There is no Communique this month
Monthly Meeting: Join us, Februay 12 at 7:30 pm
Ayers Hall, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia










February Program
Foggy Deserts” presented by Paul Klaassen
   

Our February speaker will be Paul Klaassen. Born in the Netherlands, Paul Klaassen won his first cactus show at school in 1959. His Opa (Grandad) gave him his first subscription to Succulenta, the Dutch C&S Society, as a birthday present in 1963 – he had been a member himself since 1933 but WWII had destroyed his collection.

He moved with his family from the Netherlands to Denmark where his collection continued to grow, under artificial lights. He remembers: “In 1967 we moved to England, supposedly just for two years. I still live there today. As I discovered girls, Irish Guinness and rock ‘n’ roll, my cactus collection went downhill, but a beaten up Ferocactus histrix somehow followed me around as I got married and moved around, from Surrey to Bristol and back to Dorking in Surrey, growing my own family. A move in 1988 gave me my own study, with my own windowsill for the lonely F. histrix. It was soon joined by many other cacti.”

Paul joined the British Cactus & Succulent Society (BCSS) and not long after found himself in the role of Secretary of BCSS Crawley Branch before moving on to Wiltshire in 2003, living some 5 km from iconic Stonehenge. A house move now also included a collection of 3,500 cacti – quite a challenge!

In 1997 Paul made his first trip to Cactus Country, three weeks with my two teenage sons traveling through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado in pursuit of cacti, before a final week of theme parks and tourist attractions around Los Angeles. This first trip fired up a passion to see cacti in their habitat in preference to pots at home. Since then Paul has explored for cacti and other succulent plants in their habitats in South Africa and Namibia, South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru) and North America (USA, Mexico and Cuba).

Paul is a published author: The Plantfinders Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents by Keith Grantham & Paul Klaassen (1999) (David & Charles Publishing in the UK, Timber Press in the USA)


There is no Communique this month


Paul Klaassen

Plant of the Month:

Cactus:
Escobaria
Succulent:
Crassulaceae - Africa


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

February C&S WorkshopTopic: Tips, Tools and Techniques
And don’t forget – there is always an informal raffle; everyone takes home a plant or plant cuttings.
Hope to see you there.


Meeting Highlights
SGVCSS Information  Membership Form
SGVCSS Officers, Board, and Committees
SGVCSS Communiqué 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

CACTUS AND SUCCULENT UPCOMING EVENTS - 2015
   
FEB. 14
SAN DIEGO CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY, SPRING SHOW AND SALE
BALBOA PARK, ROOM 101, SAN DIEGO, CA—INFO 858-382-1797
 MAR.  27-29  
ORANGE COUNTY CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SPRING SHOW AND          
SALE.  FRI. AND SAT. MAR. 27-28 9-5PM SUN. MAR. 29TH 12-4PM 
1000 S. STATE COLLEGE BL., (ANAHEIM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH) ANAHEIM, CA
INFORMATION CALL 562-587-3357
APR. 11-12    
SOUTH COAST CACTUS AN SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW & SALE
SOUTH COAST BOTANIC GARDEN, 26300 CRENSHAW BLVD.,
PALOS VERDES, CA   INFO: 310-378-1953 HTTP://WWW.SOUTHCOASTCSS.ORG
       
APR.  26    
HUNTINGTON PLANT SALE   10 TO 5    HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 OXFORD ROAD, SAN MARINO, CA. 626-405-2160
MAY 3
SOUTH BAY EPIPHYLLUM SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE---9AM TO 4PM
SOUTH COAST BOTANICAL GARDENS
INFORMATION CALL-310-833-6823
MAY  2-3    
SUNSET CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE
VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER, GARDEN ROOM
4117 OVERLAND AVE., CULVER CITY, CA. INFO.  310-822-1783
MAY 9-10    
LONG BEACH CACTUS CLUB PLANT SHOW AND SALE  10AM-5PM
RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS,6400 BIXBY HILL ROAD, LONG BEACH
 FOR INFO. CALL 310-922-6090—WWW.LBCSS.ORG
MAY 15-16    
GATES CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY 34TH SHOW AND SALE  
FRI & SAT  9-4:30 PM, AT LAND SCAPES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE   
450 E. ALESSANDRO BLVD., RIVERSIDE, CA    INFO.   951-360-8802
MAY  23-24   
CENTRAL COAST CASTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY
ANNUAL SHOW & SALE (10-4PM), LUDWICK CENTER, 864 SANTA ROSA
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – INFO. 805-237-2054, WWW.CENTRALCOASTCACTUS.ORG
MAY  30-31   
LOS ANGELES CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY  
PLANT SHOW AND SALE 30TH  9-5, 31ST  9-3:30
SEPULVEDA GARDEN CENTER, 16633 MAGNOLIA BLVD.
ENCINO, CA   INFO. WWW.LACSS-SHOW.COM
JUNE  6-7       
SAN DIEGO CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY –SUMMER SHOW AND SALE
BALBOA PARK, ROOM 101, SAN DIEGO, CA.  INFO: 858-382-1797
JUNE 14-19    
CSSA BIENNAL CONVENTION, PITZER COLLEGE, CLAREMONT, CA HTTP://WWW.CSSAINC.ORG
JUNE  26-28  
CSSA ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE –HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 OXFORD ROAD, SAN MARINO, CA.
626-405-2160 OR 2277   PLANTS SALES START JUNE 26TH THRU JUNE 28TH
THE SHOW OPENS ON THE JUNE 27TH THRU JUNE 28TH  
  
 JULY 24-26  
ORANGE COUNTY CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SUMMER SHOW AND          
SALE.  FRI. JULY 24TH 9AM-5PM, SAT JULY 25TH 9AM-5PM, SUN 26TH 12-4PM 
 1000 S. STATE COLLEGE BL., (ANAHEIM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH) ANAHEIM, CA
 INFORMATION CALL 949-212-8417
AUG. 8-9       
30TH ANNUAL INTERCITY SHOW AND SALE AT THE LA COUNTY ARBORETUM,
9AM-5PM DAILY. 301 NO. BALDWIN AVE., ARCADIA, CA.                             
INFO. CALL TOM GLAVICH  626-798-2430 OR JOHN MATTHEWS  661-714-1052
SEPT. 5   
HUNTINGTON BOTANICAL GARDENS SUCCULENT SYMPOSIUM
ALL DAY AT THE HUNTINGTON
 SEPT. 6    
LONG BEACH CACTUS CLUB ANNUAL PLANT AUCTION -12-5PM
RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, 6400 BIXBY HILL ROAD, LONG BEACH, CA 90615
 INFO: 310-922-6090
OCT. 24-25      
PALOMAR SHOW AND SALE   SAT 9-5, SUN 10-4, SAN DIEGO BONTAIC GARDENS
230 QUAIL GARDENS RD, ENCINITAS…
INFO HCISERVICES@GMAIL.COM.    858-382-1797
NOV. 7-8   
SAN GABRIEL CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY 9AM-4PM BOTH DAYS
 SHOW AND SALE---LA COUNTY ARBORETUM ADDRESS ABOVE
 
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