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

Brian Kemble - Winter Blooming Aloes

Plants tend to set their clocks by the seasons of the lands in which they grow. Many plants are willing to reset their clocks to accommodate cultivation in climes far from their homes. Then there are plants that insist on the timing of their indigenous origins. Those of these stubborn plants that hail from the Southern Hemisphere give us in the north the gift of winter flowers.

Brian Kemble has been with The Ruth Bancroft Garden since 1980 and now is the Director of Horticulture. He is an expert on Agaves, Aloes, Bromeliads, and many other horticultural topics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at Antioch College and has worked in the horticultural field since 1976. At the Ruth Bancroft Gardens, Brian has hybridized Aloes, Agaves, and other South American cacti. His travels have taken him to many areas in Mexico and South Africa. He has been a frequent and a greatly appreciated presenter at our meetings, and we look forward to seeing his photographs and hearing his accompanying explanations.

Plants of the Month for May:

Cactus:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
Succulents:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
Agave, Celibanus, Nolina, or Yucca
Something Special:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
Mammillaria or your choice
Beginners' Luck:         Novice Only  
A plant in a fun container

Members with last names starting with N through Z should bring a snack for the May meeting.

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