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Events & Monthly Meetings

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

Next Meeting – June 5, 2022

PhotoProgram: Member Garden Tour

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The fresh air, a gathering of friends and the sight of three HSCSS members’ collections will stimulate questions and answers that hopefully make us better hobbyists. Enjoy a picnic lunch, too! This in-person event will be held at three locations around St. Louis. Click for more details.

Meet Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973 / Passcode: 900328

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. Historically held each summer at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, it will take place at Glaziers Hall this year. At this multiday fund-raising event, member exhibitors bring their best specimens for judging and display. Popular vendors supply thousands of starter and specimen plants for sale, too.

Upcoming HSCSS Events

  • January 9, 2022 – Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
    Program: Back to Basics, Part I: Soils and Pots
  • February 13, 2022 – Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
    Program: Guest Speaker Ernesto Sandoval on More Basics
  • March 13, 2022 – Monthly Meeting (In Person)
    Program: Repotting Demonstration
  • April 10: Members-Only Plant Sale
    Hundreds of plants – including rare ones – at low cost to members.
  • May 15 – Monthly Meeting
    Program: Moving Plants Outdoors
  • June 5 Garden Tour and Picnic
    Tour several of our members’ collections and hardy gardens, followed by a picnic lunch at the final tour site – Mike Hellman’s home in Edwardsville, Ill. HSCSS will supply sandwiches and drinks – please RSVP to Don Lesmeister at if you plan to attend.
  • July 16-17Annual Show and Sale
    Note new location: Glaziers Hall (Hampton and I-44). Browse, buy and enjoy the show! There will be no judging of show plants this year, but there will be beautiful and unusual plants to view and buy.

Other Upcoming Events

June 9-12, 2022 – Biennial Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference

Save the Date! Coming this spring, the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society will resume hosting the Biennial Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference. As in previous years, this in-person conference will feature vendors, speakers and socializing at the Stoney Creek Inn in Independence, Missouri. Planned events include an opening night reception, plant and pottery sale, raffle, silent auction, banquet and entertaining speakers. Several well-known cactus and succulent experts are looking forward to appearing.