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Members of the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society raise both award-winning cacti and less formal plants that are just as appealing. Follow the links below to view images that illustrate some of the diversity, beauty and comradery available to those who cultivate succulents and cactus plants. All photos copyright by their respective owners. Photographs may not be reproduced without permission.
 
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Photo 2014 SHOW AND SALE. In late June, the HSCSS Show and Sale helped kick off Missouri Botanical Garden's Desert Show with a huge display of show plants and a full room of sale plants from vendors Drummond Nursery and J & J Cactus and Succulents. The club event was dedicated to Ann Grace, an active member who passed away earlier in the year. During the opening ceremony, the proceeds from the sale of plants from her collection were included in a check given to the garden in support of a new Desert House. Three dozen members entered hundreds of plants across the 165 classes for specimen and decorative cacti and succulents, and allied interests. The entries reflected the general HSCSS preference for succulents over cacti, as well as an emerging trend toward more dramatic staging. Click for show results.

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Photo2014 SPRING PLANT SALE. The April club meeting was about (buying) plants, plants, plants. More than 300 cacti and succulents were available for sale from vendors Arid Lands Greenhouses, Out of Africa and Grigsby Cactus Gardens. From smaller young plants to mature specimens with show potential, the choice was wide. A lottery system kept the event friendly. Thanks to Tom Degnan for once again organizing the sale and planting up the hundreds of plants.

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Photo2014 SPRING WORKSHOPS. Several spring workshops hosted and led by Pam Schnebelen helped other club members learn more about seed propagation and transplanting. Lessons learned? Use less-coarse soil mix for seeds and apply fungicide to avoid "damping off" of seedlings' roots or stems. When replanting, change peat-based soil at least every five years and coir-based mix after seven years. Limestone can be an important soil additive. Clean and prep pots. And, as always, learn more about your chosen plants to provide the best growing environment possible.

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Photo WINTER GROWERS. Blooming -- or at least growing -- plants help brighten the winter months in St. Louis. At the January 2014 meeting, HSCSS members brought their winter growers to share. Each member described their plants' origins and the ways they care for them. There were a variety of plants, and no doubt many notes were taken on growing tips and how best to raise plants that are active during the winter season.

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PhotoSUSAN AMOY VISIT. Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society hosted bonsai expert Susan Amoy for three days of plant activities in August 2013. On Aug. 9, several club members took advantage of one-on-one consultations with Amoy. On Aug. 10, Amoy then presented a group workshop at Cass Bonsai Gardens in Edwardsville, Ill., followed by a meet-and-greet potluck at the home of Mike and Vickie Hellmann. Amoy was also the guest speaker at the Aug. 11 society meeting, where in a presentation she explained the evolution of bonsai in Asian culture as a way to bring the appreciation of nature to those beyond the highest economic classes. She also demonstrated bonsai basics on several member plants.

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Photo2013 HSCSS SHOW AND SALE. 2013 saw changes in format and schedule for Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's Show and Sale, which ran two days in late June in conjunction with the opening of Missouri Botanical Garden's new Plants and People of the Western U.S. Deserts show. HSCSS moved to a different section of Ridgway Center this year, and although the show had fewer entries than in past years, many interesting and diverse plants filled the display area. Pam Schnebelen won the top Sweepstakes award, followed by Mike Hellman and Tom Degnan. Barbara Gardner won in the Decorative Division. Thanks to excellent sale plant selections provided by J & J Cactus & Succulents and Drummond Nursery, the sale was a successful fund-raiser for the club.

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Photo2013 SPRING SALE. The society's April 2013 meeting was crowded with plant buyers waiting for the go-ahead to purchase new additions to their collections. As he has in the past, Tom Degnan ordered a variety of succulents from three vendors: Corona Cactus, Grigsby Cactus Garden and Out of Africa. Remember these vendors if you just have to have the one plant you didn't find here.

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Photo2011 HSCSS SHOW. Visitors to the annual HSCSS Show and Sale at Missouri Botanical Garden were welcomed by hundreds of amazingly diverse member plants judged in over 160 categories, as well as thousands of specimen and starter plants for sale. Pam Schnebelen won the 2011 Sweepstakes award, followed by Mike Hellman and Tom Degnan. Barbara Gardner scored an overall win in the decorative classes, and Casey Kohler won in the Junior division. Click to read more about the event.

