2019 Holiday Party

Holiday 2019
Members are welcome to attend the End of Year Holiday Party on December 12th. There will be no meeting in November.

HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 12!
No meeting in November

Thursday, December 12 at 6pm
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 S State College Blvd, Anaheim

Catered dinner buffet with potluck sides and desserts.

Activities
2020 Board Installations
Volunteer Recognition

LIVE AUCTION
You can put up to 3 plants in the Live Auction. They MUST be healthy, fully rooted, and pest and disease free. You will receive 90% of the auction price. Please come at 5:30pm if you are bringing Auction Plants. Come prepared to bid on some great plants!

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October 24, 2019 Meeting – Woody Minnich

When?
October 24, 2019
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

About The Speaker: Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich

Woody Minnich
Woody, as he is commonly known, grew up in the Mojave Desert and has had an attraction to desert plants and animals since the early 1950’s. He has been involved with the cactus and succulent world as a grower, field explorer, club and organization leader, writer, photographer, lecturer and presenter.

Having been a speaker all over the world, Woody is most often associated with giving presentations on his field work from the places he has traveled, such as: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Socotra, South Africa, the United States and Yemen. He is also recognized for having operated the nursery Cactus Data Plants since 1975. Woody’s show quality plants are often considered one of the standards for staging and horticultural achievement. His favorite genera include: Adenium, Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Copiapoa, Cyphostemma, Fouquieria, Gymnocalycium, Lithops, Mammillaria, Melocactus, Pachypodium, Turbinicarpus, Uebelmannia, and Pachycauls in general.

He has published numerous articles and reviews in various journals (CSSA) and his photography is featured in many books including; “The Copiapoa” by Schulz, “The Mammillaria Handbook” by Pilbeam, “The Cactus Lexicon” By Hunt and Charles, as well as many others. As of November 2017, he is featured as the primary photographer in the new book “The Xerophile.” This book specializes in what the authors call, The Obsessed Field workers from around the world. He is also featured in electronic articles about conservation from “MNN Mother Nature Network” and “The Guardian Newspaper.”

Woody and his wife, Kathy, live in Cedar Grove, New Mexico. He is a retired secondary school teacher of 32 years where he taught Graphics, Art and Architecture. In the cactus and succulent hobby, Woody is recognized for his high energy and creative spirit. As an educator, he has become an important part of the hobby and thus is an honorary life member of eleven C&S societies. With 49 years in the hobby and 64 years in the field, he has many experiences to share and numerous photos to show.

Program Topic – 20 Years in the Atacama, Land of the Copiapoas

Similar to the coast of Namibia, the coastal and inland regions of northern Chile, known as the Atacama, is mainly watered by amazing fogs, “the Camanchacas.” These fog-fed regions, in two of the driest deserts in the world, have some of the most interesting cactus and succulents to be found anywhere. The Atacama of northern Chile has an endemic genus considered by many to be one of the most dramatic to have ever evolved, the Copiapoa. This ancient genus is also believed to be tens of thousands of years old, and there are those who feel it might well be on its way out! The ocean currents that affect the coastal Atacama have changed considerably over the last hundreds of years, and now its only source of moisture is primarily from consistent dense fogs. Some of these areas rarely, if ever, get rain and the plants that have evolved there live almost entirely off the heavy condensation from the Camanchaca.

There are many different Copiapoa species ranging from small quarter sized subterranean geophytes to giant 1,000-year-old, 300-head mounding clusters. Thanks to Rudolf Shultz’s excellent field work and his two comprehensive Copiapoa books, we have all been introduced to these amazing plants. Having worked with Rudolf in Chile, I can honestly say that the genus Copiapoa is without comparison! Now, having visited Chile numerous times over the last 20+ years, I have become familiar with most all of the representatives of this genus. With this presentation, I hope to taxonomically introduce you to most of the Copiapoa species as well as show their relationships and synonyms. Along with the Copiapoa, we will also encounter many other genera including the Neochilenias, Neoporterias, Eriosyce, Eulychnias, Trichocereus, as well as many of the other Chilean succulents. Chile also offers some of the best lunar landscapes, geologic formations, and spectacular beaches to be found in all of South America.

