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 recently retired as music
professor at Citrus College in Glendora where his students were frequently
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.
Gunnar’s topic will be 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.
“My favorite” cactus / “My favorite”succulent are the mini show plants.
Sept 27, 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.