Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico


Cactus & Succulent Society of New Mexico is an affiliate of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.

Meeting Info: Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 3rd Friday, 7:00 pm.

President: Carl Hime, 505-275-6777
Webmaster: Ralph R. Peters, 505-293-6356

To contact the CSSNM via email, please use this address:

Rabia flowers

Echinocereus "Maria Piazza" flowering in June
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Upcoming Events

Coloradoa mesae-verde in NM
Friday, August 17, 2018 - Regular meeting!  We will discuss the upcoming Labor Day Show at the Albuquerque Botanic Garden and other business...  Our speaker will be Ralph Peters who will talk about the beautiful scenery and interesting plants of NW New Mexico and Eastern Arizona.  Some of the scenery includes Angel Peak, Pastora Peak and Canyon de Chelley with plants like Coloradoa (Sclerocactus) mesae-verde, Pediocactus knowltonii (which grows only on one hill in NM), Toumeya papyracantha and the elusive Pediocactus simpsonii of NE Arizona.

Saturday - Monday, September 1-3, 2018 - Cactus & Succulent Show, Demonstrations, and Presentations at the Albuquerque Botanic Garden. This link has more information about the show and the Albuquerque Botanic Garden.  This flyer may be used for advertising the show.
A sign-up sheet is available to help with the show and see the Botanic Garden.  New members, please sign up!  Your enthusiasm will be quite welcome!  Questions from the public are usually very basic, and there is help from others at the exhibit as well as our handouts.  This is a great chance to see the Botanic Garden before or after you help!
Several galleries show some pictures of the 2017 show taken by members and some of the 2000 visitors who attended.

Friday, October 19, 2018 - Jim Hastings, the Gringo Gourmet from El Paso will talk and prepare a dish using Opuntias.  We nominate our 2019 officers.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - Meeting, speaker TBD.  We elect our 2019 officers.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Holiday Party

Information about plants
Plant information may be found here.  Checkout the article on potting soils which lists recipes from several members.  Collecting wild plants is generally discouraged -- see why!

Landscaping Southwest is a program that investigates water-wise landscaping and gardening.  This video looks at the La Mesa Community Garden in the first half and Ralph Peters' xeric yard and his cactus & succulent collection in the second half.  It shows cacti, succulents, and other native plants (ocotillos, penstemons,...) used in landscaping and discusses their cultivation.

Field Trips to Mesa Garden
On October 8, 2013, we went on a field trip to Mesa Garden to see all the mesembs in flower; see the picture gallery
On March 22, 2014, we went on a field trip to Mesa Garden to see cacti and some mesembs in flower; see the picture gallery.
We also had a great potluck dinner after spending time in the greenhouses.  Steven and Linda Brack were great hosts -- Thank you!

Checkout picture galleries of flowering cacti and succulents and seedlings courtesy of Siegfried Lodwig.  A new gallery is up for June and July 2018 with 40 photos! 

Useful links for information on the web may be found here.

Club Information
Club information including a membership application, new member information, newsletters, current officers, a library list, show information, show tags, show posters and vendor information...  The library list has been updated!  Check it out as our library is large.
What does the society do?  Get an idea from a list of recent events.