Next Meeting:

The Dry Garden: Making the Case for Plants That Use Less Water

By Richard Ward
Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm

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

Richard Ward is well known to many SFSCS members as the owner of The Dry Garden on Shattuck Ave. in Oakland, near the Berkeley border. This delightful small nursery carries many succulents and cacti, along with a wide variety of other plants with low water needs. When Richard first opened the nursery with partner Keith Cahoon in June 1987, they called it Bay Area Succulents. As more nonsucculent drought-tolerant plants were added to the mix, the name was changed to The Dry Garden. Keith Cahoon is one of the past presidents of SFSCS, but sadly he died in 1995, leaving Richard as sole proprietor at the nursery. Richard is also a founding member of the Bay Area Horticultural Society, fondly known as the Hortisexuals. This group does local tours in the Bay Area as well as garden tours abroad. Richard's presentation will cover the founding of his nursery, originally named Bay Area Succulents, and its evolution over time to include a broader assortment of dry-growing plants, resulting in the name change to The Dry Garden. He will also go over some of his favorite plants and their use in landscaping.

Richard will also be the Featured Grower for February.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature Sedum on the succulent side, and Mammillaria on the cactus side. As always, feel free to bring in anything at all 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 G, 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: