Z: The Ferns of Siskiyou Mountain, USA

Zoom

Please note: 5pm start time Daylight saving time in USA starts on 14 March Joint HFF/BPS webinar The Ferns of Siskiyou Mountain and N. California, USA Registration in advance required Register here

Z: Athyrium Cultivars

Zoom

Joint HFF/BPS webinar Athyrium Cultivars with Julian Reed Registration in advance required Register here

N: BPS AGM

Our AGM will be held virtually on 24th April 2021 at 2pm. In addition to the business meeting there will be two short talks afterwards – thanks to Peter Blake and Julian Reed for offering to give these. If you would like to ‘attend’ the AGM, please email our General Secretary, David Hill, by the … Continue reading N: BPS AGM

Committee meeting

Again due to the Covid circumstances this meeting will be held on Zoom.

S: Spring Zoom meeting

A chance to say Hello, without having to travel anywhere. The meeting will feature two short illustrated talks: - Heather McHaffie will tell us about the ferns at Backhouse Rossie garden in Fife. - Margareta Thorssell will talk about growing ferns in Sweden. If anyone else has a fern story, or some slides, that you … Continue reading S: Spring Zoom meeting

S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

Schotts bing NS 8756 6180

Bings in central Scotland are of course the spoil heaps from shale mining. Some have been maintained because botanists discovered that they have been colonized by interesting plants. At Shotts Bing, about halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, we should find Diphasiastrum alpinum and Lycopodium clavatum, as well as Botrychium (lunaria or nordicum?) and horsetails. There … Continue reading S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

NW: Wasdale: Lycopodiella monitoring + Irton Woods

Wasdale Cumbria

In the morning we will be carrying out a monitoring survey of the Lycopdiella inundata (Marsh Clubmoss) population in Wasdale. Meet at 10.30am at the road junction overlooking Wastwater, NY15110540. There is parking for several cars but this spot is popular and likely to be quite crowded, so some people may need to park a … Continue reading NW: Wasdale: Lycopodiella monitoring + Irton Woods

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

S: Mountain ferns near Tyndrum

Coire Ghamhnain, below Beinn Udlaidh, near Tyndrum, has lime-rich crags with interesting flora, including records of Woodsia, but also Cryptogramma, Asplenium viride, Dryopteris oreades, clubmosses, etc. (More details to follow.) Leader: Andy MacGregor

MM: RHS Bridgewater

RHS Bridgewater off Leigh Road, Worsley, Manchester

The aim is to have a site tour for part of the day and a field visit to look at ferns in the undeveloped parts of the garden for the rest of the time. For further information (see https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/bridgewater) Leaders Mike Canaway, (BPS) and James Hall (RHS). Off-path areas may be muddy according to weather … Continue reading MM: RHS Bridgewater

NW: Great Asby Scar

Great Asby Scar Cumbria

Leader: Trevor Lowis This meeting has been rescheduled to 21 August. Meet at 10am - park at NY 6318 1071. This is the junction of a small quarry/track on the B6260 one mile north of Orton village. Our walk will take us along a track through some areas of damaged pavement to gain access to … Continue reading NW: Great Asby Scar

WS: Fibrex Nursery and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart

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

Leaders: Fibrex Nursery (am.) Angela Tandy and garden visit (pm.) Alistair and Margaret Urquhart, Kidlington, Oxfordshire. 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 … Continue reading WS: Fibrex Nursery and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart

EA: Paul Spracklin’s garden

paul spacklin's garden 42 Greenwood Avenue, South Benfleet

Visit to Paul Spracklin’s garden at: 42 Greenwood Avenue South Benfleet Essex SS7 1LD Bring a packed lunch. Please let Peter Blake know that you will be joining any of this event. Peterblake1952@gmail.com

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.

MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton

Smithill Country Park Smithills Dean Road, Bolton

This is a joint meeting with the Yorkshire Fern Group led by Michael Wilcox and Bruce Brown. On a recce 18 fern taxa were recorded including self-sown Polystichum polyblepharum for example. The site is listed on several web sites for example see:- https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/smithills-estate/ Meet at the free car park off Smithills Dean Road at SD698119. … Continue reading MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton

N&SE: Cultivar Group National meeting

mark border 12 Highlands Close, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

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

EA: Danesbury Fernery Project

Danesbury Fernery

This will be a half-day visit to the Danesbury Fernery Restoration Project which the BPS has been following for several years. Please let me know if you are coming on peterblake1952@gmail.com Also, bring a packed lunch and use the following directions: https://danesburyfernery.org.uk/map-danesbury-fernery/

S: Autumn meeting – Glasgow Botanic Garden

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow

Leader: Chris Nicholson Programme 10.00: Arrival, greetings, tea/coffee 10.30: Tour of the glass houses and filmy fern house 12.00: Plant sales & BPS book sales 12.30: Lunch 13.15: Illustrated talks: Chris Nicholson: ‘Adder’s-Tongue on Barra’ Richard East: ‘Update on the Fossil Grove fernery’ Bridget Laue: ‘Ferns in Taiwan’ 14.45: Review of the Scottish group 2021 … Continue reading S: Autumn meeting – Glasgow Botanic Garden

N: Committee – Zoom

Committee meeting will be attended by Zoom Please inform David Hill if you plan to attend: David Hill

EA: Autumn meeting

Peter Blake & Nick Lodge 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich, Norfolk

East Anglia Autumn meeting at Peter and Nick’s house. 14 Mill Hill Road Norwich NR2 3DP Lunch provided. Please let Peter Blake know that you will be joining any of these events. Peterblake1952@gmail.com

Z: Fifty Shades of Green

Zoom

Joint HFF/BPS Zoom Meeting Fifty Shades of Green - The Fern Collection in Arboretum Härle A talk by Michael Dreisvogt Registration is required, click here to register

Z: A tropical Rainforest Garden for a Temperate Climate

Zoom

Joint HFF/BPS Zoom Meeting A tropical Rainforest Garden for a Temperate Climate A talk by Remko Beuving Registration is required, click here to register Join Remko Beuving, of the Dutch Fern Society, as he gives us a tour of his growing garden. Starting from nothing, Remko has taken his experiences from previous gardens, the many … Continue reading Z: A tropical Rainforest Garden for a Temperate Climate

C: Committee – Zoom

Zoom

Committee meeting will be attended by Zoom Please inform David Hill if you plan to attend: David Hill

Z: Growing and knowing Myriopteris

Zoom

Growing and knowing Myriopteris and other dryland ferns (even in humid climates!) with Patrick McMillan Registration is required, click here to register For many of us, even the word fern often conjures images of moist rainforests clad in a blanket of swordfern or dripping rocks adorned with maidenhair. Most of us don’t think of the … Continue reading Z: Growing and knowing Myriopteris

S: Spring Zoom meeting

Zoom

We start off our 2022 season of the Scottish branch of the BPS with a catch-up, discussion of the programme for the year, and some short illustrated talks, including: “Scotland’s Endemic Fern” Heather McHaffie “Treasured fern books for auction” Frank Katzer “’On the trail of old fern records” Roger Golding Everyone is welcome to join; … Continue reading S: Spring Zoom meeting

IT: Indoor and Tropical Fern Group Meet

Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery Botanic Road, Southport

The Churchtown Botanical Garden Fernery in Southport, Lancashire, has undergone major restoration and re-planting work over the last few years. This has been undertaken by a collaboration between the Botanic Gardens Community Association, the British Pteridological Society and the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh. It is one of the best-stocked indoor ferneries in the UK and … Continue reading IT: Indoor and Tropical Fern Group Meet

N: AGM – Taking Pteridology Forward

Edge Hill University St Helens Rd, Ormskirk

PROGRAMME 9.30 – 10.00 Registration 10.00 – 10.10 Welcome from Paul Ashton and Alison Evans Morning session chair – Paul Ashton 10.10 – 10.50 The Honduran Fern Flora - Sven Batke and Johan Reyes-Chavez 10.50 – 11.30 Hybridisation in the British Fern Flora - Fred Rumsey 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee and posters 12.00 – 12.15 … Continue reading N: AGM – Taking Pteridology Forward

S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

Fossil Grove 51 Victoria Park Dr S, Glasgow

The Friends of Victoria Park hope to undertake another round of fern planting, to expand their outdoor fernery next to the famous tree clubmosses of Fossil Grove. BPS members have played a valuable role in designing and establishing the fernery, and our further efforts will be gratefully appreciated. Please let Andy know if you have … Continue reading S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

C: Committee

TBA To be arranged

Format to be decided at a later date.

N: Autumn Meeting, Glasgow Botanic Garden

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow

As well as visiting the beautiful Glasgow Botanic Garden, there will be talks, booksales and merchandise sales, and to the Victoria Park Fossil Grove, as well as ferny visits elsewhere on the Saturday. The AGM will include an auction of fern books acquired by the society during 2021. If you are interested in obtaining a … Continue reading N: Autumn Meeting, Glasgow Botanic Garden

M: Tour and workday at Manchester University Botanical Grounds ‘The Firs’

Manchester University Botanical Grounds ‘The Firs’ Whitworth Lane, Fallowfield

The aim is to have a site tour to see some glasshouse ferns, cacti and succulents etc. in ‘The Range’ and then to look at the filmy ferns in the Moss House where you’ll see some spectacular Killarney Fern doing its best. Then we’ll help site manager Oliver Hughes with some tasks outdoors where there’s … Continue reading M: Tour and workday at Manchester University Botanical Grounds ‘The Firs’

S: Extra fern outing, Arthur’s Seat

Arthurs Seat Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

At short notice, we are planning an extra fern outing, on Wednesday evening next week (25 May); a gentle stroll in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. We hope to see several interesting things: - Adder’s-tongue fern (Ophioglossum vulgatum). Not at all rare, but not often seen! - at least three different horse tails (including Equisetum fluviatile and … Continue reading S: Extra fern outing, Arthur’s Seat

EA: Rockland St Mary – Ophioglossum

Rockland St Mary Wheaten Fen, Ted Ellis Trust,

Ophioglossum at Rockland St Mary More information will be available at a later time

S: Hospitalfield Fernery, Arbroath and Coastal Path

Hospitalfield Fernery Westway, Arbroath

We will visit the recently restored Victorian fernery at Hospitalfield House. Then walk north along the coastal path, admiring the scenery and looking for Asplenium marinum. More information will be available closer to the meeting. Please contact Mary for more information or if you would like to join Leader: Mary Gibby (mgibby@rbge.org.uk)

N: Gardeners World Live

Gardeners World Live NEC, Birmingham

16th–19th June - Gardeners World Live, NEC, B/ham (to be confirmed)

WS: Titterstone Clee Hill, Shropshire: “Postponed until 2023 – please see new meeting planned for Thursday 23rd June 2022”

Titterstone Clee Hill SO 59145 77934, Ludlow, Shropshire

Titterstone Clee Hill lies about 7 miles to the east of Ludlow at SO 59145 77934 and is an isolated hill, the highest point in Shropshire, with fine views and an excellent fern flora. We have visited as a group once before but back in 2010 and such a good site is well worth a … Continue reading WS: Titterstone Clee Hill, Shropshire: “Postponed until 2023 – please see new meeting planned for Thursday 23rd June 2022”

SE & N: Specialist Plant Societies Show, RHS Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

Specialist Plant Societies Show, RHS Wisley BPS Fern Display Weekend This provides an opportunity for societies such as ours to “showcase” our activities. Please contact Jude Lawton if you can help or bring ferns, or for more details. RHS hope this meeting will go ahead, and if so, we will participate.

M: Todmorden and Patmos Gardens

Todmorden Lever Street, Todmorden, North Yorkshire

Leader James Richardson In the footsteps of the Stansfields. Abraham Stansfield started a fern nursery in Todmorden (1841) before moving it to Sale. His grandson, Fredrick Stansfield, became the first president of the BPS (1891). In 2017 Todmorden in Bloom planned and planted a fernery in the centre of Todmorden to commemorate the town’s historical … Continue reading M: Todmorden and Patmos Gardens

WS: The National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales Middleton Hall, Llanarthne

The BPS have been approached by the National Botanic Garden of Wales who are seeking advice on the construction of a series of ferneries within the garden. To be constructed over several years it’s hoped these will comprised three in number and focus in turn on Native Ferns, North American Ferns, and the Ferns of … Continue reading WS: The National Botanic Garden of Wales

EA: The King’s Forest

The King's Forest West Stow

25th June - The King’s Forest, Leader: Alan Leslie More information will be available at a later date

N: Eskdale, Cumbria

Eskdale Cumbria

Final details PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE HAS CHANGED from the preliminary notice due to a large music festival taking place in Eskdale. So our meeting will be held a week earlier, i.e. 1st - 3rd July 2022 The plan is to hold an afternoon meeting on Friday 1st for those who wish. Otherwise arrive … Continue reading N: Eskdale, Cumbria

NW: Ian Unsworth’s garden and Steve Colman’s garden; Athyrium cultivars

This is a garden meeting with a focus on Athyrium cultivars. Ian Unsworth has the National Collection of Athyrium, and Steve Coleman has a great garden stuffed with ferns including many Athyrium cultivars. We will meet at Steve Coleman's garden at 10am, and move on to Ian Unsworth's garden around lunchtime. Contact Ian Unsworth for … Continue reading NW: Ian Unsworth’s garden and Steve Colman’s garden; Athyrium cultivars

WS: Dryopteris submontana survey near Merthyr Tydfil and Dockerill’s garden near Pontypridd

Merthyr Tydfil Golf Club Cloth Hall Ln, Cefn-coed-y-cymmer, Merthyr Tydfil

The BPS is renewing its fern monitoring activities and we would like the local group to play a part. We have the ideal opportunity with the colony of Dryopteris submontana nearby just north of Merthyr Tydfil around SO 023 097. This is its most southerly site in the UK and so may well be vulnerable … Continue reading WS: Dryopteris submontana survey near Merthyr Tydfil and Dockerill’s garden near Pontypridd

N & SE: Big Fern Event and Carnivorous Plant Show, RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

Joint BPS Hardy and Tender Ferns and Carnivorous Plant Show Weekend Last year, we were the First society to use the new building at Hilltop Science which is a lovely hall and we had a wide range of fern nurseries selling plants as well. It was very successful and much appreciated, so the Society has … Continue reading N & SE: Big Fern Event and Carnivorous Plant Show, RHS Garden Wisley

EA: Bryan and Gill Smith’s garden

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

Bryan and Gill’s Smith’s garden More information will be available at a later time.

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