Cactus Courier
Newsletter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose

Special Notice:
Our annual show and sale will be on April 5th and 6th of 2003.

Staging for Show - Pot 'Em Up

The January program will be a hands-on affair with members working with an all-star group of experts to learn how to present their favorite plants in the best way for showing. Naomi Bloss and Rowena Southwell will demonstrate their winning techniques with their own and your plants and pottery.

We strongly encourage attendees to bring their own plants - Please! - And work with our presenters to gain insight into the methods used to stage plants for the show. Now that we are not having our annual show and sale on Mothers' Day weekend, we hope that previous non-participants will participate.

A potting medium (no charge) will be available. Top dressing, surplus plants from our Holiday party, and some pots will be available for sale, as will some of our club's surplus plants and beautiful pottery. Participants also should try to bring some rocks, weathered wood, etc. to include in the presentation. Although the staging represents a small percentage (5% - 10%) of the total points in judging, that's enough to produce a winner in a close race.

Even if you don't plan to show your plants in competition, it's nice to give them a treat and present them to yourself and friends in the best possible way (possibly for the mini-show).

The Bloss's California Succulents will be providing some of their marvelous plants for sale, too.

The Cactus Courier is the newsletter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose (CSSSJ). The members of the CSSSJ freely contribute the materials published herein. The accuracy of information and opinions expressed are those of the contributors. The deadline for submissions is the 20th day of the preceding month. Scannable hardcopy and Windows format text files sent via email or on 3.5-inch disk are acceptable as input. Send newsletter articles to Rich Kroll at: