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Herne Bay and District Cactus and Succulent Society

Members were treated to a wonderful evening this month on the fascinating subject of carnivorous plants from all parts tf the world by guest speaker and renowned expert Richard Baker. Richard, who has been growing these amazing plants for many years, spoke with much enthusiasm as he explained how the huge pitcher plants from Borneo and Indonesia can digest animals to the size of rats. Of course, most live on flies they catch by sticky secretions or traps. Most people will have heard of or seen Venus fly traps, one of the most common and widely grown of the genus. Members were amazed to hear carnivorous plants occur in the UK and also about a conservation project of a certain Canadian species growing wild in Dorset. Richard will be returning next year to talk more on the monster pitcher plants from the tropics, which everyone found so interesting. Next month it’s back to cacti with a tour of Madagascar’s plants and animals by Hazel Taylor. Hazel is well travelled and has been plant hunting in all corners of the globe and, as she is a top notch photographer, the pictures should stunning.

The club meets at the Herne Bay over 60s venue, Pettman Close on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. New members are welcome. Contact the hon secretary on 01227 638498 or email davejappleton@hotmail.com for details.

Herne Bay Gazette, April 23rd 2015