NW: Serpentine Woods

Serpentine Woods Queen's Road, Kendal

Serpentine Woods, Queen's Road, Kendal, LA9 4PH This is a visit to the garden recently rescued from ivy and oblivion by Kendal Conservation Volunteers. George Whitwell, a founding member of the British Pteridological Society lived in the nearby cottage, and clearly used this to display his remarkable collection of varieties. Other delights under consideration. Packed … Continue reading NW: Serpentine Woods

NW: Serpentine Woods

Serpentine Woods Queen's Road, Kendal

Serpentine Woods, Queen's Road, Kendal, LA9 4PH This is a visit to the garden recently rescued from ivy and oblivion by Kendal Conservation Volunteers. George Whitwell, a founding member of the British Pteridological Society lived in the nearby cottage, and clearly used this to display his remarkable collection of varieties. Other delights under consideration. Packed … Continue reading NW: Serpentine Woods

Y: Malham

malham Malham

Meeting Place – The Village car park at SD 900 627 (coins for meter £4-5) or free roadside on village approach. But meet at car park. Going – Slippery if wet KT3 Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots Notes – Joint meeting with BBG. The route will follow our earlier visit there with Ken … Continue reading Y: Malham

WS: The garden of Tim Brock and Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

Tim Brock Delfryn, Pentre Rhew, Ceredigion

We last visited Tim and his garden in 2014 when, despite him having not lived there very long, his collection of Asplenium scolopendrium cultivars was already well established. Since then the collection has expanded, not least as a result of his extensive hybridisations, and he has now added a 30` by 10` shade tunnel. Beyond … Continue reading WS: The garden of Tim Brock and Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

N: BPS at Wisley 2019

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

Displays of unusual tender and garden ferns with an interesting range of ferns for sale. Take part in free propagation demonstrations, tours of the Wisley fern plantings and meet our friendly experts for a chat and advice on the planting, care and use of ferns in all parts of the garden. RHS Wisley

SE&A: Orlestone Forest

Orlestone Forest Malthouse Lane, Warehorne

Joint meeting with the Kent Botanical Recording Group Leader: Alfie Gay A meeting to add to our fern records and also give members a chance to see Osmunda regalis (Royal fern) at a site which probably has the best claim out of all the sites in Kent of being a native one. Alfie’s discovery of … Continue reading SE&A: Orlestone Forest

Y: Castlebeck Wood, NYMNP

Meeting Place – On the roadside verge on a slight bend at SE 95083 97980 (SatNav 54.36876 -0.53825) Going – Moderate (KT3) Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots Notes – This is a re-visit of a site we went with Jack Bouckley and Richard Unett in 1988 (see Bulletin Vol3 No6 p187) and 2001 … Continue reading Y: Castlebeck Wood, NYMNP

N: Southport Flower Show 2019

Southport Flower Show Victoria Park, Southport

Once again, BPS will have a stand here promoting the Society, demonstrating spore propagation and answering questions from visitors. There will also be a number of fern display categories in which you could win prizes for your ferns. Please contact Michael if you would like to help or need advice on entering ferns in the … Continue reading N: Southport Flower Show 2019

S: Creag nan Eun, Glen Shee

Creag nan Eun Loch nan Eun, Blairgowrie

BPS Scottish group meeting Saturday 17th August 2019 ‘Creag nan Eun’ (OS map 43: NO 134 754) Meet at 11am at the car park on the A93 at the southern end of the ‘Old Military Road’ (approximately 3 km south of the Glenshee ski centre). Leader: Clive Dixon: (clive_dixon@hotmail.com) This site does not look like … Continue reading S: Creag nan Eun, Glen Shee

NW: Glencoyne, Ullswater

Glencoyne Ullswater

Glencoyne, Ullswater NY3871 1790 Dryopteris affinis complex , plenty of examples of these with some challenging individuals! and including borreri, cambrensis , affinis, paleaceolobata, D. filix mas a very foliose form, Polypodium vulgare, Polystichum setiferum, Athyrium filix-femina, Pteridium aquilinum, Blechnum spicant, Cryptogramma crispa, Oreopteris limbosperma, Dryopteris dilatata, Asplenium trichomanes. We do not think Glencoyne Woods … Continue reading NW: Glencoyne, Ullswater

NW: Glencoyne, Ullswater

Glencoyne Ullswater

Glencoyne, Ullswater NY3871 1790 Dryopteris affinis complex , plenty of examples of these with some challenging individuals! and including borreri, cambrensis , affinis, paleaceolobata, D. filix mas a very foliose form, Polypodium vulgare, Polystichum setiferum, Athyrium filix-femina, Pteridium aquilinum, Blechnum spicant, Cryptogramma crispa, Oreopteris limbosperma, Dryopteris dilatata, Asplenium trichomanes. We do not think Glencoyne Woods … Continue reading NW: Glencoyne, Ullswater

A: Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Benmore Fernery

Benmore Botanic Gardens Argyll, Benmore

Mary Gibby (former President of the BPS) wrote the guide to the restored Victorian Fernery at Benmore Gardens (north of Dunoon). She will lead a tour of the fernery. Starts at 14:00. Booking essential. For more details, see: https://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/walk-benmore-fernery-10-years-on/29079

