Saturday, September 24, 2011

Our CSSM Show

The CSSM Show & Plant Sale was a success with many exceptional specimens exhibited in the show and a profit for our treasury. The big winner is our own society president, Margot Hammer who won 1st place for her Euphorbia collection, which also won Best in Show. She also won the Best in Division I for her Ariocarpus and other blues. Best in Division II was Matt Opel for his outstanding Conophytum minusclum. A very impressive dish garden with an exceptionally beautiful Crassula underplanted with various succulents exhibited by Andy Michaelides was the Best in Division III. There were many blue ribbons awarded to other worthy specimens and so many reds that we ran out of ribbons! Thanks to those members who brought in 20-60 plants to exhibit which is no easy task!

The public was exposed to some very unique cacti and succulents. Congratulations to all who entered no matter how you placed! You successfully educated the public which is our main goal in a show. People went away with an appreciation of the plants we love and we now have more than a dozen new members in CSSM.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made this show and sale a success! Even though the hours were long and we were wiped out by the end of the weekend, we had great fun and got to know our fellow members better. If you did not help out this time, we hope you will join us next time.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Art On Garden Guys

Art did a great job on the Garden Guys Radio Show live Sunday morning promoting our show. I wish he could have had more time to answer questions. I had one for him, but questions from listeners were not taken. Hope he will be on the show another time.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

CSSM Adds a Link to Garden Guys Green Revolution Radio

The CSSM website, cssm.org, has added the Garden Guys to their links, click on "plant info". Sam & Layanee are live on Sunday mornings on 96.9 FM answering garden related questions from their listeners. They endorse environmentally friendly products like "Garden Neem" an alternative insecticide & fungicide that is safe for the environment and "Mother Nature's Cuisine" a fertilizer.

Our CSSM member, Art Scarpa will be interviewed on the show September 11th about our Society Show and Plant Sale on the 17th & 18th. Listen in, ask a question and possibly win one of their Green products. More details to come.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vounteer Schedule for the 2011 CSSM Show

This is the schedule so far. X's indicate a volunteer is needed in that time slot. Please let Wesley know if you can do so at wesleye68@aol.com
This is OUR show and we need all members to pitch in and help to make it a success! 

Set-up/Breakdown - Fri & Sat
     Set-up Fri 3-7 PM & Breakdown Sun 4-6 PM
        Alan Guenther
        Jeff Kelly
        Wesley Eldridge
        Carol Englender
        Walter Rice
        Margot Hammer
        Glen Lord
        Art Scarpa
        Paul Carlberg
        Bryan ?
        Suzanne Tait
Show Entries/Passing/Staging
     Fri 3-7 PM & Sat 7- 9 AM
        Glen Lord
        Art Scarpa
        Paul Carlberg
Clerks
Membership Table     x indicates a volunteer is needed
     Sat 10 AM- Noon                     Noon - 2 PM                                 2 PM-5 PM
     Helen Greet                              x                                                     Helen G.
     x                                               Maria Kawka                                 Maria K.
     Helen Cuddy                            Helen C.                                         x

     Sun 10 AM- Noon                   Noon - 2 PM                                 2 PM - 4 PM
     Ann O' tool ???                        Ann O.                                          Ann O.
     Maria K.                                   Maria K.                                        x
     Helen C.                                   x                                                    x
CSSM Plant Sales Table
     Sat 10 AM- Noon                    Noon- 2 PM                                  2 PM- 4 PM
     x                                               Fanny Iuster                                  Fanny I.
     Linda Macguire                        Linda M.                                       x
     Suzanne Tait                            Suzanne T.                                    x

     Sun 10 AM- Noon                   Noon- 2 PM                                  2 PM- 4-PM
     Fanny I.                                    x                                                    Fanny I.
     Suzanne T.                               Suzanne T.                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x  

Beginner's Potting Table
     Sat 10 AM-Noon                     Noon- 2 PM                                  2 PM-5 PM
     Jeff Kelly                                 x                                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x 
     x                                               x                                                    x

     Sun 10 AM-Noon                    Noon-2 PM                                   2 PM- 4 PM
     Jeff K                                       x                                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x
     x                                               x                                                    x

Auction Helpers
     none

Tour Leaders
    Glen L./Art S./Dan D.

