Meeting Location: DBG – Dorrance Hall
Meeting Time: 2:00 p.m.

The monthly meetings will include:

  • Announcements of upcoming meetings and events
  • Club news
  • a Silent Plant Auction
  • a monthly presentation

Members frequently bring in cuttings to share on the free plant table.

We meet at 2:00 pm the last Sunday of most months at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona. The general meeting begins at 2 pm but you can come early to socialize and peruse the Silent Auction plants. Here is a map of the Garden.

Our Board meets monthly to discuss CACSS business; all members are welcome to attend Board meetings.

Kelly Griffin

As a function of his work at Altman plants, Kelly is charged with finding and creating new and different plants. His hybrid aloes and agaves are well known in the industry and are collected by enthusiasts.

Kelly is a manager of Succulent Plant Development for Altman Plants, the largest producer of succulent plants in the country. His inclination has been towards Agaves, Aloes, Echeverias and Dudleyas but there are many more plants that have garnered his attention. As part of his life’s work, he has introduced many succulents and created many cultivars that have been nudging their way into gardens and patios.

Although his study focus in college was physics, the love of plants continued to steer him towards horticulture as a career. He has travelled extensively worldwide documenting plants and collecting seed and pollen for propagation and hybridization.

Chile, Copiapoa land – in a very good year!

In November of 2017, We traveled to Chile again for a revisit to some wonderful cactus habitats. This trip included as many cactus as I could pack into a modest trip. We saw many Copiapoas, Eriosyce, Eulychnias and Neochileanias ( an old but justifiable name) November is spring time in the way southern hemisphere so we were also treated to a number of blooming bulbs and other plants like Calandrinias (Cistanthe)

This was an incredibly beautiful and special trip as the northern part of Chile had gotten some very good rain earlier in the year and was not nearly as parched as it can be. As a side note, I traveled again to Chile this past August but the land was much drier of course that is mid winter there.

We also visited some small Islands off the coast to see both plants and animals including whales and penguins. We took a short detour to the infamous San Jose mine where 33 people were trapped half a mile underground in a mine collapse. This was a story with a very happy ending as all 33 survived the unbelievable two month ordeal. I look forward to sharing this program with the Arizona club!