The Bakersfield Cactus and Succulent Society

The Bakersfield Cactus & Succulent Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2216 17th Street Bakersfield California. 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: June 13, 2017 6:30PM

"A Journey through Chile" presented by Steven Frieze

The journey my wife took to Chile has left an indelible impression on the both of us.  We had the extraordinary opportunity to spend almost a month in the marvelous country traveling from Santiago to Taltal, a mining village in the heart of the Atacama Desert.  Along the way we located and photographed many of the spectacular cacti (Copiapoa, Eriosyce, Eulychia) that are endemic to one of the most unusual ecologies on earth.  We were especially gratified to find to visit fields of cacti that left us breathless and hopefully will have a similar impact on you.  We took an assortment of side trips that included a visit to an island that is inhabited by Penguins and Sea Lions all of which I will share with you in this presentation.  I look forward to sharing our odyssey with you that included a stay in a mansion that is owned by one of the wealthiest men in Chile. 

Steven Frieze has been involved with collection, sales and propagation of cacti and succulents for over thirty years.  He is a lifetime member of the Los Angeles Cacti and Succulent Society where he served as the President of this club for a number of years and as its newsletter editor for several more. For the past eleven years he has been one of the owners of Desert Creations, an exotic cactus and succulent nursery.  Steven has made several plant related expeditions to exotic locals such as Chile, East Africa, South Africa, Oaxaca Mexico, Costa Rico, and Brazil. 

Prior to his retirement, he was an Administrator for the California State University system serving in a variety of capacities in the area of institutional research.  Subsequent to his retirement he has joined the Psychology Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills as an adjunct faculty member.   He also functions as the Director of the Positive Psychology Lab at the same institution where students get the opportunity to design and execute psychological research studies.

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June 13th BCSS Meeting: Steven Frieze:"A Journey through Chile"

June 30 - July 2: CSSA Anual Show & Sale Huntington Gardens

July 11th BCSS Meeting: Andy Siekkinen:"Bromeliads"

July 26 - 31: CSSA Convenion Tempe Arizona

September 2: Succulent Symposium Huntington Botanical Gardens

Succulent Garden Work Day: TBA

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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