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1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 13, 2019
South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

For more information visit southcoastcss.org

Coming in October…

Astrophytum Revisited

Guest Speaker

Gunnar Eisel

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula

Gunnar Eisel, an avid C&S collector, will share a few tips based on his successes as well as some colossal failures in his attempt to master cultivation of Astrophytum (Star Cacti), known for their stunning beauty, exquisite symmetry and intricately detailed body patterns.  Starting with identification and sorting out the myriad of variations sought by Astrophytum collectors, Eisel’s talk will focus on two of its species; A. myriostigma (Bishop’s Cap) and A. asterias (Silver Dollar Cactus) and the pitfalls even some skilled collectors experience in growing them.

Gunnar Eisel’s interest in cacti and succulents can be traced back to his childhood infatuation with photographing night-blooming cereus flowers and a few unfortunate encounters with opuntia glochids.  His interest in cacti became intensified through many annual trips to the Anza-Borrego desert. Born and raised near Heidelberg, Germany, Eisel has taught music at CSULA, CSUF, Whittier College and Fullerton College. He recently retired as a full-time music theory and history of music professor at Citrus College in Glendora where his students were occasionally subjected to his rantings regarding cacti and succulents.

For more information visit southcoastcss.org.