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May Meeting: 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 17th We will be meeting at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Jared and Liz Hughes, of Groovy Plants Ranch will lead the program Succulents, An in-Depth Look at the Gems of the Plant World. If you love succulents, or are curious about growing them, you'll want to attend this this meeting. Jared will cover the science of succulents, from selection of plants, to planting, and the "care and feeding" of succulent plants. Learn how to create eye-catching containers that are incredibly easy to create and care for, and enjoy many great images of these unusual and enchanting plants.

April Cactus and Succulent Sale: Our April Sale was, by any account, a remarkable success. We had over $4,600 in total sales. At the end of the day, we had sold just about everything, only about 1 tray of plants remained unsold. We thank everyone who attended and shopped our plants, for your support, and we invite anyone who attended this event to join us in any of our future meetings to lean more more about cacti and other succulents, and how to grow them. I will leave the partial listing of the plants from our sale online for the benefit of of anyone who bought a plant and wants to find additional information on their purchase. For those persons who arrived at the peak of activity, and who may have had to spend some extra time in our checkout line, we really appreciate your patience.

  I would like to take a moment to thank all of our members who participated in this event, for their contributions. Specifically, I would like to thank:

Harry Gate, for acting as liaison between the Society and the Conservatory, making the arrangements to provide additional plants from Bill Hendricks and the Glasshouse Works, and transporting plants from Bill Hendricks to the sale.

Doug Sweet, for working the checkout line, doing all of the pre and post sale bookeeping, and providing checks to all members and vendors who sold plants at this event.

Mouse (Rebecca O'Linn), for the work that she did to promote this event on Facebook, and for her assistance with the checkout, but like Doug and Harry, she had a hand in practically every aspect of this event.

Kate Liebers, for her design of our new brochure.

Bill Hendricks and Ken Frieling, for providing additional plants for this sale.

Again, I thank everyone who provided plants, publicity, and to everyone who volunteered for all of the work which helped make this event the succes that it was.

Dues are Due: It is that time of year to request all of our members to send in their membership dues for 2017. Our dues are necessary to maintain the society's membership in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, our national organization, which funds research, conservation and education on cactus and other succulents, and to provide classroom space for our meetings, sales, and other special events at the Franklin park Conservatory, and speaker fees and other expenses. Members may participate in our shows and sales, and membership may be required for some of our special events and field trips. Annual membership fees are set at 15$ per household, and may be delivered directly to Harry Gate, or Doug Sweet at our monthly meetings, or you may mail your dues made payable to:

Doug Sweet
2470 Roberts Mill Road
London, OH 43140

Please indicate that the check is for the Cactus and Succulent Society Dues

June Highlights:
Saturday, June 17th
Our June program will be our annual Summer Picnic, this year to be held at Groovy Plants Ranch at 4140 Co Rd 15 in Marengo, Ohio. Join Jared and Linda Hughes at Groovy Plants Ranch for a stroll through their gardens and greenhouses, as they highlight some of the unique plants they grow. They will highlight their collections of winter hardy cacti, Yuccas, and other hardy succulents, as well as selections of  succulent houseplants. Groovy Plants Ranch carries thousands of plants, and many will be available for sale. This will be a Can't miss opportunity for any plant lover.

Plant of the month: Sedum ternatum

CSSA Corner: To keep up with the latest updates on the website of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America check their site at:

The Plant Society Handbook page includes the agreement between the various plant societies and the Franklin Park Conservatory as well as several of the forms to request classrooms, equipment, and to reserve dates for shows and sales. The Flower Show Rental Contract contains request forms which are specific for shows and sales.

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