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: October 14
Program: Bolivia -- South American Cactus Garden
In Bolivia, the steep transition from steamy Amazonian lowlands to snowy Andean peaks and the myriad of microclimates between have spurred the evolution of incredible botanical diversity. The central Andes region of South America holds the second-greatest concentration of cactus species due to the gradient of microclimates created by the sharply varied terrain.
For the October HSCSS meeting, Missouri Botanical Garden Conservatory Horticulturist Dave Janas will share photos and some of what he learned during recent travels to Bolivia. His journey to the other side of the Equator to explore new habitats will help Janas inform his cultivation of the desert plant collection at Missouri Botanical Garden.
The club is very pleased that Janas has become a member of HSCSS. His professional responsibilities include the care, propagation, curation and acquisition of the garden's desert plants with the goal of building a collection worthy of public display.
SAVE THE DATE: Rockin' With Cacti and Succulents
October 20, 10:00 a.m.-noon
Shoenberg Theater, Missouri Botanical Garden
At this event hosted by HSCSS and the Gateway Rock Garden Society, author/photographer Marcia Tatroe will present two special back-to-back
presentations. "Rockin' With Cacti and Succulents" and "Going Beyond Alpines -- Expanding Your Plant Palette" will focus on garden design, rock gardening, xeriscape and native plants.
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)
October 20 -- Rockin' With Cacti and Succulents (Shoenberg Theater, Missouri Botanical Garden)
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
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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