- BCSS Zone Rep
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- Joined: 21 Jun 2011
- Branch: BRIGHTON, HOVE & District
- Country: United Kingdom
- Role within the BCSS: Branch Chair
Tom will be joined by other luminaries from the plant world, including broadcaster and fellow patron Ann Swithinbank and houseplant writer and blogger Jane Perrone, who will be podcasting her popular On the Ledge show from the event. There will also be talks, demonstrations, workshops and surgeries, aimed at all levels of interest, by experts and experienced growers from within the BCSS.
Designed to appeal to both existing growers and promote our type of plants and, of course, the Society to the wider public, CactusWorld Live will have at its heart a massive marquee featuring a full show of 40 classes together with sales from many of our top nurseries and booksellers. These will be complemented by displays and exhibits highlighting various aspects and applications of succulent plants. For the younger members of the family, there will be a junior event including free face-painting, balloon-bending and various prize competitions, while for local branches there will be space for promotion, fund-raising and members’ plant sales.
The event has been timed to avoid and extend the main branch show season but also to coincide with Lullingstone’s annual Mexican Celebration Weekend, a fun couple of days in which the estate highlights the Mexican plants in its gardens, including many cacti and succulents. There will also be stunning displays of dahlias, outlets providing Mexican food, tours of the castle and even a mariachi band!
CactusWorld Live is a major BCSS initiative drawing on the name of our best known brand, ie that of our excellent and highly respected journal, and is being centrally funded by the Board of Trustees in order to promote the Society and its branches without draining local funds. It is hoped that the weekend will be a big success and become a template for other events, perhaps in different parts of the country, in the coming years.
Entry will be £5 for BCSS members and for their accompanying partner, free for children under 15 (and those helping with running the event). Standard admission will be £10.
The Society wishes to acknowledge the following for their contributions to the event: Stirling Baker, Alan Bromley, Mick Cotter, Sheila Cude, Graham Evans, Eddy Harris, David Kirkbright, Suzanne Mace, Mike Partridge, John Pilbeam, Alain Sutton, Hazel Taylor, Ian Thwaites, Fiona Wemyss, Dan Wright and members of Zones 12, 14 and 15; and to extend its grateful thanks to Tom Hart Dyke.