South Coast C&SS monthly meeting – June 2019
June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
PRESENTER FOR JUNE IS: Gary Duke – “Landscaping and Micro-Climates for Small Yards”
Cactus of the Month: Rebutia, Aylostera, Sulcorebutia, Weingartia
Succulent of the Month: Echeveria
PRESENTER FOR JUNE IS: Gary Duke – “Landscaping and Micro-Climates for Small Yards” – Gary describes what questions should be considered when developing a plan to landscape your yard – sun angles, focal points, creating micro‐climates for your special needs plants as well as how to plan for maintenance with special emphasis for small yards. He will show numerous examples of various yards and gardens to demonstrate his points and broaden our thinking. There are a lot of books about xeriscape landscaping, most by professional landscapers or nurserymen. He is a hobbyist and his presentation and book portrays some of the lessons he learned in the process of landscaping his own yard. Come and learn about sun angles and how to create microclimates, develop focal points and learn what crevice gardens are and how to make them. Gary will bring several copies of his new book for sale and will be signing them before the meeting an at the break.
Gary has been collecting cacti and succulents for over 50 years. He’s an avid collector of cacti and also collects tylecodons and dudleyas. He has over 1000 different species of cacti and succulents in his private collection and enjoys propagating them.
He is a retired Air Force officer with a doctoral degree in physics. During his military career, he moved his original and ever expanding collection of less than about 30 plants from Illinois, where he grew up, to Omaha, NE, Dayton, OH (where he started their first C&S Society, although now defunct), San Pedro, CA, Montgomery, AL and Albuquerque, NM (where he had been show Chairman). Following his military career, he worked as a program manager for Boeing for 16 years and consulted to the Air Force for another 6 years.
He has also been President of both the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and the Long Beach Cactus Society in Long Beach, CA. He is an incumbent on the Board of Directors to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He currently assists with auditing the CSSA finances each year and also is a member of the Honors Committee.
He frequently gives slide presentations throughout Southern California, including being invited to speak at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, at the Denver Cactus and Succulent Society and the Los Vegas Cactus and succulent Society. He has traveled to Aruba, Peru, Baja Mexico and Bolivia twice to see cacti and succulents in habitat.