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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 October 4, 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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Bio - In early 1994 I came from Germany to California.   Shortly after moving here, one of my husband's friends brought up the upcoming Inter City Show and Sale and we went to have a look – well, what can I say? They had to push me into the building, as I was utterly overwhelmed trying to take it all in at the same time. My collection started right there with the first 10 plants. It got the proverbial ball rolling. I found plants all over the place and eventually joined the San Gabriel club – which made things “worse”. 
The funniest occurrence I had after collecting for a year or two when I proudly told a lady at one of the shows that I had about one hundred plants. She just looked at me and told me to wait till I had a thousand. I thought she was utterly crazy. Needless to mention, that as times went on, I became the crazy one and exceeded those one thousand plants – by far. The lady at the show was Norma Lewis (member LACSS).
Looking forward to share some of my “craziness” with you on Thursday, October 4.

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Plant of the Month  Library

October 2018 Plants of the Month

Cactus: Espostoa & Oreocereus

Succulent: JatrophaMonadenium, Pedilanthus

In my Yard
A shade making structure as suggested at the August meeting.  UPDATE - filled bottom and lower part of uprights with pea gravel for weight.  Glued top & some bottom pieces in place. Stronger structure.
Plants still happy.
October Guest Speaker
 Petra Crist

From our affiliate San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society (SGVCSS)

NEW website address is

SGVCSS Winter Show has moved 
to January 12-13, 2019 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum