Next Meeting:

Aloes On My Mind

Exploring Aloe Hybrids One Generation At A Time

By Karen Zimmerman
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 pm

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

The May program will be about Karen's amazing array of Aloe hybrids, with lots of smaller Madagascar species in their parentage. For quite a few years now, she has been creating collectable "fantasy" aloes with colorful, toothy, and textured leaves through breeding. Nine of them have been distributed through the International Succulent Introductions program, for which plants are propagated at the Huntington Botanical Gardens and published in the Cactus & Succulent Journal.
Karen is the succulent plant propagator for the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. She has been with the Huntington for 15 years. She has cultivated a love affair with cacti and other succulents since 1994 and has a large collection at home in pots and in the ground. In addition to caring for the Desert Collections and keeping her volunteers busy, she enjoys hobbies including nature/macro photography and creating 'fantasy' aloe hybrids. She has had photographs published in the CSSA Journal, in a few books and a photography magazine.

The Featured Grower for May will be VP Brian Kemble, who grows a variety of Aloes, Gasterias, Agaves, Echeverias and other succulent delights.

What to bring:

For the Show & Tell table, we will feature Aloe on the succulent side, and epiphytic cacti (including Epiphyllum, Rhipsalis, Christmas Cactus & Easter Cactus, etc.). 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 N to R, and any other members who would like to contribute this month.

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