Mission Statement: The Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society, an affiliate of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America, was founded in 1935 to further the enjoyment & disseminate information about cacti & succulents.  .
March1, 2012 Program

“The American Southwest”
Presented by Woody Minnich

LACSS meeting begin at 7:00 PM . 
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at  6:45 and not before.
Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich 
Woody, as he is commonly called, has been in the cactus hobby for some 41 years and has become well known for his participation in many of the cactus and succulent clubs. He is an honorary life member of seven clubs as well as a life member of CSSA (Cactus & Succulent Society of America.) He has served in almost all positions of leadership from president, to newsletter editor, to show chairman and so on. He is also known for his extensive field work studying primarily the cactus family. He has traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Africa, Yemen and Socotra. From these trips he has developed an extensive knowledge of the cactus family as well as many of the other succulent genera.

Nowhere in the world is there a more dynamic and picturesque region than that of the Ameri-can southwest. This romantic and historical part of the USA is marked with drama from its indigenous peoples and landscapes, to its grandest plants and creatures. For the purpose of this title we are includ-ing the seven most cactus and succulent rich states; Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mex-ico, Texas and Utah.

This presentation, The Great American Southwest, is an epic story and view of this magic land. Many people from all over the world have been attracted this special region, and for me, I will be sharing over 40 years of my field work in this most incredible part of our country.

March Plants of the Month
Cacti: Variegates
Succulents: Variegates
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