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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Holiday Party December 13 6pm

It’s time for our Annual Party and Auction!

We’ll be starting early at 6pm on THURSDAY DECEMBER 13.

The event will be catered, but please bring an appetizer or desert to share.

We’ll have volunteer appreciation and Mini Show prizes install our 2019 Board of Directors.

If you’d like to have plants included in the auction, please make sure they are fully rooted, in excellent (show) condition and pest free. Check in up to 4 plants for the auction at 5:30.

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October 25, 2018 Meeting – Woody Minnich

About The Speaker: Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich

Woody, as he is commonly known, grew up in the Mojave Desert and has had an
attraction to desert plants and animals since the early 1950’s. He has been involved
with the cactus and succulent world as a grower, field explorer, club and organization
leader, writer, photographer, lecturer and presenter.

Having been a speaker all over the world, Woody is most often associated with
giving presentations on his field work from the places he has traveled, such as:
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand,
Peru, Socotra, South Africa, the United States and Yemen. He is also recognized for
having operated the nursery Cactus Data Plants since 1975. Woody’s show quality
plants were often considered one of the standards for staging and horticultural
achievement. His favorite genera include: Adenium, Ariocarpus, Astrophytum,
Copiapoa, Cyphostemma, Fouquieria, Gymnocalycium, Lithops, Mammillaria,
Melocactus, Pachypodium, Turbinicarpus and Pachycauls in general.

He has published numerous articles in various journals and his photography is featured
in many books including; “The Copiapoa” by Schulz, “The Mammillaria Handbook” by
Pilbeam, “The Cactus Lexicon” By Hunt and Charles, as well as many others. As of this
last November 2017, he is featured as the primary photographer in the new book “The
Xerophile.” This book specializes in what the authors call, The Obsessed Field workers
from around the world.

Woody and his wife, Kathy, live in Cedar Grove, New Mexico. He is a retired
secondary school teacher of 32 years where he taught Graphics, Art and Architecture.
In the cactus and succulent hobby, Woody is recognized for his high energy and
creative spirit. As an educator, he has become an important part of the hobby and thus
is an honorary life member of ten C&S societies. With 45 years in the hobby and 64
years in the field, he has many experiences to share and numerous photos to show.


Meeting Information

Woody’s topic will be The Secrets of Growing Quality Cacti and Succulents.

Astrophytum, Pachypodium are the mini show plants.

October 25, 2018
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA.

Refreshments will be available.


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September 27, 2018 Meeting – Gunnar Eisel

About The Speaker: Gunnar Eisel

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.

Meeting Information

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
Anaheim, CA.

Refreshments will be available.


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August 23, 2018 Meeting – Todd Masilko

About The Speaker: Todd Masilko

Todd Masilko has a background in Industrial Design and has been growing Cacti and
Succulents for 15 years. He teaches at Pasadenaʼs Art Center College of Design and
runs a Pasadena based Design consultancy.

In addition to growing plants, he is a photography enthusiast and has traveled to
observe and photograph plants in habitats in the Canary Islands, Cuba, Yemen and
Socotra, Baja California and mainland Mexico, Namibia, as well as California and the
Southwestern United States.

Meeting Information

Todd’s topic will be Cacti and Succulents from Not So Far Away.

August 23, 2018
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA.

Refreshments will be available.


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Roger’s Memorial Bench Dedication

Sunday July 15th, 2018 at 10am at the
Fullerton Arboretum

Roger was dear to all those who knew him. We hope to see everyone there.


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2018 Summer Cactus and Succulent Sale and Show


Join us for the Orange County Cactus and Succulent Society’s 2018 Summer Cactus and Succulent Sale and Show!

  • Featuring many extraordinary, beautiful plants to view
  • Over 20 cactus and succulent vendors offering thousands of rare and unusual plants
  • Artisans with a variety of quality pottery, well suited for cactus and succulents
  • Knowledgeable experts on hand to answer questions

Thursday Jul. 19, 2018, 6-9pm
Friday Jul. 20, 2018, 9am-7pm
Saturday Jul. 21, 2018, 9am-5pm

Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 S. State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA

** Mastercard, Visa & Discover accepted **

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June 28, 2018 Meeting – Gary Duke

About The Speaker: Gary Duke

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.

Meeting Information

Gary’s topic will be Bolivia in Bloom

June 28, 2018
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA.

Refreshments will be available.

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May 24, 2018 Meeting – Laurel Woodley

About The Speaker: Laurel Woodley

Laurel Woodley

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.

Meeting Information

Topic: Anza-Borrego Wildflower Super Bloom of 2017.

May 24, 2018
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA.

Refreshments will be available.

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