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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.  

Doors open at 6:15 for the Social Hour, Ask an Expert, and much more. The 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
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 July 5, 2018 General Meeting
LACSS Meeting first Thursday of the Month
Doors open 6:15pm
Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

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Plant of the Month  Library

August 2018 Plants of the Month

Cactus: Thelocactus & Hamatocactus
Succulent: Adenia

Do you 
me? >>>
I was left 
at the 
June 10 
as part of 
the plant 
A very 
member of LACSS has been temporarily caring for me since then.  If I belong to you, please send email to 
If my owner doesn't come forward before the next meeting on August 2, I'll become part of the raffle.
33rd Inter-City Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale
August 11 & 12, 2018
Los Angeles County Arboretum

Newsletter 2018
details on this year's show & summary of 2017 show
July Program
  Propagation of Succulents from Seed at the 
  UC Davis Botanical Conservatory
   Presented by Ernesto Sandoval

Ernesto and Company have been experimenting with various techniques for propagating succulents from seed and want to share these techniques and tips for better seed germination. If you haven’t tried growing from seed or if you are looking for ways to perhaps increase your success rate, Ernesto thinks you’ll appreciate this visual tour of propagation of plants such Welwitschia, Aloes, Cacti, Dorstenia, Othonna, Mesembs and more.

Ernesto Sandoval has a degree from UC Davis in Botany and has gone from working as student weeder/waterer to Director over the last 28 years at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. He has immersed himself in the world of biodiversity by growing several thousand types of plants at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, many of them succulents.  He loves the technical language of Botany but prefers to relate information in more understandable methods of communication!  By helping people to understand the workings of plants he hopes to help us better understand how to and why our plants do what they do and how we can maximize their growth, or at least appreciate what they do, with less effort and a better understanding.