The next Regular Monthly
Meeting of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent
Society of Washington, D.C. will be on
The program for the June 2013 NCCSS meeting will be
Getting Ready for the 2013 NCCSS Show and Sale
presented by a Panel of NCCSS Members
Our Annual Show and Sale will be held on Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th 2013 at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. At our June 2013 meeting a panel of NCCSS members will discuss preparing plants for the show, and how plants are entered in the show. The panel will also discuss preparing plants for our sale. The Show and Sale is an important event for our Society and June is the time for selecting and preparing plants for both the show and sale. In addition we will have our annual Plant Identification Clinic during the meeting. Anyone with a cactus or other succulent plant in need of a name, bring it to the meeting and a name shall be given (hopefully). For more information about our society and directions to the monthly meetings, contact Lee Miller email@example.com or Bob Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Capital Cactus and Succulent SocietyThe NCCSS is a group of individuals sharing an interest in the collecting and growing of cacti and other types of succulent plants. We meet once a month from September through June. In August we hold an annual plant show and sale at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Our Regular Monthly Meetings are held at St. Anselm’s Abbey School at 14th & South Dakota Ave. N.E. Washington, DC. Our meeting begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at Noon. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area and are interested in succulent plants, why not visit one of our meetings and share your interest with others who also love these weird and fascinating plants.
Would You Like To Know More About Aeoniums?
Society member Donna Kuroda presented a program on Aeoniums at our October 2011 meeting and she has agreed to allow you access to that program through a PDF presentation. Just click here on the word AEONIUM to call up the program. This is a large file and make take a minute or two to load, depending on the speed of your computer.
Yes, you can grow cacti in your Washington, D.C. area landscape.
The photo below was taken during the winter of 2009-10 in the backyard of a home in Charles County Maryland, just southeast of Washington, D.C. The cacti shown in the photo have been growing outside for the past 12 years. They are not brought inside or protected in any way during the winter. The most serious winter damage occurs from stem breakage due to the weight of heavy wet snow or ice. There are a large number of cacti and other succulent plants that can withstand winter conditions, and they can be used to develop a very interesting and enjoyable part of any landscape. One of the best places to learn about winter hardy cacti and succulents for the Washington, D.C. area and, and have the opportunity to buy plants is our Annual National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale. This year our Show and Sale will be on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland The Show and Sale will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For directions to Brookside Gardens check out their webpage at http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/
The tall, cylindrical stemmed, plants in the photo above are cholla cactus. The scientific name is Cylindropuntia imbricata. They are winter hardy in the Washington, D.C. area and make a fine addition to any winter hardy cactus and other succulent planting. The cacti with the round stems are prickly pear cactus. The scientific name is Opuntia phaeacantha. They too are winter hardy in the Washington, D.C. area.
To join the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society contact Lee Miller email@example.com or Bob Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a sample of our most recent newsletter, The Eastern Spine, contact newsletter editor Bob Stewart. Annual membership dues are $15.00 per individual and $20.00 for a family. There's a five dollar deduction for those receiving their monthly newsletter via email.
| The Cactus Mall Web Site
http://www.cactus-mall.com/ is a wonderful clearing house of cacti and succulent information. It has lists of world wide clubs, nurseries, home pages, photos, etc. all centered around succulent plants. If you are looking for one stop shopping for information on succulents, this is it.
The Eastern Spine is the official newsletter of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society. It is published monthly, September through June and is included with your society membership. Join our club and get your own copy delivered to your mailbox.
Click Newsletter to view the April 2013 newsletter in PDF format. When you are finished reading the newsletter, hit the BACK button on your browser to return to this page. If you would like a complementary copy of our upcoming May 2013 newsletter just drop me a note.
the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society:
Benefits of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society:
Our program committee arranges for us to have a unique event each and every month. These consist of lectures, slide shows, informal discussions and presentations; they are always interesting and informative.
Plant of the Month:Each month a succulent genus, or special selection of succulent plants are featured as our plant of the month. Our plant of the month for May 2012 was Mammillaria longimamma. This small cactus with the long, thick tubercles and bright yellow flowers is not often seen in cultivation, but it is an attractive plant that's easy to grow and flower. It is native to Mexico. It is not difficult to grow and over time forms large clusters of stems. As seen in the photo on the right, the flowers are large for a mammillaria and bright yellow, again unusual for a mamm. It was originally consider so different from most mammillarias that it was placed in the genus Dolichothele, but most botanist now consider it a Mammillaria, albeit an unusual one.
Information on Growing Succulent Plants:One of the important aspects of growing healthy succulent plants is using the proper potting soil mix. You can read the NCCSS Potting Soils for Succulent Plants handout by clicking right HERE.
If you have any surplus plants, seeds, pots, books or any other plant related items you want to sell, you can bring them to the meeting. Set your own price. 25% goes to the club to buy new books and cover other club related expenses.
First meeting was held July 21, 1974 at the Samson
House at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. The club
newsletter, The Eastern Spine, became
official for the November 1974 meeting. The club began
its affiliation with the Cactus & Succulent Society
of America with the adoption of the By-Laws at the
September 15, 1974 meeting.
|NCCSS Officers for 2012/2013
|Links to Gardens and Other Societies in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area:||Cactus
Succulent Society of America (CSSA)
The National Capital Cactus & Succulent Society is an affiliate society of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. For more information about the CSSA see their web site at: http://www.cssainc.org