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Monthly Meeting: Join us, April 12 at 7:30 pm
Location: Ayers Hall, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia










April Program
Kenyapresented by Rob Skillin

I have been growing cacti and succulents for 40 years and have been involved in various local societies for most of that time.  The first office I held was Show and Sale Chairman for the Santa Barbara C&SS, during the late 1980’s.  After moving to California’s Central Valley, I became a founding member, and later, president of the Bakersfield C&SS.  In 2005, after another move, I was a founder of theCentral Coast C&SS and became its first president.  This society now boasts 300+ enthusiastic members, and held its very successful eleventh annual show and sale in May of 2017.  I have also been involved with the CSSA as a member of its Board of Directors. My first interest, which continues today, was cacti of the Chihuahuan desert, especially those unique genera such as Ariocarpus, Aztekium, and Strombocactus, etc. 


Rob Skillin

Gradually, I diversified my collection to include Mesembs, Haworthias, and other succulents, particularly caudiciforms.  I’ve spent many years studying the cacti of the US, particularly Sclerocacti and Pediocacti.  I am an avid grower of plants from seed, and now have a number of seed-grown specimens in my collection dating back to 1982.  As an acknowledgment of my expertise with these plants, I have been asked to judge numerous shows throughout California, including the CSSA, Intercity, NORCAL, LA, Fresno and San Diego shows.

Along with my interest in cacti and succulents, I enjoy photography and travel. These interests have come together in a wonderful way during my botanical explorations of the western US and Mexico, and portions of South America, Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East. I have several programs based on these trips, and I speak regularly to clubs in northern and southern California.  Many of my photographs have been published as illustrations for articles and covers of the Journal and Haseltonia, as well as the Timber Press Book of Succulents of the World.


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Plants of the Month:

Cactus: Small cacti staged as mini

Succulent: Small
succulent staged as mini

The C&S Workshop meets Wednesday, April 18th in the Palm Room,
Los Angeles County Arboretum at 7:30 pm.

The
Workshop is an informal, hands-on learning experience that is fun for expert and novice alike. Come and learn from the experience of others.
This month's topic: Spring Seed Workshop
 
Growing Lithops: Tips for the novice grower
SGVCSS Information  Membership Form
SGVCSS Officers, Board, and Committees
Meeting Highlights
SGVCSS Communique Back Issues
 Southern California Resources
Cactus and Succulent Nurseries and Bookstores
Cactus and Succulent Societies in Southern California
Places to Visit
Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Mojave National Preserve
The Living Desert Wildlife & Botanical Park, Palm Springs, CA
The Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, CA
National / International Cactus and Succulent Resources
The Cactus & Succulent Society of America
The Cactus and Succulent Plant Mall
Cacti_etc: Largest Internet Newsgroup
The GardenWeb: Cacti & Succulents Forum
The Amateurs' Digest




2018 CACTUS AND SUCCULENT CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

JAN 13, 2018 -T H E H U N T I N G T O N LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California 91108 (626) 405-2100  9am-5pm

FEB. 10 SAN DIEGO CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY, SPRING SHOW AND SALE BALBOA PARK, ROOM 101, SAN DIEGO, CA—INFO 619-990-2051 

MAR. 22-24 ORANGE COUNTY CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SPRING SHOW AND SALE THURS. 22nd  6-9PM---FRI. MAR. 23rd 9-7PM---SAT. MAR. 24TH 9-5, 1000 S. State College Bl., (Anaheim United Methodist Church) Anaheim, CA INFORMATION CALL 562-587-3357

APR. 7-8 SOUTH COAST CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW & SALE SOUTH COAST BOTANICAL GARDENS, 26300 CRENSHAW BLVD., PALOS VERDES, CA 9AM-4PM INFO: heidihusnak@gmail.com or http://www.southcoastcss.org 

APR. 29 HUNTINGTON PLANT SALE 10 TO 5:00 HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS, 1151 OXFORD ROAD, SAN MARINO, CA. 626-405-3504

MAY 5-6 SUNSET SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER, MULTIPURPOSE RM, 4117 OVERLAND AVE., CULVER CITY, CA. INFO. 310-822-1783

MAY 6 SOUTH BAY EPIPHYLLUM SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE---9am to 4pm SOUTH COAST BONTANICAL GARDENS, INFO. 310-833-6823

MAY 11-12 GATES CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY 36TH SHOW AND SALE  FRI & SAT 9-4:30 pm, INFO. 909-910-9195

MAY 19-20 LONG BEACH CACTUS CLUB PLANT SHOW AND SALE 10-4 pm RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, 6400 BIXBY HILL ROAD, LONG BEACH, CA  INFO. 562-631-5876

MAY 26-27 CENTRAL COAST CACTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW & SALE (10-4PM),  LUDWICK CENTER, 864 SANTA ROSA, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – INFO. 805-237-2054,  www.centralcoastcactus.org

JUNE 2-3 SAN DIEGO CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY—SUMMER SHOW & SALE  BALBOA PARK, ROOM 101, SAN DIEGO, CA INFO. 858-382-1797

JUNE 9-10 LOS ANGELES CACTUS and SUCCULENT SOCIETY PLANT SHOW AND SALE JUNE 9th 9-4, JUNE 10th 9-3  SEPULVEDA GARDEN CENTER, 16633 MAGNOLIA BLVD., ENCINO, CA.  INFO. www.lacss-show.com

JUN 29-JUL 1 CSSA ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE –HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS  1151 OXFORD ROAD, SAN MARINO, CA., 626-405-3504 PLANTS SALES START  JUNE 29TH THRU JULY 1ST 10AM-5PM  SHOW OPENS JUNE 30th THRU JULY 1ST 10AM-5PM 

JULY 19-21 ORANGE COUNTY CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SUMMER SHOW AND SALE  THURS 19TH 6PM-9PM, FRI 9AM-7PM, SAT 9AM-5PM, 1000 S. STATE COLLEGE BLVD. (ANAHEIM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH), ANAHEIM CA, 949-212-8417

 AUG 11-12 33RD ANNUAL INTERCITY SHOW AND SALE AT THE LA COUNTY ARBORETUM  9AM-5PM DAILY, 301 N. BALDWIN AVE, ARCADIA CA, INFO CALL TOM GLAVICH  626-798-2430 or JOHN MARTINEZ 805-390-2139

SEPT 1 HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS SUCCULENT SYMPOSIUM  ALL DAY AT THE HUNTINGTON, 626-405-3504

SEPT 15 LONG BEACH CACTUS CLUB ANNUAL PLANT AUCTION, 12-5PM RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, 6400 BIXBY HILL ROAD, LONG BEACH CA 90615  INFO: 562-631-5876

OCT 13-14 BAKERSFIELD CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE, SAT 10-5,  SUN 11-3, ST. PAUL’S CHURCH, 2216 17TH STREET, BAKERSFIELD CA 93304  FREE ADMISSION & PARKING, INFO: 661-831-8488

OCT 27-28 PALOMAR CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY FALL SHOW AND SALE  SAT 10-5, SUN 10-3, SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDENS, 230 QUAIL GARDENS RD,  ENCINITAS CA, INFO: BritaMiller1@gmail.com 

NOV 10-11 SAN GABRIEL CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE  BOTH DAYS 9AM-4PM, LA COUNTY ARBORETUM, ARCADIA CA  INFO: MANNY RIVERA 626-780-6957 or JOHN MATTHEWS 661-714-1052

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