The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society

An Affiliate of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America

The public is welcome to attend our Meetings, Silent Plant Auctions, and the Annual Show and Sale.

All meetings include:
– A brief business meeting;
– Club news
– Q&A on how to grow plants
– Announcements of upcoming meetings and events
– That month’s program
– and, a Silent Plant Auction!

Members frequently bring in cuttings to share.

We meet at 2 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.
Meetings and the Annual April Show & Sale are usually held in Dorrance Hall. The October Silent Auction is usually held in the Wildflower Pavilion.

Refer to our Web site or contact us for last-minute changes.

This page shows events for the current year, 2017. An archive of our meetings going back through 2000 is here.


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February Monthly Program

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Irwin Lightstone:  Photographing the Plants You Love

Whether it’s by smartphone, state of the art digital camera, or anything in between, we all take pictures of the plants we love.  Without getting bogged down in technical detail, Irwin presents a few simple steps to help you take your photography to the next level.  Join us for an afternoon of cactus and succulent photography.  You may never look at your plants the same way again.

After 29 years practicing trial law, Irwin Lightstone closed his law firm to concentrate on his photography. Irwin is president of the North Texas Cactus and Succulent Society, past president of the Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies, and a vice president of the Fort Worth cactus and Succulent Society. He has given photography seminars throughout the country. Additionally, he led programs sponsored by the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Arboretum, the International Photography Hall of Fame, The Huntington, and the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Irwin’s photography has won numerous awards and is often featured in the Cactus and Succulent Journal. He published Succulent Abstracts and Absurdities in Black and White. Presently, he is working with Steven Hammer on the new mesemb book.

Irwin lives in Dallas with his wife (Robin), one cat, two cars and several thousand plants.



February 25
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Dorrance Hall, Desert Botanical Garden