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June 28 – Gary Duke

Social time at 7pm
Meeting starts at 7:30

Gary Duke has been collecting cacti and succulents since he was 10 years old.   He is a retired Air Force Officer with a doctoral degree in physics. During his military career, he moved hisoriginal collection of less than about 30 plants from Illinois, where he grew up, to Omaha, NE, Dayton, OH (where he started their first C&S Society, which is now defunct), San Pedro, CA, Montgomery, AL and Albuquerque, NM where he had been show chairman.  He has also been President of the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society and the Long Beach Cactus Club in the southern California area.   Following his military career, he worked as a program manager for Boeing for 16 years.  He currently works for Scitor as a consultant back to the the Air Force. He’s an avid collector of cacti and also collects Tylecodons and Dudleyas.  He has between 800- 900 different species in his private collection and enjoys propagating them.  He frequently gives slide presentations throughout southern California on cactus and succulents.

Gary’s topic will be Brazil: Plant Flowers

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May 24, 2018 – Laurel Woodley

Laurel Woodley

Anza-Borrego Wildflower Super Bloom of 2017.

Laurel Woodley is a retired biology professor from Los Angeles Harbor College who has been involved in Southern California horticulture since the mid 1960’s. A fourth generation Californian who was introduced to plants in her youth by her parents who operated H.F. Woodley Nursery (specializing in fern propagation), Laurel attended UCLA majoring in Zoology with a minor in Botany. In subsequent years she was fortunate to have traveled to distant lands while taking Natural History classes led by Mildred Mathias. She has been interested in southern California flora with a special fondness for desert adapted plants. This led to her teaching classes for UCLA Extension in Dry Climate Gardening Using Cacti and Succulents, Horticultural Uses of Southern California Native Plants and co-leading Natural History classes to Death Valley, Anza Borrego State Park, Baja California; the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and ultimately Madagascar.

She has been volunteering at South Coast Botanic Garden (SCBG) since 2005 and is a member of a team who has been identifying and labeling the trees and shrubs in the garden. Presently, she is a Trustee of the SCBG and Past-President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.

Snacks and Social Time at 7pm
Meeting starts at 7:30

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April 26, 2018 – Jeff Moore

Social Time starts at 7pm.
Meeting starts at 7:30.

APRIL 26, 2018 


He has owned and operated Solana Succulents in Solana Beach for over 26 years. Prior to that he was a succulent enthusiast/collector for at least ten years. His small retail nursery offers as many succulent/desert plants as he can fit into it – from the common and colorful plants that are so popular now to the collector plants – crests, caudiciforms, variegates, rare cacti, etc… He does quite a bit of succulent landscape design and installation as well, and have become known (at least in San Diego) for the gardens he’s installed at the Del Mar Fair and Home Shows over the years – in particular the ‘undersea’ succulent garden.

His talk will be about his NEW book, Soft Succulents. The  presentation will discuss the various genera of ‘soft succulents’ – aeoniums, echeverias, crassulas, sedums, dudleyas, kalanchoes, and the like. Examples will be shown of combinations in bowls and other mediums.

Jeff will bring plants as well as all three of his books for sale and signing.

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Spring Sale and Show

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2018 Mini-Show Schedule

Cactus Succulent

February: Ariocarpus / Sempervivum

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February Meeting – Kelly Griffin

Kelly Griffin will be giving a presentation on Chile at the February Meeting.  Visitors welcome!
Plants will be available for sale from Kelly.
February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm — Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA.
Refreshments will be available.  Plants are needed for the raffle table.
CHILE ~  Copiapoa Land
In November of 2017,  We traveled to Chile again for a revisit to some wonderful cactus habitats.  This trip included as many cactus as I could pack into a modest trip.  We saw many Copiapoas, Eriosyce, Eulychnias and Neochileanias ( an old but justifiable name)  November is spring time in the way southern hemisphere so we were also treated to a number of blooming bulbs and other plants like Calandrinias (Cistanthe)
This was a beautiful and special trip as the northern part of Chile had gotten some rain earlier this year and was not nearly as parched as it can be.  We also visited an Island off the coast to see both plants and animals.
A little bit about our speaker…
As a function of his work at Altman plants, Kelly Griffin is charged with finding and creating new and different plants. Kellys 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, Echeverias and Dudleyas but there are many more plants that have garnered his attention. As part of his lifes work, he has introduced many succulents and created many cultivars that have been nudging their way into
gardens and patios.
Although Kellys 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.
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January 18, 2018 – Peter Walkowiak


Peter’s program will be hands on,
learning about staging plants and the right soil mix.

Social time starts at 7pm. Meeting starts at 7:30

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Come join us for catered Mexican food and a fun plant auction!

Dinner and drinks provided.

Members please bring a dessert to share.

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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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