This last August 2018, I had the pleasure of leading a group of 20 crazy cactophiles in seven four-wheel drive trucks. Our objectives were to see most of the fantastic plants and spectacular scenery that are to be found in this the land of the Camanchaca. Most of our group were very young adults (25-35yrs), and they all wanted to see and know how us old timers (Rudolf, Woody, Ritter and Charles) used to do our explorations to the wild and seldom seen places of Chile. Not only did we take them on very bad roads, the kind of dusty, dirty two tracks we used to have to maneuver, we also had them camp out in the middle of nowhere with the scorpions. No restaurants, no showers, no beds, and no bar! These camp-outs were exceptional as we could often see, without light pollution, the Southern Cross and the Magellanic Lights until the Camanchaca fog slowly blanketed our campfire discussions. What an incredible trip it was! The energy of the young people and my memories of the last 20+ years in Chile made this an epic adventure, one I will never forget! Join me at the meeting, and hopefully you’ll share our exhilarating experience and the overall magic of this wonderful arid region, the Atacama.

Meeting Information

Mammillaria, Caudiciforms are the mini show plants

When?
October 24, 2019
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Refreshments will be available.


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Sept 26, 2019 Meeting – Al Klein

About The Speaker: Al Klein


Al’s interest in the natural world started in his childhood. Growing up in Chicago he would make regular visits to Field Museum of Natural History,and read books on the natural sciences. His favorite hobbies were growing exotic plants like cacti, and collecting fossils, minerals, and insects.

After moving to California at the age of 17 he found his passion in plants. He was amazed at the diversity and beauty of the flora of California. He was employed by South Shores Nursery in San Clemente California while attending California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He received his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture with emphasis in landscape design and retail nursery management.


After graduation he was hired by Rodgers Gardens in Corona Del Mar, California. Within a year he was promoted to Nursery Manager. Soon Al had the opportunity to start a new business. He was asked to help open a nursery-gift shop in Escondido California, called Canterbury Gardens and Gifts. Soon after he was asked to be a partner in the business. Al recently retired from Canterbury Gardens after 35 years of service. Consequently Al is now running his nursery business, Botanic Wonders full time, his true passion! Botanic Wonders specializes in growing and selling of rare and exotic plants, including cycads, and rare succulents.

Program Topic – Succulent Bonsai

Meeting Information

Gasteria, Copiapoa are the mini show plants.

Gasteria is a genus of succulent plants in the family Asphodelaceae, native to South Africa (and the far south-west corner of Namibia).

Gasterias are recognizable from their thick, hard, succulent “tongue-shaped” leaves. Their inflorescence is also unique, with their curved, stomach-shaped flowers, which hang from inclined racemes. The name of the genus derived from the Latin word for “stomach” and refers to the shape of the flower.

Copiapoa is a genus of flowering plants in the cactus family Cactaceaea, from the dry coastal deserts, particularly the Atacama Desert, of northern Chile. It comprises 32 morphologically defined species and 5 heterotypic subspecies. These species vary in form from spherical to slightly columnar and in color from a brownish to blue-green body. They have warty ribs and spiny areoles, and they usually produce tubular yellow flowers which grow from woolly crowns in summer.

When?
September 26, 2019
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Refreshments will be available.


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Aug 22, 2019 Meeting – Rob Roy MacGregor

About The Speaker: Rob Roy MacGregor

Rob Roy MacGregorI started collecting plants about 20 years ago. At first it was collecting from the local nursery in San Felipe in Baja Norte California so I could plant them around a friend’s property in Puertecitos Baja California. Then 15 years ago I bought my home in Riverside and proceeded to remove the grass in my ½ acre backyard and install rocks and cacti. The front yard soon followed, receiving an aloe and rock remodel. After those first couple of years I began to meet people that would change my whole outlook on cacti and succulent plants. It was at this time I ran into a person whom I would later call my mentor. He took the time to instill in me the drive to learn correct terminology and spelling of plants.

He also taught me to take a more scientific approach of gathering information. It was this approach that I call “playing with my plants” which gave me the willingness to do what I have done to plants, in the name of further education.

Program Information

Rob Roy MacGregor
The program I will be presenting is filled with graphic and violent behaviors. The plants used in my demonstrations will recover from being bisected, decapitated, and hot nailed. The concept of this presentation is to demonstrate the resilience of the succulent plants we all grow and to encourage people to play with their plants.

Meeting Information

Sansevieria, Stenocactus (Echinofossulocactus) are the mini show plants.

Sansevieria is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, native to Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia. Common names include mother-in-law’s tongue, devil’s tongue, bow string hemp, snake plant and snake tongue. There is great variation within the genus, and species range from succulent desert plants such as Sansevieria pinguicula to thinner leafed tropical plants such as Sansevieria trifasciata. Plants often form dense clumps from a spreading rhizome or stolons.

Stenocactus (Echinofossulocactus) This genus in the family Cactaceae is native to the Chihuahuan desert in Mexico. The plants are globose and remain relatively small making them very manageable in pots. Additionally, they grow easily and flower readily – often one of the first in a cactus collection to flower in the spring. In addition to their ball-shape, most species in this genus have unique fin-like ribs that are very numerous. Individual plants can vary considerably within a species and this makes identification in this genus notoriously difficult. Due to a long and convoluted nomenclatural history, the genus is often still grown and traded among collectors under the genus name Echinofossulocactus.

When?
August 22, 2019
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Refreshments will be available.


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2019 Summer Sale and Show

Come to our Summer Sale and Show, featuring many extraordinary, beautiful plants to view! Open to the Public!

Friday, July 26 from Noon-9pm
Saturday, July 27 from 9am-7pm

Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 S State College Blvd, Anaheim

Our show will have over 20 Cactus and Succulent vendors offering thousands of rare and unusual plants, and artisans with a variety of quality pottery, well suited for cactus and succulents. There will also be knowledgeable experts on hand to answer questions.

Please click here for more information

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June 27, 2019 Meeting – Jeremy Spath

About The Speaker: Jeremy Spath

Jeremy started his plant career at the San Diego Botanical Garden, where a few of his original gardens are still on display. After several years working at the gardens, he moved on to start his landscape contracting business, Water’s Path. Additionally, he worked as the curator for Rancho Soledad Nursery in Rancho Santa Fe. Jeremy continues work in landscape design & build and has also begun his own nursery & tissue culture lab, Hidden Agave, in North San Diego County. When not designing and installing gardens he is hybridizing and creating new plants as well as traveling around the world to research the plants he loves- as he believes, nature is the best landscaper.

Meeting Information

Frailea, Echeveria are the mini show plants.

When?
June 27, 2019
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Refreshments will be available.


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May 23 – Kelly Griffin

Social time at 7
Meeting at 7:30

Topic TBA

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2019 OCCSS Garden Tour

Open to Current Members Only

Saturday, May 11 from 9am-2:45pm

Pre-registration Required
Sign Up at the April OCCSS Meeting

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April 25, 2019 Meeting – Dylan Hannon

About The Speaker: Dylan Hannon

Dylan began his lifelong interest in aroids by perusing pages in Exotica at about age 12. A few years later he met Mr. Lance Birk of Santa Barbara, CA, who at that time had a pair of Amorphophallus titanum he had collected in Sumatra. In addition to these Lance had also collected A. albispathus and A. haematospadix in Thailand, which are still in Dylan’s collection today. At about the same time he met Dick Shelton and David Leedy, both of whom encouraged him to join the IAS, which he did in 1978. Dylan’s first published article was in the IAS Newsletter of that year on propagating A. albispathus from leaflets. Since those early days he has maintained a strong interest in growing and learning about aroids and associating with like-minded people.

Dylan 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. The work with Tom was mainly focused on a revision of Anthurium Sect. Pachyneurium. Dylan spent nine years at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden as Plant Propagator and has been Curator of Conservatory and Tropical Collections at The Huntington since 2003. In between these posts Dylan worked in the wholesale cactus business and for consulting firms as a field botanist. Currently he maintains a large collection of mainly geophytic plants and keeps busy with a developing mail order business, writing, photography and lectures.

Meeting Information

Dylan’s presentation will be a brief natural history tour of Socotra
Emphasis is on plant life, especially succulents. We will visit different places all over the island, including some that are seldom accessed. A few shots of mainland Yemen provide an introduction. Highlights: pachycaul adeniums, cucumber trees, dragon trees, an endemic pomegranate and colorful stapeliads.

Ferocactus, Kalanchoe are the mini show plants.

When?
April 25, 2019
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Refreshments will be available.


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2019 Spring Sale and Show

Come to our Spring Sale and Show, featuring many extraordinary, beautiful plants to view! Open to the Public!

Thursday, March 21 from 6pm-9pm
Friday, March 22 from 9am-7pm
Saturday, March 23 from 9am-5pm

Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 S State College Blvd, Anaheim

Our show will have over 20 Cactus and Succulent vendors offering
thousands of rare and unusual plants, and artisans with a variety of quality pottery, well suited for cactus and succulents. There will also be knowledgeable experts on hand to answer questions.

Please click here for more information

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