2010 – Mid-States Conference

The Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society hosted over 100 happy registrants from 18 states for the 13th Biennial Mid-States Cactus & Succulent Conference in June 2010. The group took in a diverse program schedule covering history, travel and informative advice from succulent experts Susan Amoy, Chuck Hanson, Dan Mahr, Mike Massara, Woody Minnich and Rob Wallace. Attendees also spent freely on beautiful plants and handmade pots sold by vendors Cactus Data Plants, J & J Cactus & Succulents, Out of Africa, Pottery by Robin Stearn & Eric Driskill and Rio Grande Cacti.

Conference goers got a healthy dose of socializing at an informal welcome reception held opposite the opening of the plant sale, as well as the banquet and rare plant auction. They also had the opportunity to tour Missouri Botanical Garden and its renowned herbarium and library.

Conference coordinator Mike Hellman said HSCSS wanted to put together an event that would be “fun for both veteran cactophiles and those new to the hobby.” Comments from first-timers and old-timers seemed to bear that out.

Images by David Wolfe