N: Annual General Meeting (cancelled)

Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, London

Important update 13-03-2020 - BPS Coronavirus statement Annual General Meeting – Natural History Museum, London. In addition to the main AGM business, there will be several illustrated talks on the theme of tropical and subtropical ferns, as well as merchandise and book sales and our own fern photographic competition. The Annual General meeting has been … Continue reading N: Annual General Meeting (cancelled)

S: Workday at Ascog Fernery

Ascog, Isle of Bute PA20 9EU Ascog Fernery, Rothesay

Ascog Fernery workday, Isle of Bute Meet at the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay at 9:45, for the 10.05 ferry to Rothesay. We expect to return by the 4 pm ferry. We will car pool, to take as few cars across as possible. Any donation of ferns is welcome! Food: bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee … Continue reading S: Workday at Ascog Fernery

EA&SE: Herbarium at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, London

Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com This meeting will be held jointly with SE group (max 15)

S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

Shotts Bing shotts

Meet at 11am. We should find Diphasiastrum alpinum and Lycopodium clavatum, as well as Botrychium (lunaria or nordicum?) and horsetails. There are other larger ferns in the area. The site is at about 236 m, and quite exposed. If it is at all windy it will be cold, so we'll need to have plenty of … Continue reading S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

NW: North Cumbria

Orton Moss Carlisle

Roger Golding will lead a meeting in north Cumbria - including Orton Moss to see the royal fern, and Roger's garden in Bowness. More information will be posted later.

N&GS: BBC Gardeners’ World, NEC Birmingham

NEC Birmingham North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham

This is a major gardening (and food) show, and BPS will have a stand to display and promote ferns and the Society. Please contact Gill or Bryan if you wish to help

GS: Plant Societies Weekend, RHS Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley Woking

BPS will again have a stand at this event, promoting BPS, along with other plant societies. Please contact Jude if you would like to help.

SE: Wisley Societies Show

RHS Garden Wisley Woking

RHS Garden Wisley Gardens open at 9am (set up 8am) Sat 9-5.30 Sun 9-5 A display of ferns and ferns for sale This provides an opportunity for societies such as ours to “showcase” our activities. Please contact Jude Lawton she is leading the show for us She could do with being told if you can … Continue reading SE: Wisley Societies Show

S: Backhouse Rossie Estate and Cambo Gardens in Fife

Backhouse Rossie Rossie Estate Past Collessie off A91, Fife

A visit to two gardens in Fife that are enthusiastic about developing their fern collections. Backhouse Rossie is just off the A91, east of Auchtermuchty. Cambo is just off the A917, between St. Andrews and Crail. Both have cafes. More information will be available closer to the date. Leader: Heather McHaffie

EA: Gill and Bryan Smith’s open garden

Gillian & Bryan Smith 1 Prospect Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

WS: May Hill, Gloucestershire

May Hill

Leaders: Clare and Mark Kitchen May Hill lies on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border and is the highest point in Gloucestershire. We hope to see amongst others Equisetum sylvaticum, Wood Horsetail and a substantial population of Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Oak Fern. Meet at 11.00am at the National Trust Car Park. SO69062216. Bring lunch to carry and have suitable … Continue reading WS: May Hill, Gloucestershire

NW:Cumbria

This will be a weekend meeting either in Eskdale or Borrowdale. Exact details will be available next year

EA: Cornel Howells’ ferns and Antingham Ponds

Farmside Lyngate Road,, North Walsham

Cornel Howells’ ferns in medieval double-ditches and Antingham Ponds. Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

I&A: An international symposium on lycophyte & fern research

Universidade Paulista (UNIP) Indianópolis Universidade Paulista (UNIP) Indianópolis, Planalto Paulista São Paulo (SP)

Ferns in Focus Fern and lycophyte specialists from across the entire world will have again the opportunity to discuss new advances in the study of these groups. This time Brazil, a country known for its incredible biodiversity, will receive hundreds of scientists at a time when global challenges make these meetings more necessary than ever. … Continue reading I&A: An international symposium on lycophyte & fern research

SE: Big Fern Event RHS Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley Woking

