Next Meeting:

The Evolution of the
Ruth Bancroft Garden

By Fred Strauss
Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 pm

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

Members of the San Francisco Succulent & Cactus Society may have heard about the passing of Ruth Bancroft in November, at age 109. Ruth's amazing garden in Walnut Creek, featuring a wide array of succulents and other plants with low water needs, has long been an inspiration to members of our club as well as gardening aficionados from all over. Vice-President Brian Kemble has put together an assortment of photos tracing Ruth's garden from its beginnings in the early 1970's to today. Brian will be away for our January meeting, but SFSCS board member Fred Strauss (who is also a past board member of the Ruth Bancroft Garden) has volunteered to show the photos and share some insights into the evolution of the garden.

Melanie Hamilton will be our Featured Grower for January.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, on the succulent side we will feature Aloe and Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus, and other epiphytes (plants which grow up in trees rather than in the ground) on the cactus side, and anything else looking good 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.

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