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 10
Program: Pruning and Shaping Succulent Trees
Spring is a time when the roots of our exotic plants start to come out of dormancy and take in the water we provide. Sunlight becomes more intense, buds start swelling and new life pushes through the soil. This is the perfect time to make plans for our plants. Repot and restage? Gentle pruning or drastic reshaping? Etc., etc.
The June meeting program will be presented by David Gulick, a former member of the Bonsai Society, who will share practical advice on pruning and shaping succulent bonsais.
Pruning trees actually strengthens their vigor, but which branches to choose? How far back to prune? How to shape a plant without removing its aesthetic beauty? Sometimes plants just take up too much table space with their canopies.
If any members have tree-type succulents that need pruning work, send Christine Walker an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining what you wish to bring to the meeting for assistance. We need enough trees to work on, but not so many that we can't get through them in an hour.
NOTE: The June meeting will take place at the Commerce Bank Education Center. ALSO: Don't forget the June 21-24 Mid-States Cactus & Succulent Conference at Drury Inn & Suites. There's still time to register!
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
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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