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 11
Program: Remember the Eighties!
** Meeting at Commerce Bank Education Center -- see address below **
As most members know, this is a very special year for the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society -- it marks the 75th year since the start of the club. Although no members have been with HSCSS since 1942, a number have been around since the 1970s.
Club member Neal Bohlman has found a treasure trove of old slides taken at past show and sale events, from which he has prepared a slide show as the program for our June meeting. The images, which go all the way back to 1985, will be displayed via an old carousel projector, which is nostalgic in its own right.
It will be fun to look at these old slides and remember "the old days." It's also important to sometimes reflect on how far our club -- and we -- have traveled over the years.
** SHOW ENTRY DEADLINE JULY 1-2 -- GET FORMS NOW **
If you plan to enter the July 8-9 show, pick up an entry form and entry cards for your plants at this meeting. For early entrants, completed forms will be accepted, and entry numbers will be assigned. Otherwise, return hard-copy entries by July 1 and e-mail entries by July 2. See the 2017 show pages for more information.
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 -- 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.
HSCSS Show and Sale
BIGGEST CACTUS & SUCCULENT SHOW IN THE MIDWEST!
*** 2017 HSCSS SHOW -- JULY 8-9
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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