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Mike King's open day June 11th 2016

10 Apr 2016

Posted by Mike King in Open Days & Events

Hi everyone,

      Some will already know, but my open day will be on Saturday, 11th of June at 12 noon.


As usual, you will be be welcome to sell, swap and trade and also there will be light refreshments.


As last time, please let me know if you are coming and we will get the food in etc. There will be many plants here on offer and I have a few bags of the pine bark, perlite and a couple of bales of peat needing homes to save me moving them!


This could be the last open day at our current address so it is unclear whether the autumn open day in October is going to be here or at the new place!


The highlights this year will be 1st and 2nd year trial plants in the peat free mix and one can notice the difference already.


Furthermore, the collection is more diverse year on year as I have been actively collecting myself!


I hope to see many of you here!

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ICPS Conference 2016, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: 5-7 August

27 Jul 2015

Posted by Tim Bailey in Carnivorous Plant Societies

Dear all. An update on the ICPS 2016 Conference.


Please note: you do not need to be a member of The CPS or of any other cp society to attend the Conference.


Best wishes




ICPS Conference 2016: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew London

Please note: the ICPS dates originally proposed have now changed.


The Conference will now take place 5th to 7th August (Fri-Sun).

A field trip to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, is planned for Mon 8th August. There are no restrictions on numbers planned for this trip.

The CPS expects to run a field trip between 10th and 12th of August. Tuesday 9th would be a travel day to the location. The field trip would take place in the New Forest area (Hampshire) and Dorset. The carnivorous plants, which would be seen growing in the wild are:

Drosera rotundifolia
Drosera intermedia

Drosera anglica

Drosera x eloisiana (previously named D. x belezeana)

Drosera x obovata

Utricularia minor
Utricularia australis
Utricularia stygia
Utricularia intermedia
Utricularia bremii

Pinguicula lusitanica

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. f. heterophylla

The trip will encompass some of the most beautiful countryside within Hampshire and Dorset, with the best cp sites selected from several years of study. Within the time available, we can look to run an excursion to Stonehenge if wanted and/or to a commercial nursery. There will be a restriction on the number of participants given the ecological sensitivity of many of the sites, but we will aim to be as flexible as we can on numbers. For instance, running two groups in reverse.

The scientific lecture programme will span the 3 days of the Conference based around the general theme: The World of Carnivorous Plants. Details will follow, but our expectation is to provide a programme with a similar number of lectures and structure to the recent 2014 Cairns ICPS Conference.

There will also be opportunities for Conference delegates to see cp material kept behind the scenes, such as Kew’s herbarium.

It is likely Kew will run an additional public/scientific engagement carnivorous plant event a few days prior to and during the time of the Conference, e.g. from the Weds. Should this come to fruition then it would a substantial additional benefit to Conference visitors. With a very busy lecture programme, visiting a day or two earlier would give more opportunity to explore all the Kew has to offer and the other cp offerings under discussion.

As is normal we have carnivorous plant displays and a seller’s area planned, within which our expectation is to assemble the greatest number of genera, species, forms and varieties ever presented. Assuming Kew’s extended cp activities happen, we would look to make the sellers and display available for those days too. This may even give us an opportunity to add in some bonus lectures.

For those who like to plan well in advance we are sorry we can’t 100% guarantee Kew’s extra activities, but will endeavor to let you know ASAP.

The customary evening meal is planned for the evening of the 6th August (Sat) at a venue (Italian - up to 120 places) within a very short walk of Kew.

We are in detailed discussions with Kew on many specifics, which we will circulate ASAP as they are confirmed.

It is too early for us to announce specific costs, such as the Conference fee, though we are working hard to keep any necessary charges to the bare minimum.

Summary: Key ICPS 2016 Conference dates

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Duration: 5-7th August 2016

Evening meal: 6th August 2016

Down House Field Trip: 8th August 2016

CP Field Trip: 10-12th August 2016


If you have a query at this time please contact: http://www.thecps.org.uk/contact.php

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13 May 2016

Posted by keith shoesmith in Open Days & Events
Hello Folks
Just a reminder that the C.P.S meeting and AGM is this Sunday.
See you there Keith.

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CPS (UK) or ICPS (World)

03 May 2016

Posted by Yunzi in Carnivorous Plant Societies

For someone in the UK (and not the London bit) I was wondering if its worth joining the CPS or better joining the ICPS.  Or even neither or both?


The CPS doesn't seem to list much on their website and while the ICPS is obviously the International society it doesn't seem to offer much scope for inter-personal communication outside of the AGMs every two years.    I'm a member of another society for an 'obscure' hobby and find their meetings and bi-month magazine to be well worth it.  I've attended meetings in both London and Birmingham and its always nice to have that option of actually talking to real people and learning new things.  From what I've seen I'm not sure if this is something the CPS provides, but perhaps I'm wrong on that.  



Also having someone to tell about my new Cephalotus would stop my other half moaning at me ;-)

  239 Views · 7 Replies ( Last reply by David Ahrens )


All quiet on the ICPS conf front

24 Apr 2016

Posted by David Ahrens in Open Days & Events

There are only three months to go to the ICPS 2016 conference and there is not a lot going on.

I would have thought that the forum would be buzzing by now but all is very quiet.

  377 Views · 15 Replies ( Last reply by dennisB )

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