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
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