TUCSON CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY

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2022 - MONTHLY MEETINGS
First Thursdays January through November at 7 PM
A short business meeting followed by an informative presentation, door prizes, and free plants.

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AUGUST 2022 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
August 4, 2022 7:00 pm

 Now three ways to view this presentation:
1. Attend the in-person meeting. ALL attendees must be vaccinated and masks are strongly suggested and appreciated.
                       Meetings are held at  Sky Islands Public High School          School Location Map
                                                                 6000 E. 14th St., Tucson AZ 85711    Google Map
 2. Join online Zoom meeting   Click Here   or  View our Zoom Instructions
 3. View the recorded presentation a few days after the meeting. 
 See a List of Previous Monthly Meetings including Overviews, Videos, Free and Raffle Plant Slide Shows
Also, you can view previous presentations on YouTube -  See Index 

September 1, 2022 7:00 pm

"Planning for Uncertainty; Conserving Cacti in a world of Change"
 Presented by Micheil Pillet


More info coming later in August . . . . 




August 4, 2022 7:00 pm

"Kamikaze Botany and Other Tales of the Wild Sansevieria"
 Presented by Robert H. Webb, Arid Lands Greenhouses

 

Kamikaze botany involves traveling long distances in uncomfortable vehicles seeking a few rare plants to photograph.  Some sansevierias described long algo have been rarely visited and are not in cultivation (or widely distributed). Rather extreme measures are required to find some of these plants. This talk will discuss the results of two recent kamikaze botany trips to Tanzania and Malawi. But wait, there's more! A number of plants with locality data but not described as species have flowered recently in Tucson. These new species -- Sansevieria malabensis, S. butleri, S. phillipsii, and S. disticha, are currently in press in major journals, adding to the close to 100 species of sansevierias now known to science. Finally, Bob Webb recently collaborated with Len Newton to write a book on sansevierias entitled "The Genus Sanseviera: A Pictorial Guide to the Species".  He will discuss the trials and tribulations of doing botany in Africa with a mind for finding new species.           


Notes for attending the meeting in person:

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). 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. 

Notes for attending the meeting via Zoom :   

This meeting will also be 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.
NEW beginning this meeting: You can log into the Zoom meeting 1 hour early (at 6PM) to participate in an informal Q&A session about anything TCSS related. The Zoom moderator (Steve Watts) will begin the Zoom program by showing short TCSS videos until people log in to the discussion.  You'll find an easy link to connect to Zoom at the top of this page.

At this point, discussion topics or general questions will be addressed. Examples:

  • Program activities - when they happen, how they work, etc.
  • How to become more involved either as a participant or as a volunteer
  • How to create new club projects or activities in line with our mission
  • How to find hidden gems on our TCSS website or YouTube channels

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July 7, 2022 7:00 pm

Not all Bugs are TRUE BUGS
Presented by William D. "Bill" Peachey

Kids that grew up in the post-WWII Phoenix area had easy access to extensive tracts of the surrounding Sonoran Desert to explore and learn about; and many of them only became "civilized" well after they had already become confirmed "desert rats"!  Bill Peachey was one of those lucky ones and was fortunate to have developed an all-consuming interest in desert "critters" (at that time...especially the arthropods!) that eventually led him to a lifetime of ecological studies facilitated through field science.

In the late 1990s, having finished a nectar-feeding bat grant, he turned a data gathering aspect of that grant into the beginning of the first detailed study of the bloom phenology of the saguaro cactus that continues today near the east end of Rincon Valley some 26 years later and 27 miles SE of downtown Tucson. At the time, he had no idea just how "buggy" things were to become...

During the bat studies, he had discovered a relationship between Pallid Bats & the Mesquite Bug. If you like "big" bugs - the Mesquite Bug is the one for YOU as, in its Family of the "Leaf-footed Bugs" that are "True Bugs", it is the largest species found in North America! In the mesquite-covered bottomlands that are its most favorable habitat, its adults can attain body lengths of 2 inches. The data collection about this bug spanned years and was a "portent" of things to come concerning "bugs" and cacti. If you  have interest in the Mesquite Bug and its bat predator, here is the link to the study that resulted:  https://peerj.com/articles/6065

During the early 2000s, Bill found out that there is a group within the Family of "Leaf-footed Bugs" called the "Cactus Bugs". It contains several Genera that consist of a number of species. He was surprised to find that several of these take great delight in feeding on Saguaros. And, he has determined over the past two years that presently just two species of these "Cactus Bugs" are, by far, the most numerous and so are probably doing the greatest amount of damage to our cacti.... The following presentation elaborates upon what is now known.

All of those who resided in Tucson through the 2021 Monsoon last year were both amazed and gratified that we received record rainfall during the month of July and that the 2021 Monsoon recorded the 3rd greatest amount of rain...ever!

Unfortunately, "plenty" is sometimes accompanied by negative attributes. So this year we see extra ground-fire fuels from last summer 2021s growth of various "weedy" and non-weedy plants and, similarly, we have now received a "bumper crop" of several species of cactus-eating "True Bugs"! These insects are rarely responsible for killing our cactus garden specimens but, they leave unsightly scarring where they have fed and can damage stem tip growth points that can then cause deformed stems of not only native cactus species, but also some of our larger showy non-native cactus species....such as the Mexican Fence Post Cactus. In the presentation, Bill will first discuss how to tell just what a "True Bug" is. Then the talk will move on in order to identify the "culprit" bug species, describe where to look for them, relate indirect signs of their presence, and, finally, give a relatively easy and very effective way to rid your cacti of them...

