Next Meeting:

Growing Succulents in Bay Area Gardens: Mostly Natives, including Many Dudleyas

By Stephen McCabe
Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 pm

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

Many people are planting drought tolerant gardens and adding succulents. This talk will speak to all of those people, including those who lean towards planting all or mostly all native plants. The talk will focus heavily on Stephen McCabe's specialty, which are the California and Baja California Dudleya plants that are also known as live-forevers. He will also mention native Sedum, Agave, Cacti, Yucca and Hesperoyucca. Knowing whether a species comes from a rocky, fog blown bluff, dry north facing cliff or the desert will help you plan where to site the plants within your gardens.

Stephen McCabe has been growing succulents for most of his life and has studied Dudleya for the last 32 years. He is the Director of Research and Curator of Succulents at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum where he has been since 1985. In addition to a large Dudleya collection, he cares for collections of hybrids from the late Victor Reiter Jr. of San Francisco and the late Bob Grim of San Jose. He has visited all of California's Channel Islands and two of the Baja California Pacific Coast Islands to see succulents and other plants.

As our October Featured Grower, Stephen will bring an assortment of succulents and other drought tolerant plants from the UCSC Arboretum.

What to bring:

The show plants of the month are Dudleya for succulents and Ariocarpus for cacti, plus anything else that looks good which you would like to share with the other members.

Please bring baked goodies, fruit, snack food or a beverage if your last name begins with the letters C to H, and any other members who can contribute this month.

A generous offer from

Anyone, club member or not, who makes a purchase from can earn credit for the San Francisco Succulent & Cactus Society. The credit amounts to 10% of your purchases, which in turn, the club would use to purchase books for our library. is an online bookseller with nearly 200 titles on succulents alone and has many other categories of plant books as well. If you are interested, please access their store using this promotional web link: