Next Meeting:

Treasures Of The Sierra Madre: A Trip Through Mexico's Sierra Madre Oriental In Hidalgo, Queretaro And Guanajuato

By Brian Kemble
Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 pm

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

At the November meeting, Brian will give a presentation on a trip to eastern Mexico he made earlier this year. This area is very rich in both cacti and succulents, and the trip featured lots of changes in elevation from deep canyon bottoms to rugged mountains. Some highlights included the rare needle-leaved Yucca queretaroensis and Lophophora diffusa, the southern relative of the peyote cactus.

As the society's past President and current VP, Brian is well known to most members. He is also the Curator at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, as well as the VP of the Institute for Aloe Studies in Oakland. He has been growing succulents since the 70's, and has traveled extensively to see and photograph them in their native habitats. His photos appear in a number of books, including The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World.

Our November Featured Grower will be Marilyn Mangle, who has been propagating up a storm at her Rodeo residence and has some nice specimens to show for her efforts.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature Graptopetalum and Pachyphytum on the succulent side, and dwarf Mexican cacti on the cactus side (Turbinicarpus, Strombocactus, Pelecyphora, Aztekium, Epithelantha, Lophophora, etc.). 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 I to N, and any other members who would like to contribute this month.

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