Next Meeting:

The Succulent Collection of Zurich, Switzerland

By Benjamin Harink
Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 pm

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

Ben Harink will give a talk on the on the Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. Located near Lake Zurich and close to downtown, this exquisite collection of succulents is one of the largest and most important in the world, with more than 50% of the known species being represented (over 6,500 species). Founded in 1931, the collection includes 7 public greenhouses, an outdoor succulent garden, and many cold frames for outdoor growing. While the climate is not the best to grow most succulent species, they are doing an outstanding job, and have one of the best maintained and cared-for collections anywhere. Ben will cover the species and families they have, and also give insights into how they are growing their plants.

Ben has been fascinated by plants and animals since early childhood, and had already assembled a good-sized collection of tillandsias while still a youth in Germany. He later began rearing insects as a hobby, and also spent quite some time looking for new fish species in South India. He has travelled extensively and lived in several other countries in the past, including Switzerland and India. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past three years, where he developed an interest in growing bromeliads from seed, especially species of the genera Pitcairnia, Puya and Dyckia.

Ben will also be this month's featured grower.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, on the succulent side we will feature caudiciforms on the succulent side and Ferocactus 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 C to H, 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: