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: June 9
Program: Succulent Bonsai Expert Susan Amoy
(Meet & Greet: June 8, Styling Sessions: June 7-8)
HSCSS will welcome succulent bonsai expert Susan Amoy for our June 9 meeting program, where she will demonstrate her art with pruning and staging plants in interesting bonsai forms. Additional activities with Amoy are scheduled for June 7 and 8 -- see below. It's a special weekend members won't want to miss.
The Sunday club meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 125 of the Commerce Bank Education Center with a brief business meeting and then go straight to Amoy's demonstration. If you have ever attended a Susan Amoy demo, you may have memories of being glued to your seat for hours while Amoy quickly worked through plant after plant.
In creating bonsai, Amoy looks at a plant from all sides, decides which side is front and determines how to orient the plant to best advantage. Then she makes major cuts and wires the plant into a complementary pot for replanting. This process happens surprisingly quickly.
Amoy will start the presentation with a PowerPoint program explaining some of the basic bonsai concepts and then continue with the demonstration using plants and supplies provided by HSCSS. All of the demo plants will be available for auction to members at a future date. (There will be no library session at this meeting.)
Saturday MEET & GREET -- June 8
Get together with Susan Amoy and other club members at Bartolino's Osteria -- 2103 Sulphur Ave., St Louis 63139. This restaurant is in the Drury Inn off Hampton at I-44. Members and their guests will be responsible for purchasing their own meals. We will meet at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m. Please call Chris Walker at 314-753-0464 to add your name to the reservation list.
Friday-Saturday PLANT STYLING SESSIONS -- June 7-8
Amoy will hold private sessions with members at their homes to offer design ideas and help stage plants on Friday and part of Saturday. Amoy will look over members' collections and restyle plants in the bonsai tradition, as desired. She will bring tools and basic supplies. Members must supply pots, potting mix and, of course, plants.
The sessions run $50 per hour and can be "shared" among two or three members if only a few plants are reworked. Each session must take place at only one home. Sessions are still available on Friday and Saturday morning. Call Chris Walker at 314-753-0464 to reserve a time slot.
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 -- 2019
May 5 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
June 9 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
July 7 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
July 27-28 -- HSCSS Show and Sale (Ridgway Center, Missouri Botanical Garden)
August 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
September 8 -- HSCSS Picnic
October 13 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
November 10 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
December 8 -- 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!
*** 2019 HSCSS SHOW -- JULY 27-28
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
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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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