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

Please Note:
The January Courier contained an error. The date for the February meeting is February 8 not February 1.

Staging Exercises

The February 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 will demonstrate her winning techniques with her 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.

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. (Think mini-show.)

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

Members with last names starting with A through F should bring a snack for the February meeting.

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: