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 GreenBirmingham,

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, Surrey

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.

S: Inland Asplenium marinum and a walk along the Tweed – Cancelled

Ladykirk House

By the River Tweed near Ladykirk House (NT885 456) there is a colony of sea spleenwort, more than 10km from the sea. After a walk along the Tweed, we will go on to Paxton House near Berwick, to explore the grounds which are very ferny, and then have tea! More information will be available nearer … Continue reading S: Inland Asplenium marinum and a walk along the Tweed – Cancelled

EA: Gill and Bryan Smith’s open garden – Cancelled

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

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 – Cancelled

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 – Cancelled

EA: Cornel Howells’ ferns and Antingham Ponds – Cancelled

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

SE: Big Fern Event RHS Wisley – Cancelled

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

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 – Cancelled

S: Kirkton Glen, Balquhidder

Kirkton Glen Balquhidder,

Now that government guidelines are allowing a bit more venturing out, Andy and Natalie are keen to go ahead with this meeting on Saturday July 25. This type of outing should comfortably lend itself to social distancing. We will just have to avoid any hugging! If you are interested in participating or for more information, … Continue reading S: Kirkton Glen, Balquhidder

N: Seattle, USA – Cancelled

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 ParkSouthport,

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 – Cancelled

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 – Cancelled

EA: Paul Spracklin’s open garden – Cancelled

paul spacklin's garden 42 Greenwood AvenueSouth 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

S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Strathbungo, Glasgow – Postponed until 2021

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

Postponed until 2021, but please let us know if you would like to join in for a Zoom meeting. Contact: bridgetlaue@blueyonder.co.uk 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 … Continue reading S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Strathbungo, Glasgow – Postponed until 2021

MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton – Postponed until 2021

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 – Postponed until 2021

N: AGM

This will be a vitual event. Please contact the Secretary (secretary@ebps.org.uk) to receive an invite to the event. AGENDA FOR 117th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The latest copy of the BPS Bulletin (Vol. 8, No. 6, distributed earlier this year) contains the minutes of the previous AGM, relevant to agenda item 2. It also contains the … Continue reading N: AGM

SE: Autumn end of season Meeting – Cancelled

Paul Reddy Hill Farm Oast, Yalding Hill, Yalding, Kent

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 – Cancelled

EA: Peter and Nick’s indoor meeting – Cancelled

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

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

Z: Polypodium Cultivars

Zoom

If you missed our first talk in December by Julian Reed on Polypodium Cultivars, you can watch it here

Z: Ferns of the Miller Garden

Zoom

Joint HFF/BPS Zoom Meeting Join Richie Steffen, President of the Hardy Fern Foundation and Executive Director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden A look at the Miller Garden’s extensive fern collection When Mrs. Miller created the garden in the early 1950’s she recognized the value of these interesting plants in the landscape and they … Continue reading Z: Ferns of the Miller Garden

Z: Committee

Zoom

This meeting will be held remotely. More information will be available ahead of the meeting.

Z: Polystichum Cultivars

Zoom

You are invited to a Joinnt BPS/HFF Zoom webinar. 6:00PM (GMT), 10:00 AM (PST) Register in advance is required for this webinar You can register here

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

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, WorsleyManchester,

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 AvenueSouth 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 RoadBolton,

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 RdGlasgow,

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

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