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PhotoWINTER GROWERS SHOW. Four tables of widely diverse plants greeted Judy Pigue as judge for Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's first Winter Growers Show. Designed to display plants that are normally dormant during the club's summer shows, the March 2011 event was part show and part education. Pigue said that in judging, she looks for healthy, compact plant growth; maturity and well-coordinated staging. Blooms always catch her attention. Sometimes she can immediately say, "That's a 'wow' plant." Other times, a plant "looks good, but could look better." Many of the show entries received ribbons, and many of those that didn't were judged to have potential.

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PhotoMADAGASCAR SEWING PROJECT. During the June 2010 Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference, Armand Randrianasolo explained that Madagascar's natural environment is facing rising pressure from human activities. A Madagascar native, the curator and researcher at Missouri Botanical Garden said the country's people need options for sustainable development that do not require further alterations of the land. To assist community-based development and help conserve Madagascar's unique plant and animal resources, Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society made a donation of 10 portable sewing machines to the people of Ambalabe, a farming and ranching community in northeastern Madagascar. Local women will receive training on the machines, then pass on their knowledge to others in the community.

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PhotoMID-STATES CACTUS & SUCCULENT CONFERENCE. The Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society hosted over 100 happy registrants from 18 states for the 13th Biennial Mid-States Cactus & Succulent Conference in June 2010. The group took in a diverse program schedule covering history, travel and informative advice from succulent experts Susan Amoy, Chuck Hanson, Dan Mahr, Mike Massara, Woody Minnich and Rob Wallace. Attendees also spent freely on beautiful plants and handmade pots sold by vendors Cactus Data Plants, J & J Cactus & Succulents, Out of Africa, Pottery by Robin Stearn & Eric Driskill and Rio Grande Cacti.

Conference goers got a healthy dose of socializing at an informal welcome reception held opposite the opening of the plant sale, as well as the banquet and rare plant auction. They also had the opportunity to tour Missouri Botanical Garden and its renowned herbarium and library.

Conference coordinator Mike Hellman said HSCSS wanted to put together an event that would be "fun for both veteran cactophiles and those new to the hobby." Comments from first-timers and old-timers seemed to bear that out. See below for more of the conference story as told in pictures, or click to visit the Mid-States Conference site.

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PhotoJUNE BLOOMS. Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society member Joe Robertson had the good fortune to see some spectacular flower production from his greenhouse plants in June. Here are several examples of Joe's impressive specimens.

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PhotoBONSAI SUCCULENT WORKSHOP. New York bonsai expert Susan Amoy outlined basic bonsai concepts as she demonstrated staging techniques during an informative August 2009 HSCSS meeting. Amoy initially touched on tools then quickly launched into sometimes major restagings of member plants. While respecting traditional bonsai "rules," she encouraged creativity in applying a bit of color or adding natural materials. Her initial restagings -- done after previously studying the plants -- were just "foundation work," Amoy said. Bonsai plants require ongoing shaping and trimming, and may not be ready to show for several years. Click to read more about the workshop.

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Photo2009 SHOW AND SALE. Another smooth-running HSCSS Show and Sale at Missouri Botanical Garden drew thousands of visitors and raised funds for society events July 25 to August 2. In a tight Sweepstakes race separated by only a few points, Pam Schnebelen took top honors, followed by Eric Driskill and Mike Hellmann. Michele Erickson won the Sweepstakes for decorative entries, while Dawn Kohler was tops in the Junior Division. Several of the seven first-time exhibitors took home blue ribbons for their entries. Vendors Drummond Nursery and J & J Cactus and Succulents sold hundreds of varied cacti and succulents during the event. Click for show results.

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Photo2009 SPRING SALE. Hardy HSCSS shoppers braved the rains and bought nearly 300 bare-root cacti and succulents from Huntington Botanical Gardens in California during the club's annual spring sale in April. It was held at the new Baisch and Skinner warehouse, a half-acre fiberglass greenhouse in midtown St. Louis. Before the sale, members also picked up almost 130 bags of Dynarock, a porous soil component. "It's not a cure-all," Mike Hellmann said, and you'll have to water more often. But Dynarock is a product with which several club members are getting good results.

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PhotoBACH'S CACTUS NURSERY. On good advice, HSCSS members Janet Kister and David Wolfe made a stop at Bach's Cactus Nursery during their October 2008 vacation to the Southwest. One of the largest propagaters in the United States, Bach's sells both wholesale and retail, and supplies gift shops across the region. The desert location just north of Tucson, Ariz., allows the family-owned business to efficiently raise plants in the ground as well as greenhouse beds. Visitors will also find some spectacular plant displays. (Check out the nursery during the April 2009 CSSA Biennial Convention in Tucson.)

