Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico

Cactus & Succulent Society of New Mexico is an affiliate of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.

Meeting Info: Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 3rd Friday, 7:00 pm.

President: Carl Hime, 505-275-6777,
Affiliate Rep & webmaster: Ralph R. Peters, 505-293-6356,

Echinopsis 'Maria Piazza' in flower

Echinopsis "Maria Piazza"
in flower!
(click for big image)
Upcoming Events 
Eldorado Garden
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at about Noon - Road trip!  We will visit John Oberhausen's gardens near Eldorado, NM (a bit East of Santa Fe).
Directions ... I-25 north about 5 miles past Santa Fe to exit 290 (Lamy and Clines Corner). Stay to right to head south on US-285. First traffic light(about 1/2 mile) make a right onto Avenida de Amistad. Follow about 1 mile and the community center parking lot is on the right. Head towards the large windmill and park. By then you can't miss it! The address is 1 Hacienda Loop.
A google map of the area:,+Santa+Fe,+NM+87505

September 8-18, 2016 -- NM State Fair  We have a show and display at the fair.  Please bring plants, particularly ones that are flowering!  We set up the show and display at the Flower Building on Tuesday, Sept. 6 starting about 5 pm and take it down on Sunday, Sept. 18 starting at 7 pm.  More information about this show is in this document
We like to have docents at the show to answer questions, sign up new members, and watch the plants.  Docents get a free pass to the State Fair and free parking.  The schedule sheet is online.  Contact Ralph Peters to sign up!
Contact the CSSNM State Fair Chairman, CV Porter ( for more information.
We do not have a regular meeting in September.

Friday, October 21, 2016 - Regular meeting at 7 pm at Albuquerque Garden Center.

Friday, November 18, 2016 - Regular meeting at 7 pm at Albuquerque Garden Center.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Holiday Party  Setup at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm.

Information about plants
Plant information may be found here.  Checkout the new article on potting soils which lists recipes from several members.

Cactus & Succulent Video!

Landscaping Southwest is a program that investigates water-wise landscaping and gardening.  This video looks at the La Mesa Community Garden in the first half and Ralph Peters' xeric yard and his cactus & succulent collection in the second half.  It shows cacti, succulents, and other native plants (ocotillos, penstemons,...) used in landscaping and discusses their cultivation.

Field Trips to Mesa Garden
On October 8, 2013, we went on a field trip to Mesa Garden to see all the mesembs in flower; see the picture gallery
On March 22, 2014, we went on a field trip to Mesa Garden to see cacti and some mesembs in flower; see the picture gallery.
We also had a great potluck dinner after spending time in the greenhouses.  Steven and Linda Brack were great hosts -- Thank you!

Checkout picture galleries of flowering cacti and succulents courtesy of Siegfried Lodwig.  A new gallery is up for Summer 2016!

Useful links for information on the web may be found here.

Club Information Club information including a membership application, new member information, a  library list, show information, show tags and show posters may be found here.
What does the society do?  Get an idea from a list of recent events.
CSSNM Spring Show & Sale results have been compiled by Daniel Finley.  Thank you to all that helped make the show and sale a success.