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South Coast C&SS monthly meeting – October 2016
2016-10-09 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
PRESENTER FOR OCTOBER: Tim Harvey
“A Question of Sex”
“A Questions of Sex” is all about propagation of succulent plants, the ways they go about, or try to prevent it in some instances. It includes a few of the more interesting, as well as vanilla (i.e. common), approaches to reproduction. Different kinds of vegetative propagation and hybridization are also discussed.
If you have not heard Tim speak, you might not know that he is originally from England. Tim started growing cacti (almost exclusively) in England over 30 years ago. He moved across the pond in 1992, falling a little short and working at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto for a couple of years. He completed the trip to California when he went to work in the Biotechnology industry. He was also able to relocate his cactus collection, started 20 years earlier, to a more favorable climate. Escaping with his morals intact in 2006, he enrolled as a full-time propagator and pollinator of his favorite plants, as well as becoming Editor of the Cactus and Succulent Journal in 2011. He makes frequent trips to his adopted country Namibia, as well as many appearances at clubs in Southern California, either as a Speaker, or as a Vendor at sales. Never able to walk past a plant in flower without trying to pollinate it, he is also a keen hybridizer, with the pachycauls, Aloe and bulbs in his collection being defenseless subjects for experimentation.