Next Meeting:

From Collector Plants to
the Garden Landscape

By Robin Stockwell
Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 pm

Location: Auditorium in the San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave (at Lincoln Way), San Francisco MAP

Robin Stockwell is well-known in Bay Area succulent circles as the founder of Succulent Gardens, a large nursery in Castroville. His new book has just been released in January: Succulents: The Ultimate Guide To Choosing, Designing, And Growing 200 Easy Care Plants. He will talk about the book and show photos about the increasing prominence of succulents in the California landscape, including his enormous Succulent Globe, vertical gardens, and succulents in collections. He will answer questions on all aspects of the world of succulents, including care & maintenance, their functional use in the landscape, and their future as collector plants.

Robin began growing succulent plants in 1972 and his work with succulent plants has included overseeing a 3 acre production facility with 2 acres of greenhouses, growing over 300 varieties of succulents from seed, cuttings and division. In 2014, he sold his nursery and now works as a nursery consultant, teaching classes on succulents and writing his first book, released in January by Sunset Books. Robin's extravagant vertical work with succulents is well-known and has been featured in many media outlets, including Sunset Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. In 2010, he launched "Succulent Extravaganza," a free two-day event devoted to better understanding succulent plants and featuring many professionals sharing their own succulent experiences. Robin's plants have been in many award-winning landscapes and he has received special recognition from the Nor Cal Nursery and Landscape Show, the San Francisco Flower & Garden show, Sunset magazine and more. He was president of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Nurseryman and was on the founding committee of the Nor Cal Trade Show.

Peter Beiersdorfer and Jaan Lepson will be the featured growers
this month.

What to bring:

The Show & Tell table will feature Mammilaria on the cactus side and Echeveria on the succulent side. As usual, feel free to bring anything else
that you would like to share.

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 would like to contribute this month.

A generous offer from

Anyone, club member or not, who makes a purchase from can earn credit for the San Francisco Succulent & Cactus Society. The credit amounts to 10% of your purchases, which in turn, the club would use to purchase books for our library. is an online bookseller with nearly 200 titles on succulents alone and has many other categories of plant books as well. If you are interested, please access their store using this promotional web link: