Meeting Location: Dorrance Hall at the Desert Botanical Garden
Meeting Time: 2:00 p.m.

There will be no silent auction or refreshments at this meeting

The monthly meetings will include:

  • Announcements of upcoming meetings and events        .
  • Club news
  • 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.

Cliff Fielding

Cliff has been growing the mesembs for 25 years in Phoenix and is an expert on all the ways to kill these plants. Surprisingly, this has led to a simple strategy to keep them alive that anyone can learn.  He has been to the habitat where they grow several times and has visited countless avid growers in Arizona, New Mexico and California. He will be sharing cultivation tips from top growers and photos of many of these plants in habitat and in private collections.   There will be a few plants for sale and many free plants for audience members that can answer questions that will have no wrong answers.

Raising Stones In The Desert

No, “Raising Stones in the Desert” will not be a discussion on using the metaphysical energy found at the Vortexes in Sedona to lift stones. The September 12th program will instead focus on the mimicry plants of southern Africa and the best ways to grow these most interesting and delightful plants. Many find it challenging to keep them alive for extended periods.  Shocking, secret information will be shared to help you to never kill one of these plants again! Top growers will share their inside information on their winning strategies to grow show winners. Everyone will leave with three easy ways to be a successful Mesembryanthemum cultivator.