Friday, June 16, 2018 - Our program, by
Lisa Mandelkern from Las Cruces, was about the cacti of southern
NM. Many species of cacti are native to southern NM. The
good news is that almost all of them are quite easy to grow in an
outdoor cactus garden in the Albuquerque area. Some kinds need a
sheltered area to protect them from winter's cold.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - We visited 3
gardens in the NE Heights of Albuquerque!
Friday, March 16, 2018 - Our
speaker Jeff Thompson, from Pueblo CO, talked about cold-hardy cacti and
had some plants to sell.
February 16, 2018 - Kelly Griffin gave a
program on the Cacti and Succulents of Chile. Chile is rich with
cacti, with spectacular Copiapoas, Eriosyce and Neoporterias dominating
the cacti. There are also many types of columnar cacti including
Trichocereus and Eulychnia. Succulents include Calandrinia that
are small herbaceous plants with colorful flowers. Kelly explores
the world for plants to introduce for Altmann's Specialty Plants, a very
large cactus and succulent nursery based in Vista, CA.
20, 2017 - Ralph Peters talked about a backpacking trip to
Thunder River in the Grand Canyon. He saw lots of nice
scenery and interesting plants. Check out the picture
September 1-4, 2017 - The CSSNM held an educational exhibit at the
Albuquerque Botanic Garden over the Labor Day Weekend The
club had a live plant exhibit, special presentations &
demonstrations, and a Kactus Kidz corner, all designed to educate
the public about these beautiful and unique plants. Presentations
included slide shows on how to use cactus & succulents in the
landscape, a how-to presentation on the edible prickly pear with
information on nutritional values, and planting a cactus
garden. Demonstrations included one on potting, dividing
& repotting these plants. Under the Big Green Umbrella the
Kactus Kidz held forth with fun activities including three different
games with prizes and handouts to color for the younger set. The
live plant exhibit included free copies of approximately 40 CSSNM
"how-to" publications also found on this website. Several galleries
show some pictures
taken by members and some of the 2000 visitors who attended the
August 18, 2017 - Marcia
from Denver talked about hardy rock gardens
and provided a handout
June 16, 2017 - Kelly Griffin talked about Agaves
May 19, 2017 - Steve Lovecky presentated Stuck on Texas
March 17, 2017 - John "Obie" Oberhausen presented Cactus Rescue
Project/Creating a Cactus Community
which was be about the goals
of Cactus Rescue Project and what efforts have been done to promote the
use of cactus. It discussed how various gardens were built and are
maintained. Also included was the variety of plants now being used in
the gardens and in the local community.
Friday, February 17, 2017 - Regular meeting. Ian Latella talked
. He has done ten years of field work on the reptiles
of NM and recently completed his Master's at UNM.
Friday, January 20, 2017 - Woody
Minnich talked about Socotra
which is a
desert island in the Arabian Sea. It has many interesting plants,
places and people; a sample may be seen in a gallery of pictures
Friday, November 18, 2016 - Bill DellaRocco gave a presentation on "How
my Cactus Guru from Minnesota developed techniques to enable strong
growth and bloom in the cool and dreary state of Maine
generated a lot of discussion.
Friday, October 21, 2016 - Our program was Random Musings
and Meanderings About Cacti and Growing Them
Siegfried Lodwig. Sig commented: "Iíll bring in some
show-and-tell plants. No pictures. I invite anyone and
everyone to bring in their own plants, with questions and/or
comments. We, the club, donít do enough of just looking at and
talking about plants at our meetings. We have a profound depth
of expertise among our members. We need to do more to share this
out among all of us.
Some smart person once said: The only stupid question is the one you
Check out Sig's plant pictures in galleries at the CSSNM website
Friday, September 23, 2016 - Ralph Peters talked about the minature
cactus, Pediocactus knowltonii (see photo below), and its history.
It is found on only 1 hill
in New Mexico near the border with
Colorado. It was re-discovered by the CSSNM after the original
discoverer (Fred Knowlton) was killed in a house fire.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Noon.
We visited John Oberhausen's gardens near Eldorado, NM (a bit East of
Directions ... I-25 north about 5 miles past Santa Fe to exit 290 (Lamy
and Clines Corner). Stay to right to head south on US-285. First traffic
light(about 1/2 mile) make a right onto Avenida de Amistad. Follow about
1 mile and the community center parking lot is on the right. Head
towards the large windmill and park. By then you can't miss it! The
address is 1 Hacienda Loop.
Friday, June 17, 2016 - Sig Lodwig talked
about grafting cacti. Grafting is used to quickly grow difficult
plants and salvage plants that have problems. He demonstrated the
process of grafting using super glue jel, discussed the details and
pitfalls, showed some pictures, brought grafts of various ages to
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Garden Visit! Last year, Margaret
Todd and Donna Behme did a presentation for the club about their
landscape which incorporates many cold-hardy succulents and cacti as
well as other garden/plant goodies. They had a garden visit.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Field trip to Mesa Garden in Belen NM!
Friday, March 18, 2016 - Steve Brack did a program on
South Africa. His last trip was in August 2015, which is late
Winter/early Spring there. The Winter rains had been very good,
so the deserts were just overloaded with succulents and daisy types in
full flower. He has never seen anything like this before with
huge expanses of flowers, and a lot of wildlife out eating the
flowers. Various antelopes and zebras were stuffing themselves
on all the soft growth and flowers. This will be a fun show of
bulbs, succulents, annuals, and all sorts of wildlife.
Friday, February 19, 2016 - Oleg Lagutin talked about growing cacti and
succulents in Russia; specifically what kinds of plants they grow, and
how they grow them.
Friday, January 15, 2016 - Woody Minnich
presentation entitled "Mexico, The
Hidden Treasures of Coahuila."
Woody is well known
for his beautiful presentations containing lots of pictures of the
scenery and people, as well as the plants.
Friday, November 20, 2015 Ralph Peters talked about the fantastic
scenery and interesting cacti of Northern Arizona region. Five
cacti species are found only in Northern AZ and 2 more cacti species are
found only in Northern AZ and within a few miles of the Arizona
border. A number of other "taxa" -- species. varieties, or ?? are
found only in this region. The "common" plants are pretty amazing
Friday, October 16, 2015 Ian Latella, a graduate student for the UNM
Biology Department, gave a presentation on the snakes and lizards of New
Mexico that we may encounter when looking for cactus and
succulents. He discussed basic details off their natural history
and identification of the species.
August 21, 2015 Grey Gustafson from UNM talked about Cacti/Insect
relationships. Some insects kill many of our local cacti. In
particular, Moneilema semipunctatum (cactus borer beetle -- http://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/120558
is a signicant threat to many local cacti including Sclerocactus.
During a recent visit to Scl. mesae-verde habitat in SW Colorado, Ralph
Peters saw that about half of the large plants were infested with
larvae; most of them will probably die from the borer's damage and the
associated bacterial infection.
Friday, June 19, 2015 - Margaret Todd and Donna Behme talked about
the landscaping at their house. Very briefly, their landscape is
oriented toward pollinators (bees, butterflies and hummers). It is
also bird friendly. It features native and adapted plants,
with cactus & succulents being a major part of the
landscape. They are not just an after thought as in so many
landscapes -- in their landscape they are a feature.
Friday, May 15, 2015 - Sig Lodwig presented a program which showed
flower pictures of the very many small cacti that are easy to keep in
limited space. It?s possible to have cactus flowers from this
group any time of the year. The talk is divided into Spring,
Summer, Fall and Winter. Sig brought in some plants now in
flower. A sample of his photographs may be found in his picture galleries
Friday, March 20, 2015 - Steve Brack showed many pictures of the
vegetative bodies (NOT FLOWERS) of Lithops. Understanding how and
when they grow is critical to the successful cultivation of these
fascinating living stones
Friday, February 20 - Dave
Ferguson gave a talk focusing on the classification and evolution of
the family Cactaceae, primarily in the context of how it
relates to other families, but also within the family itself.
This gave some insight to some questions people might have in the back
of their minds, such as - for instance - why some things that
seem very different can be grafted onto one another, and grow.
January 16, 2015 - Oleg Lagutin presented the program on the genus
Haworthia. His talk covered the plants in the genus, and the cultivation
they need. He also talked about pollination and seed prodouction,
and growing them from seed. He provided a few Haworthia pictures
He is starting a nursery
November 21, 2014 Ralph Peters talked about the cultivation of Pediocactus,
Sclerocactus and Toumeya
plants including germinating them from
seed and growing them from tiny seedlings to flowering plants.
These 3 genera grow in our area and have fantastic forms and
flowers. They also have a reputation of being difficult
to germinate and grow.
The link above shows some seedlings and mature plants and the presentation
contains more info.
| October 17, 2014 -
Joyce Hochtritt of J&J
Cactus and Succulents talked about oddities of the cactus
and succulent world; these include variegated plants, various
"monstrose" forms, cristates, and the like. Joyce brought
some show and tell plants and a few sale plants.
