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Programme 11-12-13 September 2020

  1. Day 1

  2. Setting up stands

    (sellers only)

  3. Plant sales

  4. Opening and lecture

    Norbert Rebmann


    Norbert Rebmann

    L'endémisme des plantes succulentes à Madagascar (fr)

    The endemism of succulent plants in Madagascar

    Norbert Rebmann is Honorary Professor at the UPEC (University Paris-Est Créteil), President of the branch “Cactus et Succulentes” at the SNHF (French National Horticultural Society), Secretary General of the AJEM (Association of Friends of the Exotic Garden of Monaco) and Officer of the Order of Agricultural Merit. Moreover, he has carried out numerous missions and trips to Madagascar, sixteen so far, to study this unique flora and to search for new species: two species have been dedicated to him it and he himself has described about thirty of them.

    The Red Island has a vegetation of great specificity whose endemism is very high. During the conference, you will be able to see different environments:
    • The Tsingy, limestone reliefs sculpted by erosion with their vegetation, Pachypodium and Euphorbias in particular, growing in a thin humus.
    • Inselbergs, high plateaus with a marvellous rupicultural vegetation composed of Aloes, Pachypodium and Euphorbias essentially.
    • The Bush of the southwest growing on ruby sands with Didierea and Alluaudia, which are majestic plants.
    • Finally, the sandstone ruiniform reliefs of the Isalo and Makay massifs with splendid Pachypodium, Aloes and remarkable geophytic Euphorbias.

  5. Réunion des francophones

    Meeting International Asclepiad Society

  6. Cafetaria

    Social gathering

  7. Day 2

  8. Plant sales

  9. Survival of the fattest - film by Neil Curry

  10. Lecture

    Ian Woolnough


    Ian Woolnough

    Travels in Cactus Country (en)

    Ian Woolnough’s interest in cacti started as a teenager with an interruption whilst away at college getting a degree in Geology and Cartography which led to his first full time employment in Fiji. On returning to England he was able to get back into the hobby and whilst working in Cartographic consultancies and then becoming the Development Manager for the National Points of Interest database he held various roles in the BCSS at branch level. A number of his pictures have been used in the BCSS calendar, in cactus books and he has also written over a dozen articles for the BCSS journal “CactusWorld”. Since 2002 Ian has been on the speakers list and has given over 190 talks to over 30 BCSS branches as well as speaking at various conventions, including overseas and for garden and other cactus clubs. He has attended ELK every year since 1998. Seeing plants in habitat is a special privilege he has been fortunate enough to be able to indulge in and on totting up his time spent on cactus trips he realised he has been in habitat looking at plants over a year! Having taken the opportunity of voluntary redundancy he is now installed in Norfolk, at what was Eau Brink cactus nursery, where he is attempting to grow and propagate plants on an even bigger scale than he was able to previously!

    Having been fortunate enough to have travelled to various cactus habitats this presentation is a light hearted look at some of the highlights encountered. These are not only the fantastic plants but also the wildlife, scenery and eclectic occurrences that one stumbles across. Unfortunately because of time constraints it has been necessary to be fairly selective so not everything will be included that it would be nice to see however there should be a good range of the beautiful, weird and wonderful! We’ll start off in the United States of America where Pediocactus and Sclerocactus can be found and then work our way south through Baja California a part of Mexico rich in both cacti and other succulents, onto mainland Mexico with its fantastic range of plants then into the Caribbean to quickly visit Antigua before heading south of the equator to Peru with its Matucanas, Argentina with its Gymnocalyciums, amongst others, and finally to Chile for Copiapoas and Eriosyce especially.

  11. Meeting International Euphorbia Society

    Meeting Cactus Francophone

  12. Survival of the fattest - film by Neil Curry

  13. Lecture

    Klaus-Peter Kleszewski


    Klaus-Peter Kleszewski

    Die Sonora Wüste sowie angrenzende Regionen im Wechsel der Jahreszeiten (de)

