The Bakersfield Cactus and Succulent Society

The Bakersfield Cactus & Succulent Society meets the second Tuesday of each month in Room 1B at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office at 1300 17th St, Bakersfield. A "social half-hour" begins at 6:30 PM and the real meeting starts at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome! This MAP might help you find the place.

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NEXT MEETING: February 11, 2020
"Nature's Geometry, Succulents"
presented by Russel Ray

Russel uses the Fibonacci sequence of numbers to look at the shape of plants, the number of plant ribs, the number of spines in areoles, golden angles, phyllotaxis (the divergence angle), golden triangles, Fibonacci triangles, golden squares, golden rectangles, circles, fractals, and, most fascinating to him, golden spirals. He brings a selection of live succulents showing nature’s geometry and will have copies for sale of his just-published book, “Nature’s Geometry: Succulents,” a soft-cover book with over 600 pictures in 174 pages, $35 but discounted to $25 at the meeting.

Russel was born in Kingsville, Texas, and was raised by his paternal grandmother. He has lived in the San Diego area since April 1993. He has been self-employed his entire life, mostly as a "serial entrepreneur" specializing in founding companies and getting them through the critical startup phase. He has worked or owned businesses in grocery export, antique restoration, roofing, landscaping, international & wireless telecommunications, heating & cooling, computer sales, writing & editing, typing & desktop publishing, construction, real estate agent, real estate investing & renovating, project management, business consultant, home inspector, photographer, and author.

A short Russel Ray plant timeline:
1962—Received his first plant, a heartleaf ivy (Philodendron cordatum), from his first grade teacher.
1966—Started in photography as a volunteer elementary school events photographer, graduating very quickly to plant photography.
1968—Created a 100-square-foot cactus rock garden in his grandmother’s yard.
1973—Became fascinated with the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and how they are expressed in nature.
2017—Retired and started learning the scientific names for all his favorite plants.

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February 11th BCSS Meeting: "Nature's Geometry, Succulents" by Russel Ray

March 10th BCSS Meeting: "Cactus and Succulent Conservation Around the World" by Wendell S. Woody Minnich

Succulent Garden Work Day: To Be Announced

Things you may want to bring: hand weeding tools, knee-pad, bottled water, maybe a bucket, gloves and be prepared to get dirty, especially if the soil is wet.

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Garden Work (Weeding) Days: In the past our workdays have been held on a Sunday from 9AM-Noon. This has always had the best turnout compared to other days. However, I would like your input on when you might be able to come and help. Please email me with suggestions at:

Stephen Cooley

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