'Places to Visit in the UK'

For the discussion of topics related to the conservation, cultivation, propagation and exhibition of cacti & other succulents.
Forum rules
For the discussion of topics related to the conservation, cultivation, propagation and exhibition of cacti & other succulents only.

Please respect all forum members opinions and if you can't make a civil reply, don't reply!
User avatar
EddieA
BCSS Member
Posts: 79
Joined: 18 Jun 2010
Branch: NORTH SURREY
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby EddieA » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:27 am

Thanks everybody for getting this going!
Well a Google map and a forum for pics seems to be the best way to go about it.
Bill
Where can we put it?
I thought that each entry should be a separate thread under a 'places to visit in the UK' topic sticky. or maybe even on the main index? As long as it's always easy to find instead of having a moveable thread somewhere that people have to keep track of.
What do people think is the best way to deal with nurseries and commercial institutions?
Originally I thought of just places to visit as 1) gardens or exhibitions. and then, 2) I liked the idea of Mike P who suggested including
those people who have collections and sell a few plants but do not really have a commercial nursery.(They tend to be the hardest to track down)
.
Each entry should include contact details, opening dates and times too.
However if we include all nurseries, garden centres and retail outlets both the topic and the Google map are going get extremely cluttered. I think that would take us too far away from the original concept and too much information might mean people were less inclined to use it.
Maybe at the top of the Forum we should have a sticky pointing to a list of commercial nurseries and use 'Places To Visit In The UK' for categories 1 and 2, above.
I think the sticky should also include links to the Google maps listed above (nurseries and BCSS brnches, as these are also places to visit)
What do people think?
Are we agreed that each place has it's own topic? If so do we just start a post under the main heading and include our photos in-line?
I was hoping to ask Iain of ' 'Is there a Cactus House near you?' fame to get the ball rolling as his thread inspired me to start this in the first place.
Eddie
Special interests: Aloes, Crassula, Epiphytic Cacti & Hoya
North Surrey BCSS Member
User avatar
DaveW
BCSS Member
Posts: 8010
Joined: 08 Jul 2007
Branch: NOTTINGHAM
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Branch President
Location: Nottingham

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby DaveW » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:34 am

An international guide would be nice for Europe at least for people on holiday, both nurseries, botanical Gardens and even any collections open by prior appointment would be welcome. Dirk's map is a step forward, but some areas seem totally barren of cactus interest, although cactus and succulent societies supposedly exist in those countries and they are ideal cactus growing areas?

I noted when I was on the Costa del Sol there was nowhere for a cactophile to visit, as Dirks map shows, apart from the Botanical Gardens at Gibraltar and in the other direction not until El Eijdo, a 305km stretch by coastal motorway according to Google Maps. I am surprised the Spanish Society does not seem to cover the Costa Del Sol at all and the society link on Cactus Mall did not seem to reach anybody?

From El Eijdo on there seems more for the cactophile, but the length of the Costa del Sol arrowed from where I stayed inland from Velez Malaga (marked with a cross) seems to be devoid of nurseries or collections, even though many British ex pats live on that coast and thousands visit it every year?

MAP.jpg


Perhaps all the cactus societies could get together and provide similar guides for their own countries on the lines of Dirk's map?

DaveW
Nottingham Branch BCSS. Joined the then NCSS in 1961, Membership number 11944. Cactus only collection.
User avatar
EddieA
BCSS Member
Posts: 79
Joined: 18 Jun 2010
Branch: NORTH SURREY
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Member

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby EddieA » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:15 pm

DaveW
Perhaps our one will set the ball rolling and encourage other European societies to follow.
If we were to do Europe I hope it would be a separate thread from the UK one.
Alternatively we could do UK and if it's a success expand it to Europe?
Eddie
Special interests: Aloes, Crassula, Epiphytic Cacti & Hoya
North Surrey BCSS Member
User avatar
Bill
BCSS Forum Administrator
Posts: 8306
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Branch: None
Country: Wales
Role within the BCSS: Trustee
Location: Pwllheli North Wales
Contact:

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Bill » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:22 pm

We can't include commercial nurseries in any way or form apart from those that advertise in the Journal for whom there is already a webpage and googlemap. This does not preclude recommending places in response to questions.

