February 28th Meeting – ‘Tough Haworthias and Tender Bulbines: To Melt or Not To Melt?’ by Steven Hammer

When?
February 28th, 2024 Wednesday
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Location: Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Visitors welcome!  Light refreshments will be served.

Steven Hammer has been admiring plant life since he fell in love with a half-hidden scarlet canna at the age of 3. It was passionate and mutual. In 1961, at the age of 10, he moved on to Lithops, Mammillarias and Haworthias; one hopes Miss Canna found more suitable suitors.

In 1978 Steven began to hybridize Conophytums, and for some still-unexplained reason also began writing about succulents instead of composing the Harlequin novels for which he was plainly destined. He’s still at it! In his spare time, he runs the Sphaeroid Institute along with his co-waterer and collaborator Oakes Austin.

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Monthly Meeting – Kelly Griffin – Namibia

Kelly Griffin will be giving a presentation on his recent travels.

 

An adventure to Namibia…….
My talk will center on my most recent long trip to South Africa and Namibia. In May of this year, I traveled with Tom Knapik and Joey Betzler to Cape Town and then made a giant loop from southern RSA up to the Brandberg in Namibia and then back to Cape Town.  That is a distance of nearly 1000 miles if you drove direct.  We did not do that.  We covered some 4500 kilometers.  Although this is a travel log, I hope to impart some helpful info regarding the cultivation of the plants from these areas.  We also had the opportunity to visit some special people on our way to special plants.  We found some truly magnificent things including Welwitschias, Aloes, Lithops, Pachypodiums and everything in between.  I look forward to sharing this with you all. –Kelly Griffin

 

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June 28th Meeting – ‘Dudleyas: Our Native Succulents’ by Dean Karras

Our meetings are now on Wednesdays

When?
June 28th, 2023 WEDNESDAY
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Meeting Information

‘Dudleyas: Our Native Succulents’ by Dean Karras

Dudleya is a genus of soft succulents that had often been overlooked until a recent explosion of interest in them by succulent collectors and native plant enthusiasts alike. Southern California is their center of geographic distribution and a hot spot of their diversity. However, Dudleya occur as far south as the tip of the Baja Peninsula, as far north as Oregon, and as far east as the Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert regions of Nevada and Arizona respectively. In this program, Dean will share his field observations of a variety of different species both south of the border and in several US states occupying biomes as diverse as coastal chaparral, low desert, and high elevation pine and oak forest woodlands.

Dean Karras began collecting and growing cacti from seed as a hobby in 2008. He has been a member of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society since 2017, where he now serves as Vice President, and a member of the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society since 2019, where he now serves on the Board of Directors. Some of his favorite succulent genera are: aloe, agave, Dudleya, Trichocereus, Echinocereus, Astrophytum, and Ferocactus. Dean is also partial to mesembs, caudiciforms, and xeric bromeliads. His passion for plants extends far beyond succulents to include organic gardening & permaculture practices, natives, edibles, and ethnobotanically significant plants. He realized his long-standing dream of owning his own nursery to serve the local community when he opened Gnosis Nursery in July of 2020, which he now runs full-time. When not busy propagating and selling plants, Dean can be found exploring and photographing the desert southwest and Baja, Mexico.

Let’s be sure to give our guest a warm welcome!

Mini-show plants

May Cactus:  Parodia/Notocactus

Succulent: Agave

Please participate in the mini show by bringing in two to four plants for judging.

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May 24th Meeting – ‘Epiphytic Cacti: Select Species, Propagation, and Cultivation’ by Dylan Hannon

Our meetings are now on Wednesdays

When?
May 24, 2023 WEDNESDAY
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Meeting Information

‘Epiphytic Cacti: Select Species, Propagation, and Cultivation’ by Dylan Hannon

We look forward to a fun, informative, and interactive meeting. This presentation will be part slide presentation and part demonstration. Dylan will focus on the history and diversity among the genera Epiphyllum, Schlumbergera, and Strophocactus, with photos of some of the standouts and information on their cultivation. Some stem cuttings will be distributed. If you grow epiphytic cacti, we encourage you to bring in cuttings to share.

Mini-show plants

May Cactus: Turbinicarpus/Thelocactus/Stenocactus

Succulent: Caudiciform Euphorbia

Please participate in the mini show by bringing in two to four plants for judging.

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April Meeting – Guest speaker Russell Wagner

Our meetings are now on Wednesdays

When?
April 26, 2023 WEDNESDAY
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Meeting Information

Guest Speaker Russell Wagner – Canary Islands – Flora in the Extremes

Across these seven Spanish islands off the Moroccan coast, volcanoes have shaped a mountainous landscape in a mild Mediterranean climate that has led to the development of a unique succulent. In fact, every island features its own endemics and many species are restricted to just two or three islands in the archipelago.

From east to west the islands go from nearly barren moonscapes (Fuerteventura, Lanzarote) to lush laurel forests (La Gomera, La Palma), and the islands catch moisture on their north sides, and tend toward dryness in their leeward souths. Combine dramatic changes in elevation, up rocky hillsides, through pine forests and the marine layer, and you’ve got a recipe for hyper speciation. In short, it’s a botanical paradise. It’s also a tourist destination, with Gran Canaria attracting European snowbirds to its vast warm beaches. But how many notice the Dragon Trees?!

Russell lived in Spain while editing Cactus and Succulent Journal and made two excursions to the islands in 2009/10, to hike in Tenerife, Grand Canaria, and La Palma. In 2018 he returned to experience four days in Fuerteventura, a large, volcanic island of extraordinary beauty in the dry eastern end of the archipelago, and returned a few months later to La Gomera, a round green island resplendent with succulent plant life, as well as relict laurel forests, quaint villages, and excellent food. Rarely visited, and sparsely populated, but with excellent roads and well-marked trails, La Gomera is paradise for succulent-lovers and solitude seekers.

Mini-show plants

April Cactus: Rebutia/Sulcorebutia, Succulent: Tylecodon/Cotyledon                           Show-and-Tell table: Bring in a few plants from the Canary Islands

Please participate in the mini show by bringing in two to four plants for judging.

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February Meeting – Guest speaker Kelly Griffin

Our meetings are now on Wednesdays

When?
February 22, 2023 WEDNESDAY
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Meeting Information

Guest Speaker Kelly Griffin “Plant Exploration and Plant Creation”

“Plant Exploration and Plant Creation….”  Kelly will share with us his work at Altman Specialty Plants as the Plant Development Manager. His work includes hybridization and propagation utilizing state of the art propagation methods. He will introduce us to their tissue culture lab and procedures. As always, Kelly’s presentations are very enjoyable with superb photos and loads of information. He will bring in some of his creations for us so be sure to be there!

Kelly is a succulent plant hybridizer, propagator and avid plant explorer.  Like many of us, his interest in plants and particular succulent plants, started at a fairly young age. Since his early exposure, Kelly has traveled to 20+ countries searching for plants, visiting Madagascar 5 times, South Africa 5 times and Mexico 25 plus times to name a few. He worked as the Curator of Succulents at Rancho Soledad Nursery for 11 years and for the past 10 years he has been working for Altman’s Plants as Succulent Plant Development Manager.He has become well known for his hybridizing and is responsible for over 100 succulent hybrids now in the trade, including Aloes, Agaves and Echeverias. His specialty that he is well known for are his Aloe hybrids that are 30 years in the making (Pink Blush, Delta lights, Christmas Sleigh and Coral Fire etc) and some Agave hybrids and selections too (Blue Glow, Snow Glow, Cubic, Black and Blue, Dragon toes, Spawn, and Crème Brûlée to name just a few). He is also responsible for obtaining seed from many interesting species and propagating the seed for all to enjoy in cultivation.Kelly has been a member of the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society since 1992.  He has been on the board of Directors for the SDCSS for as he says;  “way too long” He has served 4 years as SDCSS President and 2 years as Vice-President.  He was very honored to have been named a Fellow of the San Diego Society.  He currently serves as a director on the board of the National Cactus and Succulent Society of America. (CSSA)

Mini-show plants

Monstrose cactus and monstrose succulents are the mini show plants.

Please participate in the mini show by bringing in two to four plants for judging.

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January Meeting – Guest speaker Dylan Hannon – The Genus Othonna

Our meetings are now on Wednesdays

When?
January 18, 2023 WEDNESDAY
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Guest speaker Dylan Hannon

We are pleased to have Dylan Hannon as our speaker this month. He will introduce us to  the genus Othonna. Many are enjoyed by cactus and succulent collectors because of their fat stems, peeling bark, and bright flowers. Being winter growers, they are currently in full growth and flowering.

Dylan was raised in Southern California, where he developed an early interest in a wide range of plant groups. Both his mother and grandmother helped nurture an avid appreciation of plants. He has worked for over 25 years in the botanical garden field, starting as a research assistant to Dr. Thomas B. Croat at Missouri Botanical Garden, working on the taxonomy of Araceae (aroids). He spent nine years as Plant Propagator at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA, and has been Curator of Conservatory Collections at The Huntington Botanical Gardens since 2003. In between these posts Dylan worked in the wholesale cactus industry and for consulting firms as a field botanist in the San Diego area. His main interest is the propagation and distribution of cultivated plants, particularly material of known wild origin. These themes run through Dylan’s writing, lectures and plant collecting. He is blessed to have his supportive wife Antoinette by his side.

Meeting Information

Mammillaria and Haworthia are the mini show plants.

Please participate in the mini show by bringing in two to four plants for judging.

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