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: February 13, 2018 6:00PM

Dudleyas and Tylecodons: Mediterranean Climate Plants presented by Gary Duke

Gary describes their culture, a few historical facts and describes the differences between Dudleyas and Echevarias as well as between Tylecodons and Cotyledons. He shows a dozen or more each of Dudleyas and Tylecodons that he is able to grow in southern California. 

Gary Duke has been collecting cacti and succulents since he was 10 years old.  He is a retired Air Force officer with a doctoral degree in physics.  During his military career, he moved his original and ever expanding collection of less than about 30 plants from Illinois, where he grew up, to Omaha, NE, Dayton, OH (where he started their first C&S Society, which is now defunct), San Pedro, CA, Montgomery, AL and Albuquerque, NM where he had been show chairman.  He has also been President of the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society and the Long Beach Club in the southern California area.  He was recently elected to the Board of Directors to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Following his military career, he worked as a program manager for Boeing for 16 years.  He's an avid collector of cacti and also collects Tylecodons and Dudleyas.  He has over 1000 different species in his private collection and enjoys propagating them.  He frequently gives slide presentations throughout southern California.

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February 13th: BCSS Meeting:Dudleyas and Tylecodons: Mediterranean Climate Plants presented by Gary Duke

March 13th: BCSS Meeting: The New, Rare and Seldom seen Cacti and Succulents of Mexico presented by Woody Minnich

April 21st: Garden Fest at BC

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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