(We also have members from Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia)


Affiliation:  Cactus and Succulent Society of America Cactus and Succulent Society of America

Calendar of Events:

At each meeting we will have a guest speaker, slide presentation or a special demonstration on a particular topic of interest to growers of Cactus & Succulents. Meeting details and an events calendar are included in the club newsletter.

Market Day:

This annual event, held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 8am to 2.30 pm., is a major event held jointly with other Garden Clubs at Cylburn Arboretum. CSSM members sell cactus and succulent plants, duscuss plant care, and give free advice. This is also one way we introduce the public to the wonderful world of succulents and attract new club members.

Show & Sale:

The CSSM Show & Sale for 2015 will be held at Cylburn Arboretum on Sunday, September 13. For more information, contact our club president.

Information:  For more information contact our club president. Please be sure to mention you are writing concerning the CSSM.

Library:  Our collection of almost 200 publications is housed at the Cylburn Mansion and is available to all members, who have borrowing privileges.

Meetings:  We meet on the third Saturday of each month at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21209. The Arboretum is the gem of Baltimore City's Parks, almost 200 acres crowned by a Victorian mansion, and is located north of Cold Spring Lane and south of Northern Parkway. Meetings go from about 10:00 A.M. until Noon; refreshments are provided. Come join us!

Directions to Cylburn Mansion:

From the north end of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take exit 23A (south) onto the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83). Exit at Northern Parkway (far right lane).

Turn right onto Northern Parkway (heading west).

Bear to the far-left lane and turn left at the first exit onto Cylburn Avenue.

Make left at the first intersection onto Greenspring Road and make a left turn at the stone gate entrance to Cylburn. Continue up driveway bearing right to the loop in front of the Mansion. Park along the loop.

(See map)

The 2015 meeting dates at Cylburn Arboretum are for the following Saturdays:

January 17"The Big Move" Transplanting Large Cacti such as Saguaro
February 21Cancelled due to bad weather
March 14"The 2015 CSSA Convention"
April 18"Haworthias and Euphorbia francoisii"
May 19Cylburn Market Day
June 14"Pachypodium brevicaule"
JulyOpen - No Scheduled Meeting or Event
August 15CSSM Picnic
September 13CSSM Show & Sale - Cylburn Arboretum's Vollmer Center
October 17"Soils for Cacus and Succulent Plants"
November 21"Gasterias"
DecemberCSSM Holiday Party

For a listing of additional club events, become a club member and you will find them in the CSSM newsletter.

IN CASE OF SNOW (In the winter months):

In case of inclement weather and Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the Snow Emergency Plan is in effect in either Baltimore City or Baltimore County, the scheduled meeting of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Maryland will be canceled.

Membership:  Annual dues are $20.00. Send check to Pete Boudriault, 7704  Quaint Court, Bowie, MD 20720-4316

Newsletter:  Our newsletter, "The Baltimore Areole" is published monthly.
To download a sample copy of our newsletter with a membership application, click here.

Officers: 2015
President:Ingrid FritzeVice-President:Bob Petza
Secretary:John FläterTreasurer:Pete Boudriault
Directors:Rachel Simms, Michelle LaCompte

Picnic:  Each August we meet at a member's home for food and fun.

Plant ID:  Do you have a plant you have been unable to identify? Let fellow club members take a stab at it (OUCH)! Mature or flowering plants are ideal, but we'll give it a try anyway.

Plant of the Month:  There is a new genus featured for each and every meeting. Members bring in representatives for show and tell, swap, trade or gift.

Plant Sales:  If you have any surplus plants, seeds, pots, books or any other plant related items you want to sell, you can bring them to the meeting. Set your own price. 25% goes to the club to buy new books and cover other club related expenses.

Programs:  Our program director arranges for us to have a unique event each and every month. These consist of lectures, slideshows, informal discussions and presentations; they are always interesting and informative.

Show & Tell:  If you have any favorite plants you want to brag about, feel free to bring them to the meetings. Amaze us!

Cactus & Succulent FAQ:  See this page for the answers to frequently asked questions about Cacti & Succulents.



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