'Places to Visit in the UK'

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

Postby macavity » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:52 pm

Not strictly speaking a public collection, but one of the RHS open gardens in Cobham (Chestnut Lodge) has a fairly large collection of succulents. They are only open the one day a year so I'm not sure if it's worth putting on your list, but it is definitely worth going to if you are in the area. I have some photos from last year's open day round September if anybody would be interested in seeing them?
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Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Stuart Estell » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:38 am

An advocate for Southfields Nurseries here - my good lady and I visited them yesterday. We were extremely impressed with the scale on which Brian and Linda grow their plants - and how beautifully-grown they all are. I came home with yet more new stuff (hence my Summer Sale list in the Sales forum...)
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Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Apicra » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:08 am

A couple of years ago, TonyR mentioned the small display of cacti at the Capel Manor Horticultural College in North London. This was created with donations for the local BCSS branch who meet on-site, Lea Valley Branch: http://www.leavalley.bcss.org.uk/capelmanordisplay.html (photo from 2010?).

Here are some more recent photos to show how the display has grown. If you can find spare time during the busy day, these plants can be visited during the Zone 6 Convention on Saturday October 20th 2012 which will be held within the gardens. Speakers are Petr Pavelka and Martin Lowry. More info: http://www.bcss.org.uk/foruma/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=156402.

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Lea Valley Branch display of cacti at Capel Manor
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The Cerei have grown well!
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Unusual variegated Agaves
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The display can be found in the largest "Display House" greenhouse in the walled garden. The doors were very difficult to open when I visited in March!

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

Postby Tony R » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:46 am

Information on Edinburgh Botanic Garden after Lindsey's recent visit is here:
http://www.bcss.org.uk/foruma/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=158288
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Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK' forum?

Postby Apicra » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:27 am

A worthwhile place to visit in the middle of London is the compact Chelsea Physic Garden http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/ . It is surprising how much is grown in this small walled garden. There are not many cacti & succulents, but much of general garden and historical interest. It was a shame we could not get near their Welwitschia "forest" - about 20 plants in a closed, sunken greenhouse. I enjoyed smelling their Pelargonium leaves. Watch out for special events - we saw an accomplished exhibition of botanical art.

Alena Phillips also from Harrow branch has shared some pictures online: http://www.mycacti.info/Chelsea%20Physics%20Garden/ (you may spot me in a couple of photos!)
Open late on Wed summer evenings and free entry to RHS members on Tues & Wed.

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

Postby ajm389 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:27 pm

Also a must is a visit to the Durham University Botanic Gardens.
Excellent use of a poster at the entrance to the 'Greenhouse' to advertise the society 'Teesside Branch'.
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Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK'

Postby dalesmatt » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:55 am

I admired the display in the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens back in March, especially a nice long raised bed display against a sheltered wall of outdoor grown hardy cacti. (tu)
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Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK'

Postby Cactusgirl » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:29 pm

Does anyone know of any places to visit in the Suffolk/ North Essex area? Years ago there was even a cacti club in Ipswich with regular meetings but it doesn't seem to be in existence now which is a shame :sad:
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Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK'

Postby Tina » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:05 pm

Have you checked for nearby zone &/or branch Open days, normally a good day especially as you get a few collections open.
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Re: 'Places to Visit in the UK'

Postby Cactusgirl » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:56 pm

Hi Tina, thanks for that & I will certainly speak to the branch at Clacton as I think they will be my nearest. Debbie

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