Security
     Sat 10 AM-Noon                     Noon- 2 PM                                   2 PM- 5 PM
     Carol Englender                       x                                                     Carol E.
     Alan Guenther                         x                                                      x     
     Bryan                                       x                                                      x
     x                                              x                                                      Tom Cuddy

     Sun 10 AM-Noon                   Noon-2 PM                                     2 PM- 4-PM
     Carol E.                                   x                                                      x
     Alan G.                                    x                                                     Alan G.
     Bryan                                       Bryan                                              x
     Tom C.                                    x                                                      x 

Roaming Helpers 
     Suzanne T.
     Margot H.

Anyone at the show who can help fill the x's and/or sit in for vendors so they can
 take a break would be greatly appreciated!


        

        

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

SHOW PLANNING MEETING RECAP

Glen will make sure an accurate schedule of show classes for 2011 is available.
Passing Committee (approval of plant naming, condition, etc.) We will ask Matt Opel if he will head this committee. Any help will be appreciated.
Demo/lecture tentative schedule:
      Show Tours (Glen/Art/Dan) - 1PM & 3 PM
      Dan Downey's trough making & planting demo - 12 noon
      Art Scarpa'a Cactus & Succulent growing for beginners - 1:30 PM
      Auction - 2:30 PM
      Paul Carlberg's Haworthia talk - 3:30 PM
Advertising/PR - We will work with Tower HIll, we need to find out if they have a list of Eastern MA freebie publications & will get a list of where TH places ads. We are also going to make a note of reciprocal plant organizations that will provide free entry to TH for the show, particularly Mass Hort. We also need to get a list of CSSM/CSSC members before the show. It was also suggested that the membership secretary have a stamp showing the renewal date on club membership cards.
Plant Order - We agreed to spend $150 per nursery order (not including shipping). Paul will take care of the Steve Hammer order, Art the C&J order, Devan the Miles2Go order & Margot the Out of Africa order. Plants will be shipped the last week of August bare root & there will be a planting party either that week or the next at Bonsai West.
Website - Suzanne & Margot are having trouble accessing the website to make corrections & additions. We will post more show info including entry tickets & class schedules & request for member plant donations for the auctions & CSSM plant table. Additionally, we will post that there are plant organizations that have a reciprocal relationship with TH & provide free entry.
Chris Allen Display - Glen will check to see if he is interested in doing a display similar to last year's. The club will reimburse him for travel, etc.
Vendors - We wil hold a lottery for space, assigning the vendors a number drawn from a hat. We will also provide a map with the spaces numbered & vendors can choose one when their number comes up. We will standardize the number of tables & work with TH around the oil painting show that is happening concurrently to our show.
Volunteers - Wesley is the volunteer coordinator & will provide a spread sheet of what is needed & when, etc.
Plant Donations - Since most of our profit from the show derives from the sale of plants, we are asking all members to donate plants that we can sell at the CSSM table. If possible use 3 1/2 or 4 inch pots for unity. We also need specimen/rare plants for the auctions.

Monday, August 1, 2011

CSSM Show in September

CSSM will have a society plant show Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th. We will be setting up for the show Friday, the 16th. All members are asked to help with making the show a success. There is much to do and many volunteers are needed. If you have not already done so, please contact Wesley who is the volunteers co-ordinator at WesleyE68@aol.com


There will be a show planning meeting on July 27th at Bonsai West in Littleton, MA at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting especially members who are chairmen. Glenn Lord is the Show Chairman, Margot Hammer is the Event Chairman & the Liasion with Tower Hill, Lau Magner is the Security Chairman, Devan Parker the Vendor Co-ordinator and Wesley Eldridge is the Volunteers Co-ordinator. They will all need volunteers to help them get the job done and make the show a success.

