Bakersfield Cactus and Succulent Society


Our 20th Annual Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale is coming up on October 12 and 13 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. This is by far the biggest event we do each year and member support is crucial to its success. Our previous Shows have all been very successful – we’ve had plenty of plants in the show and plenty of plants to sell. We've always had a good number of people coming to see our show. The responses from the people that came have always been complimentary. Now is the time to start getting ready for the show!

This year, as every year, it is important that we get the word out about our show. There should be a flyer on our webpage soon that you can download and pass around. Please distribute these! Sidney gave out some magnetic signs at the last meeting – put it on your car as you drive around. If you didn't get one of the few signs, download a flyer when they become available and tape it to the window of your car.

The most important element of our show is the plants themselves. Our show has always been different from most others in that its emphasis has been on education and not competition. We need a large variety of plants to show the public the great diversity that exists among the succulents. Many people are unaware of just how many weird and wonderful plants there are. In considering which plants you might want to bring to the show, remember that your most ‘ordinary’ plant may be extraordinary to those viewing the show. No plant is too small to bring, it just needs to look nice.

Start cleaning up your pots (a little vegetable oil or WD-40 can make both clay and plastic pots look like new) and potting up your good plants into better pots if they need it. Clean out some of the dirt and leaves that have blown into the spines. Get rid of any mealybugs/aphids/scale that may be on your plants. Putting some nice top dressing in the pot really makes the plant look special. It doesn't take a lot of time to make a plant look good.

Another thing to keep in mind is that we need to have members available to talk to the public about the plants and about our club. This requires a lot of hours, but there are plenty of members to share the workload and you don't have to be an expert, just an enthusiast. Everyone has something to contribute, let’s make this our best show ever

October 12-13 2019
Saturday & Sunday


Make Your Plants Look Great!
  • Put your good plants into better pots if needed (or just clean up the old one)
  • Clean out some of the dirt and leaves that have blown onto the spines and branches
  • Get rid of any mealybugs/aphids/scale that may be on your plants (we cannot accept diseased/infested plants)
  • Use some vegetable oil (or WD-40) on your clay or plastic pots - it covers the blemishes and really makes them look nice
  • Put some nice top dressing on the soil surface to dress it up
  • Fill out an exhibitor's tag for the show, if you need help ask one of our 'experts' the morning of set up.
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