A recipe herein, provided by Vonn Watkins, Vice President of TCSS, gives the directions for a "sure fire" bug-killing mixture. In one gallon of water add about a cup of each of these items, Dawn Ultra dis soap, Pine-Sol, 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and only about 2 tablespoons of Neem Oil. Use the mixture in a sprayer. Works great for Cochineal!

This will be followed by a very short explanation of this years saguaro bloom.... Vonn Watkins and Doug Rowsell have made Bill promise to limit himself to no more than 15,000 words!!!

Notes for attending the in-person meeting:

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 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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June 2, 2022 7:00 pm

Art in the Garden

Presented by Margaret Joplin
Design Collaborations, Ltd.

First off...disclaimer: I am not an expert on Art in Gardens! I am a landscape architect and an art enthusiast who loves to combine these worlds.

In 1973, I left Oklahoma City to enter Prescott College at age 18. I loaded my VW and hit the road. After the first year, I felt directionless and did not want to return. I just wanted to stay in Prescott. The next good idea I came up with was to enter Yavapai College part-time, taking random are classes. My father told me to get a job if I was to stay.

I found a job at a new retail garden center, The Greenery Nursery. The owners were Ken Asplund and Ted Rose. I was their first employee starting as labor progressing to manager. Ken opened the world of plants to me; he was a natural teacher. Ted taught me the business end.

After 5 years at the nursery, I was 25 years old and questioned my direction. I wanted to stay in a plant field and found Landscape Architecture. For me, it has everything: design, plants, art, community, natural environments. In 1982, I moved to Tucson to enter the undergraduate program at the UA. I completed the 5-year program in 4 years with my random Yavapai College classes. I had the honor of 4 semesters with Warren Jones. I loved my studies. My senior project was "Urban Plazas in Arid Climates". I thought I would get my registration and then move to a large urban center, working in a large firm.

After graduation, I worked in land development firms to accrue work experience and take my registration exams. During that time, I attended a workshop presented by the Tucson/Pima Arts Council on Art in Transportation. Artist Vick Scuri used tire treads in concrete form-liners to transform an unwanted new parking garage in a neighborhood and artist Stan Edminster transformed old bridges in Baltimore by painting them to match their context. That day changed my life, it was the moment I knew what I wanted to do: incorporate art into design. That was the beginning.

By 1990, I had my registration and established Design Collaborations. The name, Design Collaborations, was selected to represent my core design philosophy. I believe that excellent design is produced through collaboration and participation, and I strive to carry that to all the different types of work I do. Over time there have been may iterations of my firm with public art always being a component.

In 2012, I got a public art project with cast glass, having never done it. That is when my husband, Michael, with glass experience, joined me to create this vision. It is not we/ours.

Today, Design collaborations is an innovative design firm creating hand-made glass works, public art and landscape architecture located in Tucson, Arizona. I am so glad I never left! Please look at our website www.designcollaborations.com to see the range of our work.

With all that being said, my presentation explores: definitions of art and gardens; what came first: art or garden; how I got here; types of art in gardens, what I have seen, what I have learned and what I thought I understood, and finally my/our work.

I will bring a handing piece of glass on 1/4" wire rope as a raffle gift.

Notes for attending the in-person meeting:
If you have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19, you are welcome to come and join us for this excellent in-person presentation
(for your protection, masks will be required by all). This meeting will also be 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 take place at the in-person
meeting but that portion of the program, because of the recording, will not appear on Zoom. When leaving the live in-person meeting,
everyone can get a free plant offered to you by the TCSS.

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May 5, 2022 7:00 pm

Shining a Light on a Hidden Agave: When you know that they don't know that they don't know

Presented by Tristan J. Davis



Notes for attending the in-person meeting:
Attendees must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19
Masks are required to be worn by all
Refreshments will not be served at the meeting

Have you ever looked at a plant with ID and thought, "Hmmm...that's weird"? Trying to answer those types of questions is what Science is all about. In this presentation, Tristan will take you on a storybook adventure with Greg Starr that ended in a surprising place. It all started with a photo and someone saying, "Something is goin on here". The story will take us from the Internet, to a nursery, to our gardens, and all the way to Mexico. It's a story that has a happy ending = and lots of pretty photos! It's also a story that has an unwritten sequel.

Born into a very "outdoorsy" family, Tristan was introduced to the natural World at a very young age. His initial interest was specific to South American birds, and subsequent education at Louisiana State University and the University of Kansas allowed him to accompany scientific expeditions to most South American countries, as well as China, the Philippines, and Equatorial Guinea. It was obvious early on in 

his travels that Tristan much preferred those locations with less humidity (western Peru, the pampas of Argentina, etc.), and this was a significant reason he moved with his husband to Arizona in 2001. Once arriving in Arizona, Tristan readily transitioned his scientific passions to cacti and succulents, and although Tristan has authored numerous scientific publications related to ornithology, he published his first paper on desert succulents in 2011 in the Cactus & Succulent Journal. Tristan's current interests and scientific travels include Mexican agaves with Greg Starr, Peruvian Puya, and South American Cleistocactus, as well as neotropical birds. And whatever else piques his interest along the way. Tristan currently resides in Chandler, AZ and is a member of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society; he served on the Board of Directors for the society, and currently administers the Propagation Education Group (PEG), the Research Grant Program, and the Seed Depot for the society. Tristan also volunteers in the Horticulture, Research, and Education departments at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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 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 give 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 take place at the in-person meeting but that portion of the program, because of the recording, will not appear on Zoom. When leaving the live in-person meeting, everyone can get a free plant offered to you by the TCSS.

Preview Plants -->



April 7, 2022 7:00 pm

Feeding Succulents: How Fertilizer, Water pH and Soil Can and Should Be Adjusted!

Presented by Ernesto Sandoval