Completed 2014 Events and Programs
December 7, 2014

This is a member only event.

1:30 – 5:00 pm Annual Holiday Potluck Party and Elections 
Mountain View Community Center in ScottsdaleJoin us for a memorable time. Bring your holiday spirit and a plant to exchange. If you bring a plant, you may take a plant. Please bring an appetizer, a main course or dessert, with utensils for serving it.  It will be important to RSVP by email or phone. Sue Glenn is chairing this event.
November 23, 2014
Board Meeting
Regular Meeting
NOT the last Sunday!
11 am
2 pm 
Jeff Moore: Under the Spell of Succulents

Jeff will talk broadly about succulents, but will also emphasize some of the Mediterranean climate plants.  He will discuss what it takes to birth a book, which became a hobby and obsession.  His recently published book, Under the Spell of Succulents: A Sampler of the Diversity of Succulents in Cultivation, will be available for purchase, along with plants. He is near completion on his second book on aloes and agaves.

Jeff Moore has operated Solana Succulents located in Solano Beach, California for 21 years and has been involved with succulents for over 30 years. He says he is pretty much a generalist as he like them all. If he has a specialty, it is in aloes and he particularly likes crests, variegates and caudiciforms. He is also known for creating “undersea the sea” theme inspired landscapes. He has installed a permanent undersea garden in the San Diego Botanic Garden.  Jeff is married with two teenage boys.

October 19, 2014
Special Event
NOT the last Sunday!
2 pm CACSS Annual Silent Auction at the DBG Wildflower Pavilion
Open to the general public.
Auction begins at 2 pm. 

Members bring in plants for auction at noon. Download the bid sheet.
Bring boxes to take home your plants as well as cash, local check, MasterCard or Visa. 
See hundreds of plant we have propagated. Find something new for your collection. Begin propagating your plants ASAP to be ready for this huge Auction!
September 28, 2014
Board Meeting
Regular Meeting
10:30 am
1 pm
Duke Benadom: Echinocereus

Duke is past President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, our parent organization, and a respected author. For many years has contributed a regular column, Superb Succulents, to the Journal of the CSSA, featuring his superb photos of show-winning plants. He published the book Superb Succulents, containing his best columns from this series. His new book Echinocereus has just been published, and he will have copies at the meeting.

Duke and his wife Kazuko are well-known throughout southern California as vendors of superb succulents, under the name Duke & Kaz. Your Webmaster has many treasured plants which came originally from Duke & Kaz.

August 24, 2014
Regular Meeting
2 pm Jim Oravetz: Plant Nutrition

The program will include a brief discussion of our desert soil, soil pH and how it affects nutrient availability. It will include a discussion of the nutrient requirements of most plants; what the various nutrients are and which are needed in what amounts and how plants use them to grow and stay healthy. Feeding cactus and succulents in containers and in the ground will be presented, as well as growing and feeding plants for show – one man’s opinion.

Jim is a native Californian who relocated with his wife to Arizona in 1986. He is a Master Gardener who generously shares his horticultural knowledge and years of experience to groups and organizations throughout Maricopa County. His wide range of interests include orchids, bonsai, carnivorous plants, vegetable gardening, roses, cactus and succulents, container gardening and xeriscape plants.

Jim’s long and distinguished career includes:

  • Served honorably in the United States Air Force
  • Graduate of the Certified Landscaper Course at the Desert Botanical Garden
  • Advanced Arizona Certified Nursery Professional
  • Certified Horticulturist and Merchandise Professional
  • Landscape Consultant and Designer
  • Certified Arizona Master Watershed Steward, U of A
  • Past President, San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society
  • Past President, Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society
  • Former Senior Horticulturist, Summer Winds Nurseries
  • Recognized Television and Radio Personality
  • Hosted the Gardening segment for Jan D’Atri’s Heart and Home on KAZTV13 and appeared her radio show for four years
  • Hosted the Gardening segment for Sonoran Living on ABC15 for three years
July 27, 2014
Board Meeting
Regular Meeting
11 am
2 pm
Scott McMahon:  Euphorbia

Scott McMahon is the Cactaceae Collections Manager at the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG). The collection is one of the largest and most complete in the world, with over 10,000 plants in total. He has a BS and MS in Plant Protection from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Arborist which was his first position at the DBG thirteen years ago. He has been collecting Euphorbias since about 1977 and has been a member of CACSS since the mid-1990’s. His talk will be an overview of Euphorbia and the characteristics that make the plant so fascinating. Care and cultivation and anything else to inspire the collector will be included.

June 29, 2014
Regular Meeting
2 pm Peter Breslin and Rob Romero:  Echinocereus

Peter Breslin has spent much of the last 25 years exploring Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and California in search of rare, endemic, cryptic or characteristic flora and has traveled the entire length of Baja California peninsula by car eight times in the past three years, attempting to locate, study, photograph and map as many of the cacti of that botanically rich area as possible.  He has located several previously unknown populations and occurrences of some little-known and poorly understood taxa. He has published in Cactus &Co., Kakteen and Andere Sukkulenten and The Cactus and Succulent Journal.  Breslin is also one of several authors working on A Field Guide to the Cacti and Other Succulents of Arizona, forthcoming from the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.

Rob Romero is a long time cactus hobbyist who first got the bug in New Mexico in 1991 after a chance encounter with the local club’s show and sale.  There he meant Steven Brack of Mesa Garden and the rest is history.  Rob travels periodically to see plants in habitat and is an avid grower of many genera mostly from the southwest US and Mexico. Echinocereus are also a favorite that will be the focus of this month’s presentation.

May 18, 2014
Board Meeting

Regular Meeting
11 am
2 pm
Doug Dawson:  Arizona Miniature Cacti and Succulents

Doug is a retired math professor and does extensive botanical travels to areas of the world where succulents grow.  These include Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Yemen, Soccotra, and Africa as well as our own state of Arizona.  In recent years, he has organized eight botanical exploratory trips to South Africa and Namibia, camping on local farms and public area by night and exploring the surrounding mountains and hills by day.

Doug’s private plant collection has an emphasis on seedlings, Lithops, other mesembs, Arizona natives and other cacti. For many years one of his key interests has been seed-growing of cacti and succulents. He is also interested in photography and has delivered many workshops and speaking engagements in Arizona and other states.

Nowadays many succulent enthusiasts do not have room for our signature large Arizona natives.  It is important to introduce knowledge of the smaller plants which can be found in our own state.  These can be grown in pots small enough to be easily moved about.  Unfortunately many of these species are not readily available in nurseries.  Doug has a goal to make them available to our club members in the months and years to come..

April 12, 2014 10am-1pm Open Garden at Rick and Barbara Rosenberg’s. Check the CACSS roster for the address.
March 30, 2014
Board Meeting
Regular Meeting
11 am
pm
Guillermo Rivera: Cacti of Peru: Land of the Incas

The talk will cover a voyage through the whole country of Peru: from the dry, deciduous forest in the North around the cities of Chiclayo and Jaen, to the lower slopes of the Andes and into the Amazon region.  We will explore the habitats around Huaraz, a beautiful town nestled in the valley between the Corcillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra.  In the end we will cross the Andes once again heading towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas to finish our voyage in Machu Pichu.  We will see amazing Matucanas in flower, high elevation Oroyas, spectacular Neoraimondias and the most incredible bromeliad growing at 4400 meters, with its inflorescence of over 20 feet!

Guillermo Rivera was born in Argentina.  He is owner of South America Nature Tours, a company dedicated to the organization of tours throughout South America with an emphasis on plants or birding.  He is a former researcher at the University of Cordoba, Argentina.  He has a BS in Biology from the University of Cordoba, an MS in Marine Biology from Northeastern University and a PhD in Botany from the University of Cordoba.

March 16, 2014 10am-2pm Open Garden at Lee Brownson’s and Pat Issacson’s. Check the CACSS roster for the address.
March, 15, 16, 17, 2014
Friday: DBG Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Fri
7am-5pm Sat
9am-5pm Sun
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale 
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
See the Desert Botanical Garden Web site for more information. Click on Gardening & Horticulture in the left menu.
March 8, 2014 9am-5pm Open Garden at Bob Torrest’s.  See roster for address.
February 16, 2014
Regular Meeting
NOT the last Sunday!
2 pm Steve Martinez: Travels and Plant Hunting in Baja, Mexico

Steve’s presentation will be the story of his trip to Baja, Mexico taken the week of Thanksgiving 2012 in search of beloved plants of interest.

Steve started the cactus hobby in Long Island, New York in the early 1970’s with a collection of dish gardens. A small greenhouse followed not long after. It became a lifelong hobby. He is a member of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society, where he was President, 2010-2012, and Show Chair in 2008. He has been Sales chair for several years. He owns a specialty nursery called Succulentia in Phoenix which houses most of his collection, as well as sale plants. He has traveled to numerous cactus and succulent habitats, including South Africa, Namibia, Argentina, and Baja.

February 9, 2014
Sunday
Open Garden
11 am – 3 pm Open Garden at Steve Mack’s. This event is for CACSS members only. Details distributed via e-mail.
February 2, 2014
Sunday
Open Garden
10:30 am – 2 pm Open Garden at Cliff Fielding’s .  This event is for CACSS members only. Details distributed in the newsletter and via e-mail.
January 26, 2014
Regular Meeting
2 pm Tom Gatz: Creating Bonsai with Desert Plants

Tom will go over the basic steps of creating miniature living sculptures using desert-adapted plants with an emphasis on those with succulent qualities including Ficus, Fockea, Bursera, Pachycormus, Portulacaria, Pelargonium,  Adenium, and Operculicarya.

Tom is a retired wildlife biologist and an avid gardener. He volunteers as a horticultural aide and as a docent in the education department at the Desert Botanical Garden where he is certified as a desert landscaper. He is an active member of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society and the Phoenix Bonsai Society. He writes a monthly article for the DBG volunteer newsletter on various aspects of landscaping and desert gardens, with emphasis on cactus, succulents, birds and bonsai, as well as articles for the Central Spine. Tom’s garden has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden; The Sonoran Quarterly magazine published by the Desert Botanical Garden; and The Humane Society’s online magazine, All Animals and Modern Phoenix: The Neighborhood Network.

 

2013 Past Events and Programs
December 8, 2013 12 pm – 5:30 pm Annual Holiday Potluck and Elections
November 24, 2013 2 pm Wendell S.  Minnich:  The Minature Jewels of Mexico
October 20, 2013 2 pm CACSS Annual Silent Auction at the DBG Wildflower Pavilion
October, 2013 Fri – Sun CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
September 29, 2013 2 pm Gay Hendricks:  Best Aloes for you Collections

Chris Ginkel:  Opuntias

September 28, 2013
Workshop
Leo Martin: Winter-Growing Bulb Workshop
The 2010 syllabus is available on our Plant Information page; click on Growing cactus and other succulents from seed.
August 25, 2013 2 pm Greg Starr:  Top Agave Favorites
A leading plant explorer and agave expert, Greg will also bring plants to sell and signed copies of his book, “Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers.”
July 28, 2013 2 pm 40th Anniversary Celebration:  “We Stand On Tall Shoulders”

Looking back as we steer toward the future our CACSS heritage is rich in knowledge and wisdom. This special remembrance celebration of our 40th anniversary recaptures the contributions and diligence of our membership and leans on our founders. More details to follow.

Following the celebration Scott McMahon, Cactaceae Collections Manager at the Desert Botanical Garden, will do a presentation on Echinopsis  with emphasis on  growing conditions and bloom color.

June 30, 2013 2 pm Bob Webb:  Introduction to Selecting and Growing Euphorbias

Bob Webb is owner of Arid Lands Nursery and is a leading plant researcher with much fieldwork in Africa. His presentation will be an Introduction to Selecting and Growing Euphorbias.  He will have many examples of this gigantic and complex genus. Many will be for sale.

June 15-20, 2013 All Day Cactus and Succulent Society of America
35th Biennial Convention

Austin, Texas

Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol
$100 discount for registering before May 1, 2013.
Speakers include:
Bob Barth, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas, former CSSA Director;
Ernst van Jaarsveld, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Republic of South Africa;
Attila Kapitany, author of numerous books on Australian succulents;
Steven Hammer, Vista, California;
Gertrud Konings, co-author of Cacti of Texas In Their Natural Habitat;
Joël Lodé, of Cactus-Adventures;
Jim Mauseth, Professor of Botany, University of Texas;
Woody Minnich, Cactus Data Plants;
Len Newton, Professor of Botany, Kenyatta University, Kenya, co-author of Aloes The Definitive Guide;
Jeff Pavlat, Austin, TX;
Rudolf Schulz, author of Copiapoa 2006 and co-author of many other books on succulents;
John Trager, Huntington Botanical Gardens;
Colin C. Walker, The Open University, England, editor of Bradleya and co-author of Aloes The Definitive Guide.
June 2, 2013 2 pm Tom Gatz: Landscaping Tips for the Do-it Yourself Gardener

Tom Gatz will share with us some of the things he has learned about desert landscaping and adding color in small spaces, through years of landscaping lectures and classes taken at the Desert Botanical Garden and workshops offered by Master Gardeners and the City of Phoenix.

Tom is a retired wildlife biologist and an avid gardener. He volunteers as a horticultural aide and as a docent in the education department at the Desert Botanical Garden where he is certified as a desert landscaper. He is an active member of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society and the Phoenix Bonsai Society. He writes a monthly article for the DBG volunteer newsletter on various aspects of landscaping and desert gardens, with emphasis on cactus, succulents, birds and bonsai, as well as articles for the Central Spine. Tom’s garden has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, The Sonoran Quarterly magazine published by the Desert Botanical Garden and The Humane Society’s online magazine, All Animals and Modern Phoenix: The Neighborhood Network.

April 5-7, 2013
Special Event
9-5 Fri, Sat
9-4 Sun
ANNUAL CACSS SHOW AND SALE
Open to the public:
Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 7, 9 am – 4 pm.
Included with regular Garden admission.
We accept cash, local check, MasterCard or Visa at the sale.

