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 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society

33rd Annual Inter-City Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale
August 11 - 12, 2018
Los Angeles County Arboretum

The 33rd Annual Inter-City Show and Sale is almost here! Each year there are about 100 entrants and about 1400 plants. The Inter-City show defines the best in succulent plant horticulture in a way that no other plant show can.

The show is accompanied by hourly informative presentations and the sale of cacti and succulents, pots, and growing media. Vendors come from Northern and Southern California as well as New Mexico and Arizona, some making they're only local appearance at this event.

The Inter-City Show is one of the easiest to enter with classes for novice growers, advanced growers, and an open class for the expert growers. Novice and advanced growers are the heart of the show! They enter more than two-thirds of the plants exhibited, and these are the plants that persuade visitors to become members of their local Cactus and Succulent Societies.

What you may want to know about the event:
When to bring your show plants (set-up times)
Wednesday August 8,  1:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Thursday August 9,  8:00 AM - 9:00 PM 
Friday August 10,  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

All show plants must be in place before 5:00pm to allow the start of judging.

 All show plants must be picked up on Sunday, August 13, after 5:00 PM


Entry Tags & Show Schedule

Entry tags and Show Category Schedules will be available at the August club meeting. If you are entering from out of town (or just desperate) and need either, contact John Martinez at or, (805) 390-2139 and I will mail them to you. Entry tags and the Category Schedules will also be available at the Arboretum during the set-up days. If you are a novice, there will be people there to help with identification and placement. We all start as novices.

Vital Numbers

Show Chairs
Tom Glavich  626-798-2430 
John Martinez  805-390-2139 
Peter Walkowiak  858-382-1797

Sales Chair
Jim Hanna  562-920-3046

Show Treasurer
Evelynn Stevens   626-303-1239

 Your help is needed!
Lots of help is needed for set-up on Wednesday morning, teardown on Sunday Afternoon and for clerking Friday evening, let your show chairperson know. The table rental company will do the set-up. We just need volunteers to push the tables into the right positions and add the tablecloths. All of the backbreaking work will be done by others. We also need help setting up the sales area.

The same is true for the sales, tabulations, holding area, etc. We particularly need help on Saturday morning when sales are the busiest. Sales and holding area need help during the show, and everyone is needed to greet the public, answer questions, and just keep an eye on the plants.

I will be circulating volunteer sign up sheets at the July and August meetings. 
You can also reach me at

Wear your club badges!

A good crowd in the room makes for a better show. This is a great time to meet people from the other clubs and to spend more quality time with the plants you love. If you haven’t spent time at a show, you will be amazed at the growing tips and advice that are freely given. It is a first-class learning opportunity. No previous experience and no plant expertise (although you have more than you think) is required.

Worker and entrant pre-sale
The sales area will be open Friday from about 2:00pm (or earlier if there is a cashier and a cash register). This is a special pre-sale for volunteers and entrants. Get the first pick of the sale plants and pots.


Show schedule
The show schedule can be found at: http://

Shirts and artwork
This year’s T-Shirt design is Haworthia bayeri by Tom Glavich. Many of us have this plant, and it would be interesting to see a great display of this wonderful plant.

Golden sweeps!
The Golden Sweeps have been a part of our show for several years. These are special pots awarded to those who win a first, second and third in a single category in Class 1 (Cacti) or Class 2 (Succulents). Bring in those ‘extra’ plants that will give you a chance at these special awards. It’s no secret that these are easiest to win in the Novice class. We give out about the same number in the Cacti and Succulents categories, so bring what you grow best.

Saturday night banquet and auction
The Saturday night Banquet and Auction has been a show tradition from the start. It’s a great time to argue the fine points of showing and judging, and meet many other plant enthusiast.

A feature of each of the Banquets is the auction of spectacular plants (and most surprisingly affordable) from some of the best growers. These are often the ones that appear on the trophy table in years to come.

Specific information on the Banquet will be forthcoming.

Looking forward to see you all there, 

John Martinez