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.
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