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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 the Sepulveda Garden Center 16633 Magnolia Blvd ., Encino, CA 91436.  

Starting in January, we are making a few changes to our meeting times and format. 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.

Thursday June 7, 2018 General Meeting
LACSS Meeting first Thursday of the Month
Doors open 6:15pm
Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

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June Program - Staging Your Plants
Presented by Artie Chavez

If you have been around the club for more than 5 minutes, you already know who Artie is. He
has been a member of this club since the late 1970’s. He is the owner of Desert Creations Nursery and Gift Shop, which he started with his friends Steve and Phyllis Frieze, and joined later by Gerald Richert.

Artie is an amazing grower, with an incredible amount of knowledge. He has an extensive collection of cactus and succulents. Among his talents, he is known as an amazing “Stager.” He serves as a judge at many cactus and succulent shows, and his knowledge of how plants look in the wild guides how to make plants look best in shows.

There are many reasons why people want to stage a plant. For some people, staging is used to accent a plant for their home, much like a piece of art. Others show their plants in shows to
compete for ribbons and trophies. Showing plants in shows also gives the exhibitor feedback
on how to grow their plants better. Whatever your reason, this talk will give you great techniques and ideas for making staging and repotting more enjoyable.

Bring in a couple of pots, bring in a plant, bring some rocks and top dressing 
and watch Artie work his magic!
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Plant of the Month  Library

July 2018 Plants of the Month

Cactus: Matucana & Oroya
Succulent: Echevaria

In my yard

A garden visitor on May 28, 2018.

Sometimes there is more in a garden than cacti and succulents.