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March is an eventful month, so please watch the Calendar Page for the latest updates: In addition to our meeting on March 21st, the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society will be having its annual show and sale, Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

March Meeting:

"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."

We will be meeting7:30 pm Wednesday, March 21st at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Our program 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.
Minutes: Our February meeting featured a special guest; Jerry Raack, past director and president of
the Bromeliad Society International. Jerry 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. 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.

   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 presented images and discussion from his January 2018 expedition to Ecuador. In part, this included trips to areas which had been canvassed in the past but at a different time of year - it was hoped that different species of bromeliad would be in bloom at this time, and would allow for a more complete listing of species in these areas, and the possibility that new species may be discovered. Also, new areas were searched - in this case, areas were chosen from areas of undisturbed, old growth forests, again in the hopes that these may yeild previously unknown species. I believe that a total of 7 new species had been discovered during this expedition - most were new species of tillandsia.This was the first time that Jerry had presented these images to a plant society, so we should consider ourselves lucky to be amongst the first persons to see these images of new species.
Special Event: 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.

The following additional information was provided in the latest issue of the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society Newsletter:

* Our show and sale is Saturday March 24, 10-5 pm & Sunday March 25, 12-5 pm.
* The show layout has completely changed again this year to handle the large attendance and we have use of the entire first floor outside of the glasshouse. Club member vendors will be in Clark Hall off the main front entrance hallway. Outside vendors and possibly a couple member vendors will be in Woodland Hall behind the Garden Room, off the East Blvd hallway. Exhibitor displays will be in the Garden Room.
* Plant exhibitors are Doug Bacso, Bill Hendricks, Jeff Havel, Shawn Murdock, Annie Kitral, Kim Stehli, Tammy Host, Ming Liang, Tim Malinich, Bob Raack and ATI Greenhouse.
* Clark vendors are Bill Hendricks, Jeff Havel, Doug Bacso, Kathy Smith, Shawn Murdock, Annie Kitral, Kim Stehli, Tammy Host, Ming Liang, and Bob Raack. Woodland Hall vendors are ATI, Mark Langan, Ron Lavrencik, Groovy Plant Ranch, and James and Kathy Maloney. Bill and Jeff will be selling pumice and cactus potting mix.

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                                                                                                                                                           

Dues are Due: It is that time of year to request all of our members to send in their membership dues for 2017. Our dues are necessary to maintain the society's membership in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, our national organization, which funds research, conservation and education on cactus and other succulents, and to provide classroom space for our meetings, sales, and other special events at the Franklin park Conservatory, and speaker fees and other expenses. Members may participate in our shows and sales, and membership may be required for some of our special events and field trips. Annual membership fees are set at 15$ per household, and may be delivered directly to Harry Gate, or Doug Sweet at our monthly meetings, or you may mail your dues made payable to:

Doug Sweet
2470 Roberts Mill Road
London, OH 43140

Please indicate that the check is for the Cactus and Succulent Society Dues.

Plant of the Month: Agave Havardiana

April Highlights:

Saturday April 7th10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Museum of Biological Diversity located at 1315 Kinnear Rd, for their anual open house

7:30 pm Wednesday, our April 18th meeting at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Rick and Bev Wilson will be leading a discussion and demonstration on Bonsai and Succulents.

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 classroom C/D on the lower level. Sales will begin at 10:00 am and will continue until 5 pm
   It's never too early to begin to make preparations for our annual sale. While we are expecting an excellent selection of sale plants, all members are encouraged to propagate and sell plants from their collections. All participants will receieve 80% of the marked prices on their sold plants (10% of the proceeds will go to the Society, and 10% will go to the Conservatory) we will give instrouction on how to properly mark your plants so that the sale is properly credited to you, and we also encourage all members to assist with sales and to provide visitors with information on the Society, and to provide some imformation on the basic care of cacti and other succulents.

CSSA Corner:  To keep up with the latest updates on the website of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America check their site at:                                                                                                                                                                  

The Plant Society Handbook page includes the agreement between the various plant societies and the Franklin Park Conservatory as well as several of the forms to request classrooms, equipment, and to reserve dates for shows and sales. The Flower Show Rental Contract contains request forms which are specific for shows and sales.

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