August 15, 2014 - Leo Chance from Pueblo
Colorado presented Ideas
for Albuquerque Gardens
. He is the author of the
book "Cacti and Succulents for
Cold Climates: 274 Outstanding Species for Challenging Conditions
which is available at Amazon and other book sellers.
June 20, 2014 - Penny Hoe and Martha Parker had a program on Hardy
Sedums for Albuquerque.
Penny and Martha showed photos and discussed cultivation of sedums
that are evergreen ground covers, non-evergreen groundcovers, and
tall, late-blooming sedums often used as specimen plants. We
have a category of iffy sedums (not consistently hardy but
available locally). The information should be of interest
both to those who wish to xeriscape with plants that are not
prickly and to persons drawn to esoteric and rare plants.
For more info, check out the plant documents section. In
Hardy and Almost Hardy Sedums for Albuquerque - 2014
- Hardy and Sort-Of-Hardy Sedums for Albuquerque - 2014
May 16, 2014 Rich Reif presented the program -
Flora and Fauna of Australia
Australia is reported to be the
most desired of destinations for American travelers, but the least
realized. Australia has a unique flora and fauna compared to what
is familiar, perhaps as weird and alien as the cacti and other
succulents from the old and new world that we admire. And, yes,
cacti were mentioned.
February 18, 2014 Daniela Roth discussed the New Mexico Endangered Plant
Program. She is currently the Endangered Plant Program Coordinator
for the New Mexico State Forestry Division and the chair for the New
Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council. She has worked with rare and
endangered plants in the American Southwest for over 17 years, including
12 years on the Navajo Nation and 3 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. Her presentation outlined the purpose and function of the
New Mexico Endangered Plant Program and emphasized the work currently
under way with endangered cacti of New Mexico.
On January 17, 2014 We had program is about
a recent trip to Madagascar by Woody
which had the title "Madagascar
- Land of the Giants
The November 15, 2013 program helped our members, including newer ones,
to understand what happens to the plants at our society's (April)
show. (The same rules are used at the State Fair show.) The
discussion included how plants are entered, labeled, displayed and
judged. A panel of 3 experienced judges conducted an open panel
judging of a number of plants that have been brought in for this
purpose. See the Presenting Plants
article for our club's official rules.
On October 8, 2013, we went on a field trip to Mesa Garden to see all
the mesembs in flower. A picture
shows a few of the beautiful flowers and plants that we
saw. We also had a great potluck dinner after spending time in the
greenhouses. Steven and Linda Brack were great hosts -- Thank you!
Friday June 21, 2013 Steven Brack presented a program on the
flowers of hardy and near-hardy cacti showing the range of colors and
forms you can expect from the huge variety of hardy cacti that can be
grown in central NM.
|Friday May 17, 2013 The program, by Ralph Peters,
focused on Adeniums and their cultivation. Adeniums
combine eye-catching sculptural form with an abundance of showy
flowers over a long period of time, typically from early May
through early October in Albuquerque. Pictures, mature
plants, and 3 month old seedlings showed off these interesting
plants. Adenium seeds were available to allow attendees to
grow their own. See the Adenium
website for some beautiful examples.
Friday, March 15, 2013 - The program was supplied by Ad Konings
naturalist living in El Paso Tx and publisher of Cichlid
. It was about the flora of the Franklin Mountains near
El Paso, Tx and centered on cacti, agaves, and yuccas as well as
wildflowers, reptiles, and insects. Part of the program also
showed landscaping in urban areas and some areas of touristic
interest. It provided ideas of what to see and do in this nearby
region. Many of the cacti were shown in flower!
February 15, 2013 - The program was The
Great American Southwest
. He discussed the seven most cactus and succulent
rich states; Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas
and Utah and showed lots of beautiful photographs.
January 18, 2013 We had a forum on greenhouses! Several club
members talked about their greenhouses ? how they are built, how they
are heated, cooled, what they grow in them, etc. People thinking
about putting up a greenhouse heard information about types, designs,
costs, benefits, problems... Current greenhouse owners
picked up some tips & tricks from other owners.
Nov 16, 2012 Steven Brack held a
forum on outdoor cactus and succulent gardens in central NM.
Speakers included Dan Finley and Ralph Peters of Albuquerque, and John
Oberhausen of Santa Fe. They talked about setting up gardens,
choosing the plants, and then the care of the garden after planting.
