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   Our calendar of programs and events is always a work in progress, so we recommend that you re-visit often to get the latest updates and details, and as always, please contact Bruce Brethauer with any additional suggestions for places and events of interest. Some of these events may not be part of the "official" schedule for the Society, but are included as additional points of interest.

Unless stated otherwise, all of our meetings are open to the general public. We encourage visitors to attend and participate in our meetings. If you are interested in learning more about growing cacti and other succulents, please feel free to join us. Special events and field trips to other sites may require pre-registration or an RSVP.

Always remember to check the Newsletter or Calendar pages of our website on the day of our meetings for any last minute updates.


There is no scheduled January meeting of the Central Ohio Cactus and Succulent Society. Our First meeting of the year is scheduled for the Evening of Wednesday, February 21st, at the Franklin Park Conservatory.


7:30 pm Wednesday, February 21st at the Franklin Park Conservatory

We will have a special guest. Jerry Raack, past director and president of the Bromeliad Society International and discoverer of several new species of Bromeliads will present images and discussion from his travels (including his January 2018 trip to Ecuador) to Ecuador and Peru. Jerry will talk about his searches for bromeliads, and other interesting plants seen, and the culture of the Ecuadorian people. He will also discuss growing bromeliads in our collections. Most people are familiar with the Tillandsias, and many of of us may have grown these or one of any number of bromeliads which have become staples of the houseplant trade. Several genera, including Dyckia, Hectia, Puya, and Abromeitellia are noted for species which are adapted to very dry environments - and are sometimes included in succulent collections. The Bromeliads are a remarkably diverse group of new world plants, with dozens of genera and thousands of species, with a huge diversity of habits occupying practically every imaginable niche from tropical epiphytes, to desert terrestrials and every habit, from tiny rosetts barely an inch across, to towering giants to over 20 feet tall.

   Jerry was born in Akron, raised in Tallmadge and attended OSU where he graduated with a BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and he also obtained an MS degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. He worked for AT&T and Lucent Technologies for 35 years
before retiring in 2001. Jerry became interested in Bromeliads when his brother gave him
a plant for Christmas one year. His interest has increased over the years and he has been the director, then president of the Bromeliad Society International for a number of years. He has made numerous collecting trips into Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru and has discovered several new species of Bromeliads, including
Tillandsia raackii and Mezobromelia raackii. He still goes collecting: although government regulations has made it impossible to bring plants into the US, he is collecting seed and pictures. Jerry is currently working with Jose Manzanares of Quito, Ecuador in translating and editing Jose's 3rd volume of his book scientifically describing and

picturing all of the bromeliads found in Ecuador


7:30 pm Wednesday, March 21st at the Franklin Park Conservatory

"To keep our members safe we will be keeping an eye on the road conditions tomorrow afternoon/evening. If the road conditions are deemed unsafe for the majority of our membership to venture out tomorrow, we will cancel the meeting and reschedule/combine it with May's presentation on Soil. We will make the final call by 5:30pm tomorrow evening so stay tuned to our
Facebook page/group as well as our website for further details."

Our progran for this meeting will be a discussion and demonstration(?) on the techniques for propagation of cacti and other succulents. This will include general techniques for raising plants from seed, rasing plants from cuttings, division, and possibly some discussion on the techniques of grafting.
Feel free to bring your own 'problem children' that need trimmed or separated and we'll show you a few tricks and tips on keeping them under control.

Saturday and Sunday, March 24, 25 2018 Annual Show & Sale of the
Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society

Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden

Scheduled: Tours, programs, talks, vendors.
Admission to Cleveland Botanical Garden required.
No credit cards for plant sales, checks or cash only.

Keep posted on more updates on this event, one or more members of the Central Ohio Cactus and Succuent Society may be able to provide car pooling from Columbus, Ohio


10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, April 7th at the Museum of Biological Diversity located at 1315 Kinnear Rd, for their anual open house

Our Open House 2018 will take place rain or shine on April 7, 2018. Our theme this year will be "Magnified", natural history specimens seen under the magnifying glass or microscope.

Like in previous years we will have outdoors activities (weather-permitting). FREE Admission and FREE parking.
Doors will be open between 10 am - 4 pm.

This is not a part of the cactus society's regular programs and field trips, but is a popular event which we believe would be of interest to our members.

April Meeting: 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 18th at the Franklin Park Conservatory in the Education Pavilion near the south-east corner of the park, next to the old gardeners house (it is marked "D" in the orange section of this Franklin Park map). Rick and Bev Wilson of The Columbus Bonsai Society the will be leading a discussion and demonstration on bonsai. We will be focusing on the combination of traditional bonsai techniques and how they can be applied to growing cactus and succulents. One of the benefits of using succulents is that these are more tolerant of drought, and will require much less regular attention than “standard” bonsai stock.

