June Meeting – Speaker: Al Klein | “Growing Fat Plants”

June 23, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Featured Speaker: Al Klein | “Growing Fat Plants”

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.
Al Klien
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. 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 cacti, cycads, and rare succulents.

Meeting Information

Columnar Cactus, Adromischus are the mini show plants

Cactus: Columnar Cactus

This month’s cactus of the month is a broad category where a number of different species can qualify. Columnar cactus can include species in the genuses Cereus, Oreocereus, Espostoa, Trichocereus, Bergerocactus, Myrtillocactus, just to name a few. A lot of these plants are the tall, tree like cactus, but are very popular with collectors and can be grown in pots.

Succulent: Adromischus

Adromischus is a genus of about 28 species of succulent plants in the family Crassulaceae. These plants are popular because they have attractive colored and textured leaves. They make small greenish white flowers.

Some species lose leaves very easily, so care should be taken when moving plants around, but if you do lose a leaf, you can usually start a new plant from a single leaf!

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