RHS Garden Wisley - Leader: Julian Reed Last year, the BPS was allowed to have the Gallery for a display to advertise the society at the entrance to the main greenhouse at Wisley. It was very successful and much appreciated, so the BPS has been invited back this year. The gardens have much of interest, … Continue reading SE: Big Fern Event RHS Wisley

S: Kirkton Glen, Balquhidder

Kirkton Glen Balquhidder

An exploratory hill walk to mountain crags at the top of Kirkton Glen. There are old records of Polystichum lonchitis, Asplenium viride, Botrychium lunaria, Equisetum variegatum and others, some or all of which we hope to find still present. We will meet at 10.30am in Balquhidder, at Rob Roy's Grave (NN5360 2092; parking by the … Continue reading S: Kirkton Glen, Balquhidder

N: Seattle, USA

Hosted by Sue Olsen from Seattle. A chance to spend a week visiting botanical gardens, private gardens and native fern sites in the north-west of the USA. Early booking through Julian Reed is strongly advisable

GS: Southport Flower Show, Southport

Southport Flower Show Victoria Park, Southport

A chance for you to help at the show, enthuse to the public about ferns and/or display your ferns to try and win in various display categories. Please contact Michael if you would like to take part.

WS: Fibrex Nursery, Pebworth, Warwickshire and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart, Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Fibrex Nursery Honeybourne Road, Pebworth,, Stratford-upon-Avon

Leaders: Fibrex Nursery (am.) Angela Tandy and garden visit (pm.) Alistair and Margaret Urquhart Fibrex nursery needs no introduction to fern fans as the source of probably the widest range of plants available in the UK. As always, we can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome at the nursery from Angela. Alistair and Margaret’s Garden … Continue reading WS: Fibrex Nursery, Pebworth, Warwickshire and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart, Kidlington, Oxfordshire

EA: Paul Spracklin’s open garden

paul spacklin's garden 42 Greenwood Avenue, South Benfleet

Paul Spracklin’s open garden. Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

N&SE: Cultivar Group National meeting

mark border 12 Highlands Close, Bexhill-on-Sea

On Saturday meet at 10.30 at Mark Border's home Mark has a brilliant collection with many fascinating ferns especially Asplenium scolopendrium cultivars and much more. After a fascinating visit to Mark's we will go on to Riverhill Himalayan gardens for 2.30 pm, approximately an hours drive, and gives you time to grab some lunch on … Continue reading N&SE: Cultivar Group National meeting

WS: Dare Valley Country Park

Leaders: Brian & Sue Dockerill The Dare Valley Park was opened in 1973 as the result of the restoration of former colliery sites. Covering over 450 acres it ranges from woodland and scrub through grassland to cliffs and scree’s, the home of the less usual ferns. Altogether the botany is of such interest that Tim … Continue reading WS: Dare Valley Country Park

S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Strathbungo, Glasgow

House (and garden) of Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon 8 Moray Place, Strathbungo

Arrive 10:30am. Tour of Chris Nicholson’s garden, and fern-related presentations. Includes plant sales, book sales, and planning for 2021. Coffee/tea and lunch provided! More information will be available closer to the event. All are welcome! Leader: Chris Nicholson

Committee

To be determined

NW: Polypodies

Julian Read will talk about Polypodies. More information to follow.

SE: Autumn end of season Meeting

Paul Reddy Hill Farm Oast, Yalding Hill, Yalding

Leader: Peter Clare Meet at 10:30 to Visit Paul Reddy's home. This garden is a must see with his stumpery. This visit will be followed by lunch and talks and growing advice at the Sir Mark Collet Pavilion Kemsing, Heaverham Road, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6NE. This is about half an hour from Paul’s. Lunch will … Continue reading SE: Autumn end of season Meeting

N: Historic Ferneries and Gardens (& AGM)

Biddulph Old Hall Biddulph

National autumn indoor meeting presenting amazing historic ferneries and fern gardens in the UK that are being restored. The meeting will include re-scheduled AGM business. More information will be available at a later time.

EA: Peter and Nick’s indoor meeting

Peter Blake & Nick Lodge 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich

Peter and Nick’s indoor meeting. Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

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