October 22, 2012 5:30pm to
10:00pm - An Evening with the
Leo Chance from Colorado Springs, CO has recently published a book
"Cacti and Succulents for Cold
Climates". Leo spoke from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Following his
talk we had book sales and signing and a catered dinner.
is Senior Curator at the Denver Botanic Gardens and
Director of Outreach; he has introduced many cacti and succulents for
yard use. Panayoti spoke from 8:30pm to 9:30 pm on "Planning for
the Cold Hardy Rock Garden".
September 13-23, 2012 - No meeting! We had display at the Flower
Building at the State Fair. Thanks to all the volunteers!
|Friday, August 17, 2012 - The
program was given by Steven Brack on Ariocarpus, Aztekiums and
Lophophora of Northeast Mexico. It is based on a field
trip by A Laras of Greece; he spent some weeks during October
searching for these plants and found most of them in
flower. There are lots of very nice habitat photos which
are not commonly seen.
June 15, 2012: Woody Minnich talked about Rio Grande Do Sul,
Brazil. This region is the center of the distribution of the
Parodias (Notocactus, Brasilicactus, Brasiliparodia, Malacocarpus and
Eriocactus) and Fraileas as well as some of the Gymnocalyciums,
Echinopsis, Bromeliads, other succulents and other unusual plants and
CSSNM Outing on
Saturday May 12, 2012
We visited Whitfield Wildlife area, along the Rio Grande in Belen, which
is a great spot for birding, native bosque vegetation and a nice cactus
garden in progress. Next, we visited Daniel and Socorro at their
nursery, Rio Grande Cacti
south of Socorro along NM Hwy 1. They grow many kinds of hardy and
native plants which were available for purchase. Finally, a nice
picnic at the Bosque
del Apache Wildlife
refuge south of San Antonio. Near the
picnic area is a very nice cactus garden with many plants in
flower. We enjoyed the cactus garden and a visit the bosque with
all the birds and other wildlife.
Friday, March 16, 7 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120
Sig Lodwig talked about Cactus flower in Mid Winter?, Yes many do!
is working on compiling data on flowering for many cacti, and showed a
lot of kinds that flower in mid winter. With a broad collection
you can have plants in flower every day of the year.
Friday, February 17: Dan Finley talked about Ferocactus, and a few close friends
: their habitats,
descriptions, "likes" and dislikes, distributions, including few
comments about their botanical history with an array of photographs in
habitat and in cultivation
|Ferocactus diguetii, in habitat
on an island in the Gulf of California.
||Ferocactus glaucescens, in
association in habitat with Mammillaria geminispina, in "the
Valley of the Old Men" in Mexico.
||Ferocactus lindsayi, growing in
habitat along the Rio Infiernillo on the southern Pacific coast
The ambient temperature was 97 degrees, and it was the very dead
Friday, January 20, 2012: Woody Minnich talked about Namibia,
a dry place in a wet time
. Woody's comments follow:
This is the trip that Steve Brack and I enjoyed together this last May.
I suspect that between our two presentations we should cover everything
that we did and saw and I am sure that our two styles will be very
different. I can't wait to share my vision of our trip with Steve and I
hope the club won't mind having me doing a second presentation. This
should be a very entertaining talk and, as usual, I will include
everything about Namibia from the people, animals, plants to the
landscapes. Namibia a very beautiful and magical place. This will also
be the first time showing the not so well known "sociable desert rats"
also known as Team Namibia!??
More information is available on this talk
and on Woody
Friday, November 18, 2011: Peru,
from the Sea to the Sky
by Woody Minnich. Peru is a
country of strong contrasts. The coastal plain is very dry and
foggy with many cacti. The dry west side of the Andes is filled
with cacti, bromeliads, etc. The high Andes has freezing temps
every night of the year and a host of remarkable plants. Off to
the east lies the Amazon basin, a rain forest that has a few cacti and
lots of orchids, bromeliads, etc.
On Saturday, October 8, 2011 more than 20 people had a chance to tour
the greenhouses at Mesa Garden, Belen NM, The primary draw for the
trip were the flowering Mesembs. Thousands of plants were
On Saturday, October 8, 2011 more than 20 people had a chance to tour
the greenhouses at Mesa Garden, Belen NM, The primary draw for the
trip were the flowering Mesembs that originate in South Africa and
Namibia. A few pictures follow.
group in a Mesem greenhouse
We had a great time! Thank-you Steve & Linda Brack for hosting
this fantastic field trip!
