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  Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Monthly Meeting

  • January 06, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sky Islands Public High School



Presented by Jeff Moore

Solana Succulents, Solana Beach, CA

Agaves - Species, Hybrids and Cultivars takes a deep dive into the world of agaves, both cultivated and in their native habitat. This program is based on the recent book publication by Jeff Moore and co-authored with agave expert Jeremy Spath. Cultivars and hybrids will be shown and discussed as well as the majority of species.

The presentation follows the flow of the book, with most of the powerpoint images from the book itself. The majority of the species are covered, with images both in habitat (when possible) and in cultivation. There is also a chapter on established and new hybrids, as well as the relatively new phenomenon of mangaves. The program will show examples of agaves in the landscape as well as those suitable for container culture, discusses pests/diseases as well as propagation. Although the emphasis is on agaves as ornamentals, Jeff will take a look at the history of agaves as commercial plants, for fiber, food, and of course the genus’ most well known byproduct - tequila and mescal. From an ornamental perspective, there are some beautiful detailed images of agave spines and imprinting, as well as some of the more impressive variegated and collector forms.

Most of the images were taken by the authors, but we also have included many beautiful photos from contributors such as Bryan Kemble, Jeff Chemnick, Tony Krock, and other knowledgable enthusiasts.

Jeff has owned and operated Solana Succulents since 1992. It is a small retail specialty nursery, and carries as much of the rare and unusual as possible, along with more common and colorful succulents. The agave book is my fifth self-published book about succulents.

If you have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 you are welcome to come and join us for this excellent in person presentation (masks will be required by all). This meeting will also be available as a Zoom program and will be an important educational and informational event you must see. Also, if using Zoom, be sure to log in to win a $25.00 gift certificate from TCSS or choose a copy of the new 3rd edition of the Field Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents of Arizona. Plant give aways will also be happening at the in person meeting as well. When leaving the live in person meeting, everyone can get a free plant offered to you by the TCSS.

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