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: November 13, 2018 7:00PM

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder: Our Wonderful and Weird Hobby
by Gunnar Eisel

It is easy to see what attracts people to roses or African violets.  However, if one asks C&S enthusiasts what they like about cacti and succulents, one is bound to get very differing answers. At first glance, people are surprised at the variety of striking shapes, textures, unworldly features one sees at our C&S shows. However, our appreciation grows deeper as we become more sensitized to the subtleties of our plants. With some plants, it’s love at first sight.  With others, we may wonder what all the fuss is about.

Our appreciation of our plants often changes as we become more familiar with them.  We may even discover that plants which first attract us often align themselves with aspects our personalities. 

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder will explore what to look for as we broaden our appreciation of C&S. To paraphrase author Neale Donald Walsch, “growth begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

Gunnar Eisel's interest in cacti and succulents can be traced back to his childhood infatuation with photographing night-blooming cereus flowers and a few unfortunate encounters with opuntia glochids. His interest in cacti became intensified through many annual trips to the Anza-Borrego desert. 

Born and raised near Heidelberg, Germany, Eisel has taught music at CSULA, CSUF, Whittier College and Fullerton College. He recently retired as music professor at Citrus College in Glendora where his students were frequently subjected to his rantings regarding cacti and succulents.

An avid C&S collector, he serves as General Manager of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) and as past President of the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society.

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Nov 13: BCSS Meeting: Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder by Gunnar Eisel

Dec 11: BCSS Meeting: Winter Family Potluck

Jan 8: BCSS Meeting

Feb 12: BCSS Meeting

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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