Wednesday, April 3: Not open to the public.
Setup 8 am – Noon; Member’s Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm.
Thursday April 4: Not open to the public.
Judging, Vendor Setup. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
More information to come.
March 24, 2013 2 pm Matt Johnson: Southern Arizona Cacti
Southern Arizona includes a diverse cactus flora, from the majestic Saguaro to tiny pincushions. Various species can be found from arid deserts to cool, forested mountains. Most cactus species native to southern Arizona will be shown with information on their habitats and ecology, as well as horticultural observations. Matt is the author of Cacti, Other Succulents and Unusual Xerophytes of Southern Arizona, which will be available at the meeting. Your Webmaster can attest it is an excellent and frequently-used field guide he would not be without.
March 15-17, 2013
Friday: DBG Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Fri
7am-5pm Sat
9am-5pm Sun
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
See the Desert Botanical Garden Web site for more information. Click on Events and Exhibitions in the left menu.
March 11, 2013 6:30 pm Show and Sale Meeting 5
February 24, 2013 2pm Dave Zaitlin: Species of Cactus and Succulents in Brazil
Dr. Dave Zaitlin is a molecular geneticist by training and a research scientist at the University of Kentucky. His lifetime interest in Discocactus and Melocactus began as a child in Tucson. Later he became attached to plant family Gesneriaceae, which contains the African violet, Saintpaulia, and the New World genus Sinningia. After growing, hybridizing and even researching Sinningia for several decades, he saw them in the wild in Brazil. During a 2,400 kilometer trip from São Paulo through Rio de Janeiro and as far north as the town of Jaguaré in Espírito Santo state, he visited habitats of a least a dozen species and even saw cacti. He visited places most tourists and even Brazilians would never see, so we hope you will join us for this experience.
February 17, 2013 Open Garden at Cliff’s House
CACSS Members Only

Details are in your newsletter. Cliff grows amazing plants from seed: Lithops, Conophytum, other mesembs, and winter-growing bulbs. He also has one of the best Copiapoa collections you will ever see.
February 11, 2013 8 pm Show and Sale Meeting 4
January 27, 2013 2 pm Woody Minnich: Secrets of Growing Cactus and Succulents
January 9-11, 2013 Wed-Fri Cactomaniac’s Rampage to the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, to see Aloes in Bloom!
2012 Past Events and Programs
December 9, 2012 1:30 – 5:00 pm Annual Holiday Potluck Party and Elections
Mountain View Park Community Center; 8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale.
We have room for 100 members. Join us for a memorable time. Bring your holiday spirit and a plant to exchange. If you bring a plant, you may take a plant. Please bring an appetizer, a main course or dessert, with utensils for serving it. You will also need to bring your own plates, silverware and napkins. It is important to RSVP by Sunday, Dec. 2 by email or phone.
November 18, 2012 2 pm Scott McMahon: Introduction to Mammillarias
Scott is the Cactaceae Collections Manager at the Desert Botanical Garden and has previously served two terms as President of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society. Scott is also an instructor in the Desert Landscaper School, teaching classes in both English and Spanish on desert trees, the cactus family, and on other succulents. He will give an introductory presentation on the cultivation of mammillarias.
October 24th, 2012 6:30-8 pm Organizational Meeting: CACSS 2013 SHOW AND SALE.
Our first Show & Sale meeting will be held at the home of Jo Davis. Bring a chair; we will be in her lovely garden.
October 14, 2012 2 pm CACSS Annual Silent Auction at the DBG Wildflower Pavilion
Open to the general public.
Auction begins at 2 pm.

Members bring in plants for auction at noon.
Bring boxes to take home your plants as well as cash, local check, MasterCard or Visa.
See hundreds of plant we have propagated. Find something new for your collection. Begin propagating your plants ASAP to be ready for this huge Auction!
October, 2012
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 30, 2012 2 pm Mark Muradian: Land of the Incas, Land of Cacti
Mark is a well-known ceramic artist and CACSS event vendor. He presents to us a mulitmedia video presentation.
August 26, 2012 2 pm Dr. Cathryn Hoyt: Big Bend National Park and the Cactus and Succulents of Texas.
Dr. Hoyt is the Executive Director of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, whose mission is to promote public awareness, appreciation, and concern for the natural diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert region through research and education.
July 29, 2012 2 pm Woody Minnich: The Great American Southwest
June 24, 2012 2 pm Bob Webb: Aloes of Tropical Africa
Owner of Arid Lands Nursery in Tucson, Bob is a leading expert on aloes. His nursery has the greatest number of Aloe species for sale of any nursery in the USA.
May 20, 2012 2 pm Steve Martinez and Doug Dawson: Namibia 2011
Join our President and Propagation Committee Chair to hear about their adventures in the wilderness.
April 20-22, 2012 All Day Annual CACSS Plant Show and Sale.
March 25, 2012 2 pm Bob Torrest: Growing Columnar Cacti
Bob is a long-time CACSS member and author of the Central Spine column Around My (Or Your) Desert Garden.
March 2012
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 26, 2012 2 pm Wendy Hodgson
Wendy is a staff researcher at the Desert Botanical Garden
January 29, 2012 2 pm Tom Glavich: Mutant Succulents!
All the way from Los Angeles, California, Tom is a long-time cactus and succulent collector, and a director of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, our parent organization.
2011 Past Events and Programs
December 11, 2011 1:30-5:00 pm Annual Holiday Potluck
Mountain View Park, 8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale.
November 20, 2011 2 pm Gary James: The Plants and People of Ethiopia
Gary has traveled to the far corners of the earth in search of seeing new plants and experiencing different cultures. We have never had a program about this country because not many people go there.
October 30, 2011 2 pm Come to the Big Deal, Super Large Silent Auction!
October 15-16, 2011 8 am-3 pm Julie and Steve Plath (Past President of CACSS) are thinning their personal collection of cacti and succulents. This is an opportunity to acquire show plants, and other hard-to-find material! Of course, there will be other nursery stock available too: Trees, shrubs, perennials, and more.
Where: Morristown, AZ
When: 8:00 am until 3:00 pm both days
October, 2011
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 25, 2011 2 pm Doug Dawson and Steve Martinez: Namibia 2011, Part One
Our President and our propagation committee chair will co-present a narrative of their recent trip to Namibia. This southern Africa country contains some of the most unusual and amazing succulents found anywhere in the world. Doug has been to Namibia before, but this was Steve’s first trip; you will hear about the trip from two perspectives. Southern Africa is very far away and most of us will never visit there, so this is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the fantastic plants we grow as they appear in habitat.
August 28, 2011 2 pm Greg Starr: Baja California
Proprietor of Starr Nursery in Tucson, Grege will return to tell us about his adventures in Baja California. Baja has some of the most interesting and unusual desert plants in the world.
July 31, 2011 2 pm Mary Irish: Succulents and Perennials in Desert Landscapes
One of our favorite authors combines two of her favorite topics. This will be a great opportunity to learn from a master about selecting and combining plants to produce gorgeous, water-wise landscapes.
June 26, 2011 2 pm Scott McMahon: Ferocactus
Long-time CACSS member and Manager of the Cactus Collection at the Desert Botanical Garden will be our speaker. Scott has requested that we bring in our favorite Ferocactus plants so as many as possible of the almost forty species and subspecies will be on display.
June 5, 2011 2 pm Dr. Jerald E. Wheeler: What do Plants Really Need and How To Give It
Subtitled Fertilizer Labels: A Foreign Language. The noted plant pathologist and agronomist from Tucson, Arizona, will reprise a talk he gave at the 2009 CSSA Convention. Dr. Wheeler will answer such questions as, What do the three numbers on a fertilizer bag really mean? What are the essential nutrients needed by plants? How important are micronutrients? How does pH of water affect plants? What is the importance of Potassium in fertilizers? You may or may not have thought about these types of questions, but knowing the answers will dramatically improve your success with plants.
May 1, 2011 2 pm Woody Minnich: Perú: From the Sea to the Sky
Woody will share his experiences traveling through Perú on four different occasions. He will use his skills to paint word pictures of this fascinating country. Here is how he describes the program:
This presentation is my total experiences of four trips into Perú. We will cover most of the regions rich in cactus and succulents, from Cajamarca in the North to Arequipa in the South. I will feature the towns, the people, the animals, and of course, the cacti and succulents of this historically important country. We will also encounter the many amazing plants that survive in the coastal sand dunes as well as the wonderful species that inhabit the highest elevations of the Andes.
We will see many genera of cacti and succulents: Austrocylindropuntia, Haageocereus, Armatocereus, Melocactus, Mila, Puya, Echeveria, Oroya, Matucana, Lobivia, Trichocereus, Weberbauerocereus, Peperomia, Oreocereus, Espostoa, Corryocactus, Cumulopuntia, Cleistocactus, Browningia, as well as many of the bromeliads, especially the tillandsias. I will try and give insight into the habitats and the conditions in which most of these plants grow. Hopefully this will allow you to apply their field growing conditions to how you might better cultivate these plants in the greenhouse or garden.
Perú is a fascinating and romantic country with a turbulent history. It has a very unique culture that has evolved from the time of the Inca to its Spanish conquerors and beyond. As of today, Perú has also developed some very complicated relationships with its neighboring countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Ecuador.
From its coastlines to the Andes and into the Amazonian jungles, Perú has it all! What a wealth of intrigue, from its plants to its animals and, of course, from the mysterious Nasca lines to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
April 1-3, 2011 8-5 F-Sat
9-4 Sun
CACSS Annual Show and Sale at the Desert Botanical Garden.
March 27, 2011 2 pm Petra Crist: Baja California and Clam Soup
One of California’s finest succulent growers, Petra is known for her expertise with African plants. She has visited Baja California many times and is an enthusiastic collector of the weird and wonderful plants found there. Petra last spoke to us in 2006.
March, 2011
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 20, 2011 2 pm Michael Buckner: Plant Staging and Presentation
The CACSS Annual Show and Sale is be just around the corner. Everyone should be thinking about the plants they intend to show. Michael will show you how to make a plant more attractive and how to highlight its features. Michael and his wife Joyce own The Plant Man in Old Town San Diego. They have been showing plants and winning trophies in major California shows for years.
January 30, 2011 2 pm Ted Green: Hoyas in Habitat
Now, time for something a little bit different! Ted is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Hoyas. He is also an expert on Orchids. The plants Ted will be describing are polar opposites to the plants we collect. They grow in the wettest of environments – tropical jungles – many have the most amazing flowers. To get a preview of these plants, visit his website www.rare-hoyas.com.
2010 Past Events and Programs
December 10, 2010 1-4 pm Holiday Potluck Party
At the Mountain View Park and Community Center, 8625 East Mountain View Road in Scottsdale.
November 21, 2010 2 pm Jon Weeks: Growing Winter Hardy Cacti
An appropriate topic as November draws to a close. John, a nurseryman from Tucson, has spent years learning which cacti grow best in the unique desert environments of Arizona. Plants here need to tolerate a temperature range from 115 degrees F all the way down to the mid teens. No plant grower who lived in Arizona in 1990 or 2007 will ever forget the cold temperatures that killed or damaged hundreds of species. Jon will tell us the bulletproof plants we can grow.
Jon owns Landscape Cacti in Tucson. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1986 and worked as a research scientist at the University from 1986 to 1992. During that time, he conducted his research along the coast of the Gulf of California in the Mexican state of Sonora.
October 31, 2010 2 pm Annual Silent Auction at the DBG Wildflower Pavilion
Every October we have a very special event in lieu of our regular meeting. Unusual plants are available at great prices. Members bring in plants beginning at noon. The auction begins at 2 pm. The public is invited to participate.
September 26, 2010 2 pm Doug Dawson: Namibia
Doug will again take us to the continent of Africa to glimpse a small portion of the cornicopia of succulent plants that grow there.
August 13-15, 2010 All Day Cactomaniac’s Rampage through Southern California
Our next CACSS Field Trip takes us to the 25th Annual InterCity Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, featuring 25 vendors.
Next, we’ll visit Solano Beach for several hours to enjoy the ocean, and then it’s on to Solano Succulents.
On Sunday we will go to the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Highlights include the desert plant collection, mansion, library, Japanese Tea Garden, and other landscaped areas. We will enjoy a catered lunch, and the plant sale area will be open just for us.
July 25, 2010 2 pm Leo Martin: Plants of Northeastern Brazil
Leo visited the Brazilian states of Bahia and Minas Gerais with the CSSA 2008 field trip. He has previously given us a marvellously breathtaking general overview of the trip, but he saw lots and lots of strange and interesting things which he would be glad to share with us. He saw a great many species of cacti in genera Coleocephalocereus, Discocactus, Melocactus, Micranthocereus and Pilosocereus, as well as quite a few in smaller genera. In this unforgettable talk which will make you weep at its sweep and astonishing erudition, Leo will present a general overview of genus Pilosocereus, 17 of which are found in Brazil. Leo will show you a lot of them and teach you how to tell them apart. If time permits, he will talk about some other Brazilian cacti as well, followed by PRIVATE back-stage autograph signing for a few lucky fans.
June 27, 2010 2 pm Cliff Fielding: Plant Survival in a Land of Little Rain
Those of you who heard Cliff present a talk on conophytums last year know that he is an enthusiastic and entertaining speaker. Cliff says: The land and plants that will be discussed are in the Northwestern Cape of South Africa, Namaqualand. The area is unique in the world. The plants do not get much rain but they do get regular and predictable moisture in the form of dew and fog. This has lead to a variety of interesting plants that make the most of what little moisture there is. The discussion will focus on how knowledge of these interesting survival adaptations will lead to a better understanding of how to grow these plants in Arizona. I will be speaking as an observer not an expert. I have been to Africa twice and have been growing these plants for about 14 years. I still have a lot to learn.
May 23, 2010 2 pm Woody Minnich presents Brazil: The Rio Grande do Sul
Despite being home to the world’s largest river and rain forest, Brazil has some of the most interesting and unusual succulents to be found anywhere. Join us as Woody shows us Notocactus magnificus and its relatives, the grassland cacti of southern Brazil, and secrets of Frailea .
April 25, 2010 2 pm Gerald Rosenthal presents Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insights, and Enjoyment
Dr. Gerald A. Rosenthal is a retired professor of biological sciences and toxicology. He spent his career engaged in research and teaching in botany and plant biochemistry, and he has traveled the world for nearly four decades observing and photographing its major plant communities. A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, he has lived in, hiked, and studied the Sonoran Desert for ten years.
His book is of the same title as his topic this month. Many of the photos in the book were taken at the Wallace Desert Gardens, which we visited in March.
April 16-18, 2010 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
See our postcard mailer for details.
March 28, 2010 2 pm Mark Dimmitt: All About Adeniums
Dr. Mark Dimmitt is well know to us as one of Arizona’s premier botanists. He is co-author with Dave Palzkill and Gene Joseph of the recently published Adenium: Sculptural Elagance, Floral Extravagance. Mark’s blog is here.
March 20, 2010 10:00 am
Garden Tour
Wallace Desert Gardens Tour
Come see the best-kept secret in the Valley, a 12-acre botanical garden in North Scottsdale featuring aridlands plants from all over the world. Formerly the private estate of H. B. and Jocelyn Wallace, the garden is closed to the general public. The CACSS has visited several times through the years. You will not want to miss this opportunity.
Reservations are mandatory. Members may invite friends and family. The suggested donation is $10 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the garden at 480-488-8003; by email at info@wallacedesertgardens.org; or you can mail your reservation with your donation to Wallace Desert Gardens, 30600 N. Pima Road, Lot 58, Scottsdale, AZ 85266.
Parking is limited; please carpool.
March, 2010
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 28, 2010 2 pm Guillermo Rivera: The Cacti of Northern Argentina
Born in Argentina and presently living north of Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Rivera owns South American Nature Tours, specializing in guided tours through Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Dr. Rivera holds an undergraduate degree in biology, a Masters in marine biology and a PhD in botany.
January 31, 2010 2 pm John Trager: Oh, Oaxaca!
John Trager is Curator of the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where he has worked since 1983. Before that he had the privilege of working with master propagator Frank Horwood at Abbey Garden Nursery when it was in Carpinteria, California.
His horticultural writings have appeared in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, the Euphorbia Journal, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Garden Record, Garden, the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Rock Garden Quarterly and Flora, a two-volume encyclopedia published in 2003.
He is even better known for his photography. Over 2000 of his images have been published in numerous textbooks and horticultural journals including Aloe, American Horticulture and Fine Gardening. Book projects include co-authorship and photography for Dry Climate Gardening with Succulents produced by the Huntington. John was principal photographer for the Conograph, a revision of genus Conophytum, and a contributor to other works by Steven Hammer: Lithops – Treasures of the Veld; Dumpling and His Wife – New Views of the Genus Conophytum; and Mesembs of the World . He has contributed photographs to works by Gordon Rowley: The Succulent Compositae, Avonia and Anacampseros, Crassula, A Grower’s Guide. He has also contributed images to the multi-authored, six-volume reference The Illustrated Handbook of Succulents, 2001-2003.
John has traveled widely in search of plants (and insects) to China, Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly Pomona and earlier studied botany at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College. He lives in Sierra Madre with his wife and three children.
2009 Past Events and Programs
December 13, 2009 Noon Holiday Party. 12 pm at the Webster Auditorium at DBG.
November 22, 2009 2 pm Jon Weeks: Breeding and Farming the Sonoran Desert Halopyhte Salicornia bigelovii in Sonora, Mexico.
Dr. Weeks founded Landscape Cacti in 1975. It is a nursery devoted to growing cacti and other desert plants from seed for landscape use. In 1986, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He was a research scientist for the University from 1986 to 1992. He studied halophytes (plants that can handle salt in the soil) and farmed them in Kino Bay, Sonora, Mexico. He is going to tell us the incredible story of one such plant, Salicornia bigelovii.
October 25, 2009 2 pm Annual Silent Auction at Desert Botanical Garden. Download the bid sheet here. You may bring plants as early as 12 noon. The auction begins at 2 pm. Be sure to bring boxes for your plants as well as your cash, local check, MasterCard or Visa!
October, 2009
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 27, 2009 2 pm Tim Harvey presents Plant Micropropagation