Our presenters are both active board members of the Columbus Bonsai Society who grow succulents as part of their bonsai 'tree' collections.
The meeting will consist of two parts one focusing on the history, basic techniques, aesthetics, growing, and styles of bonsai. The other part will be a demonstration of pruning on a succulent bonsai. One of the plants used in this demonstration will be a “Jade Plant”. Members who have a plant which they may wish to “bonsai” are encouraged to bring it with you to this meeting.

    Please join us in welcoming Beverlee and Rick Wilson as they take us on an interactive journey to the exciting world of bonsai!

Presenters bio: Beverlee & Rick Wilson – have been active members of the Columbus Bonsai Society since 2010. They both serve on the CBS Board of Directors and particularly enjoy promoting the Art and Horticulture of Bonsai in outreach events for the Club: such as hosting booths at the Ohio State Fair, the Evening of Japanese Culture and Dawes Arboretum. While Beverlee leans toward the artistry and tradition side of Bonsai, Rick is well versed in the horticultural aspects of Bonsai. Rick started early by joining Future Farmers of America (FFA) in High School, learning about successfully growing plants and keeping them healthy. This knowledge is put to good use, as he serves as the Society Tree Curator. As the Librarian for the Society, Beverlee has been building her bonsai knowledge in reading & promoting the use of the Club’s Circulating Library. Parents of six children, Beverlee and Rick, enjoy gardening, kayaking and their Whippets.


10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, April 28 at the Franklin Park Conservatory

The Central Ohio Cactus and Succulent Society will be hosting its 2018 spring Cactus and Succulent Sale on Saturday April 28th at the Franklin Park Conservatory in classrooms A,B,C and D on the lower level. Sales will begin at 10:00 am and will continue until 5 pm

   This year we will be featuring a GIGANTIC selection of plants provided by
Groovy Plants Ranch, The Glasshouse Works, Bill Hendricks ( president of The Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society), and from the collections of our members. While it is too early to report on the specific species offered, I expect that it will include a good selection of Gasterias, Haworthias, Aloes, Kalanchoes, and Sansevierias, a selection of winter hardy cacti, sempervivums and sedum

    We offer plants of many sizes, from nice miniatures, suitable for creating your own dish gardens, terrariums, succulent wreaths, and vertical gardens, to larger plants, more suitable for larger pots and planters.  Other items will include a selection of hypertufa planters, cactus soil, pots, books, and decorative rocks. Members of the Society will be available to assist with sales, and to provide tips on how to grow these plants. All plants are in limited supply, so plan to come early for the best selection.

Cash and checks only - we cannot process payment by credit card.

Please check our SALE page for the latest updates


7:30 pm Wednesday, May 16th at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Following our April Sale, we thought it would be a great idea to concentrate on the basics of growing cacti and other succulents. This evenings program will feature Rebecca O'Linn, and Goug Sweet, who will be discussing the basic cactus and succulent potting soils and potting techniques ...


Saturday, June 23rd
Our June program will be our annual Summer Picnic, this year to be held at Groovy Plants Ranch at 4140 Co Rd 15 in Marengo, Ohio. Join Jared and Linda Hughes at Groovy Plants Ranch for a stroll through their gardens and greenhouses, as they highlight some of the unique plants they grow. They will highlight their collections of winter hardy cacti, Yuccas, and other hardy succulents, as well as selections of succulent houseplants. Groovy Plants Ranch carries thousands of plants, and many will be available for sale. This will be a Can't miss opportunity for any plant lover. This is planned as a part of a greater "Summer Solstice" celebration, and we will be joined by Bill Hendricks and other members of the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society and members of other plant societies....

More detail to follow.


We will be meeting 7:30 pm, Wednesday, July 18th at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Debra Knapke, the "Garden Sage" will be the speaker at this meeting, with a program on Plants for Dry Garden Spaces. Many gardeners have come to regard those dry areas of the garden as problem spaces; areas which seem unusually difficult to get plants established. In Ohio, dry areas in the garden may be due to a number of causes: elevated, rocky areas or sandy areas which receieve lots of sun, and dry quickly following rains, areas which are sheltered from the rain, such as near foundations, and under established shade trees, to areas with compacted soils, which do not absorb or release moisture readily. Debra will provide guidelines on how to identify the causes and possible solutions for these situations, and will discuss the principles of Xeriscaping, selecting drought tolerant plants which are adapted to the site, to reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental watering in the garden, making for lower maintenance gardens.

  Debra has long been known to me as the "Garden Sage" - She has heen a shaker and mover in the Central Ohio unit of the
Herb Society of America, and Inniswood gardens, (Debra and I first met during the initial planning stages of the Inniswood "Affair of the Hort" back in 1995), she has authored a number of books on horticulture and gardening, and also teaches classes in the Horticultural Department of Columbus State Community College. I have recently discovered that Debra holds a Masters in Speech / Language Pathology, and had worked in the field of speech and language for 11 years, and that she had also sung in the opera chorus in Columbus for a total of seven years.


