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Henry Shaw
Cactus and
Succulent Society

A CSSA Chapter
St. Louis, Missouri


Monthly Meetings

The Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society holds monthly meetings on Sundays throughout the year at Missouri Botanical Garden facilities in St. Louis. (See specific dates below.) A club picnic is scheduled in September, while the December meeting is a holiday party. Visitors are welcome to attend these informal but informative affairs.

Next Meeting: October 8

Program: Guest Speaker Joseph Tychonievich -- Rock Gardening With Cacti and Succulents
Missouri Botanical Garden makes great use of rocks in its various gardens. A burbling brook lined with pebbles and edged with boulders runs the length of the Woodland Garden. In the Japanese Garden, boulders are set in beds of sand placed artfully throughout the planting areas. Outside the Temperate House and Climatron, the garden area is becoming even more of a rock garden with the addition of several hypertufa troughs.
Rocks can be great additions to a home garden, as well. At the October HSCSS meeting, author and horticulture expert Joseph Tychonievich will present a pictorial program on beautiful rock gardens and discuss the aesthetic values and benefits of adding rocks to gardens. Think solutions to soil erosion and drainage problems -- rocks bring visual and other qualities, too.
Now living in eastern Virginia, Tychonievich is the author of Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style and Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener. He has worked at rare plant nurseries in Michigan and Japan, and was named one of "six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens" by Organic Gardening magazine.
For anyone considering adding (or reworking) a hardy cacti and succulent garden, this should be a great program to attend. Also, please plan to come to the meet and greet party in honor of our speaker.
MEET & GREET -- October 7, 4:30 p.m.
Jolie Krupnik's home -- 505 Kingridge Drive
Oak Tree Farm Subdivision
Ballwin, MO 63011
Please RSVP if you plan to attend:
(917) 601-9369 -- jkrupnik@charter.net
Bring a favorite dish for potluck, meet our guest and enjoy the company of other members in this social setting. A main course, soda and water will be provided. Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share.
Usual Meeting Locations

Missouri Botanical Garden
Ridgway Center
4344 Shaw Blvd., just south of I-44
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd. at Kingshighway
St. Louis, Missouri 63110

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. -- Social hour
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. -- Program
3:00 p.m. -- Business meeting

Upcoming HSCSS Events -- 2017

January 8 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
February 12 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
March 12 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
April 9 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
May 7 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
June 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
July 8-9 -- HSCSS Show and Sale (Ridgway Center)
August 13 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
September 10 -- HSCSS Picnic
October 8 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
November 12 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
December 10 -- HSCSS Holiday Party
At typical meetings, guest speakers present varied programs of interest to succulent hobbyists. Hands-on workshops on pruning, potting and dividing are held thoughout the year. Members are encouraged to bring in plants to show off and share their cultivation secrets. Books from the club's library can be requested for pick up at meetings, too.

Cactus Show Photo

HSCSS Show and Sale

*** 2017 HSCSS SHOW -- JULY 8-9








[ 2008 SHOW REPORT ]

Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's main event is its Annual Show and Sale, held each summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. This multiday fund-raising event attracts member exhibitors who bring their best specimens to display and vie for awards. Judges will give out trophies and ribbons for the best entries in over 150 categories. Vendors will supply thousands of starter and specimen plants for sale, too. Click above for other event details.

CSSA 2003 Convention

In June of 2003, the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society hosted a very successful 30th Biennial Cactus and Succulent Society of America Convention. It offered six days of informative programs, cactus sales, tours -- and fun. Click for a full report and photos.

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