The Bakersfield Cactus and Succulent Society

The Bakersfield Cactus & Succulent Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2216 17th Street Bakersfield California. A "social half-hour" begins at 6:30 PM and the real meeting starts at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome! This MAP might help you find the place.

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NEXT MEETING: September 11, 2018 7:00PM

Aloes On My Mind:  Exploring Aloe Hybrids One Generation at a Time
by Karen Zimmerman

I start with an overview of the genus aloe; distribution and diversity of species. I talk a little about the work of hybridizers up to the present, with a special mention about Kelly Griffin, my inspiration to try my hand at it. 

I show parent plants and offspring, some that became good enough to name and distribute, and others that became disappointments.

Then I showed some promising babies and future possibilities.

I am the succulent propagator for the Huntington Botanical Gardens’ Desert Collections, a huge potted collection outside of the public gardens. I have worked at the Huntington for nearly 20 years.

I've always been drawn to growing plants. The first plants I grew from seed were pine trees. A small local nursery gave my best friend and me an envelope of pine seeds, and I can still remember the deep excitement and awe when they germinated! We jumped into the pool with our clothes on. We were 10 years old.

I still get that same "Christmas morning" excitement when a batch of new aloe hybrid babies germinate. It's even better when they start to develop some character, often very early with the first true leaf.   Despite careful breeding for specific traits such as color, size or toothiness, unexpected anomalies can appear in any breeding, especially given how complicated these aloe hybrids have become with generations of species and crosses in the mix. The standouts are, of course, the ones I crave!

Photography is another great love of mine, and I find it pairs well with horticulture. It is easy to overlook small details, and you can really see them through a lens up close. I love to share tiny wonders.

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Sept 11: BCSS Meeting: “Aloes on My Mind, Exploring Aloe” presented by Karen Zimmerman

Oct 9: BCSS Meeting

Oct 12: BCSS Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale Afternoon set up TBA

Oct 13-14: BCSS Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale: 10AM-5PM Saturday 11AM-3PM Sunday. St. Paul's Church – 17th and “B” Street

Succulent Garden Work Day: TBA

Things you may want to bring: hand weeding tools, knee-pad, bottled water, maybe a bucket, gloves and be prepared to get dirty, especially if the soil is wet.

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