May 2017 General Meeting

We'll have the May general meeting at the normal date and time, Thursday May 4, 2017 at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center.

Our presenter is another friend of the CSSSN, Woody Minnich. His topic: Mexico, The Hidden Treasures of Coahuila.  Woody was kind enough to provide a biography quoted here:

Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich 2015

Woody, as he is commonly called, has been in the cactus hobby for some 45 years and has become well known for his participation in many of the cactus and succulent clubs. He is an honorary life member of nine clubs (I believe that includes CSSSN) as well as a life member  and Friend of the CSSA (Cactus & Succulent Society of America.) He has served in almost all positions of leadership from president, to newsletter editor, to show chairman and so on. He is also known for his extensive field work studying primarily the cactus family. He has traveled throughout Africa, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Socotra, the United States and Yemen. From these trips and his nursery experience, he has developed an extensive knowledge of the cactus family as well as many of the other succulent genera.

Woody is also known for his many presentations. His photography is considered to be special and his commentary very entertaining and educational. He is a recognized international speaker and has spoken for plant conventions - organizations all over the USA, as well as in England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Woody has also authored a number of articles for various newsletters, the CSSA journal and his photographs are well published. Woody is the creator-originator of the first color version of the CSSA journal “Cacti and Succulents for the Amateur” that also featured show plants, shows and the growers of the pictured plants.

He is also known for his cactus and succulent nursery, Cactus Data Plants. CDP was started in 1975 and is still in operation today. Cactus Data Plants specializes in show specimens and rare cacti and other succulents with particular emphasis in Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Mammillaria, Gymnocalycium, Turbinicarpus, Melocactus, Copiapoa, Fouquieria, Pachypodium, Euphorbia, Cyphostemma, Adenium and Adenia.

Woody and his wife Kathy live in the beautiful mountains south of Santa Fe New Mexico, in a region called Cedar Grove. He has a small 1,200 sq, ft. greenhouse and a few cold frames where he grows his unique plants. He is always on the move and travels frequently to do presentations and shows throughout the western United States. Woody is the proud parent of three children, Leah, Denver and Sarah, all of whom are now grown and out in the big world. Woody is also the proud grandparent of three grandsons, Indiana, Ashton and Logan. He is a retired high school teacher of 32 years where he taught Graphic Arts, Architecture, Art and Health.

At our last meeting we had a "ton" of raffle plants. Dick Askew contributed many plants with their associated rocks, delivered by previous president and treasurer Phil Lawton.  Keep bringing them in.  And bring a friend who likes plants because we'll likely have plenty to give away. We should have one or two pieces of pottery to raffle as well. Woody usually brings some of his nice plants for sale.


April 22, 2017 Field trip: Meadview

Stephanie Thomas, CSSSN vice president, will be leading a field trip out to the Meadview, AZ area this Saturday, April 22.  It is part of the Eastern most extent of Joshua tree habitat that is being threatened by large food crop developers. The "red barrels," and Joshua Trees abound as well as many other species.There should be a good flower bloom as well. The walking area, while mostly flat to gently rolling does not have to be "cliff hanging."
People should meet at the Fiesta Hotel and Casio parking lot between 7:30-7:45 AM and carpool as much as possible to Meadview.
Please contact Stephanie Thomas <> before hand so she knows how many people plan to make the trip.  She can also fill in details or answer questions you may have.
Susan Kent ​ won't be attending, but hope some of you will. Admiring and preserving this area for the future is you will see.​ I (Susan Kent) went there a few years ago in pretty horrible weather conditions AND HAD A SUPER BLAST! It's an ok place for supervised children.
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