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

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. Throughout the history of LACSS, 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 June and a Fall Sale in September.

In order to share the joys and benefits of collecting and cultivating cacti and succulents, we invite you to check out our general meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Sepulveda Garden Center 16633 Magnolia Blvd ., Encino, CA 91436.  

Starting in January, we are making a few changes to our meeting times and format. Doors open at 6:15 for the Social Hour, Ask an Expert, and much more. Thee business meeting starts promptly at 7:20. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Each new visitor receives a free plant! We hope to see you at a meeting soon. 

Kim Chavez
President



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 January 4, 2018 General Meeting
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LACSS Meeting first Thursday of the Month
Doors open 6:15pm
Sepulveda Garden Center 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436.  


January Program- Duke Benadom
Duke’s digital presentation will be on a trip to Uganda where he and Tom Cole botanized mostly in the lawless Karamoja Region of north-east Uganda. Much of it was accompanied by three individuals from the Ik tribe.​

Duke has been involved with several cactus & succulent clubs and is a life member of three (including LACSS). He became a Director for the Cactus & Succulent Society of America (CSSA) in 1990, served as the CSSA's Show Chairman for more than a decade, and as Convention Chairman for six conventions. He served as Vice President and then President for a total of almost ten years, and as Editor of the Cactus & Succulent Journal for just over a year. He is a recipient of CSSA awards, Superior Service, Special Service, and Fellow. He was the author of the long-running CSJ column, Superb Succulents, since its inception. He enjoys flora and fauna, seed growing, traveling, photography, and sharing these experiences with others of similar interests. He even served as LACSS President oh so long ago.




January Plants of the Month
Cacti:  Blossfeldia & Frailea 
Succulents: Othonna & Senecio


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