Next Meeting:

On the Trail of the Elusive Haworthia

By Walker Young
Tuesday, August 16, 7:00 pm

Location: Auditorium in the San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave (at Lincoln Way), San Francisco MAP

It is one thing to travel in search of Aloes, which are large presences in the landscape and advertise themselves with brightly colored flowers, but quite a different skill-set is involved with seeking out Haworthias. These diminutive plants are often less than an inch tall, hidden under little bushes, and have slender inconspicuous flower stalks that blend in with the surroundings. However, armed with some excellent tips on places to visit, Walker was able to find quite a number of these little botanical jewels on a trip to the southern part of South Africa in 2014, in the company of Brian Kemble and Kelly Griffin. In addition to Haworthias, he will show photos of many other things encountered along the way, such as cycads and Aloes and Euphorbias.

Walker is the Assistant Curator at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, and is an enthusiastic grower of many succulent plants, including Haworthias, Aloes, Gasterias, Echeverias and cycads. He grows many of these plants from seed at his greenhouse in Richmond. A Bay Area native, he currently lives in Oakland.

This month's featured growers will be Brian Kemble and Walker Young.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature Haworthia on the succulent side and Astrophytum on the cactus side, and anything else looking good that you would like to share.

Please bring baked goodies, fruit, snack food or a beverage if your last name begins with the letters S to Z and A to B, and any other members who would like to contribute this month.

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