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Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
Meeting in the San Fernando Valley.


Welcome to the website of the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. Our nearly 200 members come from throughout the southland and share a passion for cacti and succulents. This year, LACSS is celebrating its 80th birthday with special events and publications. Throughout LACSS history, many of the most prominent researchers, authors, and collectors of the succulent world have been leaders and members of our society. 

LACSS meets monthly in the San Fernando Valley to enjoy stimulating presentations, hands-on workshops, plant sales, mini-shows, raffles, trading, and other activities. In addition, LACSS offers field trips to member gardens, nurseries, and private collections. We serve the greater community by offering free educational activities, upgrading the Succulent Garden at the Sepulveda Garden Center, and presenting an exciting annual show. 

In order to share the joys and benefits of collecting and cultivating cacti and succulents, we invite you to check out our general meetings at 7:00 pm on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Sepulveda Garden Center in the San Fernando Valley. Attendance is FREE, and each visitor receives a free plant! We hope to see you at a meeting soon. 

Joyce Schumann

Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society (LACSS) cultivates the study and enjoyment of cacti and succulent plants through educational programs and activities that promote the hobby within a community of fellow enthusiasts and among the greater public.

Thursday, February 5, 2017 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM . 
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm

Speaker-'Panayoti Kelaidis
Senior Curator and Director of Outreach
Denver Botanic Gardens
 "New ways to design for growing succulents"
  Most enthusiasts all over the globe grow cacti and succulents in containers, where they can be brought indoors in climates that are too wet or cold, or moved around to show them off at their best. In southern California, such a huge range of succulents thrive outdoors that more and more gardeners just line their plants out in beds, much as one would with leafy perennials in a wetter climate. 
  Despite the artistic example of Huntington's desert garden, or Lotusland, sometimes our gardens don't always come across with the most pleasing design--and there are many facets of designing with succulents that can pay dividends. Boulders and rocks, and especially the exciting new style of crevice gardening not only provides a fabulous setting for succulents, but rock gardens can provide a myriad of microhabitats that make it possible to grow otherwise difficult plants with ease.
  In this talk, Panayoti will show creative ways that gardeners have designed gardens to showcase succulents around the world!

February Plants of the Month
Cacti:    Escobaria Acharragma     
Succulents:   Aloe Clusters (no larger than 6” pot)

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