Thursday, April 30, 2015

Heads up: Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show May 2-3, 2015

What are you doing this coming weekend, May 2 and 3? If you’re in Sacramento or are up for the drive, join us for the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center adjacent to McKinley Park. This will be the club’s 55th show, and it promises to be a great one.


SCSS members will enter their prized succulents in the juried show. The general public will get a broad overview of the myriad different plants that fall in the “succulent” category while hardcore fanatics and collectors will have a chance to gaze with envy and longing upon rare and usual specimens. Here are some photos I took a couple of years ago. The pots are sometimes as interesting as the plants!


Best Ferocactus 2013: Leuchtenbergia principis (Keith Taylor)


Best Madagascan Succulent, Best Euphorbia 2013: Euphorbia millottii (Penny Newell)


Best Caudiciform 2013: Fouquieria fasciculata (Keith Taylor)

The highlight for many visitors is the vendor area in the outside courtyard. This year we’ll have 10 plant and 3 pottery vendors:

Plant vendors:

Pottery vendors:

To whet your appetite, here are some photos of the vendor area from 2013:










Aren’t Mark Muradian’s pot über cool?

The schedule for the 2015 show is as follows:

Saturday, May 2:

Sale: 9am – 5pm
Exhibition: 10am – 5pm

Sunday, May 3:

Sale and exhibition: 9am - 4pm


Shepard Garden and Art Center
3330 McKinley Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816

Click here for a map so you can get directions from wherever you are.

Sacramento is only 1½ hours from San Francisco, 1 hour from Oakland/Berkeley/East Bay, and 2 hours from San Jose.

I’ll be there on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. Look for me wearing an SCSS name badge.


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    1. Great plant selection this year. I was helping with the setup today (the show is tomorrow and Sunday) and I've already snagged a bunch of plants:

      - Two Aloe 'Hercules' seedlings
      - Two variegated Agave parryi (looks like the one at the Ruth Bancroft Garden)
      - A large unlabeled gasteria (looks like Gasteria acinacifolia), perfect for shady spot
      - An unidentifies agave with pronounced crossbanding and bud imprints; could be zebra or colorata; for $4 I'm willing to take a chance

      And that was before all the vendors had arrived!