From the Digest

From the Digest

Each monthly issue of the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society Digest includes club updates, columns and articles by members on their favorite aspects of cactus and succulent culture. Digest Editor Jolie Krupnik and various club contributors always provide plenty of plant material to ponder.

Follow the links to right to view a sample copy of the digest or read individual articles. Join HSCSS to receive every newsletter in print and/or electronic form.

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Vote, Order Club Shirts for 2021

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Although Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society will not hold a formal show this year, we will do a club shirt for 2021. Sufficient pre-orders were received to move forward with design selection and further ordering. Please contact Joe Merkelbach at jemerk@ecologyfund.net or jemerk2@yahoo.com to vote for your favorite image below and order a shirt. …

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In Memoriam: Gladys Drummond

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By Mike Hellmann – After Julie Drummond’s call making me aware of the Feb. 17 passing of her mother, Gladys, I immediately began reflecting on just how big an impact Gladys and her family has had over the years on both our society and our hobby. Gladys Drummond’s legacies will be many, but for me, personally, the success of our society and the appreciation that I have for these wonderful plants are due to her efforts and inspiration. …

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Member Tributes – Gladys Drummond

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Oh, Gladys, you will be sorely missed. This breaks my heart. There was a time several years ago when Patrick and I would shop her greenhouses three times a week through the spring and summer. She always cracked us up telling us what is or isn’t for sale that day. Sometimes you’d get lucky, and she would part with something really special! We got to know her well through the years. …

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Leo Chance: Cold-Hardy Picks for St. Louis

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By David Wolfe – In an engaging Zoom presentation during the February 2021 HSCSS meeting, retired pro gardener Leo Chance recommended a list of cold-hardy cacti and succulents for growing outside in St. Louis. Several Gymnocalycium species, for example, are rather hardy, bloom consistently and …

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New Search System Supports ‘Reopening’ of HSCSS Library

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With the recent launch of a new online search system, it is now easier to review the HSCSS library holdings before making an appointment to pick up desired items. Visit https://hscactus.org/resources/library/ to enter search terms or select alphabetized listings of the club’s hundreds of library books and publications. …

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Club Shirts Reflect COVID-19 Theme

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A small number of shirts are still available for purchase. These will be offered during the December Winter Party. Prices for standard shirt sizes are $18, with 2XL $19 and 3XL $20. Shirts can be mailed at an additional cost, if needed.

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Mike Hellmann Joins CSSA Board

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Former HSCSS President Mike Hellmann has joined the Cactus and Succulent Society of America board of directors. Although Hellmann had been nominated as a board candidate for next year by Woody Minnich, he was recently appointed by CSSA President Jeff Pavlat to replace a director who had to resign from the board. Hellmann’s term runs through the end of 2021. …

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Departure of Dave Janas Opens HSCSS Directorship

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HSCSS Program Director Dave Janas has left his position as a horticulturist at Missouri Botanical Garden and is headed home to New Hampshire, leaving the program position for Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society vacant. “For us, it is a great loss,” society President Ralph Olliges said. “Thanks, Dave, for all that you have done …

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