A couple of weekends ago, I let my inner nerd out into public. The Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Society was having its annual show and sale, and I could not pass up the opportunity to gawk at the glories of nature, and take home a few starters for the garden at home. Thankfully, I was not the only cactus cuddler at the event. A good-sized crowd meandered carefully among the display tables showcasing the winners with their bright ribbons proudly displaying their genus name and ranking. Observers snapped pictures with gigantic DSLR cameras, enthusiasts chatted with one another over cultivation techniques, and I did my best not to touch the beauties resting like fine modern sculptures in their pots.
After spending a good chunk of change on some new little gems, I made sure to get some information on the Society before rushing off to get my beauties in the ground. The CCCSS meets the second Sunday of every month at 2pm at the San Luis Obispo City Library (995 Palm St.). Each gathering features monthly raffles and exchanges, opportunities to meet other “cactophiles”, and chances to ask experts prickly questions and borrow free educational materials. New members even receive a free plant for joining! Yearly fees range from $5-30, and allows for full participation in all activities and meetings.
Discover the joys of drought tolerant vegetation and mingle with fellow enthusiasts!