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Our Mission

The study and protection of cacti and other succulents.

An easy was to think about what we do is 

Knowing, Growing, Showing, Conserving

* The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS) is a non-profit, 501 (c)3 tax-exempt, educational organization.

WHAT WE DO (click on the last word in any line for more information on that topic)

  • Present monthly educational talks related to cactus and succulents
  • Develop and manage a 7-acre public desert park
  • Operate an all-volunteer rescue crew to relocate at-risk cactus and succulents
  • Sell very affordable rescued plants to members and the public
  • Publish a monthly newsletter with society and educational information
  • Provide a wealth of information about cactus and succulents on our website
  • Operate three Facebook sites to share information and answer questions
  • Publish a Field Guide describing all native cacti and other succulents of Arizona
  • Operate a private library with a fine collection of cactus and succulent books
  • Provide education outreach activities for K-12 schools
  • Provide K-12 school grants for teacher-led cactus and succulent projects
  • Provide research grants to further understand cactus and succulents
  • Provide conservation grants help to protect certain cactus and succulent species
  • Plan and conduct desert garden tours for TCSS members
  • Conduct an annual auction to make free, reasonably priced and special plants available to members
  • Hold a Sonoran conference every other year with lectures, workshops, plant show and sales

Click here to view Officer and Board Member Profiles

COMMITTEES AND TEAMS - Please see Our Committees and Teams page

TCSS Members:  You are welcome to attend Board meetings, email, call TCSS or contact the President for more information


President's Awards Recipients

Articles of Incorporation     By-Laws    Special Rules of Order    Business License    IRS Tax Exempt Status   AZ Corp. Commission

Annual Financial Reports: 2018   2019   2020

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TCSS is an Affiliate of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America (CSSA)

Visit the CSSA website for more information, including information about how to become a CSSA member.


The Tucson Cactus Club was the dream of Cactus John Haag, Curator of Plants at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. His position at the Museum provided him with an opportunity to talk with many local visitors. They convinced him in 1960 to advertise in the local newspaper, to invite the public interested in cacti to a meeting at his home on November 13, 1960. So many people attended that there was standing room only for this first organizational meeting.

Cactus John took charge and explained the object of the meeting; to form a club that would entail reading sessions, discussion groups and field trips. This club was organized among amateur and advanced hobbyists and collectors to promote interest in cacti, succulents, and other desert plants. In addition, the club would use its influence with local, state and federal governments to pass necessary legislation for the conservation of native desert plants wherever they grow. Not bad ideas for 1960.

In due time, a name for the club was decided upon: the Tucson Cactus Club. Officers were elected, with Dr. W.G. McGinnies as founding President. The Club was on its way. At every following meeting, more and more people joined. From the start, John Haage offered to deed the equity in his house and garden to the Tucson Cactus Club, with the stipulation that he could live there as long as he liked. Cactus John Haage passed away suddenly in 1962 without completing the land deed.

Sometime in 1962, the name was changed to the Tucson Cactus and Botanical Society, and more recently changed again to its present name, the Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society. There have been many notable members who have contributed locally, nationally and internationally to the knowledge and advancement of our Society and the study of cacti and succulents in general.

The Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society, Inc. (TCSS) is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3)tax-exempt organization dedicated to education, information, conservation and discoveries about cacti and succulent plants. Our monthly programs feature knowledgeable individuals who can educate you and help you understand more about these fascinating plants. Any donations to TCSS are tax-deductible in accordance with Code section 170.

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS)

PO Box 64759  -  Tucson, AZ 85728-4759   -   Phone: (520) 256-2447  -  Email: TCSS@TucsonCactus.org

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