N: Gardens in Germany

FACHGRUPPE FARNE (SPECIAL GROUP FERNS) & The British Pteriological Society Bus Tour of Fern Gardens in Germany The German fern friends invite you to come to our following gardens: The tour will cost you €1,173.00 per person in a doubleroom Single room supplement €290.00 Half board €169.00 If there are only 20 participants it will … Continue reading N: Gardens in Germany

N: Llangollen, Wales

This meeting will be based in Llangollen, North Wales. Although in North Wales, it’s near the border, and has easy access from Chester, and Manchester and the West Midlands. It is a small town, with fantastically beautiful scenery, and the centre for the Llangollen canal and Froncsyllte aqueduct World Heritage Site. As it is justifiably … Continue reading N: Llangollen, Wales

Y: Castle Eden Dene, Peterlee

Castle Eden Dene

Meeting Place – NNR car park as shown on the Reserve leaflet attached to the meetings programme, and on the website below. NZ 42798 39363 (SatNav 54.74836 -1.33836). Going – Moderate Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots Notes – New site so who knows what we might find. It will be recce'd so might … Continue reading Y: Castle Eden Dene, Peterlee

S: Doors Open Day at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow

A two day event - 21 and 22 September. This will include tours of the filmy fern house (not usually open to the public), and demonstrations of fern cultivation and spore sowing. There will be ferns books on display, and BPS book sales, in the library (Saturday only). We will have BPS Information and Activity … Continue reading S: Doors Open Day at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

SE&W: A Magical Mystery Tour

Jo and Ashley Basil 14 Royden Lane, Boldre, Hampshire

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm Leader;- Ashley Basil Tel 01590 676538 Mob 07922600235 Meet at Jo and Ashley Basil's house 14 Royden Lane, Boldre Lymington, Hampshire SO41 8PE NB with a Satnav that will take you 300m North on Royden Lane Map Ordnance Survey OL22 east SZ 3180 9865 50°47'09.7"N 1°32'58.8"W 50.786017, … Continue reading SE&W: A Magical Mystery Tour

MM: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank

A work day at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Leader Yvonne Golding yvonne@buxtonhouse.free-online.co.uk. Meet at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. See http://www.jodrellbank.net for directions and further information. Please bring any spare ferns for planting. 10.30-11 Arrival tea/coffee/admin 11-12.30 Carry out task 12.30-1.30 Lunch: packed lunch or café 1.30-3pm Continue and complete task 3pm Finish and return tools … Continue reading MM: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

S: Annual Indoor Meeting

Highfield House, Borders Muirburn, Skirling, Biggar

Meeting at the house (and garden) of Frank Katzer Highfield House, Muirburn, near Skirling, Biggar, ML12 6HL (OS:NT 095412) Phone: 01899 860 307; mobile: 07763 473741 Programme 10.30: Arrival, coffee, greetings 11.00: Tour of the garden. With cold winters and wind exposure, Frank’s is a garden to test the hardiness of plants. He has around … Continue reading S: Annual Indoor Meeting

N: Autumn Indoor Meeting 2019

Stoke Bliss And Kyre Village Hall Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells

Our theme for this year’s finale will be Polypodiums. It will be held at Stoke Bliss and Kyre Village Hall near Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire (on the B4214 between Tenbury Wells and Bromyard). There will be a number of talks starting around 11:00 with coffee at 10:30am. A cold buffet lunch will be available, so … Continue reading N: Autumn Indoor Meeting 2019

NW: Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere

Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens, Windermere The usual fare of Pteridological miscellanea, stretching talks and stimulating company. There will be plant sales (please bring as well as buy), displays and competitions for ferns in pots. Programme The 25th Annual General Meeting of the North West Group of the British Pteridological Society will be held … Continue reading NW: Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens

SE: Riverhill Himalayan Garden

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Riverhill, Sevenoaks

This is a fascinating garden with a range of ferns volunteering all over the place and the BIG PLUS is they are replanting a large early 20th century rockery that is now in shade and this spring is being planted up with Ferns as a Fernery funny enough! Followed by lunch and talks and growing … Continue reading SE: Riverhill Himalayan Garden

Y: Annual General Meeting

Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Meeting place – In the main car parks at Harlow Carr at SE 28192 54023 (SatNav 53.98157 -1.57189). Enter via the green gate in the main car park south of the main buildings or through the main entrance stating you are with the Yorkshire Fern Group and make you way to the Bramall Learning Centre, … Continue reading Y: Annual General Meeting

EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

The meeting will start with a look around Peter's ferns at 12.00. Lunch will be provided at 1.00pm and members are invited to present any slides they have of interesting ferns or fern-trips between 2.00 and 5.00pm, preferably in PowerPoint. Please let Peter and Nick know that you are attending for parking and catering purposes … Continue reading EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

The meeting will start with a look around Peter's ferns at 12.00. Lunch will be provided at 1.00pm and members are invited to present any slides they have of interesting ferns or fern-trips between 2.00 and 5.00pm, preferably in PowerPoint. Please let Peter and Nick know that you are attending for parking and catering purposes … Continue reading EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

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, Isle of Bute

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, 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.

SE: Wisley Societies Show

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

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

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

I&A: An international symposium on lycophyte & fern research – Postponed until 2021

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 – Postponed until 2021

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

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