Love for prickly plants just keeps on growing

The Sheffield branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society held its annual show at the Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Rd, Sheffield, over the weeked (June 1 and 2).
The Sheffield branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society held its annual show at the Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Rd, Sheffield, over the weeked (June 1 and 2).
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It was prickly heat – but not as we know it – which made for a splendid show for a green-fingered army.

Glorious sunshine helped to bring swarms of people to Sheffield Cactus and Succulent Society’s 58th annual display.

The event, which takes place in the plush surroundings of the Botanical Gardens, attracts cactus-growers from across the country and aims to open the hobby up to the wider public.

A late spring made for a colourful display, as many of the cacti on show had flowered in time for the showcase.

For the first time this year the group held a doctor-style surgery for people to take along their plant problems.

Peter Cowdell, a member of Sheffield Cactus and Succulent Society, said: “We’ve got a few retired doctors in the group so we thought we’d try a cactus rescue service and solve some people’s growing problems.

“These are our pride and joy, we know how to look after them. We sell the seeds at a low cost, we’re just trying to get more people interested in them.”

Prizes were dished out to the best cacti and succulents in show during the two-day event.