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Photo2008 SHOW AND SALE. With over 850 plants on display and thousands more available for purchase, the August 9-17 HSCSS Show and Sale at Missouri Botanical Garden was the club's largest to date. Pam Schnebelen won the sweepstakes, followed by Mike Hellmann and Joe Robertson. Many attendees noted the excellent quality of both the show plants and sale offerings presented by Drummond Nursery and J & J Cactus and Succulents of Oklahoma. The following photos portray club members and visitors who enjoyed judging, exhibiting, viewing and buying the varied succulents and cacti at the event. Click for report and more photos.

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Photo2008 MID-STATES CONFERENCE FIELD TRIP. Mike Cushner and Gay Brown joined the group of HSCSS members who attended the Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference hosted in June by the Chinle Chapter of the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society in Grand Junction, Colo. The conference featured lectures by noted experts, plant sales, discussions among professionals and enthusiasts, and field trips. The following photos were taken on a field trip to the Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction and a side trip to the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

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PhotoOUT OF AFRICA ROAD TRIP. In late May 2008, a merry band of 14 HSCSS members drove to Out of Africa, a well-known succulent source located in central Ohio. The main focus of Out of Africa -- which is immediately apparent upon entering the large L-shaped greenhouse -- is specimen plants and seedlings from Africa and Madagascar. Owners Mike and Maureen Massara were gracious hosts who shared pizza and pasta salad with their visitors. After much deliberation, many rare plants were purchased. You may see some of them in next year's show.

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PhotoARIZONA IN SPRING. HSCSS member Ann Tansey and her husband experienced "cactus and succulent heaven" during their April trip to Arizona. The two visited the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, where they saw both familiar and unfamiliar plants representing the desert ecosystem. From opuntias and ocotillos to mammillarias and echinopsis, many plants and wildflowers were in bloom along the trails.

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PhotoAPRIL PLANT SALE AND ADVICE. After members bought 300 cacti and succulents from Grigsby Cactus Gardens in less than 20 minutes at the April 2008 meeting, Pam Schnebelen provided tips for potting the bare-rooted plants. First, "Learn something about what you just bought," she said. What are the natural habitat and growing season of the plant? Examine roots for mealy bugs and remove roots that feel "like dead grass." Choose a pot shape that matches the plant's root system and pot material that matches your watering style. Use soil mix that allows water and air to reach roots. Avoid peat or sand. Gently settle the soil to finish, add a label and watch your plant grow!

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PhotoMADAGASCAR -- PLANTS AND MORE. In his November 2007 HSCSS meeting program, Dr. George Waring showed how Madgascar is "a very unique place" of varied people, animals and, of course, plants. During his photo presentation on a recent journey to the country, the professor emeritus of zoology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale said there are about 12,000 species of plants -- many of them unique to the island country -- in Madagascar. The list includes seven of the world's eight baobob species and four cactus genera. His photos included shots from a diverse arboretum as well as the "Spiny Forest" in the southern part of Madagascar.

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Photo2007 SHOW: BIG, BEAUTIFUL. The Midwest's biggest succulent show kicked off with traditionally high first-day attendance and plant sales at Missouri Botanical Garden. Various members commented about the overall quality of the show entries, as well as the wide selection of sale plants. Club volunteers helped show attendees select plants and worked to keep the sometimes long checkout lines moving smoothly. Included in the photos below are several winners in the hanging plant categories. Photographer Michael Eastman's stunning succulent prints were exhibited in the upper lobby of Ridgway Center during the event.

Images by Pam Schnebelen: Specimen photos from the HSCSS show.

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Pictures by Barbara Rengers and David Wolfe:

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PhotoSPRING BEAUTY. In her May 2007 Plant of the Month article, Pam Schnebelen said that when flowers and other spring growth are lacking, she heads to her greenhouse for a shot of color and form. Here is a selection of photos that captured blooms on just a few of her hundreds of plants. See below for more photos of Schnebelen's beautiful spring flowers.

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PhotoSUCCULENT BONSAI. Mike Hellmann shared his love of succulent bonsai plants through a slide show and brief demonstration at the April 2007 HSCSS meeting. The nursery manager said that a bonsai succulent inspired him to join the society in 1994. The succulent bonsai hobby parallels traditional bonsai, he said, but is appealing because it is a less formal art. He suggested starting with plants that naturally lend themselves to bonsai, then performing "plant torture" as needed to coax the plants toward your long-term bonsai vision. His basic tips: Match pots to plants, prune conservatively to basic form and then regularly to encourage small foliage, gently wire and anchor branches as needed ... and be patient. The work of bonsai is never done.

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Photo2006 HOLIDAY PARTY. It was potluck and plants as the Grand Oak Hill Center again hosted 50 HSCSS members for the holiday party. The club provided fried chicken and barbecue, while members ably served up everything else. The silent and live auctions featured such rare and impressive plants as a dual-headed ariocarpus, a fist-sized Dorstenia gypsophylla, and bonsai Bursera microphylla. A raffle also added a new dimension to the event. Thanks to Jane Jensen, Barbara Wedler, Mike Hellmann, Janet Kister and everyone who helped set up the party. Thanks also to Wayne Erickson and Barbara Rengers for their auction and raffle donations.

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PhotoTHOMAS SCHWINK, SEED SPECIALIST. Thomas Schwink, a dedicated plant grower from Des Moines, Iowa, explained both the whys and hows of seed propagation to a full room at the November 2006 HSCSS meeting. Growing from seeds supports genetic diversity and the conservation of endangered species. It's also personally rewarding, Schwink said. His advice for success with seeds: Treat them with fungicide before sowing, sterilize your soil mixture, cover plants to keep out insects, water from below with distilled water during initial growth and keep those light on. His results? "Talk about Flower Power," Mike Hellmann said.

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PhotoGREENHOUSE TOUR. Over 40 HSCSS members took advantage of the September 2006 meeting program -- an informal tour of Missouri Botanical Garden's C-3 greenhouse. The narrow greenhouse contains many plants moved from the garden's Desert House when that facility was closed in 1994. The members broke into two groups to view the diverse cacti and succulents, some of which are endangered in nature.

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PhotoUPS, DOWNS AT 2006 SHOW. The annual HSCSS Show and Sale experienced both highs and lows this year. The memorable dedication that honored Dorothy Weitz to open the show July 15 was a definite high point. Yet a few days later, the damaging storms and power outages that swept across St. Louis strained both the remaining infrastructure and the temperaments of member volunteers and those who attended the show. As the event closed on July 23, it was nonetheless considered a success. Click for report and more photos.

Images by Pam Schnebelen: Winning show plants.

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Pictures by Barbara Rengers and David Wolfe: Show visitors came to view -- and buy -- quality plants despite the weather-related problems.

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PhotoSUPER STAPELIA. The well-established Stapelia nobius that Janet Kister bought from the members' table during the HSCSS Show and Sale blossomed into an impressive plant with four large flowers. The hairy, star-shaped blooms were over 8 inches in diameter. As with other stapeliads, the odor of the flowers attracted flies. The stapelia's larger parent plant, which still belongs to Nikki Murdick, reportedly had seven big buds preparing to bloom.

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PhotoLANDSCAPING WITH OPUNTIAS. Various species of winter-hearty opuntias offer interesting landscape options for homeowners in the St. Louis area. Smaller forms of the familiar prickly pears will spread to fill separate beds, while large plants with hand-size pads provide a more impressive focus among other plantings. The Missouri native Opuntia humifusa is easy to grow in St. Louis cactus gardens with ample sun and good drainage, but watch out for those pesky glochids.

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PhotoMINI SPRING SHOW. As an educational preview to the HSCSS show in July, CSSA-certified judges Connie and Chuck Staples critiqued HSCSS member plants "out loud" at the club meeting in early April. The longtime members of the Mid-Iowa Cactus and Succulent Club in Des Moines, Iowa, praised many plants in the mock show, but found two in overly large pots, while another was questionably classified. A few more were poorly staged or not well cleaned, they said. In scoring, the Staples usually favored clustered plants over single specimens, but said healthy, flowering entries also catch their eye. Plant rarity was only a secondary consideration for the visiting judges. They urged the audience to study the show class schedule and rules to avoid unnecessary problems.

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PhotoSPECIAL PLANT SALE. The March 2006 meeting featured a special sale of both rare and commonplace plants raised by long-time member and mentor Dorothy Weitz, who recently gave up her collection. After the sale, Pam Schnebelen began her program on repotting with a brief tribute to Weitz, explaining that the poor condition of many plants resulted from Weitz's failing health. Schnebelen and Mike Hellmann checked and stored the hundreds of plants before the sale. "It was a joy to try to resurrect them," Schnebelen said. She advised members to repot all plants at least every five years, matching the new pots' size and drainage to the plants' culture needs. Schenebelen promoted double labeling, but warned against using "dirt" for soil or screens to cover pot drainage holes.

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PhotoMAMMILLARIAS. The March 2006 Plant of the Month featured the genus Mammillaria. Both Pam Schnebelen and Chris Deem wrote about this popular and varied group of plants. Most mammillarias come from the warm climates of Mexico and Central and South America, but more cold-tolerant species can be found in the southern United States. The photos below illustrate just some of the beauty and variety of mamms.

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Photo2005 HOLIDAY PARTY. Good food combined with generosity at the Dec. 11 HSCSS holiday party. Over 50 members and guests raised almost $700 for the club in two auctions of rare plants and also donated to Feed My People. Other auction plants came from HSCSS member Dorothy Weitz, who recently moved into a care facility. Foodwise, HSCSS provided fried chicken and barbecue entrees, while members supplied tasty appetizers, salads, casseroles and desserts. As part of the festivities, Bob Harris was recognized for his many years of service to HSCSS. Thanks to Jane Jensen, Barb Wedler, Pat Thomann, Mike Hellmann and everyone who helped arrange this fun event. Thanks also to Wayne and Michele Erickson, and Martin Schweig for their auction donations.

Images by Barbara Rengers and David Wolfe:

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Photo2005 HSCSS PICNIC. The August 21 HSCSS picnic brought almost 40 club members to the home of Mike and Vickie Hellmann for an afternoon of eating, plant buying and cameraderie. International succulent expert Chuck Hanson sold plants from Arid Lands Greenhouses at attractive prices and joined in the potluck. The wide array of food offered more main dishes than desserts this year. Hanson later gave a slide presentation that featured succulent orchids from Brazil, Madagascar and Thailand. "Orchids are succulent plants," Hanson reminded the audience. Many orchids live in harsh, rocky conditions in nature, but also do well in standard succulent soil with regular fertilizing. Hanson will launch the new Arid Orchids website this fall.

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Photo2005 HSCSS SHOW BLOOMS. Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society members and volunteers put together a winning 2005 Show and Sale dedicated to the memory of Bill Cordes. From the diverse selection of entries and traditionally strong plant sales to the beautiful "Plants as Art" exhibit, the show presented both HSCSS and Missouri Botanical Garden in a positive light. Click for report and photos.

Images by Barbara Rengers: As always, the team effort that went into the 2005 show resulted in a successful -- and fun -- event.

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Images by David Wolfe: Flowering plants added color to the event.

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PhotoODDITIES AND ANOMALIES. At the July 2005 HSCSS meeting, society member Pam Schnebelen presented Gordon Rowley's CSSA slide show on crested, monstrose and variegated cacti and succulents. She also wrote about these plants' unusual forms and coloration in the Plant of the Month section of the July Digest. As shown in these photos, the rarity and unique qualities of the plants raise their value to collectors.

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PhotoDAN MAHR VISIT. Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's May 2005 meeting featured a visit from CSSA President Dan Mahr. Through a slide show titled "Succulent Trees of Madagascar -- Patterns of Loss and Survival," Mahr outlined a 2004 field trip to the island in which he studied rare and endangered trees and plants. With credentials as a seasoned educator, entomologist, traveler and speaker, Mahr is dedicated to making CSSA more accessible to average hobbyists. While in St. Louis, Mahr also attended a social gathering at Martin Schweig's home the day before the meeting.

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PhotoHSCSS 2004 CHRISTMAS PARTY. Nearly 60 members and guests made it to the new Grand Oak Hill Center location for Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's annual holiday get-together. They mingled a while and then munched on plenty of tasty food supplied by the club and fellow members. They also bid quietly on silent auction items and then not so quietly during the popular live auction of rare plants from Drummond Nursery. Many thanks to party Chairwoman Jane Jensen and her helpers.

Images by Bob Harris:

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PhotoHOYAS SHOW OFF. Hoyas are viney succulents that display their flowers in showy clusters of color. Whether pink, yellow, purple or lime, the blooms may appear waxy, fuzzy or both. Varied sizes and flower structures add to the variety of the fragrant blossoms. Visit the HSCSS library to see file photos of dozens of other hoya blooms.

Pictures by Ann Wayman:

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PhotoHSCSS 2004 PICNIC. Mike and Vickie Hellmann hosted a fun afternoon at their home near Edwardsville on August 8. Club members who attended the HSCSS picnic enjoyed a special plant sale by Out of Africa, tried each others' cooking in a potluck lunch, and took in Mike Massara's slide presentation on his recent experiences studying -- and seeking -- plants in Madagascar.

