With Brian Kemble
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 – 7:00 pm Pacific Time (California)

Members and visitors can attend in person in San Francisco,
or register/join the meeting in progress on Zoom.

Program Description

The Mexican state of Sonora is in the country’s northwest, with Arizona to its north, the Gulf of California (and Baja California) to its west, Sinaloa to its south, and Chihuahua to its east. It has two principal geographic regions: The Sierra Madre Occidental on the eastern side of the state, and the Sonoran Desert on the western side. This talk will start with the forested mountains in the east, and then drop down into the desert, with lots of cacti and agaves along the way, along with many other wonderful botanical treats.

Brian is the Curator at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, as well as the VP of the San Francisco Succulent & Cactus Society. He has spoken to the group on many occasions in the past, most recently on the island of Socotra in 2022. Agaves are a favorite genus of his, so he sought out the habitats of as many species as he could during his travels.

Show & tell table: Haworthia on the succulent side, and Turbinicarpus (including
Gymnocactus) on the cactus side. OR - anything else looking good or in bloom.

Featured grower: Brian and Walker.

Snack table:, There will be a shared spread, but we suggest bringing something every couple of months if you partake regularly. As a thought, we are often short on drinks. 

Covid precautions: We will keep doors open to ensure adequate ventilation. This can make the room a bit chilly, so dress appropriately.

Meeting Agenda

7:00 Mingling and announcements
7:30 Formal presentation starts promptly with Society business
7:35 Show and Tell Table
7:50 Leg stretch
7:55 Featured presentation

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Upcoming Events

Meetings usually on the third Tuesday each month

  • February 20, 2024 – Brian Kemble – Sonora
  • March 9 – NARGS Study Weekend – Saturday South African Speakers at the Gardens of Lake Merritt in Oakland – Adam Harrower and Karel Du Toit. Free to SFSCS members.
  • March 12, 2024 – Marcela Ferreyra – Rosulate Violets of South Africa – NOTE THE CHANGED MEETING DATE, ONE WEEK EARLY.
  • April 16, 2024 – Jeff Moore – Author of several books on succulents
    “Succulent Gardens of California”
  • May 21, 2024 – Michiel Pillet
  • June 14-16 2024 – SFSCS Annual Show and Sale
    Multiple programs will be streamed live from the event.
  • June 18, 2024 – No Meeting