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

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. Throughout the history of LACSS, 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 June and a Fall Sale in September.

In order to share the joys and benefits of collecting and cultivating cacti and succulents, we invite you to check out our general meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month at 
OUR NEW LOCATION the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center, 18255 Victory Blvd, Reseda, 91335.   June meeting will be at the Sepulveda Garden Center.

Doors open at 6:15 for the Social Hour, Ask an Expert, and much more. The business meeting starts promptly at 7:20. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Each new visitor receives a free plant!  We hope to see you at a meeting soon. 

Kim Chavez
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.

Alternative Propagation – Playing With Your Plants​
LACSS Meeting first Thursday of the Month - Doors open 6:15pm

  Next General Meeting is Thursday, June 6, 2019 
ENCINO CA, 91436
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     June 6 presentation
            All About Succulents  by Sandy Masuo
Members Info
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Plant of the Month  Library
June Plants of the Month

Cactus - your favorites

Succulent - your favorites

In my yard

What happens to a 7 foot branch of yucca after big wind

Revision of 
Plant of the Month policy!

​Begins January 1, 2019

Click here for details
Cactus Chronicle & Plant of the Month Archive
with links to 
past Chronicle issues and POM Library
A little biographical background about the nature of my interest in succulents.   What is it about succulents that has made them such hot commodities in recent years?   Succulent Natural History.  Types of Succulents - Understanding the natural behavior of succulents makes their needs clearer.

Forms of Succulents - These are adaptations to their natural habitats. Understanding them makes it easier to cultivate them and incorporate them into planters and landscaping.

Succulents have become extremely trendy but not all trends are good ones.
Soil, temperature, water, nutrients, and light—succulents are not all the same, but some general guidelines will help keep them happy.
A breakdown of some of the more common genera of succulents grouped by ease of care.   Suggestions learning more as well as some of my favorite succulent sources.
Since 2003, Sandy Masuo has served as associate editor in the publications division of the Los Angeles Zoo sharing the wealth of stories that the Zoo has to offer via magazine articles and newsletters for both members and staff. Prior to that, she made excellent use of her Brown University Bachelor’s Degree in popular culture and society when she served on the editorial staffs for various national music magazines including MUSICIAN and OPTION. She was a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Calendar and a columnist for the Boston Phoenix. From 2010 to 2014, Sandy served on the Southern California Horticultural Society (SCHS) board of directors, continues to manage the SCHS Facebook page, and intermittently contributes to the SCHS newsletter. She also co-edits the Association of Zoological Horticulture newsletter. In 2016, she published her debut novel, Unnatural Selection: Lessons of Life and Death on the Paper Trail, under her nom de plume, Rosana DuMas. The murder mystery’s protagonist is a horticulturist who moonlights as a private investigator. Sandy makes use of the Master’s Degree she earned at the Harvard Graduate School of Education teaching adult education workshops. These include fiction and business writing as well as a perennially popular succulent gardening class. A persistent citizen scientist and artist (block printing, ceramics), Sandy’s interests are eclectic and she enthusiastically shares the delight of learning and creating with others.
Future guest speakers 
in 2019

July - Atilla Kapitany
August - Keith Taylor
September - Stephen Ingram
October - Petra Crist
November - open