Images by Roy Kasten:

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PhotoHSCSS 2004 SHOW AND SALE. Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society held another successful Annual Show and Sale July 17-25. This year, attendees enjoyed an increase in show entrants, excellent volume and variety on the sales tables, and plenty of friendly help from club members. Another fine "Plants as Art" exhibit complemented the event, as well. Click to view a range of photos from the fun fund-raiser at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Pictures by David Wolfe: Show shots -- 1-5,
people pics -- 6-10, winning plants -- 11-15

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Images by Roy Kasten: Although they waited too long to place in the flowering classes, these two plants showed off nonetheless.

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PhotoOLD GARDEN PLANT BLOOMS. Just before the opening of HSCSS's 2004 show, club member and greenhouse volunteer Pat Thomann noticed that Missouri Botanical Garden's Welwitschia mirabilis was in bloom -- an event not seen for the last 10 years. The 25-year-old succulent was grown from a seedling in the garden's old Desert House, but now resides in the C-3 Greenhouse. Also known as the "tree tumbo," W. mirabilis has its own genus.

Pictures by Judy Pigue:

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PhotoDISH GARDENS. I make up planters for the gift shop at the hospital where I work, and have come to LOVE mixing and matching succulents to create a "scene" of what they might look like in nature. Here are a few examples of my "creative staging." I think the photos speak for themselves.

Images by Roy Kasten:

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PhotoAPRIL FLOWERS. I grow cacti for their interesting structures and mathematical symmetries. I appreciate the forms, lines and colors of cacti all year long. They are utterly fascinating plants. Then spring arrives -- and lovely plants stun me with awesome flowers. Here are a few of my cacti that bloomed in April. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Pictures by Pam Schnebelen:

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MORE FLOWERING PLANTS. HSCSS member Roy Kasten coaxes excellent results from his prized plants.

Images by Roy Kasten:

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FLOWERING ARIOCARPUS. It's blooming time in Ariocarpus Land! A St. Louis cold snap didn't hurt these greenhouse plants.

Pictures by Pam Schnebelen:

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PhotoHSCSS 2003 SHOW AND SALE. Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's weeklong annual fund-raiser was held in July at Missouri Botanical Garden. Thousands of garden goers took in the big show and sale. See show report for more details.

Images by Bob Harris: Club members entered a wide range of impressive plants in this year's show.

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Pictures by Robert Beckwith: Candid shots of club members at the event.

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Images by David Wolfe: The new "Plants as Art" exhibit combined beautiful cacti with beautiful photos.

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PhotoHSCSS HISTORY. Members' shared interest in cacti and succulents is the ongoing catalyst for Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's six decades of history. See Club History for more details.

File Photos:

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PhotoMBG DESERT HOUSE. The original Cactus House was constructed at Missouri Botanical Garden in 1904. Click to view the online Illustrated History of the Missouri Botanical Garden for photos of that basic facility. The Desert House was then built in 1914 to house over 80 varieties and species of plants from the Sonoran and Chihuahua Deserts, and desert regions of South America and Africa. Several specimens carried over from exhibits at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. A deteriorating roof and declining mechanical systems helped lead to the conservatory's 1994 closure and eventual demolition. It is hoped a new Desert House will be built as part of the garden's Climatron complex.

File Photos:

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PhotoOUTDOOR CACTI AND SUCCULENTS. Some cacti and succulents can live outside year-round in Missouri. Particularly in protected areas, these common species die back in colder months, but return in the spring.

Pictures by David Wolfe:

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PhotoWOODY MINNICH VISIT. HSCSS hosted famed cacti and succulent expert Woody Minnich and his wife March 8 and 9. In addition to an engaging slide show at Missouri Botanical Garden, Minnich made an informative presentation on plant staging.

Images by Bob Harris:

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2002 HOLIDAY PARTY. Food, fun and good company at the annual HSCSS get-together.

Pictures by Bob Harris:

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2002 HSCS SHOW AND SALE. Winners and wowers from the society's big summer event.

Images by Bob Harris:

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PAST HSCSS SHOW AND SALES. Great-looking plants from previous years of HSCSS's annual show.

Pictures by Jo Goelzhauser:

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PhotoBLOOMING PLANTS. "Although I enjoy raising different kinds of plants, my favorites are succulents and cacti. They can be so unusual. These photos show some of the dandy blooms my plants have produced."

Images by Janet Kister:

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