Next Meeting:

An African Adventure

By Kelly Griffin
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 pm

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

For our February meeting, Kelly Griffin will speak on his most recent trip to Southern Africa, November 2015. Kelly is widely recognized for finding and creating new and different plants that can be utilized in garden settings. Some of his hybrid aloes are well known in horticulture and are collected by enthusiasts.

Kelly will present some of the strange, beautiful and wonderful plants (mostly succulent) that he has had the good fortune to see on this trip, sharing his passion to observe these plants in the wild in order to understand how they grow, and under what conditions. He will share insights into these plants and their habitats that are not well known.

Kelly is manager of Succulent Plant Development for Altman Plants, the largest producer of succulents in the country. Prior to this he was the curator of Xerophytes at Rancho Soledad Nursery. His inclination has been towards Agaves, Aloes and Echeverias, but there are many more plants that have garnered his attention. As part of his life's work, he has introduced many succulents and created many cultivars that have been nudging their way into gardens and patios. He has travelled extensively worldwide documenting plants and collecting seeds for propagation.

Kelly will also be the February featured grower.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature Senecio & Othonna on the succulent side, Mammillaria 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 I to M, and any other members who would like to contribute this month.

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