A Plant Society Show is very educational and fun. We get to see so many different genuses, species and cultivars of our favorite type of plants: cacti & succulents! Please help make this show a success and enter at least one plant in the show. 

SHOW PLANNING MEETING RECAP

Glen will make sure an accurate schedule of show classes for 20011 is available.

Passing Committee (approval of plant naming, condition, etc.) We will ask Matt Opel if he will head this committee. Any help will be appreciated.
Demo/lecture tentative schedule:
      Show Tours (Glen/Art/Dan) - 1PM & 3PM
      Dan Downey's trough making & planting demo - 12 noon
      Art Scarpa's Cactus & Succulent growing fro beginners - 1:30PM
      Auction - 2:30PM
      Paul Carlberg's Haworthia talk - 3:30PM
Advertising/PR - We will work with Tower Hill, we need to find out if they have a list of Eastern Mass freebie publications & will get a list of where TH places ads. We are also  going to make a note of reciprocal plant organization that will provide free entry to TH for the show, particularly MassHort. We also need to get a list of CSSM/CSSC members before the show. It was also suggested that the membership secretary have a stamp showing the renewal date on club membership cards.
Plant Order - We agreed to spend $150 per nursery order (not including shipping). Paul will take care of the Steve Hammer order, Art the C&J order, Devan the Miles2Go order & Margot the Out of Africa order. Plants will be shipped the last week of August bare root & there will be a planting party either that week or the next, at Bonsai West.
Website - Suzanne & Margot are having trouble accessing the website to make corrections & additions. We will post more show info including entry tickets & class schedules & request for member plant donations for the auction. Additionally, we will post that there are many plant organizations that have a reciprocal relationship with TH & provide free entry.
Chris Allen Display - Glen will check to see if he is interested in doing a display similar to last year's. The club will reimburse him for travel, etc.
Vendors -  
we will hold a lottery for space, assigning the vendors a number drawn from a hat. We will also provide a map with the spaces numbered & vendors can choose one as their number comes up. We will standardize the number of tables & will work with TH around the oil painting show that is happening concurrently to our show.
Volunteers - Wesley is the volunteer coordinator & will be providing a spread sheet of what is needed & when, etc.
Plant donations - Since most of our profit from the show derives from the sale of plants, we are asking all members to donate plants that we can sell at the CSSM table. If possible use 4 or 3 1/2 inch pots for unity. We also need specimen/rare plants for the auction.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

CSSM Show in September

CSSM will have a society plant show Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th. We will be setting up for the show Friday, the 16th. All members are asked to help with making the show a success. There is much to do and many volunteers are needed. If you have not already done so, please contact Wesley who is the volunteers co-ordinator atWesleyE68@aol.com

There will be a show planning meeting on July 27th at Bonsai West in Littleton, MA at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting especially members who are chairmen. Glenn Lord is the Show Chairman, Margot Hammer is the Event Chairman & the Liasion with Tower Hill, Lau Magner is the Security Chairman, Devan Parker the Vendor Co-ordinator and Wesley Eldridge is the Volunteers Co-ordinator. They will all need volunteers to help them get the job done and make the show a success.

A Plant Society Show is very educational and fun. We get to see so many different genuses, species and cultivars of our favorite type of plants: cacti & succulents! Please help make this show a success and enter at least one plant in the show. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Field Trip to John Spain's Gardens

Sunday, June 12th CSSM members are in for a treat when we visit John Spain's cold hardy cactus gardens. John spoke to the club about hardy cacti and members were very interested in the expert information he gave about growing cold hardy cacti in our climate. We will see his gardens and his greenhouse collection.
Members will have another chance to get growing tips, etc, from him. This will be a fun trip with people who share our interest in succulents! Margot has also enticed us with a deli stop on the way home where,
she says, they have great food.

Since there were not enough members at the May meeting who wanted to hire a bus, we will be traveling by car. Wesley has agreed to be the car pooling co-ordinator to assist members who want to share rides and expenses. If you are willing to drive contact him at wesley68@aol.com and put in the subject line "will share a ride " and if you need a ride put in " need a ride ". Wesley will then contact you with someone and
their email and, possibly, a phone number so you can make further arrangements. This will be a big help for members, thank you, Wesley for taking on this task!


