Oxford Branch

British Cactus and Succulent Society


John Watmough

John with Othonna

John joined the Oxford Branch of the NCSS in1981. He has served the Branch as Chairman and Secretary, and is currently (2013) Treasurer.

He claims not to grow cacti, though he has an extensive collection of Turbinicarpus and Escobaria, mainly because these are small plants and his accommodation is limited. In the winter he grows Othonna and Tylecodon. But most of his space is devoted to his beloved Mesembs, and he currently runs the MSG Plant Exchange Scheme, for which he is a shameless scrounger.

He is also notorious for trying to grow plants that nobody else wants to grow – generally for good reason. He is a keen, if not distinguished, seed raiser, and he sells surplus plants on the lecture circuit for himself, the Branch and the MSG.

John was the local Zone Rep for some years. He is the proud possessor of a BCSS Silver Gong and a red Judges’ badge.

Since he is (so he says) proud to be a fanatic, he loves to discuss and exchange plants with enthusiasts and will gladly try to find plants for other people in the course of his travels.


John and greenhouse