2006 – Mini Spring Show

As an educational preview to the HSCSS show in July, CSSA-certified judges Connie and Chuck Staples critiqued HSCSS member plants “out loud” at the club meeting in early April. The longtime members of the Mid-Iowa Cactus and Succulent Club in Des Moines, Iowa, praised many plants in the mock show, but found two in overly large pots, while another was questionably classified. A few more were poorly staged or not well cleaned, they said. In scoring, the Staples usually favored clustered plants over single specimens, but said healthy, flowering entries also catch their eye. Plant rarity was only a secondary consideration for the visiting judges. They urged the audience to study the show class schedule and rules to avoid unnecessary problems.

Pictures by David Wolfe