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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, May 7, 2015 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM . 
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm

Speaker- Karen Ostler – Mojave Desert Plants, They’re Here in Our Own Backyard! 

The Mojave is known as the high desert with elevations up to nearly 8000 feet. The range in elevation diversifies plant life. Along with vascular, fungi, mosses and lichen plants are Cacti. These can be seen by taking a relatively short drive from Los Angeles. Karen’s presentation will take us on this drive to explore these habitats. So fasten your seat belt and let’s explore our own backyard!
Karen has been growing plants from age ten, beginning with houseplants like Sansevierias and Epiphyllums. Her first real cactus was in 1979, a Gymnocalycium. After that she was hooked. She has been a member of LACSS off and on since 1988. She is also a member of CSSA, Central Coast, Gates, San Gabriel and Sunset Cactus and Succulent Societies. She received the 2014 CSSA Educational Award for her Educational display at the 2014 LACSS Festival. She has been a recent speaker at SGCSS on her specialty, Mammillarias. Ten years ago she moved from the San Fernando Valley to the Mojave Desert, where she lives at an elevation of 4100 feet.  

 May Plants of the Month
Cacti:  Aztekium,Geohintonia 
Succulents: Sansevieria

Save the Date May 30 & 31, 2015
Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival