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 12, 2019 7:00PM

Building an Outdoor C & S Garden
presented by Mark Muradian

My program will be about how I built my cactus garden using heavy equipment, dozer and forklift. I used large quarried granite rocks, up to a couple tons apiece, to form a perimeter which was filled with soil to form raised beds, the largest one about 70 feet by 50 feet. There are also parts of the program dealing how I moved huge 25 foot tall tree yuccas from residential yards to my place; also some info about care during and after transplanting, and winter protection. As the beds were built from 25 to 30 years ago, I show photos depicting progress over the years, and some shots that are quite recent. As this program is older, with slides, I had some difficulty finding slide film to do the recent shots to add at the end.

I am a 3rd generation farmer who has been interested in cacti and succulents for almost 40 years, and joined our local Fresno club perhaps 35 years ago, and at one point was program chair for 3 years. About 25 years ago, I started making pottery, influenced by the work of Erika Van Auker, and have been making pots ever since.

I will be bringing pottery to the meeting to sell.

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Feb 12: BCSS Meeting: "Building an Outdoor C & S Garden" by Mark Muradian

Mar 12: BCSS Meeting: "20 Years in the ATACAMA, The Land of the Copiapoa" presentation debut by Woody Minnich

Apr 6-7: South Coast Show & Sale

Apr 9: BCSS Meeting: "Mojave National Preserve" presented by Rob McGregor

Apr 27: BC Garden Fest

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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