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.

Next Meeting – March 14, 2021

PhotoZoom Meeting Program: Guest Speaker
Dan Mahr – Botanical Experiences in Kenya

World traveler, biologist and succulent expert Dan Mahr will present a program on Kenya for the March HSCSS meeting. The California native has degrees in zoology and agricultural entomoloy, and has been growing succulent plants for over 60 years. A long-time member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, Mahr served as president in 2005-2006 and a director for 15 years. He also directed the CSSA Field Trips Program for nearly 20 years.

The Zoom meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. for socializing, followed by Mahr’s program at 2:00 p.m. E-mail reminders from HSCSS will provide Zoom links and meeting ID info.

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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)

Other Upcoming Events

To be announced …