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.