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Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
Meeting in the San Fernando Valley.

Come and Join Us!
Welcome to the website of the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. Our club is comprised of diverse individuals from throughout the southland who share a passion for cacti and succulents. We meet monthly in the San Fernando Valley to enjoy stimulating presentations, hands-on workshops, plant sales, mini-shows, raffles, trading, and other activities. In addition, we offer field trips to member gardens, nurseries, and private collections. To serve the greater community, we recently upgraded the Cactus and Succulent Garden at the Sepulveda Garden Center by planting many new species. Our June Drought Tolerant Plant Festival is one of the highlights of the year.

We eagerly share the joys and benefits of collecting and cultivating cacti and succulents to new hobbyists. We invite you to attend our general meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Sepulveda Garden Center in the San Fernando Valley. 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, August 7, 2014 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM . 
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm

Speaker- Rick Vitelle
August 2014 
Program: Jardines Botánicos del Mundo (Botanical Gardens of the World)

Rick's presentation will include some of the most outstanding botanical gardens of the world, with emphasis on public and private gardens that have great collections of cacti, succulents and cycads. He will also share his passion for using stone and sculptures in the garden, drawing on garden design inspirations gleaned from his travels.

Rick has been a member of LACSS for about 15 years, but his interest in cacti and succulents dates back about 35 years when he began buying specimen plants from a vendor at the Orange County Swap Meet. He and his wife Sheila have visited about 20 countries in their travels, including five trips to Spain. Each of their trip itineraries invariably manage to include visits to a few gardens. In the past 15 years they have toured dozens of public and private botanical gardens throughout Europe, Morocco, South Africa, South America and Asia. Closer to home, Rick and Sheila are supporters of the Living Desert in Palm Desert, Lotusland in Santa Barbara, The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, and Ventura Botanical Gardens. When he’s not traveling or working on developing his garden, Rick serves as the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly held company headquartered in Ventura County.

August  Plants of the Month
Cacti:  Obregoni, Strombocactus, Echinomastus
Succullents: Fockea, Raphionacme, Brachystelma