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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, April 7, 2016 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM . 
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm

Matt-Dell Tufenkian

Matt's talk will include a photo and video presentation of the Scented Leaf Geranium Garden at the LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Matt supplied all the plants for the garden and helped to layout and install the planting. He will also bring examples of different Geraniums and Pelargoniums to show and sell.

Matt-Dell Tufenkian is a second generation nurseryman. He grew up in East Los Angeles in a house that had a double lot backyard filled with plants. Matt’s parents ran the International Geranium Society for many years, and are responsible for increasing the popularity of geraniums and pelargoniums among LA area gardeners. As a child, Matt enthusiastically followed his parent’s lead, cultivating geraniums of his own and even won a “Best In Show” ribbon for his plant entry when he was eight years old. Later, when an insensitive adult dubbed him “Geranium Boy,” Matt made up his mind then and there to learn everything he could about every kind of plant.

Over the years, Matt has worked at many local nurseries, and now (with his wife, Rebecca) owns one of his own: Dominus Plantarum - A (backyard based) Nursery and Plant Brokering Service. They keep many collectable plants on hand. Additionally, they sell plants wholesale to designers and resellers, and retail to the general public. 

Matt holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. His garden designs have been featured in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, in the L.A. Garden Show at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and on HGTV. He is a past President of the Southern California Hemerocallis and Amaryllis Society (A.K.A. The Bulb Club), a current Board Member of Altadena Heritage, the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Geranium Society, the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society, and Southern California Horticulture Society. 

Currently, Matt and his wife, Rebecca, are hosting a Thursday morning garden discussion series, “What’s Happening in Gardening,” at the LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

April Plants of the Month
Cacti:   Parodia, Notocactus    
Succulents:   Haworthia

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