Next Monthly Meeting

October 11, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Program: Growing Lithops and Conophytums

PhotoFor the October meeting program, Mike Hellmann will give a presentation on mesembs, focusing on lithops and conophytums. Small, charming and inexpensive, these South African plants take up little room and can thrive on a sunlit windowsill. Many mesembs flower in winter, when we so want something to boost our spirits.

Underrepresented at the HSCSS show and in collections, these plants are often considered “difficult.” However, when gifted four orphan lithops in June 2017, Hellmann discovered this was not so. They stayed green and then bloomed. Two doubled their size in their first season. Hellmann was hooked and began to collect conophytums and a few other genera, as well.

These curious little plants are worth considering for many reasons. Hellmann will share some simple rules to help others be successful in growing this wonderful group of living gems.

REMEMBER: Attend this meeting, and you may win a great attendance prize plant suitable for showing!

To facilitate order in the content, 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 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 12, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • February 9, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • March 8, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • July 12, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • August 9, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • September 13, 2020 – Monthly Meeting (HSCSS Fall Picnic Canceled)
  • October 11, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • November 8, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Woody Minnich
  • December 13, 2020 – HSCSS Winter Party & Gala – On Zoom!
    In keeping with one of the favorite segments of this annual event, there will be a fun live auction of specimen cacti and succulents. There will also be attendance prizes, as well as additional activities to make this a memorable experience. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. Your job is to join in and have fun – but you’ll have to provide your own food. That’s a tough one to get around in a virtual world.