Next Monthly Meeting

Start small and “grow” from there.

August 8, 2021

Program: Guest Speaker Judy Pigue

Helpful Hints From Experiences Growing C&S for 40 Years

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973
Passcode: 900328

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

For HSCSS’ online meeting in August, guest speaker Judy Pigue will present a Zoom program on the basics of growing cacti and succulents. Visitors are welcome.

“We in Missouri don’t live in the desert Southwest, but can still give the impression we do,” Pigue says. “Quite a few southwestern cacti and succulents seem right at home in my gardens. My presentation will show and tell how I have accomplished this feat through the years. You can start small and add as new ideas and plants appear; I am always looking for something new to try!”

Judy Pigue loves to look at plants in their natural habitats. This large barrel cactus was in Baja Mexico.

About Judy Pigue

Judy Pigue has been growing cactus and succulents since the early to mid-1970s. She missed being a charter member of the Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society by a month. Pigue joined the Cactus and Succulent Society of America in 1976 and has been very active since, serving as president, vice president, board member and CSSA Journal advertising manager.

“Seems like I have been growing something forever,” said Pigue, who is still very active with KCCSS. For years. she has given growing C&S presentations to area garden clubs, trade shows and schools. Pigue has a very large collection of plants, too. She likes buying, trading and growing from seed, but her large hardy C&S gardens are her pride and joy.

Return of the Plants

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. Brag plants, cool plants, sick plants and plants about which you just have questions are all invited.

You can show your plants by using your computer camera or e-mail pictures of them to Nikki Murdick ( or Marge Williams ( so they can “Share Screen” them during the meeting.

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)