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Sunday, October 14, 2018

South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society

PRESENTER FOR OCTOBER IS: Gary Duke “What Kind of Cactus Is It?”


Gary Duke believes that anyone interested in cacti should be able to determine what genus it belongs to by looking for a few telltale signs.  If you know the genus, then you have a clue to the plant’s growth characteristics and flowers and you will know if someone switched the name tags at your favorite box store.  Gary will present a tutorial on many of the small globular cacti families and their identifying characteristics.

Gary Duke has been collecting cacti and succulents for over 50 years. He is a retired Air Force officer with a doctoral degree in physics. He has been President of the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society and the Long Beach Cactus Society. Following his military career, he worked as a program manager for Boeing for 16 years. He has over 1000 different species in his private collection and enjoys propagating them. He frequently gives slide presentations throughout southern California, including at the Huntington Botanical Gardens and at the Denver Cactus and Succulent Society. He has traveled to Aruba, Peru, Baja Mexico and Bolivia twice to see cacti and succulents in habitat.

1:00 PM, South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274.  For more information visit

The Cactus & Succulent Society meets the second Sunday of the month. We begin our meetings at 1:00 PM to socialize, have refreshments, and buy plants.
For additional information contact society president Maria Capaldo at 310-346-6206 or and visit
No registration required for this meeting. Meetings are open to the public.