The Cactus Convention

Really. An event made in heaven for cactus lovers. And did you know there is even a cactus society-The Cactus and Succulent Society of America? This group holds a convention every other year and in different cities across the U.S. This year the convention is in Austin, Texas, and hosted by the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society, from June 15th through the 20th.

I discovered the CSSA around 2007, became a member, and in reading the bi-monthly magazine discovered the existence of the convention that is held biennially in a city that has a cactus society willing to host and organize the events and details for a successful gathering. The first, and so far, only one I have been able to attend was in Tucson, Arizona, hosted by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Since I live in Texas and go to Austin often, this one won’t be the road trip the one to Tucson was, but worth attending, nonetheless.

If you are in the area, or even out of the area and would like to go, registration is still open on site, the site being the Sheraton Austin Hotel. Information can be found at www.cssa2013.com . At least go to the website and check out the field trips offered, the speakers, and the subjects to be covered. Then you might see what you are missing and plan on attending the next one that will be in 2015 at a location to be announced during this convention.

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Stay tuned. I’ll tell you all about it next week.

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