The July Monthly Meeting is

Sunday, July 29 at 2:00 PM in Dorrance Hall

at the Desert Botanical Garden

Speaker:  Scott McMahon

Program: Ferocactus

This is an introduction to the genus Ferocactus, covering identifying characteristics, distribution of the species, and basic classification. Many of the species are shown, some with habitat photos. There are some landscaping and design tips, and information on culture.   Short lists of nurseries and references are provided at the end.

I have a BS and MS in Plant Protection from the U of A. I have worked in the agrichemical industry and spent many years off and on working with my father in the commercial landscape and maintenance business. I have been with the Desert Botanical Garden for 17 years first as a certified arborist, and then as Manager of the Cactaceae. Our collection of cacti is one of the largest in the world. I have participated in three workshops in Mexico covering desert landscaping with water-efficient plants, and have traveled in Peru and Baja California, Mexico.

I have been a member of the CACSS for over 20 years and served twice as president and as show chairman. In addition to collecting Ferocactus, I like Ariocarpus, Turbinicarpus, and Chilean genera. I also have many Euphorbia and Mesemb species, as well as Asclepiads and other caudiciform species.

I have converted my yard to all arid-adapted trees and shrubs, accompanied by cacti and succulents. As a result, I have diverse numbers of wildlife that live in or visit my yard, including even native bees that pollinate the various plants. I also have 5 box turtles indigenous to southeastern Arizona, which I took off someone else’s hands, and they have a good life among all the plants in the back yard.

We love cacti and succulents.   You will fit right in!

Learn about plants you have. Do they grow bigger and flower every year?  They should!

Tired of replacing succulents? Find out why!

Over a hundred of us attend meetings.  We socialize before and after. New friends to make!

Monthly Q&A sessions during meetings.

Learn about new and different plants, faraway and exotic places.

How-to demonstrations.

Silent Auction at every meeting. Free Plants at most meetings. Take home some new plants!

Want plants not sold at big box stores? We know where to find them!