About The Speaker: Wendell S. (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 were 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 and Pachycauls in general.
He has published numerous articles in various journals 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 this
last 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.
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 ten C&S societies. With 45 years in the hobby and 64
years in the field, he has many experiences to share and numerous photos to show.
Woody’s topic will be The Secrets of Growing Quality Cacti and Succulents.
Astrophytum, Pachypodium are the mini show plants.
October 25, 2018
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Refreshments will be available.