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: January 10, 2017 6:00PM

"Winter Growers" presented by Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor will discuss succulents that are summer dormant orwinter growers, talking about care, exposures and extremes. Most think winter are an off season when it comes to C&S and by expanding your knowledge of these plants will encourage you to grow something of interest year round. Keith will also bring in specimens from his collection to share, as well as have pottery available for purchase.

He began collecting caudiciform succulents in 1991 which began after seeing a large Cyphostemma juttae in the ground at a local botanical garden. "I was drawn to size and grotesque shape of the trunk". The Cyphostemma he saw is also the 1st succulent he purchased and still in his collection of more than 800 plants. Keith prefers his succulents to look like habitat specimens rather than cultivated plants. He grows them hard, meaning limited water, little to no feeding and hot sun to give them the look of collected plants.

In 2008, Keith began creating pots to show off his plants. He believes the pot should compliment, not distract. The main focus should be the succulent. If the pot is too ornate, colorful, or shiny, it draws your eye toward the pot rather than the succulent. Also proportion plays a roll. The container needs to be the right width and depth to look balanced.

Keith has always had the "eye" for what looked good. Whether it's in his profession as a Pedorthist (design and manufacture of footwear for medical purposes), photographer, cook or potter. Has also served as President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Sacramento for 7yrs

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January 10th BCSS Meeting: Keith Kitoi Taylor, potter extraordinaire presents "Winter Growers"

January 14: The Huntington Desert Forum. FREE admission with club name badge Between 9 and 9:45 am ONLY

February 14th BCSS Meeting: Panayoti Kelaidis

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

July 26 - 31: CSSA Convenion Tempe Arizona

September 2: Succulent Symposium Huntington Botanical Gardens

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