Cyprus Mail

The beauty of thorns

Those of you with the gardening skills to nurse and admire cacti and succulents can enjoy a guided tour of these plants at Acropolis park in Nicosia to mark the annual cacti and succulents exhibition on May 15.

During the exhibition, all those attending will have the chance to meet the members of the Cyprus Cactus and Succulent Society (CCSS), who are the organisers behind the event. You will also have the chance to view how members have made use of their prickly obsession in a photographic exhibition of their gardens. The exhibition will also allow you to admire plants that are not in flower during the time of the show. In addition to enjoying the images on display, and getting ideas on how you could design your own garden, visitors can also vote on the best photograph.

The annual CCSS plant competition will also be taking place. All the plants – around 500 – taking part will be on show in the exhibition hall and will be judged by Dr John Altiparmakis, an ex president and member of the Greek Cactus and Succulent Society, a botanist and experienced collector.

Plants from nurseries all over Cyprus will also be on sale. Rare plants have also been imported from abroad especially for the exhibition. To help would-be gardeners, a wide selection of gardening books will be on sale.

Also an eight page leaflet, The Smart Garden, will be given out for free. The leaflet explains how succulents can be used in the Cyprus garden.

Ninth Annual Cacti and Other Succulents Exhibition
Plant exhibition and competition. Photographic exhibition and competition and plants for sale. May 15. Exhibition Hall in the caves of Akcopolis Park in Nicosia. 10am-7pm. €1 for the exhibition area. Tel: 99-431476

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