Many of us have heard of tissue culture but have no idea how it works. Dr. Harvey will explain it to us.
Tim abandoned the civilization of his birth in Great Britain and moved to California to work for Amgen. He lives in Thousand Oaks north of Los Angeles, about which his English countryman Evelyn Waugh, who also moved to Southern California, said: “North America is tilted in such a way that everything loose slides to Southern California.”
Tim has grown succulents since he was 10 years old. In the early days, he grew only cacti but now has expanded into other succulent genera. He has traveled extensively in South Africa and Namibia and has visited Madagascar. Now he concentrates on pachycaul trees, aloes, winter-growing bulbs and hybrids of all types.
If not at home, he is likely to be volunteering in the tissue culture laboratory at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
Tim owns Plantae Novae and will bring some interesting specimens to sell.
August 30, 2009 2 pm Jon Rebman: Baja, What’s Out There?
No one is better qualified to talk about the Baja peninsula than Dr. Jon Rebman, since 1996 Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
His doctoral research at Arizona State University concerned the systematics of the chollas of Baja California (both states) and included extensive fieldwork while living in Ensenada. During this time he became fascinated by the varied and often bizarre flora of the peninsula, an interest which continues as a focus of his research.
This interest in the broader floristics of the area has led to another major project for the botany department, compiling an annotated checklist of the flora of the Baja California peninsula and its islands, with synonymies and literature citations. This project is now nearing completion.
He has concentrated on building research ties between the SDNHM and scientific institutions in Baja California and Baja California Sur.
July 26, 2009 2 pm Doug Dawson: The Northern Cape Part One
June 28, 2009 2 pm Kelly Griffin: Agaves in Habitat
Kelly is Curator of Xerophytes for Rancho Soledad Nurseries in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Kelly is a seasoned traveler, having explored for plants in South Africa, Madagascar, Yemen, Socotra, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and 25 Mexican states. Kelly is an extraordinary photographer.
May 31, 2009 2 pm Mike Wallace: Invasion of the Cactus Moth!
Mike Wallace is Survey and Detection Manager for the Arizona Department of Agriculture. He will talk about the local and international efforts to control the spread of the incredibly destructive Cactoblastis cactorum. This moth has invaded the United States from South America and is slowly spreading across the Gulf Coast on its way to the cactus rich Southwest. It has the potential to wipe out entire species of Opuntia, seriously disrupting ecosystems and food crops in the U.S. and Mexico. Even if you don’t care for prickly pears and chollas, you need to learn about this serious threat.
April 26, 2009 2 pm Woody Minnich: Brazil
Woody is one of our favorite speakers. Join us for his trip through Brazil.
April 10-15, 2009 All Day 2009 CSSA Convention at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson
For more information click here.
March 29, 2009 2 pm César Mazier: Deserts of the World
César is former Director of Horticulture for the Desert Botanical Garden.
March 20-22, 2009
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
March 13-15, 2009 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
See our postcard mailer for details.
February 22, 2009 2 pm Charles Butterworth: Unlocking the Secrets of Cacti
Dr. Butterworth splits his time as a researcher between Arizona State University and the Desert Botanical Garden.
January 25, 2009 2 pm Michael and Joyce Buckner: Landscaping with Succulents
January 17, 2009 All Day Huntington Botanical Gardens Desert Forum
Join us at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, for this annual event. There will be tours, lectures, book signings and plant sales. Free admission to members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and its affiliated clubs, like us. Assemble at the Entrance Pavilion for registration. The Huntington will have a copy of our member’s names.
2008 Past Events and Programs
December 7, 2008 Noon CACSS Annual Holiday Potluck and Elections.
Have great fun and participate in the plant exchange. Meet other members of the Society while electing next year′s leadership team. Webster Auditorium, Desert Botanical Garden.
November 23, 2008 2 pm Ernesto Sandoval presents Baja California: A Natural History from the Land of Boojums and Cardons
October 26, 2009 2 pm Annual Silent Auction at Desert Botanical Garden. Download the bid sheet here. You may bring plants as early as 12 noon. The auction begins at 2 pm. Be sure to bring boxes for your plants as well as your cash, local check, MasterCard or Visa!
October 4, 2008
Member Open House
2-5 pm Julie and Steve Plath Open Garden
Come enjoy fellowship with other club members and see the Plath′s remarkable collection of plants. Don′t forget, they have plants for sale, too.
October, 2008
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 28, 2008 2 pm Joe Stead: Propagation and Hybridization for Plant Enthusists
Joe is Adjunct Professor and Horticulture Laboratory Coordinator at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California. He teaches horticulture and oversees the annual growing and sales of thousands of poinsettias by students, a fundraiser for the college.
September 23, 2008 7 pm Board Meeting
September 20, 2008 All Day Cactomaniac’s Rampage through Tucson!
What could be more fun that hanging out with a bunch of cactus and succulent lovers at some of the best nurseries in the country? Join Steve Martinez as he leads a trip to Tucson.
September 16, 2008 7 pm 2009 Show and Sale Meeting
August 24, 2008 2 pm Peter Breslin: Echinomastus in Arizona
July 27, 2008 2 pm Dr. Leo Martin: The Cacti of Northeastern Brazil
Dr. Martin recently returned from the 2008 CSSA field trip to Brazil. He will teach us about the many habitats and plants he saw. Once attentively hearing his magificent exposition of this topic we will be able to cultivate our Brazilians that much better. Following the lecture there will once again be a PRIVATE autograph signing for a FEW lucky fans.
June 29, 2008 2 pm Bob Cardell & Pat Hammes: Crested/Cristate Saguaros
May 18, 2008 2 pm Woody Minnich: Socotra-An Island in the Arabian Sea
April 27, 2008 2 pm Mark Sitter: A Bevy of Beautiful Barrels – The Genus Ferocactus
Mark is owner ofB&B Cactus Farm in Tucson. Ferocacti have been his passion for years. He says he has a little surprise for us during his presentation so you will not want to miss this meeting.
April 4-6, 2008 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday April 2: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday April 3: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
April 5, 2008 8:30 am – 5 pm Meeting of the Board of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America
Our parent organization meets at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson to discuss the upcoming CSSA Convention to be held at the Westin. All CSSA members and affiliate members are welcome, but you would have to be crazy to skip our own Show and Sale to attend this function.
March 30, 2008 2 pm We Can’t Remember But Are Trying To Find Out
March 14-16, 2008
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 24, 2008 2 pm Gene Joseph: Propagating Succulents
Gene and his wife Jane Evans own Living Stones Nursery/Plants for the Southwest in Tucson.
January 27, 2008 2 pm Mark Muradian: Bolivia, Back Door to the Andes
January 19, 2008 All Day Huntington Botanical Gardens Desert Forum
Join us at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, for this annual event. There will be tours, lectures, book signings and plant sales. Free admission to members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and its affiliated clubs, like us. Assemble at the Entrance Pavilion for registration. The Huntington will have a copy of our member’s names.
2007 Past Events and Programs
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December 9, 2007 Noon CACSS Annual Holiday Potluck and Elections.
Have great fun and participate in the plant exchange. Meet other members of the Society while electing next year′s leadership team. Webster Auditorium, Desert Botanical Garden.
November 18, 2007 2 pm Jon Weeks of Landscape Cacti in Tucson .
October 28, 2007
Special Event
2 pm CACSS Annual Silent Auction at the DBG Wildflower Pavilion
Open to the general public.
Auction begins at 2 pm.