We will be meeting 7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 15th at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Harry Gate will be leading this month's program with slides of his most recent travels to the Galapagos Islands, including images of some of the endemic fauna and flora of these Islands, including images of some of its native cacti.


At 1:00 pm Sunday, September 18th,
we will join the
Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society at Klyn Nursery located at 3322 South Ridge Road in Perry, Ohio for a combined meeting of the Midwest, Central Ohio, Greater Pittsburgh and Michigan Cactus and Succulent Societies. Bill and Nancy Hendricks will be hosting this event. Bill Hendricks will present his program ....... and afterwards, we will be given an opportunity to tour his personal cactus greenhouse. The Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society will provide pizza, and other members of the MCSS will bring a side dish to share with members and guests.

     Bill has been an avid grower of cacti and other succulents for more than 50 years; his personal collection of succulents is housed in a 1800 square foot greenhouse, which literally contains thousands of plants, representing over three thousand species and varieties of succulents. Every year, Bill opens up his greenhouse to everyone attending this meeting, and generously offers starts of many of the plants in his greenhouse to members and visitors. While Bill's collection is diverse, containing species from practically every succulent genus, his collections of Hawothias, Gasterias, Aloes, Conophytums, and Lithops are especially impressive.
   Bill's programs are exceptional, and I always look forward to visiting again with the members of the other area cactus  societies. While I always try to share a few interesting plants from my collection, I invariably find myself coming home with more plants than when I arrived in Perry. If you have never come to this meeting in the past, I would recommend that you make every attempt to do so. Several of us regularly make the trip every year.
This special meeting is always well attended and space is limited; member and guest RSVP required

RSVP to:
Nancy Hendricks
Karen Snell at below info
Let me know if you have questions.
Hope to see you there!
Karen Snell
Sec/Treas Midwest Cactus & Succulent Society
440-415-3949 cell
440-983-4624 home


We will be meeting 7:30 pm Wednesday October 17th at
the Franklin Park Conservatory

Mike Walters will be presenting a program on variegated succulents.


We will be meeting 7:30 pm, Wednesday November 14th at the Franklin Park Conservatory

We will be having a mixed program, beginning with a very short program on terrarium plants, followed by Ken Frieling of the Glasshouse Works - a unique and exceptional mail order nursery which features a huge selection of rare and unusual tropicals, succulents, perennials, and shrubs, with a discussion of some of the more unusual succulent plants from the offerings of the Glasshouse Works.

   Ken and his staff are amongst a disappearing breed of independent, mail-order nursery owners. They offer the largest selections of rare and unusual tropicals, succulents, bonsai and terrarium plants, and hard to find hardy perennials of any nursery that I have dealt with. Ken's programs combine an eclectic blend of information – including the “care and feeding” of many of the plants in his catalog, discussion of the newest and best plants in its inventory, and the tales gleaned from decades of operating a unique mail order nursery in Southeastern Ohio. Following the program, Ken will offer a selection of plants for sale to Society members and guests. I have requested that Ken include a good selection of plants suitable for terrariums in adition to a good selection of succulents to sell to membrs and guests.

  This program has been one of the perennial highlights of our year. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about growing cacti, tropicals, and a variety of other plants, to join us for the evening. I request that we all make an effort to invite guests to this meeting so that this will be one of our best attended meetings of the year.

I also encourage everyone to examine the
Glasshouse Works website, and to forward a list of plants which they would be interested in purchasing to Bruce Brethauer.


We will be meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday December 19th at the Franklin Park Conservatory. This is the time of our annual winter potluck. The Society will be providing an entrée, Members are asked to bring a covered side-dish, or dessert to share with other members and guests.

   This is mostly an informal meeting, without a scheduled program; it is a time to visit with friends, and celebrate the holiday season. While at the Conservatory, we encourage you to take some time to view the holiday displays, and tour the Biomes. We will also be electing officers for our 2018 Calendar year, and will be having a planning session for programs for 2018.
Please consider volunteering for one of our officers positions. I am also hopeful that we can get the greater portion of our 2018 programs established by the end of our December meeting so that I can update our 2018 Calendar. Please let us know if you have a program that you would be interested in leading - a travel log, PowerPoint program, a workshop, a demonstration - a "Show and Tell" of some of your favorite succulent plants, - whatever you would like. If there are any gaps in our schedule, I am requesting that we put together a program committee, to complete our 2018 Calendar of Programs and Events.

Always remember to check the Newsletter or Calendar pages of our website on the day of our meetings for any last minute updates.

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