Next Regular Meeting is 10/15/17

Speaker – Russell Wagner/Recent Visit to South Africa

Our featured speaker, Russell Wagner, went to South Africa to observe what several years of extreme drought has wrought, and found some interesting things along the way. From walks in the veld to talks with farmers, he quickly found where to avoid (and went there anyway) and where plants might still be looking good. Along the way he sought out every species of Dinteranthus (a difficult and beautiful lithops-like mesemb), and found the rare Bulbine lolita—after three visits to the same hill over many years. He spent time seeking unusual geophytes (eriospermums, senecios) and spectacular mesembs (his specialty). And for a few days he toured the Knersvlakte with botanical artist Wilna Eloff, to show her Argyroderma fissum in habitat, which she will paint for Steven Hammer’s next book in the Little Sphaeroid Press Mesembs series. Come out and enjoy this dynamic speaker talk about everyone’s favorite succulent paradise!

About the speaker

Russell Wagner has been a member of the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society since 1997 and served as editor of the Cactus and Succulent journal for seven years. He has an 800 square foot greenhouse in Oakland where he cultivates a wide variety of rare seed-grown succulents that thrive in our winter-rainfall climate. Russell is also the proprietor of Little Sphaeroid Press, a company established to produce fine books about succulent plants. Their first title in Steven Hammer’s Mesembs series was released in 2013.

Russell is also this month’s featured grower. He will bring a selection of rare mesembs, small winter-rainfall bulbs, and other unusual plants not normally seen for sale. Russell is known for his depth of knowledge on succulent cultivation, so feel free to ask him just how he grows these special plants.

October Newsletter

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Save the date – Future meetings are every 3rd Sunday

Board Meeting: 11:00 (members welcome)
Gathering: 12:00
Potluck Lunch: 12:30
Program: 1:00


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