Events

Events & Monthly Meetings

Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society normally holds monthly meetings on Sundays throughout the year at Missouri Botanical Garden facilities in St. Louis. A club picnic is scheduled in September, while the December meeting is a holiday party.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, HSCSS meetings and other activities will continue to be held online via Zoom into 2021. Guest speakers and other ideas are being arranged to maintain ongoing club programs while COVID-19 limits in-person events. Hopefully, as we near mid-year, the severity of the pandemic will lessen to where we can find opportunities to once again meet in person.

PhotoNext Meeting – August 8, 2021

Program: Guest Speaker Judy Pigue

Helpful Hints From Experiences Growing C&S for 40 Years

For HSCSS’ online meeting in August, guest speaker Judy Pigue will present a Zoom program on the basics of growing cacti and succulents. “We in Missouri don’t live in the desert Southwest, but can still give the impression we do,” Pigue says. Also at this meeting, we’ll be bringing back the plants that we always enjoyed when we were able to meet in person. Immediately after Pigue’s program, we’ll begin an open discussion on any plants brought to the screen. Visitors are welcome.

The meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. for socializing, followed by the program at 2:00 p.m.

More Zoom Meeting Info


Learn, Share … Win!

Meetings typically feature guest speakers or other varied programs of interest to succulent hobbyists. Hands-on workshops may focus on pruning, potting or dividing plants. 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 – and don’t forget the attendance prizes!

Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society’s main event is its Annual Show and Sale, held each summer at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. At this multiday fund-raising event, member exhibitors bring their best specimens for judging and display in over 150 categories. Popular vendors supply thousands of starter and specimen plants for sale, too.


Upcoming HSCSS Events

  • January 10, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Tom Glavich
  • February 14, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Leo Chance will discuss creating and maintaining a cold-hardy cacti and succulent garden.
  • March 14, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Dan Mahr (Presentation topic: Kenya)
  • April 11, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – HSCSS member Bob Williams will make a presentation on the Galapagos Islands.
  • May 2, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Joe Stead (Presentation topic: Succulent propagation)
  • June 13, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: John Trager (Presentation topic: Namibia)
  • July 10, 2021 – Special Members-Only Event
  • August 8, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Judy Pigue (Presentation topic: Basics of growing cacti and succulents)

Other Upcoming Events

To be announced …