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.

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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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February 28, 2019 – Tom Glavich

7pm Social Time

7:30 Meeting starts

Tom Glavich is a long time grower of succulent plants. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and one of the co-chairs of the Inter-City Cactus and Succulent Show held each August at the LA County Arboretum. He is the Author of the Beginner’s Guide to Succulent Monocots, and a frequent contributor to the CSSA Journal. He is a member of several Los Angeles Area Cactus and Succulent Societies.

This talk will focus on the Genus Euphorbia, concentrating on the similarities and differences of the genus in Southern and Northern Africa, Madagascar and Mexico. Cultivated plants will be featured, and the talk will include hints for successful propagation and cultivation.

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January 24, 2019 Meeting Duke Benedom

Due to a scheduling error on the part of staff at our regular venue, Anaheim United Methodist Church, our January 24 meeting has been displaced to the church’s sanctuary.

We will welcome Duke Benedom as our speaker on Superb Succulents.

Unfortunately, the church does not allow food or plants in the sanctuary. As such, we won’t be having snacks, raffle, plant sales or Mini-Show. I am very sorry it has to be this way. We did look at other options but none seemed feasible.

Superb Succulents—Duke Benadom
We are very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and
long time contributor to the hobby for our speaker this
month. Duke has been involved with several cactus &
succulent clubs and is a life member of three. He became
a Director for the Cactus & Succulent Society of America
(CSSA) in 1990, served as the CSSA’s Show Chairman for
more than a decade, and as Convention Chairman for six
conventions. He served as Vice President and then
President for a total of almost ten years, and as Editor of the Cactus & Succulent Journal for just over a year. He is a recipient of three CSSA awards, Superior Service, Special Service, and Fellow. He was the author of the long-running CSJ column, Superb Succulents, since its inception. He enjoys flora and fauna, seed growing, traveling, photography, and sharing these experiences with others of similar interests.
Duke and his wife Kaz are expert growers of cycads and succulents. They are long time sellers at our club’s sales. Duke has authored several beautifully published books that he will bring in for sale. They are available on his website www.superbsucculents.com and on Amazon.com. Click on images below.
They include ‘Superb Succulents,’ ‘Echinocereus,’ ‘Southwest Deserts—California & Nevada,’ ‘The Cycads Volume 1—Asia & Australia,’ and ‘The Cycads Volume 2—Africa & The Americas.’ His email is Duke@SuperbSucculents.com.
This is a meeting you for sure do not want to miss!

Social time 7pm

Meeting starts at 7:30

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