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.

April 25, 2019
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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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 and on 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
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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