The busy month of April

Greg has a busy talk schedule in early April with four talks scheduled for California and one back in Phoenix.

  • The first event is for the Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society on Thursday April 2 at 7:00 PM. The topic for the Fresno C&SS is one of Greg’s favorites – Agaves: Living Sculptures. This presentation features pictures of some of the most spectacular species found in habitat.
  • Next up will be a hands on presentation at the Ruth Bancroft Garden at 2:00 PM on Saturday April 4. The topic will be how to successfully grow agaves at home, both in the ground and in containers. Greg will discuss some of the smaller, more manageable species as well as the more user friendly ones. We will take a look at the sun/shade requirements, soil and water needs and cold hardiness. There will also be a potting demonstration showing how best to handle these sculptural plants.
  • The third in line is a presentation to the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society on Monday April 6 at 7:00 PM. I have to give a huge shout out to Gerhard Bock for strong arming the club into changing the March meeting date to Monday April 6 to fit into my talk schedule. I am quite grateful to Gerhard and the club for making this switch to accommodate me, and I hope to repay them by giving an awesome talk on the do’s and don’ts of agave cultivation. Check the February newsletter for the notification.
  • The fourth talk in the same vicinity is scheduled for The Western Horticultural Society at 7:30 PM on Wednesday April 8. The topic is Juicy Succulents and Plant Exploration or Up Close and Personal with Bizarre and Colorful Cacti and Succulents, another newly revamped presentation will be unveiled here. The focus will be on cacti that have an unusual look or are colorful in one fashion or another.
  • The fifth and final presentation for early April will be at the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday, April 11 from 10 AM-12 PM. This instructional workshop is on Agaves and Yuccas in the Landscape. Check the class description here.

Greg will also be bringing plants (some new agaves to be sure) and books to sell. The brand new Field Guide to the Cacti and Other Succulents of Arizona will be hot off the press and undoubtedly be on hand, so be the first on your block to own a copy. If you do not already own a copy of Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers, this will be an opportunity to pick up a signed copy.

Hope to see you at one or more of these events!

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