February 2014 Meeting – Paul Klaasen – South Africa

Visitors welcome! Members: Bring a friend!

Meeting starts at 7:30 PM, but arrive early to socialize & check out our plant vendors. We will be meeting in the smaller room this month and there will be a raffle.

The Speaker for February will be Paul Klaassen
Paul has been growing cacti since the age of 6. He took his first trip to cactus country in 1997 (US: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah & Colorado). Since then he’s made numerous visits to Chile including a look on the other side of the Andes, 3 months in Brazil, 1 month in Bolivia, three trips to mainland Mexico plus a month in Cuba as well as 9 weeks in South Africa and Namibia. Now that he’s retired, he tries to make the best of the airfare by staying longer than most.  Most of Paul’s travels fall between October and March, to avoid cold wet winters in Europe. During the ‘summer’ months (April to end September) he gives presentations under the title of ‘What I Saw Last Winter’.

This will be Paul’s third presentation at Orange County and he looks forward to meeting the folk that made him feel so welcome on previous occasions.

The topic of his talk at our club this year will be “What I saw in South Africa”.

Visitors are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

We will also have a plant raffle and vendors selling plants & pottery starting at 7 PM.

The meeting will be at Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 South State College Blvd., Anaheim 92806-4988.  Thursday, February 27, 7:30 PM

January 2014 Newsletter

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October 2013 Meeting

Visitors welcome! Members: Bring a friend!

Meeting starts at 7:30 PM, but arrive early to socialize & check out our plant vendors. We will be meeting in the smaller room this month and there will be a raffle.

Our speaker for October is our own Hank Warzybok. Hank has been a fan of cactus an succulents since he retired in 1995. He is the past president of the Long Beach club. He’s a also a member of the San Gabriel and South Coast clubs as well as the South Bay and Saddleback Valley Bromeliad clubs. Hank particularly likes Aloes and Euphorbias due to their indestructible nature. He has hosted a garden tour for our club as well as the Gates club. He has no lawn.

Tonight Hank will bring us on “A Road Trip” with a visit to Death Valley, Organ Pipe Cactus Natl Monument, Big Ben Natl Park, TX, Carlsbad Caverns and more.

Visitors are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

We will also have a plant raffle and vendors selling plants & pottery starting at 7 PM.

The meeting will be at Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 South State College Blvd., Anaheim 92806-4988.  Thursday, October 24, 7:30 PM

September 2013 Meeting

We have a special speaker this month from Argentina! Visitors welcome! Members: Bring a friend!

Meeting starts at 7:30 PM, but arrive early to socialize & check out our plant vendors. We will be meeting in the big room this month and there will be a raffle.

This months presentation is “Nature and Cacti from Patagonia”

The program will take us to a part of South America where people seldom travel in search of cacti. This is probably the reason why so many collectors and hobbyists are not very familiar with some genera such as Pterocactus, Austrocactus, Mahiuenia etc.

Most people visit Patagonia in search of beautiful landscapes, snowcapped mountains, glacier lakes surrounded of pristine forests, incredible wildlife on the coast, among many other attractions.

The truth is that, even though we can find all those things, there are over 40 species of cacti that grow at these latitudes. Because of their isolation, these plants are largely unknown to most collectors or cacti enthusiasts. Also, because of their habitat, these cacti tolerate colder weather, and more humid conditions in the winter than plants from Northwestern Argentina.

This talk will attempt to show you the diversity of these little known plants as well some beautiful scenery from Northern Patagonia.

Guillermo Rivera
Born in Argentina. Owner of South America Nature Tours (former Cactus Expeditions), a company dedicated to the organization of tours for the last 12 years, throughout South America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador), Mexico and South Africa, with emphasis on plants (bromeliads, cacti, and orchids), and birding. Guillermo Rivera is a former researcher at the University of Cordoba, Argentina. He has a BS degree in Biology University of Cordoba and an MS in Marine Biology. Northeastern University as well as a PhD in Botany University of Cordoba.

Visitors are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

We will also have a plant raffle, silent auction, and vendors selling plants & pottery starting at 7 PM.

The meeting will be at Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 South State College Blvd., Anaheim 92806-4988.  Thursday, September 26, 7:30 PM

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August Meeting – Tim Harvey – Bulbs for Succulent Lovers

Visitors welcome! Members: Bring a friend!

Meeting starts at 7:30 PM, but arrive early to socialize & check out our plant vendors. We will be meeting in the big room this month and there will be a silent auction and raffle.

Our Speaker for August will be Tim Harvey. Tim is a real fascinating guy who propagates plants by tissue culture, hybridizes Uncarinas and exhibits plants at the LACSS & InterCity shows. A native of England, he moved to Canada in 1994. After a couple freezing years there, he migrated to California. Today he owns a nursery, Plantae Novae, in the Ventura area where his growing energies are shifting from cacti to succulents. He is the current editor of the CSSA’s Cactus and Succulent Journal. Some favorites of his are the summer growing succulent trees – particularly Uncarina, as well as Cyphostemma and Commiphora. He also favors the winter growing bulbs, along with Othonna and Sarcocaulon. Tim’s presentation will be “Bulbs for Succulent Lovers”.

July 2013 Newsletter

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Orange County Cactus & Succulent Sale – July 26-28

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Members Only Presale on July 25, 2013 from 6-8pm.

 

June 2013 Newsletter

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