24 Jun Haul of Wonders: Behold the Plants We Brought Home From a Month of Cactus & Succulent Shows
Confession: Ryan and I attended the San Diego Succulent & Cactus Show & Sale, but we ended up completely missing the show. Why? Because we were busy buying every succulent in sight.
We were not alone. Up and down the ten or so aisles under a dedicated tent in Balboa Park, there were lots of people reaching for rare plants at honest prices. No one got elbowed, but I felt my sample sale instincts kick in when someone tried to “casually examine” the Copiapoa tenuissma Ryan had put down for a second. In a space full of desert plants, the scene was a jungle. And we loved every minute.
The first plant we grabbed was the last one left in its section, a variegated Senecio ‘Ivy’ that, amazingly, is a succulent that looks and climbs like ivy. We found Astrophytum, a favorite genus after our visit to Terra Sol, in wild colors and textures. We got a gasteria that resembles strips of raw denim.
Two weekends later, we followed our succulent cravings to Los Angeles. We attended the LA Cactus & Succulent Society Drought Tolerant Plant Festival and Sale, held annually at Sepulveda Garden Center in Encino. We bought some beauties there too. And this time, we made it in to see the show plants, and voted for our favorites!
If you’ll let us geek out for a minute, here’s the complete rundown of the plants we saw, the plants we picked up, and why we’re excited about them.
Missed these events? Don’t sweat — there are still three major succulent shows left this summer in Southern California:
July 1–3: CSSA Annual Show & Sale — The Huntington Library Art Collection & Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (Show opens on July 2.)
July 21–23: Orange County Cactus & Succulent Society Summer Show & Sale — Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 S. State College Boulevard, Anaheim.
August 13–14: 31st Annual Intercity Show & Sale LA County Arboretum — 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. For information, contact Tom Glavich at 626-798-2430 or Artie Chavez at 818-482-8795.
2016 San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society Annual Plant Show and Sale
2016 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society Drought Tolerant Plant Festival