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 11, 2019 7:00PM

“The Cacti of Arizona” presented by Peter Breslin

Peter Breslin has been involved in the cactus and succulent hobby since he was 10 years old and his grandmother bought him a grafted Parodia at a garden center. Something about the fuzzy spines and weird green flowers caught his attention and he has been fascinated ever since. During many years as an avid grower and amateur botanist, Breslin had a 26 year career as a high school English and mathematics teacher. In 2014, he decided to begin graduate studies at Arizona State University toward a PhD in Environmental Life Sciences. His areas of research include plant population biology, conservation biology, species distribution and biogeography and the emerging field of landscape genetics. His dissertation research, supported in part by generous grants from the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, has been focused on the island endemic cacti of the Pacific islands of Baja California.

For this talk, Breslin will present a tour of Arizona, with a focus on the rare, endangered and difficult to find cacti of the region. Arizona is home to the iconic saguaro and organ pipe, of course, but in this talk, Breslin highlights the tiny, well hidden, unusual, often small cacti found in the state, such as Pediocactus peeblesianus subsp. fickeiseniorum, Mammillaria viridiflora and Escobaria robbinsorum. The presentation features dozens of photographs and is packed with information on the unusual cacti and succulents of Arizona and their habitats. Breslin was one of the authors of a Field Guide to the Cacti and Succulents of Arizona, published by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, now in its second printing.

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June 11: BCSS Meeting: Rare Cacti of Arizona presented by Peter Breslin

June 29-30 CSSA Show & Sale Huntington Gardens, San Marino

July 9: BCSS Meeting: Ernesto Sandoval

July 17-20 CSSA Convention San Luis Obispo CA

August 13: BCSS Meeting: Dinner out, where would you like to go?

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.

Cal State Garden

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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