Meetings are held at the Park Ave. Community Center in Escondido unless noted.

Note that events might be canceled or modified without notice. Check back regularly for updates.

January 22, 2022
Speaker: Canceled
Plant of the Month: Stapelia

February 26, 2022
Speaker: Nick Basinski on Dudleyas
Plant of the Month: Lithops

March 26, 2022
Plant of the Month: Sansevieria
Speaker: Dean Karras, Baja Travelogue

Dean KarrasDean will present a botanical travelogue of his first expedition to Baja, Mexico in February of 2018 wherein he traversed over 1,000 miles in a week.
The emphasis of the presentation will be on field observations of the plants we know and love: cacti, agaves, euphorbias, pachycauls, and dudleyas.
Dean will also discuss how the greater climate, geology, and ecology of the Baja ecoregion collectively shape the unique landscape and the plants
that inhabit it.

Dean is the founder and owner of Gnosis Nursery in Ramona, CA. Palomar Club member since 2017, member of SDCSS since 2019. Some of his
favorite succulent genera are: Aloe, Agave, Dudleya, Trichocereus, Echinocereus, Astrophytum, and Ferocactus. He is also partial to mesembs,
caudiciforms, and xeric bromeliads, although his passion for plants extends far beyond succulents to include organic gardening and permaculture
practices, natives, edibles, and ethnobotanically significant plants. When not busy propagating and selling plants, Dean can be found exploring
and photographing the Desert Southwest and Baja.

April 23, 2022

Speaker: Petra Crist, Rare Succulents (tentative)
Plant of the Month: Didieria

May 28, 2022
Speaker: Stefan Burger, Cacti of the Atacama Desert
Plant of the Month: Copiapoa

June 25, 2022
Member Festival

July 23, 2022
Speaker: Julian Duval, Bonsai Succulents
Plant of the Month: Sedum

August 27, 2022

September 24, 2022
Speaker: Crystal Eckman @cultofsun on Instagram, Melocactus species—propagation and culture
Plant of the Month: Melocactus

October 8-9, 2022
Show & Sale

November 19, 2022
Speaker: Ron Parker (Zoom), Chasing Centuries: Ancient Anthropogenic Agave Cultivars of Arizona
Plant of the Month: Tephrocactus

December 17, 2022
Holiday Party



Meetings are the fourth Saturday of each month, with a few exceptions, at the Park Avenue Community Center in Escondido, 210 E Park Ave Escondido, CA 92025. Check the newsletter or website for the exact dates. The basic schedule is as follows, with times being flexible:

11:00 – 12:00 pmSign in, check out the Brag, Exchange, Benefit Drawing, and Sales Tables. Meet up with friends.

12:00 – 12:45 pmMeeting starts – Announcements, Club Business, Brag Table Judging

12:45 – 1:10 pmBREAK – Refreshments, chat with fellow members, enjoy all the plants

1:10 – 2:30 pm Name Badge Raffle, Main Speaker

2:30 – 2:50 pmBenefit Drawing followed by Exchange Table Drawing

2:50 – 3:00 pm Clean-up

Check-in Welcome Table – Members and guests sign-in here, join or renew their membership, order nametags, sign-up to bring refreshments, and get Name Tag Drawing tickets.
There are also handouts, flyers, etc.

Programs – Experts in the hobby present a variety of programs, usually with a PowerPoint or slide show. Some are club members, but more often they are by other well-known
guest presenters, some from around the world.

Plant of the Month – A different cacti/succulent is featured and there is a short presentation with basic information provided. Members are encouraged to bring in their specimens
of the featured plant to share and to enter them in the Brag Table competition if desired.

Brag Table – Bring in your favorite plants and show them off! This is a mini-competition with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners chosen in Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions
of both cactus and succulents. Members get a chance to see each other’s special plants, and this is also excellent practice for our big October Show held at San Diego Botanic Garden.
The judge shares details about the plants as they are evaluated. Winners earn 3 points for first place, 2 points for second place, 1 point for third place, plus 1 point for each plant entered.
The points go towards choosing from a selection of beautiful gift plants at the December Holiday Luncheon.

Exchange Table – Cactus and succulent enthusiasts love to share, and this is the place! Bring in cuttings and/or plants, used pottery and get a ticket to participate in the Exchange Table drawing. Tickets are randomly drawn and each person chooses what they want from the wide assortment available. After all tickets are called, you can help yourself to what is left over.
This is an excellent way to share your surplus and to collect cuttings or plants that you’ve been searching to find.

Benefit Drawing – Each month members donate plants, pottery, and/or other garden related items to the Benefit Drawing. These items should be a bit nicer than those for the Exchange Table. The club also provides plants to enlarge the selection. Tickets are $1, or 6 for $5, with proceeds going to the club. This is the place to pick up some excellent plants for a bargain.

Sales Table – Members sell plants they have grown or collected, in addition to pots, rocks, and other merchandise of interest to succulent fanatics. See John Barkley, our Treasurer,
for information if you are interested in selling.

Library – Our library has over 200 books, journals, etc. that members may check out. Many are not available at your local library. New books are purchased regularly, and we love suggestions.

Name Tag Prizes – To encourage members to sign in and wear their name tags so that everyone knows who you are, we have a name tag drawing. When you wear it to a meeting,
make sure to get a ticket at the Membership Table to enter in the drawing. After the break, 3 lucky members will have their ticket chosen for a plant prize. You can order a name tag
for $7 at the Membership table.

Refreshments – The club provides coffee and bottled water. Members take turns bringing in snacks for the break. Sign up and treat everyone to your specialty or something else tasty!
If you are not able to bring something you may make a small monetary donation towards the cost.

Socialize – Spend some time with old friends and get to know other fellow club members who share this rewarding hobby. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.
The club is full of wonderful people with a wide range of interests! They love to answer questions, so don‘t be afraid to ask!

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