Be sure to bring beverages, food, and snacks since there will be nothing served at the Spain's and there are no restaurants nearby. Also, bring a chair and an umbrella to have some shade if it is a sunny day.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Plants for sale at the April meeting

Ken will be coming up from CT to sell plants at the meeting.  He sells cacti, stapeliads, other succulents, and amorphophallus corms.  He has a lot of good stuff left from the CCSS show and sale this weekend and other interesting things.  Visit his nursery at


If you have not heard about Amorphophallus look at his website and do some research, they are amazing, rare plants that are not hard to grow.  He is the only serious vendor of these plants in the local area and has a great selection of quality material.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

REMINDER - Cactus and Succulent show in CT this weekend

Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society 
28th Annual Show and Sale

Huge judged plant show
Many vendors - Plants, Books, Fancy Pots
Free Lectures
Multiple Plant Auctions

This Weekend!!!
Saturday April 9th from 10-5
Sunday April 10th from 10-4

For complete details visit:

Naugatuck Valley Community College
Art & Music Center Cafeteria, Fifth Floor
50 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 

Show set up Friday April 8, from 2 Pm to 6 PM
Come to help if you can, volunteers appreciated for the entire show.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mesa Garden Group Order

Paul will be putting in a group plant order with Mesa Garden nursery at the end of this week. If you want to take part and get plants for yourself in this order you must go to www.mesagarden.com, read their ordering instructions http://www.mesagarden.com/#ordering, look through their plant catalog (it is text only), put together your order list and send it to Paul at Pcarlberg@yahoo.com with the week.  Please send your specific personal order, not a general list of what you want the club to order like "Haworthias, Euphorbias, and Aloes".  A specific order should be in this format:


Plant Order:


Astrophytum       
47.05-asterias L1016 Gonzales, Tam, in flat dry clay pans                            $6.00
49-capricorne /17/ curly papery spines, red center in fl.                                $4.00 x 2 = $8.00
Adenium
1886.6-arabicum shorter, thicker caudex                                                     $6.00
Agave
1888.1-aurea Ligui, BCS, small rosettes, arching leaves                                $3.00 x 3 = $9.00
1888.26-bracteosa /16/ curly pale green leaves                                             $4.00
Tylecodon
2963-buchholzianus SB1546 Uitspanpoort, black stem, red new growth        $6.00
2964-decipiens rose pink flowers, fat green leaves                                         $4.50



Please organize the list as specified in the ordering instructions on the Mesa Garden Ordering page.  Please also understand that some items may be out of stock so you may not get everything you order.  Due to this issue you do not need to pay Paul until your plants arrive and you pick them up, hopefully at the April Meeting.  If you can not make it to the April meeting then you need to make arrangements to get your plants as Paul can not keep and grow them for you until the next meeting.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

First CSSM YouTube video posted, more to come!!!

The CSSM has a Yout Tube channel as part of our Google account.  We added the first video this past Friday night.  It is a brief clip of Devan potting up CSSM raffle and auction plants using her special soil mix.

In the future we plan to video record our monthly meeting educational programs and post them on YouTube. This will make them easily available to members who missed the meeting and for prospective members to really get a feel of the club.  We will attempt to post a video of the March 2011 meeting program this week and will update this post when that happens.

Check out our YouTube account by clicking on the link in the side bar.  >


Friday, March 18, 2011

CSSM website down

The www.cssma.org domain is having routing problems and does not link to our website right now.  In order to see the CSSM website use either of these two links:


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Plants for sale at the March meeting

At the March meeting the following members wil be selling:

Maureen  - flower pots of various sizes and materials

Jeff will be bringing 42 plants, a mix of Haworthias and other succulents.  Prices will be between $1.25 and $4.00 each depending on the size and species.


