October 4, 2018 Meeting

We will meet Thursday October 4, 2018 at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center at 7PM. The Center is located at 800 Twin Lakes Drive, 89107.

Our speaker is Ron Parker from Tucson, AZ. Ron has not spoken to the Cactus and Succulent Society of Southern Nevada before. Ron Parker is an outdoorsman, xeric plant enthusiast, and amateur botanist who spends half his time gardening and the other half exploring habitat across Arizona and neighboring states, primarily chasing agaves and archaeological sites. He has been studying agave populations in Arizona for many years, and been out in the field with renowned botanists and regional archaeologists. When not under the open sky, Ron maintains the well-known xeric plant discussion forum, Agaveville.org, an impressive online repository for information on agaves and other succulent plants.

Ron has an upcoming book that is unfortunately not yet published called Chasing Centuries.

His presentation for us will be Agaves of Arizona. From Ron:

I’ll discuss 17 species, including five pre-Columbian cultivars associated with ancient Hohokam, Sinagua and Salado Native Americans.

Agaves are succulent New World monocots, comprising more than 200 species with an epicenter in Mexico. They also extend into Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and the US, occupying habitats in FL, TX, NM, AZ, UT, NV, and CA, with the number of taxa in AZ exceeding the other states combined. There are currently 21 recognized taxa in Arizona, most natural, but some of apparent anthropogenic origin. There are also many Agaves that don’t fit neatly under these taxonomic constraints. Some are intermediate, others may be compromised by feral pre-Columbian cultivars, still others are indeterminate for reason or reasons as yet undiscovered. We are regularly confronted by these types of mysteries as we continue to explore, and wouldn’t have it any other way, but that is a subject for another time. For now, let’s stick to the species we know.

I have been out in Arizona habitat locating and studying these wonderful plants as a near full time vocational exercise for several years, and suspect I know them about as well as anybody at this point. I have at times been accompanied in habitat by renowned botanists and archeologists, who have provided considerable assistance toward an ever expanding knowledge base. My intent here is to provide a brief catalog of these plants.

Bring a friend, a refreshment, a raffle plant, and questions.


September 6, 2018 Meeting

We will meet Thursday September 6, 2018 at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center at 7PM. The Center is located at 800 Twin Lakes Drive, 89107.

Our speaker is:

Brandi Eide of the Springs Preserve

Brandi Eide is the Springs Preserve Botanical Garden Supervisor, overseeing the science and gardens team in caring for the 180 acre cultural institution with a dynamic and historic past and a focus on sustainable living, environmental awareness and water-smart landscaping. Before joining the Springs Preserve team, Brandi worked at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley, and managed an Ace Hardware store. She has been an instructor at the Desert Landscaping School in Phoenix, instructed Xeriscape- Site Planning and Water Use for the Sustainable Building Advisor Program (Sonoran Chapter), and is a Certified Water Harvesting Design Practitioner with Watershed Management Group. Brandi is passionate about pollinators, conservation, succulents and medicinal and edible plants.

Brandi will speak on growing Cactus and Succulents in the Mojave, give a Springs Preserve update and reminder of the Springs Preserve Fall plant sale on September 15, 2018.

Bring a friend, a refreshment, a raffle plant, and good questions.

Check it out our Calendar. We have a couple speakers left this year who've never given presentations to CSSSN before.