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Next Monthly Meeting

February 13, 2022

“Jose of all plants, master of none,” Ernesto Sandoval thoroughly enjoys helping others understand plants and how to maximize their growth with less effort.

Zoom Program: Guest Speaker
Ernesto Sandoval

Feeding Succulents: How Fertilizer, Water pH and Soil Can and Should Be Adjusted

1:00 p.m. – Social Hour / 2:00 p.m. – Program

Perhaps you’ve heard that pH is important for plants. During HSCSS’ February Zoom meeting, special guest speaker Ernesto Sandoval will summarize why you want your plants to receive slightly acidic water and various ways you can adjust it for your succulents. How is this similar to and different from fertilizing “regular” plants? Sandoval will discuss all of this plus the importance of soils/container media and details on how you can maximize root potential for your plants.

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Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973 / Passcode: 900328

About Ernesto Sandoval

Ernesto Sandoval has been seeking questions and answers to why plants grow and look the way they do for nearly 40 years. Now as director/manager at the University of California, Davis, Botanical Conservatory, he explains and interprets the world of plants through regular lectures to gardeners reflecting a variety of ages and skill levels throughout California.

Desert plants are Sandoval’s particular passion within his general passion for plants. He describes himself as a “Jose of all plants, master of none” and loves learning from the experiences of others, as well as his own. Sandoval thoroughly enjoys helping others understand plants and how to maximize their growth with less effort.

Sandoval left “mow, blow and go” monoculture landscaping long ago and has immersed himself in the world of horticultural biodiversity. Favorite garden projects involved converting lawns and water-loving landscapes to drought-tolerant, diversity-filled gardens. He also promotes plant liberation by encouraging gardeners of all sorts to grow more plants in the ground.


Zoom is a videoconferencing software program that allows multiple users with higher-speed Internet connections to “meet” via desktop computers and mobile devices. 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

The club sends e-mail reminders containing a link to Zoom and the meeting ID. Zoom meeting information is also provided 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 –

New Non-COVID Location & Times

Jost Chemical Co.
8195 Lackland Road, 1/2 mile north of St. Charles Rock Road
Overland, Missouri 63114

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 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: Summary of previous programs with hands-on workshop.
  • April 10: Members-Only Plant Sale (In Person?)
    Hundreds of plants – including rare ones – at cost to members.
  • May 15 – Monthly Meeting
    Program: Moving Plants Outdoors
  • June 5 – Monthly Meeting
    Program: To be determined.
  • July Annual Show and Sale
    New location and format under discussion.