Top row left to right - Haworthia attenuata, Crassula ovata, Ledebouria, Albuca sp.' Augrabies Hill', and Echeveria pulvinata.  
Second row L to R - Christmas cactus, Pleiospilos compactus ssp. canus, Gasteria cv 'Little Warty", Haworthia truncata v. maughani, and  Haworthia limifolia v. umbomboensis.  
Single plant in the foreground - Haworthia cv. 'Grey Ghost'.  
Not pictured - Opuntia cv. 'Smithwick'. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

March Meeting Program


CSSM visits Texas:
How a group of New Englanders managed to survive for a week
in the West Texas Desert

Presented by "The Lau Man" Magner


Saturday, March 19 from 1-4 PM
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boyleston, MA 01505


Last October, eight CSSM members set out to explore the desert areas of West Texas. While they were visiting remote locations in the Big Bend area of Texas, our intrepid explorers got up close and personal with many species of Southwestern cacti, not to mention the occasional tarantula, scorpion, wild boar, raging river, rattlesnake, singing Mexican, blazing sun, and, of course, some of the best Tex-Mex food this side of the Rio Grande.

Our March program shares this adventure with you through a photographic extravaganza that will document the entire journey. Join us for an excursion to San Antonio, Langtry (the Home of Judge Roy Bean, a Texas legend) Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, the Chihuahua Desert Research Institute, and more. So, put on your spurs and be sure to come settle in for a CSSM trip to Texas.

June Field Trip is official

John Spain's Cold Hardy Cactus Garden and Greenhouse
June 12, 2011
Waterbury, CT

We have officially scheduled the June field trip  for June 12.  We will tentatively arrive around noon and stay until 4 PM.  John's garden is located in Waterbury, CT, which is about 2 hours drive south west of Worcester, Ma.  While we will be eating lunch at his garden John will not be providing any food so pack your own.  Also please bring a folding chair for yourself and an umbrella etc. if you want to stay out of the sun.

At the March meeting we will discuss the possibility of renting a bus and making a group trip out of it.  At this time the event is scheduled as a drive your self or car pool event.  We hope you will all plan to join us at this amazing garden with one of the countries best cold hardy cactus growers.


There is more inforamtion to come about this trip.

Monday, January 24, 2011

February meeting

Conophytums
Presented by Dr. Matt Opel

Saturday, February 19 from 1-4 pm
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

This months we will learn about Conophytums, tiny plants that come in a huge diversity of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.  There is something in this genus to interest everyone.  Although uncommon, they are extremely popular with a small, dedicated group of growers.  They grow and flower during the short, cool days of winter providing entertainment and color when many other plants are dormant.  Conophytums are easy keepers.  They can often be kept in 2" pots for many years and grow well on sunny window sills or under lights.   Whether you already have a few at home or have never heard of the plants you are sure to learn something new from this month's program.

Our speaker is Dr. Matthew Opel, a well know Conophytum expert.  He completed his phD. research on these plants and was a co-authors of the book "Dumpling and his Wife: New Views on the Genus Conophytum".  Later this year he will be speaking about Conophytums at the Cactus and Succulent Society of America National Conference.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

June Field Trip

In June the society does not have a normal meeting; we go on a cactus and succulent related field trip!  This year's trip will be to John Spain's Outdoor, cold hardy Cactus Garden in Waterbury, CT.

Due to great interest during his presentation at our November meeting Mr. Spain has kindly offered to have us down to his garden for a day in June.  The dates that we have to choose from are June 11, 12, 25, or 26.  Please check you calendars and either email the president with what works for you or come to the February meeting with this info.  We will pick a date that works for the majority of members.

Emailing the president before the meeting will greatly help with this effort.

No food or drinks will be provided so please plan to bring your own lunch and dinner for the trip.

To get to the garden we will either have members drive themselves or have the society rent a small bus to take us as a group.  It is likely that each spot on the bus will cost $25 or less.  If we rent a bus members may still drive themselves to the garden if they wish.

The bus would pick up members around 7 AM or 8 AM at the regular CSSM field trip pick up spot; the park and ride lot at Mass pike exit 10A.  This is where the Mass Pike, also known as I-90, intersects with rt. 20 and rt 146 in Millbury, MA.