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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: February 10
(Also: Special Feb. 9 Meeting at Webster University)

Program: Dan Mahr Presents "South Africa's Namaqualand: A Succulent Paradise"
St. Louis doesn't often go through a Snowmageddon like it did in January, but the snowfall was significant. It was regrettable that our meeting had to be cancelled. We will try the idea of a Winter Show again next year.
For February, we are bringing in Dan Mahr from Sun Prairie, Wis., for both the Feb. 10 club meeting and a special get together on Feb. 9. Most members know Mahr from many past visits. He has degrees in the biological sciences and agricultural entomology, and has grown succulent plants for years. A former professor of entomology at the University of Wisconsin, Mahr also chaired several committees and served as a director and officer of CSSA.
Please see the topics of Mahr's presentations and his accompanying comments, and further details below.
Meet and Greet -- Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
Webster University -- 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves 63119
Webster Hall, Room 221 -- Park in Lot D behind the hall
"Memorable Places and the Succulents That Live There"
Traveling, they say, is in the blood. If you have wanderlust, you have the innate curiosity to see new things, understand the lives of other people and live experiences not attainable at home.
Memories are the subject of this talk. I will share with you some of my fondest memories of succulent plant locations in North and South America and Africa. In some cases, the plants themselves provide the foundation for the memory. In other cases, maybe the location, the people, the animals or the weather sparked a memory. But in all cases, there will be succulents. It will be a privilege to tell you my stories and share with you some of my memories.
** While our meet-and-greets traditionally feature a potluck dinner at a member's home, we will bring in Subway box meals and soft drinks to keep things simple for this event. Sandwich choices for the meals (which also include chips and a cookie) are roast beef, rotisserie-style chicken or veggie. To facilitate ordering, contact Chris Walker at christinewalke@gmail.com or 314-753-0464 with your sandwich preference by the morning of Feb. 8.
Monthly Meeting -- Feb. 10, 1 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri/Botanical Rooms
"South Africa's Namaqualand: A Succulent Paradise"
Namaqualand includes the northwestern portion of South Africa, lying along the Atlantic Coast and extending inland. It is a region of complex topography and geology, winter rainfall and dense fogs. Its myriad local micro-environments are home to one of the greatest diversities of succulent plants on the planet.
This presentation will largely be a reprise of Mahr's program at the Mid-States Cactus & Succulent Conference. In 2015, Mahr spent two weeks camping throughout Namaqualand during one of the area's greatest wildflower displays of recent years. He will focus on several localities examined during that trip and the diversity of succulents encountered.
Due to the fact the original program was cut short at the conference, and many of us engaged in various aspects of the conference missed all or part of it, we are happy to be given the chance to enjoy this presentation in its entirety.
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 -- 2019

January 13 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
February 10 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
March 10 -- Monthly Meeting (Beaumont Room, Missouri Botanical Garden)
April 14 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
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.

Cactus Show Photo

HSCSS Show and Sale

*** 2019 HSCSS SHOW -- JULY 27-28









[ 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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