Members bring in plants for auction at noon. Download the bid sheet.
Bring boxes to take home your plants as well as cash, local check, MasterCard or Visa.
See hundreds of plant we have propagated. Find something new for your collection. Begin propagating your plants ASAP to be ready for this huge Auction!
October 20, 2007 10:00 am
Garden Tour
Wallace Desert Gardens Tour
Come see the best-kept secret in the Valley, a 12-acre botanical garden in North Scottsdale featuring aridlands plants from all over the world. Formerly the private estate of H. B. and Jocelyn Wallace, the garden is closed to the general public. The CACSS has visited several times through the years. You will not want to miss this opportunity.
Reservations are mandatory. Members may invite friends and family. The suggested donation is $10 per person.
Parking is limited; please carpool.
October 12-14, 2007
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 30, 2007 2 pm David Yetman: Giant Cacti of Mexico
David Yetman is host of Tucson television show The Desert Speaks.
September 1, 2007 All Day 24th Annual Huntington Botanical Gardens Succulent Symposium
Join the Huntington in celebrating the centennial of the desert garden!
August 26, 2007 2 pm Jerry Barad: The Genus Stapelia.
Jerry is Past President of our parent organization, the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He is well-know for his work with stapeliads, and has published on how to pollinate them with the aid of a dissecting microscope.
July 29, 2007 2 pm Norm Dennis: The Genus Mammillaria
July 5-8, 2007 All Day Annual Show & Sale of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California
June 24, 2007 2 pm Scott McMahon: Cactus 101 – A Survey of the Family
Scott is Curator of the Cactus Collection at the Desert Botanical Garden.
June 9, 2007 All Day Field Trip To Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona.
May 25-30, 2007 All Day 32nd Biennial Convention of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America
Our parent organization meets at the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport. CACSS member Dr. Leo Martin is speaking on Growing Cactus from Seed .
May 20th, 2007 2 pm Laurence and His Daughter Faith Garvie: Life Cycles of Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
April 20-22, 2007 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday April 18: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday April 19: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
April 1, 2007 1-4 pm Plant Staging Workshop
Home of Daniel Sumberg. CACSS Board member Steve Plath will be holding a workshop on how to prepare your plants for this year’s show.
March 29, 2007 7 pm Show & Sale planning meeting at Ingrid’s home. Interested club members are welcome to attend.
March 25th, 2007 2 pm Chad Davis: Succulent Society of South Africa’s International Succulent Congress, Succulenta 2006
Chad is Curator of the Agave and Aloe Collection at the Desert Botanical Garden.
March 22, 2007 7 pm CACSS Board meeting at Ingrid’s home. Interested club members are welcome to attend.
February 25, 2007 2 pm Woody Minnich: Bolivia
January 28, 2007 2 pm Mark Muradin: Socotra
2006 Past Events and Programs
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December ?, 2006 Noon CACSS Annual Holiday Potluck and Elections.
November 19, 2006 2 pm Steve Hammer: Conophytum
October 29, 2006
Special Event
2 pm CACSS Annual Silent Auction at the DBG Wildflower Pavilion
Open to the general public.
September 24, 2006 2 pm Perta Crest: Northern Namibia
August 27, 2006 2 pm Ken Schutz: The Future of the DBG
July 30, 2006 2 pm Bob Webb: Aloes of Southern Africa
June 25, 2006 2 pm Steve Plath: Revegetation
May 21, 2006 2 pm Woody Minnich:North Argentina and Patagonia
April 30, 2006 2 pm We Can’t Remember But Are Trying To Find Out
March 26, 2006 2 pm Doug Dawson: Argentina and Chile
February 26, 2006 2 pm Leo A. Martin: Plants of Oaxaca
January 29, 2006 2 pm Kathy Rice: Research Programs at the Desert Botanical Garden
2005 Past Events and Programs
December 11, 2005 Noon Holiday Party; Elections – Webster Auditorium
November 20, 2005 2 pm Matt Johnson: Cacti, other Succulents and Unusual Xerophytes of Southern Arizona
October 30, 2005 Noon Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
October 7-9, 2005
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 25, 2005 2 pm Doug Dawson: Namibia 2003, Part Two
September 3, 2005 All Day 22nd Annual Huntington Botanical Gardens Succulent Symposium: Mexico and its Cacti
Morning, afternoon, and after-dinner talks. Luncheon is included.
Huntington plant sales and succulent greenhouse will be open.
Registration deadline August 29.
August 28, 2005 2 pm Leo Martin: The Horombe Plateau, Madagascar
CACSS heartthrob Dr. Leo Martin is a former CACSS Board Member and Past President, and former Director of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, where he was responsible for the Convention and oversaw publications. Come see what he saw on the 2004 CSSA Field Trip to Madagascar. The Horombe plateau features some of the strangest plants we grow, such as the palm Bismarckia nobilis and Pachypodium horombense.
August 5-10, 2005 All Day 31st Biennial Convention of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America in Scottsdale, Arizona
July 31, 2005 2 pm Judy Mielke: Landscaping with Succulents
Judy is currently Senior Landscape Architect with Logan Simpson Design, Tempe, and was previously with the Desert Botanical Garden.
July 2, 9, 16,
23, 30, 2005
6:30 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Ingrid’s house.
June 25, 2005 2 pm Cory Martin: The Sierra Pinacate in Sonora, Mexico
Corey is a horticulturist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
May 22, 2005 2 pm Guy Wrinkle: Botanizing in Madagascar
May 7, 2005 7 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Leo’s house.
Bring a folding chair. Water, iced tea, coffee, sugar, cream, dips and chips will be provided (regular as well as low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free.) Bring anything else you may desire.
April 9, 2005 7 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Leo’s house.
Bring a folding chair. Water, iced tea, coffee, sugar, cream, dips and chips will be provided (regular as well as low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free.) Bring anything else you may desire.
March 20, 2005 2 pm Leo Martin: Plants of the Itremo Mountain Range, Madagascar
The dreamy Dr. Leo Martin is a former CACSS Board Member and Past President, and former Director of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, where he was responsible for the Convention and oversaw publications. The Itremo range features some of the strangest plants we grow, such as Aloe itremensis, Euphorbia primulifolia and Pachypodium brevicaule.
March 18-20, 2005
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
March 9, 2005 7 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Leo’s house.
Bring a folding chair. Water, iced tea, coffee, sugar, cream, dips and chips will be provided (regular as well as low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free.) Bring anything else you may desire.
March 7, 2005 5 pm Memorial service for Patrick Quirk
Patrick was a long-time staff member of the Desert Botanical Garden.
February 27, 2005 2 pm Woody Minnich: Cacti of Brazil
February 2, 2005 7 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Leo’s house.
Bring a folding chair. Water, iced tea, coffee, sugar, cream, dips and chips will be provided (regular as well as low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free.) Bring anything else you may desire.
January 23, 2005 2 pm Kelly Griffin: Succulents of Southwest Africa
Kelly is at Rancho Soledad Nursery, San Diego.
January 5, 2005 7 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Leo’s house.
Bring a folding chair. Water, iced tea, coffee, sugar, cream, dips and chips will be provided (regular as well as low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free.) Bring anything else you may desire.
2004 Past Events and Programs
December 12, 2004 Noon Holiday Party; Elections – Webster Auditorium
December 4, 2004 4 pm Memorial service for CACSS Founding Member Henry Triesler, Jr., who passed away at his home Tuesday, November 23, 2004
November 21, 2004 7 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Leo’s house.
Bring a folding chair. Water, iced tea, coffee, sugar, cream, dips and chips will be provided (regular as well as low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free.) Bring anything else you may desire.
November 21, 2004 2 pm Greg Starr: New and Exotic Agaves from Oaxaca
Greg is proprietor of Starr Nursery, Tucson.
October 31, 2004 Noon Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
October 23, 2004 9 am Members-only tour of H. B. Wallace garden. Lunch at Cecilia’s follows the tour.
October 15-17, 2004
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 26, 2004 2 pm Leo Martin: The Valley of the Río Huaura in Lima Province, Perú
The irreplacable Dr. Martin is CACSS Board Member and Past President, as well as a current Director of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He visited Perú in June 2003 for the annual Succulent Symposium run by Dr. Carlos Ostolaza Nano at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Perú. Dr. Ostolaza is co-author of A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Perú, and Argentina. Following the talks the group of biologists and students journeyed on a University bus throughout the canyon of the Río Huaura studying geology, entomology, ethbiobotany and, of course, succulentology. See wonderful plants such as Cleistocactus, Espostoa, Haageocereus, Matucana, Mila, Matucana, and Peperomia.
September 13, 2004 7 pm 2005 CSSA Convention Planning Committee Meetings at Leo’s house.
Bring a folding chair. Water, iced tea, coffee, sugar, cream, dips and chips will be provided (regular as well as low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free.) Bring anything else you may desire.
September 5, 2004 All Day Meeting of the Board of Directors, Cactus and Succulent Society of America
The meeting will be at the Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, California. All CACSS members are welcome to attend. Please contact Leo to RSVP so we will have enough lunch for everybody.
September 4, 2004 All Day 21st Annual Huntington Botanical Gardens Succulent Symposium: Island Hopping: Madagascar and Socotra
Speakers: Joe Clements, Dylan Hannon, Gary James, Dan Mahr, Lee Miller.
Morning, afternoon, and after-dinner talks. Luncheon is included.
Huntington plant sales and succulent greenhouse will be open.
Registration deadline August 29.
August 29, 2004 2 pm Doug Dawson: CSSA Field Trip to Southwest Africa, Summer 2003
Our CACSS Board member traveled to Africa on a field trip sponsored by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Hiking from sunrise to sunset and camping for 4 weeks provided Doug an up-close perspective on many of the exotic succulent species we cherish in our plant collections.
July 25, 2004 2 pm Chris Monrad presents Saving Plants From The Bulldozer: Why And How
Chris is founder and co-chair of the Plant Rescue Committee of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society
July 1-3, 2004 All Day Annual Show and Sale of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America
Jacaranda Walk, Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, California.
Setup early Thursday July 1.
Show and Sale Friday, Saturday July 2-3 9 am – 5 pm.
CSSA Annual Meeting Friday July 2 at 5 pm
Admission to the Huntington is free on the first Thursday of each month.
The Huntington will be closed Sunday, July 4.
July 1-3, 2004 All Day Cactomaniac’s Rampage to Los Angeles and Visit to Lotusland
CACSS Members Only.
June 27, 2004 2 pm Brian Kemble: Cold-Tolerant Aloes
Brian is with the Institute for Aloe Studies, the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, Bay Area, California, and the University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley.
May 23, 2004 2 pm Show Awards
Kelly Griffin: Cacti and Succulents of Chile and Mexico

