The last date for buying tickets is Sunday October 8th (no admission on door). Tickets also include entrance to the extensive model gardens around the college, open daily 10am – 5.30pm.

The previous Zone 6 Convention at Capel Manor was well received: see the BCSS Forum report.


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