    The Sonoran Desert and adjacent regions in the changing seasons

    Thanks to his mother, who grew several Echinopsis on the window sill, Klaus already got in touch with the spiny desert inhabitants as a young boy. Especially when the nightly, fragrant flowers opened. Then it happened, the cactus virus infected him and now makes an integral part his life. It has been with him for almost 50 years. Although there was a short time in which other priorities such as work, girlfriend, wife and children were more important, this did not stop him from building his own small greenhouse at a young age. At that time, he collected almost exclusively Southamerican cacti. He was taken especially with the genera Rebutia and Sulcorebutia. Of course, each specimen was photographed extensively and closely observed. Several journeys with cactus friends through Mexico and the impressions of the local cactus world gave rise to the love for the genus Astrophytum. It has remained to this day and has been presented in two printed publications. For years now, talks at cactus exhibitions as well as at meetings of cactus lovers have become part of everyday life. His professional career as a project manager for SAP made it possible for him to work regularly in Arizona for more than two years. The scarce leisure time was always used for visiting cacti or for short excursions in the area. The resulting image material is reflected in the lecture.

    In his talk Klaus-Peter Kleszewski shows the annual cycle and the changing faces of the Sonora and the surrounding regions. Starting in the winter months and the associated resting phase for the plants, the spring follows with the only short-lasting flowering period of the wildflowers, which dress the semi-desert in a brilliant sea of colours. As the temperature rises, the appearance of the landscape changes. At the same time, the flowering period of the cacti begins in the desert region as well as in the surrounding mountains. Plants of the cactus genera Opuntia, Echinocereus, and Carnegia, to name but a few, with their thorns and flowers, will be included in the presentation. The talk concludes with impressions from the late summer and the associated flowering of the ferocacti. In addition to a number of plant genera, the impressive, imposing sceneries of Arizona, Nevada and Utah will be part of the presentation.

  14. Meeting Tephrocactus Study Group

  15. Survival of the fattest - film by Neil Curry

  16. Lecture

    Paul Theunis


    Paul Theunis

    Uruguay in een notendop (nl)

    Uruguay in a nutshell

    Professionally, I've been working in the chemical industry for years, about half my career. The other half I went through life as a self-employed person, in an entirely different business: that of the framing sector and the arts, with my own art gallery. I’ve left all this behind me and have gone "at rest". Only, that word "rest" makes me restless! Fortunately, 38 years ago I discovered the word “cactus”. That's why I always knew that later on, after my active career, I could continue that great hobby, on which I have spent all this time with great pleasure so many hours. Through our travels (our = my wife and I) I had also started compiling lectures about all the discoveries we've made, mostly in South America. This takes a lot of time but also gives a lot of satisfaction. Furthermore, I am a fervent walker, a daddy of two children, a grandfather of three grandchildren, one of the four guardian angels of our parents who are still among us, and busy with some other activities! What I will I do tomorrow is always fixed in advance and at every emptiness we just dive into the greenhouse. This always brings peace and there is always something to learn. Long live our hobby!

    The title of my lecture is "Uruguay in a nutshell". For a moment I have been thinking of making it "in a notoshell", because of the many Notocacti we came across, but in the end, it was more than only Notocacti! As a Gymnocalycium lover, I have the need to see as many of these plants as possible in their habitat. In Argentina, we have already visited many of these places, so some variety can't hurt. On top of that, it is said that the habitats are in a poor condition: what is the truth? That's what I'm trying to answer or at least to form an idea of the state of the population in this country. That explains “in a nutshell”: to give as much information as possible in a relatively small time span. After all, there are also Fraileas, Opuntias and Cerei on the menu.

  17. Cafetaria

    Social gathering

  18. Day 3

  19. Plant sales

  20. Lecture and Closing

    Jakub Jilemicky

    Chech Republic

    Jakub Jilemicky

    The best of Western Cape Haworthias (en)

    Jakub Jilemicky graduated in International Territorial Studies, majoring in tourism. His Diploma work was about specifics of South Africa tourism which led to his interest in the study of HaworthiaGasteriaAstroloba and Conophytum in which field he has been involved for a number of years. He spent more than 2 years in South Africa, and he visits the country regularly. He has travelled other Southern African countries - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe mostly as a tourist guide. He has a well-known web site haworthia-gasteria.blogspot.com which is dedicated to the genera Haworthia, Astroloba and Gasteria.

    Jakub’s talk "The best of Western Cape Haworthias", shows around 300 photos, mostly Haworthias but also Conophytums, Gasterias, Astrolobas etc. In this talk he will show the high diversity of succulent flora of this part of South Africa, visiting Namaqualand, the Wine Country, the Garden Route, the Little Karoo and finally the Great Karoo.