Next Monthly Meeting

November 14, 2021

This mammillaria has a case of mealybugs. These tiny, soft-bodied insects damage plants by feeding on their juices. Photo by Mike Hellmann.

Program: Mike Hellmann on ‘Bugs’

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Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973
Passcode: 900328

Social time at 1:00 p.m., program at 2:00 p.m.

For the November meeting, HSCSS member Mike Hellmann will present a program on “bugs” – all the crawling nemeses we encounter while growing our plants. Omnipresent and very opportunistic, bugs are like weeds in the garden – they can be suppressed, but seldom totally eliminated. To be environmentally responsible and truly successful at bug control, it really falls on us to prevent rather than just cure bug problems.

This program will take an IPM approach to bug control. Integrated Pest Management encourages proactive, preventative, safe and responsible means by which plants can be kept relatively free of pests. We’ll discuss how best to grow your plants to prevent infestations, as well as how to monitor for pests and identify them before it is too late. Once established, pest populations can explode, so early detection and swift are key to pest control. Proactive efforts are better than the use of chemicals, which should be the exception rather than a routine practice.

One species resistant to effective IPM is squirrels. They are interesting and entertaining, but dealing with the critters is frustrating.

For regular programs, please contact Susan Carpentier ( or Ralph Olliges ( in advance of the meeting if you would like to get on the list to show video or photos, and talk about your plants.

Several e-mail message reminders will be distributed before the meeting, as well as messages that include a link to Zoom and the meeting ID. Zoom meeting information is also provided under the program title above and in the Digest newsletter.

If you need additional help or would like to practice using Zoom, please contact one of the following members well before the meeting:

Susan Carpentier –
Nikki Murdick –
Marge Williams –


Zoom is a videoconferencing software program that allows multiple users with higher-speed Internet connections to “meet” via desktop computers and mobile devices. You can automatically download and install the Zoom application or access meetings using an Internet browser. (Click for Windows and MacOS system requirements.)

The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available for manual download at

Remote Viewing Etiquette


1. Please toggle audio and video OFF while watching to preserve bandwidth integrity.

2. When showing plant video, try to use strong front light and control camera shake, which causes images to pixelate. Use “Share Screen” to show picture files on your computer. This is not for video.

3. Use “Chat” to ask questions.

The program starts at 2:00 p.m., but Susan Carpentier will typically be on the Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Non-COVID Meeting Locations & Times

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
1:00-1:45 p.m. – Social hour
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Show and tell
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Program
3:00-3:15 p.m. – Break
3:15-4:00 p.m. – Business meeting

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)
  • September 12, 2021 – Monthly Meeting (Presentation topic: Transitioning Your Plants Into Dormancy)
  • October 10, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Bob Webb, Owner of Arid Lands Greenhouses (Presentation topic: Sansevierias)
  • November 14, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – HSCSS member Mike Hellmann (Presentation topic: Bugs)
  • December 12, 2021 – Winter Holiday Gala (In person at The Heights)