Bill
bcss
BCSS Publications & Web Manager
Posts: 209
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Branch: BRIGHTON, HOVE & District
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Trustee
Contact:

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby bcss » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:08 pm

Here is a possible one for your list:

http://www.manornursery.net/page/manor_nurseries_cacti
Tony Mace
Publications Manager
User avatar
Paul D
BCSS Member
Posts: 579
Joined: 21 May 2009
Branch: GRAMPIAN (N.E.Scotland)
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Branch Show
Location: Collieston, Aberdeenshire
Contact:

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Paul D » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:14 pm

The one which started this thread, the Aberdeen Duthie Park Winter Gardens, now called the David Welch Winter Gardens, has a website at http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/parks/pos/pos_wintergdn.asp.
It's not much of a website but if anyone wants more info there are a few folk on the forum that know it well (including me).
How do we go about setting up a map?
Paul in North-east Scotland (Grampian Branch BCSS)
National Collection Aylostera, Rebutia & Weingartia (inc. Sulcorebutia). Also growing a mixture including Ferocactus, Gymnocalycium, Mammillaria, Asclepiads, Lithops, Crassula, Adromischus, Gasteria, Haworthia.
http://www.rebutia.org.uk
User avatar
Bill
BCSS Forum Administrator
Posts: 8306
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Branch: None
Country: Wales
Role within the BCSS: Trustee
Location: Pwllheli North Wales
Contact:

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Bill » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:00 pm

Paul D wrote:How do we go about setting up a map?


Patience Paul, I'll set it all up at the weekend, what I need is stuff to populate it with.

So far we have:

Aberdeen
Manor Nurseries
poss Chester Zoo
Ness gardens Wirral
Kew & Wisley
Eden
Winterbourne Gardens
Poss welsh mountain Zoo,, they used to have a small but nice collection in the tortoise house, I'll need to check if it's still there
Treborth Gardens

Bill
User avatar
Paul D
BCSS Member
Posts: 579
Joined: 21 May 2009
Branch: GRAMPIAN (N.E.Scotland)
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Branch Show
Location: Collieston, Aberdeenshire
Contact:

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Paul D » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:45 am

There is also an excellent collection at the Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens:

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/residents/parks_outdoors/parks_gardens/kibblepalacerestoration.htm
Paul in North-east Scotland (Grampian Branch BCSS)
National Collection Aylostera, Rebutia & Weingartia (inc. Sulcorebutia). Also growing a mixture including Ferocactus, Gymnocalycium, Mammillaria, Asclepiads, Lithops, Crassula, Adromischus, Gasteria, Haworthia.
http://www.rebutia.org.uk
Iain
Registered Guest
Posts: 184
Joined: 07 Oct 2008

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Iain » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:12 am

Once Bill sets up the map, I'd be happy to supply photos of Aberdeen (the David Welch Winter Gardens collection). I'm going on holiday this weekend so it may have to wait 10 days though. Still hoping to stumble across collections in the Salisbury / New Forest area.....succulent detectors initialised and ready to scan. :geek:
Best Wishes
Iain
Grampian
User avatar
Tony R
Moderator
Posts: 2407
Joined: 20 Apr 2009
Branch: DARTFORD
Country: UK
Role within the BCSS: Branch Chair
Location: Hartley, LONGFIELD, Kent

Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Tony R » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:00 am

An excellent new display of mature plants can be seen at Capel Manor College EN1 4RQ. This display bed has been constructed this year by members of the BCSS Lea Valley Branch (particularly Roger Day - "Well done, Roger!") and students of the college. See:

http://www.bcss-leavalley.co.uk/CapelManordis.html
Tony Roberts
Chairman, BCSS Dartford Branch
Treasurer, Haworthia Society
Chairman, Tephrocactus Study Group
Moderator, BCSS Forum
Kent
(Gasteria, Mammillaria, small Opuntia, Cleistocactus and Sempervivum are my current special interests)

Return to “The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 55 guests