Next Meeting:

Propagation of Succulents at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory

By Ernesto Sandoval
Tuesday, August 19, 7:00 pm

Location: Auditorium in the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, San Francisco MAP

Ernesto Sandoval last spoke to SFSCS in March 2013, giving a delightful presentation on South African bulbs. For our August meeting, he will give a talk and demonstration on propagating succulents. Come learn about and see the variety of methods, both sexual and asexual (vegetative), used to propagate these plants at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. See how grafting is done on cacti, how leaf cuttings are made on Haworthias, how Aloes and Agaves are cored to produce offsets, and other propagation techniques.

As our Featured Grower, Ernesto will bring a delectable selection of succulents, including such choice plants as Cyrtanthus spiralis, Dorstenia gigas, grafted Aztekium hintonii, Albuca spiralis, Ornithogalum fimbrimarginatum, Whitesloanea crassa, Pseudolithos migiurtinus and cubiformis. He will also have a selection of hardy cycads such as as Dioon edule, Macrozamia riedlei and a few species of Encephalartos.

Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking questions to why plants grow and look the way that they do for a long time. Now he explains and interprets the world of plants to a variety of ages and experiences from K-12 to professionals and Master Gardeners. He regularly lectures to different western garden clubs throughout the year, especially to succulent clubs, since that group of plants is his particular passion. He describes himself as a "Jose of All Plants, Master of None." He thoroughly enjoys helping others understand why and how plants do what they do, and how we can make them do certain things.

Ernesto got a degree in botany at UC Davis, and worked his way up from student weeder/waterer to Director over the last 23 years at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. He grows several thousand types of plants at the Conservatory, many of them succulents. Several of his favorite garden projects involved converting lawns and or water-loving landscapes to drought tolerant and diversity-filled gardens.

What to bring:

The show plants of the month are Sempervivums for succulents and Copiapoa for cacti, plus anything else that looks good which you would like to share with the other members.

Please bring baked goodies, fruit, snack food or a beverage if your last name begins with the letters N to R, and any other members who can contribute this month.

A generous offer from

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