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

LACSS CELEBRATES 80 YEARS!

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
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, January 5, 2016 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








Speakers-Jim and Roxie Esterle
Desperately Seeking Succulents, in the San Francisco Mountains of Baja California

Jim and Roxie Esterle bought their first succulent, a Bursera fagaroides, from Manny Singer in 1992. Little did they know then that collecting succulents would become a shared, lifelong passion for them. After each retired, Jim from education and human resources and Roxie from science education, they discovered LACSS and were hooked. In addition to learning about these fantastic plants, they have accumulated over 1000 cacti and succulents which Roxie tracks on a 50+ page spreadsheet.Finding plants in the wild and seeing their natural and full-size glory has been a tremendous source of excitement for the Esterles, taking them to Madagascar, Ethiopia, and other exotic lands. One of their favorite travel destinations in Baja California, so easily accessible and such a treasure trove of plants. In the past years, the Esterles have driven to central Baja several times and have been able to locate many species of Cactus, Agave,Yucca, Dudleya, Fouquieria, Jatropha, and Bursera. In this presentation, they will share their discoveries and the joy of the hunt.  

November Plants of the Month
Cacti:    Copiapoa  
Succulents:  Tylecodon

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