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

Nels Christianson 
Will present "Minas Gerais and Southern Brazil".

This program will show some cacti of Minas Gerais in habitat, the Botanical Garden of Belo Horizonte, the Inhotim Botanical Garden outside Belo Horizonte with its many palms, ferns and bromeliads, the Dyckia collection of Constantino Gastaldi in Joinville, Santa Catarina and Aparados da Serra National Park in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Nels Christianson is a native of Merced, California. He was educated at UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown University, UCLA and the Federal University of Minas Gerais where he studied Brazilian literature through a Rotary Foundation scholarship. He retired in 2012 after a 37-year career in hospital administration and international relations at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Nels is a board member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a published poet and a board member of California Poets in the Schools, an organization which brings poetry composition workshops to 25,000 K-12 students statewide. Nels has been a member of the CSSA and of the Sunset Succulent Society in Marina del Rey since 1984. He has participated in CSSA trips to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Oaxaca, northeastern Mexico and the Canary Islands. He is a potter and sells planter pots at his club meetings. Nels is the president of the Westchester Begonia Society, a member of the Culver City Gesneriad Society, Bromeliad Society international, La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society and San Fernando Valley Bromeliad Society. He is a weekly volunteer at the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens.

April Plants of the Month
Cacti:   Mammillaria w/out hooks  
Succulents:   Bromeliad

LACSS Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Coming Soon!
 Save the date June 10 and 11, 2017
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