A CSSA Chapter
St. Louis, Missouri
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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: April 8 -- Special Time: 1:00 p.m.
Program: Members-Only Spring Plant Sale
The focus of the April meeting will be the club's annual Spring Plant Sale. Available only to current HSCSS members, the sale will start at 1:00 p.m. (preview at 12:45) and offer over 250 plants from several vendors. Bring boxes or bags to carry your purchases and prepare to pay by cash or check -- credit card sales will not be available. A brief post-purchase plant care discussion and HSCSS business meeting will follow the sale.
The plants will come from four vendors this year. Out of Africa will provide primarily succulents from Africa. Look for cold-hardy cacti from Kelly Grummond. Miles' 2 Go will be sending a newer selection of cacti and succulents, including a few of the rarer astrophytums. Grigsby Cactus Gardens will provide a combination of cacti and succulents, including specimen plants that will be available to purchase if your name is drawn in the raffle at the end of the sale.
Many thanks to HSCSS member Tom Degnan for ordering and prepping the sale plants. A complete list of the offerings will be posted on the HSCSS Forum. And remember: If you see a plant you like, but it sells out, be sure to get the species name and contact the appropriate vendor directly.
Note: The meeting will start early -- at 1:00 p.m. -- and take place at Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Education Center. Don't be late -- the plants go fast!
Usual Meeting Locations
Missouri Botanical Garden
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 -- 2018
January 14 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
February 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
March 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
April 8 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
May 6 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
June 10 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
June 21-24 -- Mid-States Cactus & Succulent Conference (Drury Inn & Suites)
July 8 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
July 21-22 -- HSCSS Show and Sale (Ridgway Center)
August 12 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
September 9 -- HSCSS Picnic
October 14 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
November 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
December 9 -- 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.
HSCSS Show and Sale
BIGGEST CACTUS & SUCCULENT SHOW IN THE MIDWEST!
*** 2018 HSCSS SHOW -- JULY 21-22
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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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