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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
President

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, July 3, 2014 Program
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LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM . 
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm

Speaker- Kelly Griffin
“The Wild World of Succulents, Out of the Wild and into the Gardens” 
Kelly Griffin is most recognized with finding and creating new and different plants that can be utilized in garden settings. Some of Kelly’s hybrid aloes are well known in the industry and are collected by enthusiasts.

Griffin will speak on “The Wild World of Succulents, Out of the Wild and into the Gardens”.  
Griffin presents some of the strange, beautiful and wonderful plants (mostly succulent) that he has had the good fortune to see in his travels, sharing his passion to observe plants in the wild in order to understand how they grow, and under what conditions. He will share insights into the plants and habitats that are not well known.
Griffin is manager of Succulent Plant Development for Altman Plants, the largest producer of succulents in the country. His inclination has been towards agaves, aloes and echeverias, but there are many more plants that have garnered his attention. As part of his life’s work, he has introduced more than 100 succulents and created many cultivars that have been nudging their way into gardens and patios.
Griffin holds a degree in applied physics, but his love of plants continued to steer him towards horticulture as a career. Prior to his current position with Altman Plants he was curator of Xerophytes at Rancho Soledad Nursery where he was responsible for finding and creating new and different plants that could be utilized in garden settings. He has travelled extensively worldwide documenting plants and collecting seeds for propagation




July  Plants of the Month
Cacti:  Escorbaria, Coryphantha
Succulents: Cucurbitaceae