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October 19 Meeting – Ed Read, Collection Care 101

Don’t forget, our meeting is a week early this month!
Social Time at 7pm, meeting starts at 7:30.

Edward Read is our speaker this month.

“What’s going on with my plant?” is a question that I am asked quite often. I love this kind of detective work so I was happy when it was requested that I speak on cultural practices and pest management. I look forward sharing with you several of the things that we cactus and succulent collectors must know and consider to keep our collections healthy and beautiful. We will re-view and identify the causes of several of the symptoms that our plants can exhibit. For example, we will go over how to find, identify, and manage common pests and the tools needed to do so. A few of the cultural practices that we will discuss are buying plants, potting media, containers, watering, temperature and evaporation, light, dormancy, and safety. I will be happy to hear your questions and do my best to help you find answers.

Ed and his wife and son live in Fullerton. The first plant he bought was an Aeonium that he purchased for his mother when he was in the second grade; he still grows that plant today. In high school he amassed a large collection of carnivorous plants and began propagating them via tissue culture. His drive to study these plants led him to study Biology and to travel the Americas. After graduating, Ed worked in the Brazilian Amazon and Canadian Boreal Forest as a research associate for UCI. He currently works at CSUF managing the Biology Greenhouse Complex. He oversees plant research and curates the teaching collection of over 4000 specimens. Ed specializes in the genus Pinguicula and published a new species this year. He is currently researching the Corpse Flower and the Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal trees.

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Sept 28 Meeting- Woody Minnich – Mexico, The Hidden Treasures of Coahuila

Social time 7:00 pm

Meeting starts at 7:30

Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich 2015
​Woody, as he is commonly called, has been in the cactus hobby for some 45 years and has become well known for his participation in many of the cactus and succulent clubs. He is an honorary life member of nine clubs as well as a life member and Friend of the CSSA (Cactus & Succulent Society of America.) He has served in almost all positions of leadership from president, to newsletter editor, to show chairman and so on. He is also known for his extensive field work studying primarily the cactus family. He has traveled throughout Africa, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Socotra, the United States and Yemen. From these trips and his nursery experience, he has developed an extensive knowledge of the cactus family as well as many of the other succulent genera.
Woody is also known for his many presentations. His photography is considered to be special and his commentary very entertaining and educational. He is a recognized international speaker and has spoken for plant conventions – organizations all over the USA, as well as in England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Woody has also authored a number of articles for various newsletters, the CSSA journal and his photographs are well published. Woody is the creator-originator of the first color version of the CSSA journal “Cacti and Succulents for the Amateur” that also featured show plants, shows and the growers of the pictured plants.
He is also known for his cactus and succulent nursery, Cactus Data Plants. CDP was started in 1975 and is still in operation today. Cactus Data Plants specializes in show specimens and rare cacti and other succulents with particular emphasis in Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Mammillaria, Gymnocalycium, Turbinicarpus, Melocactus, Copiapoa, Fouquieria, Pachypodium, Euphorbia, Cyphostemma, Adenium and Adenia. ​
Woody and his wife Kathy live in the beautiful mountains south of Santa Fe New Mexico, in a region called Cedar Grove. He has a small 1,200 sq, ft. greenhouse and a few cold frames where he grows his unique plants. He is always on the move and travels frequently to do presentations and shows throughout the western United States. Woody is the proud parent of three children, Leah, Denver and Sarah, all of whom are now grown and out in the big world. Woody is also the proud grandparent of three grandsons, Indiana, Ashton and Logan. He is a retired high school teacher of 32 years where he taught Graphic Arts, Architecture, Art and Health.

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August 24 Meeting ERNESTO SANDOVAL

Mr. Sandoval will give a talk on Plant Hormones.

Snacks and social time at 7. Meeting starts at 7:30.

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July 20-22 Summer Sale and Exhibit

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June 22 – Kelly Griffin

Kelly Griffin

As a function of his work at Altman plants, Kelly Griffin is charged with finding and creating new and different plants. Some of Kelly’s hybrid aloes and agaves are well known in the industry and are collected by enthusiasts.

Kelly is a manager of Succulent Plant Development for Altman Plants, the largest producer of succulent plants in the country. His inclination has been towards Agaves, Aloes and Echeverias, but there are many more plants that have garnered his attention. As part of his life’s work, he has introduced many succulents and created many cultivars that have been nudging their way into gardens and patios.

Although Kelly’s area of study in college was physics, his love of plants continued to steer him towards horticulture as a career. He has travelled extensively worldwide documenting plants and collecting seed and pollen for propagation and hybridization.

Agaves at home in habitat….as in Mexico!

He will present some of the strange, beautiful and wonderful Agaves and associated flora that he has had the good fortune to see in his travels, sharing his passion to observe plants in the wild in order to understand how they grow, and under what conditions. He will share insights into the plants and habitats that are not well known. Included will be photos of some of his latest plant finds from Mexico.

Come for social time at 7. Meeting starts at 7:30

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May 25 Meeting – Gunnar Eisel

Come for Social Time at 7, meeting starts at 7:30.

“Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder:  Our Wonderful and Weird Hobby”
It is easy to see what attracts people to roses or African violets. However, if one asks C&S enthusiasts what they like about cacti and succulents, one is bound to get very differing answers. At first glance, people are surprised at the variety of striking shapes, textures, unworldly features one sees at our C&S shows. However, our appreciation grows deeper as we become more sensitized to the subtleties of our plants. With some plants, it’s love at first sight. With others, we may wonder what all the fuss is about.
Our appreciation of our plants often changes as we become more familiar with them. We may even discover that plants which first attract us often align themselves with aspects our personalities.
Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder will explore what to look for as we broaden our appreciation of C&S. To paraphrase author Neale Donald Walsch, “growth begins at the end of your comfort zone”.
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Gunnar Eisel’s interest in cacti and succulents can be traced back to his childhood infatuation with photographing night-blooming cereus flowers and a few unfortunate encounters with opuntia glochids. His interest in cacti became intensified through many annual trips to the Anza-Borrego desert. 

Born and raised near Heidelberg, Germany, Eisel has taught music at CSULA, CSUF, Whittier College and Fullerton College. He is currently full-time music theory and history of music professor at Citrus College in Glendora where his students are occasionally subjected to his rantings regarding cacti and succulents. 

An avid C&S collector, he serves as General Manager of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) and as past President of the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society.

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April Meeting – Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore of Solana Succulents will discuss his new book.

Social time at 7pm, meeting starts at7:30. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Spring Sale and Exhibit

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February meeting – Gary Duke

February 23. Meeting starts at 7:30, with social time starting at 7. Gary will talk about Dudleyas and Tylecodons.

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