Friday, August 19, 2011 - Steven Brack had a presentation on his recent
3 week trip to Namibia in May this year. The first week was in the south
and southwest which is mostly mesemb country with lots of Lithops,
Conophytums and other small succulents like Othonna, Tylecodon and many
Aloes. The final 2/3 of the trip was in the northern half of the
country which is summer rainfall, rolling hills and low mountains
covered with millions of Commiphora and other bonsai type trees.
There are also many large caudex plants like Pachypodium, Adenia,
Adenium and many others. Cyphostemma, in the grape family, form a
small, very fat caudex to huge massive beasts that weigh tons. In
the far north things get very wild, not an organized game park, but just
wild with all the usual African animals and several tribes of people
that have lived here for many thousands of years. One tribe is
still primarily stone age, part hunter gatherers and part herders.
Visiting Namibia is a nature lovers paradise, a huge set of plants, many
animals, birds, insects, etc. It has huge areas of wild
wilderness, with a slight risk from malaria and lions.
June 17, 2011 - Ralph Peters discussed 2 recent trips to Big Bend Ranch
State Park in Texas slightly west of Big Bend National Park. The
geology is fantastic including Solitario
and there are many interesting and
unique cacti too! Echinocereus
viridiflorus v. canus
is found only in Solitario.
May 20, 2011 - Sig Lodwig talked about the Big Bend National Park in
flower. He saw lots of wildflowers and many species of cacti in
April 9 and 10, 2011 - Spring Show and Sale at the Albuquerque Garden
Center at 10120 Lomas NE. The Show and Sale was open from 10:00 AM
until 4:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
February and March 2011 - Discussion of the extremely cold weather (-10
F and colder) and its effect on landscape and greenhouse plants.
November 2010 - A slide show of a fantastic cactus and succulent plant
garden in the Andes was the topic of the presentation.
August 2010 Greg Smith discussed growing plants from seeds which
was followed by a seed planting lab.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 Santa Fe and Los Alamos field trip!
We visited the community garden (including cacti & succulents) that
John Oberhauser has organised. Sig Lodwig in Los Alamos invited us up
for a visit to his marvelous greenhouse and garden.
May 2010 - Jean Brody
February 2010 - Guillermo Rivera presented a talk on the cacti and
bromeliads of Peru, wonderful ancient archeological ruins like Machu
Picchu and fantastic scenic areas.
January 2010 - Sig Lodwig likes to have some plants blooming every month
(day?) of the year! He talked about his choices for free-flowering
cactus and succulent plants and how he grows them.
November 2009 - The program showed an outdoor cactus and succulent
garden in Colorado Springs. Leo Chance has packed his yard with many
surprising cacti including surpises like Lobivias, Mammillarias,
Notocactus, Gymnocalycium, and Echinocereus. Surprising succulents
include Lithops, Othonnas, Euphorbias, and many other mesembs and South
Africa material. The photos taken are very impressive, with many plants
in flower, so very pretty.
October 2009 - John Oberhausen talked about the CommunityGarden/Outdoor
classroom at the Eldorado School Community Garden in SE Santa Fe. Many
species of cacti and succulents can be grown in this cold climate! The
cactus garden has received support from the CSSNM.
August 2009 The Jewel Cacti of Mexico
Woody Minnich talked about all the miniature "gems" native
to Mexico; cacti like Turbinicarpus, Epithelantha, Ariocarpus, and many
tiny Mammillarias. They are all the tiny cacti that hide so well from
view. He showed photos taken in nature so you could really see what they
should look like.
June 2009 Spring in
South Africa, Steve Brack discussed his trip to South
Africa in August 2008. Because of good rains, masses of wild
flowers covered the landscape.
March 2009 Cacti of the New World: Succulents with Areoles, Their Growth
Patterns and Lifestyles
Daniel Finley discussed the habitat (and some cultivated) photos of many
succulent plants, especially cacti (endemic to the western hemisphere).
Interspersed among the pictures are some discussions about their
origins, unusual metabolism, distribution, and lifestyles, as well as
Latin names, but no exams.
February 2009: Ralph Peters discussed a backpacking trip into the
Grand Canyon last April. Many plants were growing and flowering
including fields of sego lilies, agaves, opuntias, Echinocereus
engelmanii, ....! The scenery is pretty nice too!
January 2009: Our speaker Woody Minnich discussed a recent trip to
Brazil and all the fantastic cacti and succulents in their dry regions.
November 2008: A talk was given by Panayoti Kelaidis from the Denver
Botanical Garden. He specializes is making outdoor rockeries using
hardy succulents and cacti. His real emphasis is discovering new
kinds of succulents (especially from Africa) that will grow outdoors in