February Cactus Patch

The Cactus Patch

Our meeting is tonight and we can’t wait to see you. 

The location for our meeting tomorrow and the foreseeable future is:

Kern County Superintendent of Schools
1300 17th Street
Room 1B
Bakersfield CA 93301

Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing, meeting starts at 7pm.

Parking garage is recommended, there is limited street parking. Entrance is at 18th and K Street behind building, with direct access to the building near the stairwell. Parking entrance open until 7pm, exit opens for approaching car. 

Building can also be accessed through breezeway gates on L and K Streets. Room 1B is near the front of the building on the right.

Join us for our February 11th Meeting, featuring our very special guest, Russell Ray author of Nature’s Geometry

“Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” uses over 600 photographs to examine how the Fibonacci sequence of numbers is exhibited in Nature, particularly succulents. About 99% of the photographs are Russell’s and about 95% of the plants are his, as well.

Covers the shape of plants, the number of plant ribs, the number of spines in areoles, golden angles, phyllotaxis (the divergent angle), golden triangles, Fibonacci triangles, golden squares, golden rectangles, circles, fractals, and, most fascinating to him, golden spirals.

Who is Russel Ray? A quick Russel Ray timeline:

  • 1962—Received his first plant, a heartleaf ivy, from his first grade teacher.
  • 1966—Got started in photography as a volunteer elementary school events photographer.
  • 1968—Created a 100-square-foot cactus rock garden in his grandmother’s yard.
  • 1973—Became fascinated with the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and how they are expressed in nature.
  • 2019—Finally published this book. (It has a real ISBN!)

-Our meetings begin at 7:00 PM with a social time when the room is available at 6:30.
-We invite you all to come to the Sizzler, 900 Real Road for dinner with the speaker at 5:00 PM

Do not miss this awesome opprotunity to meeting this fabulous expert and socialize with fellow cactus and succulent lovers. Be sure to bring a friend that might be interested as well!
The speaker's book is available on etsy for $35; however, club members get a deal! Club price is $25! It looks beautiful.

President’s Message 

Last month we spent a pleasant evening with our guest speaker Marcia Tatroe and her husband Randy. This couple is on tour visiting other plant societies in California and they had to travel all the way from Colorado to be with us.
Marcia possesses a wealth of knowledge on a wide variety of plants appropriate for growing in Colorado and other xeriscape gardens, including plants adaptable to California. Through this presentation we were able to witness the appreciation and love Marcia has for the natural world and how she’s uses her innate passion as a designer to create beautiful surroundings through plants, colors and textures.
The last topic of discussion that evening, and one that Marcia was very proud of, was about composting and creating a zero-waste environment in which everything is recycled back into the garden. This is certainly a topic that always catches my interest and our speaker discussed in depth the importance sustainability plays in her garden. Marcia had us intrigued when she started listing the wide range of wildlife surrounding her home. In addition to inviting a plethora of pollinators through a variety of plants: she also have moles, opossums, raccoons, and even snakes claiming space in her garden. I found this fascinating, it sounded like the perfect ecosystem in complete harmony! Plants certainly are the primary medium by which this artist chooses to express herself and we sure enjoyed every bit of her presentation!
When I drove home that evening, I started thinking of the serendipity moments I’ve witnessed wild animals in my garden and what I could do to create a more perfect environment that would welcome other visitors, I recognize I have a lot a work ahead.  I do however recall the time I spotted a side-blotched lizard running between a couple of agaves to seek refuge, or the time we had a male California quail running along our fence and foraging in our backyard.  You should’ve seen the baffled look on my face!  Why would a single quail be traveling alone?  I wondered if this bird had escaped the confines of a cage in a neighboring yard. It was certainly a bizarre moment knowing these native birds travel in flocks purposefully to escape predation.   Nonetheless, we did our best to lure it into our house and catch it without hurting or over stressing the poor little guy.  Right before dawn, we released it a few miles beyond the edge of the city in a wheat field.  I wish moments as these would happen more often, maybe if we incorporate some of the design tips shared by Marcia Tatroe, we could all enjoy a little more wildlife in our gardens.

Luis De La Torre


Mar. 10th   Woody Minnich  " Cactus & Succulent Conservation Around the World"

April 14th   BCSS meeting