Kelly is employed by Rancho Soledad Nursery, San Diego.
April 17, 2004 All Day Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America
Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Indian Bend and Scottsdale Road.
Our upcoming August 2005 CSSA Convention in Scottsdale will be discussed. All CACSS members are welcome to attend.
April 16-18, 2004 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
March 28, 2004 2 pm Cactomaniac’s Rampage to Arizona Cactus Sales, 1619 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480-963-1061
Owned and operated by CACSS members Jim and Electra Elliott. Please car pool. Enormous variety of landscape and container cactus and succulents.
March 19-21, 2004
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 29, 2004 2 pm Scott McMahon: Conophytum in Arizona and Preparing Plants for Showing
Scott is CACSS Past President and Arborist at the Desert Botanical Garden.
February 22, 2004 11 am- 4 pm Cactomaniac’s Rampage to Rainbow Valley Nursery, Maricopa, Arizona.
See Peniocereus greggii in habitat! Visit their Web site for directions. Owned and operated by CACSS members.
January 25, 2004 2 pm Joe McAuliffe: Drought Impact on the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts
Dr. McAuliffe is Director of Research at the Desert Botanical Garden.
2003 Past Events and Programs
December 8, 2003 Noon Holiday Party; Elections – Webster Auditorium
November, 2003 2 pm Leo Martin: The June 2003 CSSA Convention in St Louis
Our favorite speaker, Dr. Martin is a CACSS Board member and Past President, as well as current Director of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, CSSA Publications Committee Chair and CSSA Convention Program Chair.
October 26, 2003 Noon Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
October 17-19, 2003
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 28, 2003 2 pm Duke Benadom: The Genus Echinocereus
Duke is President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and writes the column Serious Succulents for the Journal of the CSSA.
August 24, 2003 2 pm Doug Dawson: Cactus and Succulent Society of America May 2002 Field Trip to the Richtersveld and South Africa
July 27, 2003 2 pm Pete Petrie: Succulent Plants of Argentina
Pete is with the Boyce Thompson Arboretum
June 29, 2003 2 pm Gard Roper: Wonderful Agaves and How to Grow Them
CACSS member Gard is famous for his Agave collection.
May 18, 2003 2 pm Show Awards; Tour of DBG Propagating Greenhouses
April 11-13, 2003 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
March 30, 2003 2 pm John Trager: Photography of Cactus and Succulents
John is Curator of the Desert Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, and is a renowned photographer for many plant books and the CSSA Journal.
March 14-16, 2003
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
March 1, 2003 All Day Cactomaniac’s Rampage to Tucson Nurseries
February 23, 2003 2 pm Woody Minnich: How to Repot and Stage Succulents for Showing
January 26, 2003 2 pm Dylan Hannon: Socotra
Now with the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, Dylan was then with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens.
January 26, 2003 1 pm Fred Katterman: Twenty Years of Exploration in South America
Not a regular CACSS meeting; part of the DBG Lecture Series and open to the public.
2002 Past Events and Programs
December 8, 2002 Noon Holiday Party; Elections – Webster Auditorium
November 17, 2002 2 pm Woody Minnich: New Turbinicarpus from Mexico
October 27, 2002 Noon Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
October 18-20, 2002
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 29, 2002 2 pm Anthon Ellert: Euphorbias of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
September 10, 2002 Noon DBG Brown Bag Lunch Series: Ian Oliver, Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, South Africa
August 25, 2002 2 pm Doug Dawson: May 2002 CSSA Field Trip to Namibia
August 3-5, 2002 All Day Cactomaniac’s Rampage to San Diego Nurseries
July 28, 2002 2 pm Scott McMahon: Growing and Showing Euphorbias
June 30, 2002 2 pm Jim Elliott: Plants of Baja
Jim and lovely wife Electra are proprietors of Arizona Cactus Sales in Chandler, Arizona.
May 19, 2002 2 pm Annual Show Awards; Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
April 20, 2002 9-Noon Members-only tour of H. B. Wallace garden.
April 8-12, 2002 All Day Meeting of the International Organisation for Succulent Plant Studies (IOS) at the Desert Botanical Garden. Open to members of the IOS only.
April 5-7, 2002 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
March 24, 2002 2 pm Leo Martin: Cycads and Succulents of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico
CACSS President and Maximum Lider Dr. Leo Martin shows us amazing plants in habitat.
March 15-17, 2002
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 24, 2002 2 pm César Mazier: Searching Australia For Plants To Grow Here
At the time, César was Director of Horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden. He now is owner of César Mazier Landscaping & Consulting, Inc.
January 20, 2002 2 pm Ken Schutz: Habitats in Kenya and Future Plans for the DBG
Ken is the newly-named Director of the Desert Botanical Garden.
2001 Past Events and Programs
December 9, 2001 Noon Holiday Party; Elections – Webster Auditorium
November 18, 2001 2 pm Woody Minnich: Mammillaria in Mexico
November 3, 2001 All Day Cactomaniac’s Rampage to Tucson Nurseries
October 28, 2001 Noon Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
October 19-21, 2001
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 30, 2001 2 pm Mark Kiah: Cycads for Arizona
August 26, 2001 2 pm Patrick Quirk: Learning to Be a Better Gardener Through Field Observations
The late Patrick Quirk was Director of Cactus Horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden.
July 29, 2001 2 pm Wendy Hodgson: Surveying the Plants Along the Arizona Trail
Wendy is Curator of the Herbarium at the Desert Botanical Garden.
July 14, 2001 2 pm SPECIAL SATURDAY MEETING! Tony and Suzanne Mace of the Cactus Mall and Mesemb Study Group: Succulent Regions of Southern Africa and Desmond Cole’s Greenhouses
June 24, 2001 2 pm Kathy Rice: Seed Banking and Conservation
Kathy was at the time Seed Curator of the Desert Botanical Garden.
May 20, 2001 2 pm Annual Show Awards; Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
April 6-8, 2001 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
April 1, 2001 2 pm Erik Anderson: Three Months In South Africa
The late Erik Anderson was our beloved librarian and long-time CACSS member. He spoke to us on his travels around Africa and Madagascar following the 1994 meeting of the IOS.
March 2001
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 25, 2001 2 pm James Pickering: Growing Cacti in Small Spaces
James spoke on Discocactus and Micranthocereus, two genera which can easily be flowered in 3.25 inch containers on the windowsill. He formerly operated the vanished Web site Brazilian Cacti in Cultivation.
January 21, 2001 2 pm Brian Kemble: Terrestrial Bromeliads
Brian is with the Institute for Aloe Studies, the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, Bay Area, California, and the University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley.
2000 Past Events and Programs
December 10, 2000 Noon Holiday Party; Elections – Webster Auditorium
November, 2000 2 pm Woody Minnich
October 29, 2000 Noon Silent Auction of Member’s Plants
October 13-15, 2000
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
September 24, 2000 2 pm We Can’t Remember But Are Trying To Find Out
August 27, 2000 2 pm Gary and Mary Irish: Agaves and Yuccas
Gary and Mary Irish had just published their now-classic book, still required reading for all succulentophiles, Agaves and Yuccas.
July 30, 2000 2 pm We CKent Newland: Xeriscaping with Cacti and Succulents
June 25, 2000 2 pm Ted Anderson
May 21, 2000 2 pm Alan Butler: Succulents of Saudi Arabia
April 28-30, 2000 All Day CACSS Annual Show and Sale
Open to the public Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesday: Setup 8 am – Noon; Plant Check-In Noon – 7 pm. Not open to the public.
Thursday: Judging, Vendor Setup. Not open to the public. Judging closed to all but Judges, Clerks and Show Chair.
March 26, 2000 2 pm Wallace Gardens Tour
March 17-19, 2000
Friday: Members Only
Sat-Sun open to all
7am-5pm Friday
7am-5pm Saturday
9am-5pm Sunday
CACSS Members volunteer at Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
DBG Members receive a 10% discount on most plant purchases. There is no admission charge for the sale.
February 26, 2000 2 pm Steve and Rowena Southwell: Plant Propagation
January 30, 2000 2 pm Ted Anderson: The Puzzle of Plant Classification