Next Meeting:

Madagascar

By Gregg DeChirico
Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 pm

Location: Auditorium in the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, San Francisco MAP

At the February meeting, Gregg DeChirico will give a presentation on his trip to Madagascar in 2014. He has this to say about the trip:

"From the hills of Antananarivo near the geographic center of the island, west to the shores of Morondava on the Mozambique Channel, then jogging northward into the limestone crags of Tsingy de Bemaraha, before trekking down the coast to the spiny forest of Tulear, and finally back across the island to the home of the Madagascar's largest lemur, the Indri, in the rainforests of Andisibe, we traveled over 2000 miles photographing the vestigial remnants of Madagascar's unique flora and fauna.

Situated some 300 miles off the southeast coast of Africa, Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world, extending 995 miles long, north to south, and 360 miles wide, east to west. Comparatively, the area occupied by Madagascar is slightly less than twice the size of Arizona. Madagascar is a confounding place: crushing poverty, unsustainable agricultural practices and the most diverse flora and fauna imaginable, all caught in a complicated and anxious struggle for survival. The experience will remain with me for a long time."

Gregg DeChirico is a life-long plant hobbyist, having grown plants of all types for over 30 years. His obsessive focus on the hobby has now become a small nursery business, Gregg's Greenhouse, located in Santa Barbara, California and specializing in seed-grown rare and unusual plants, including a wide variety of succulents and bromeliads. Gregg is also a reptile hobbyist, raising several different species of harmless and very colorful milk snakes and king snakes, along with a colony of various tortoises. Gregg has travelled extensively to photograph the flora and fauna which is represented in his slide shows. Now in his second term as president of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA), Gregg is a frequent and well-known participant, speaker and vendor at many local club shows and sales.

Gregg will also be the Featured Grower for February.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature Kalanchoe plus Madagascar Euphorbias on the succulent side, and Eriosyce (including Neochilenia, Neoporteria, Horridocactus and Pyrrhocactus) on the cactus side. As always, feel free to bring in anything at all that you would like to share. Please bring baked goodies, fruit, snack food or a beverage if your last name begins with the letters T to Z and A to B, and any other members who would like to contribute this month.

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