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Sonoran VII Conference Overview

Program Schedule    Workshop Schedule   Registration Form (.doc)    Registration Form (.rtf)

Plant Show Rules (.doc)    Sales Flyer (8.5x11)   Programs and Workshops Flyer (8.5x11)


"The Ocotillo Family & More"


May 9-May 11, 2008 at the Inn Suites Hotel


The 2008 Sonoran VII conference will feature some of the eleven species of the Ocotillo (Fouquieriaceae) Family. Friday evening, May 9, will kick-off this fabulous week-end with a plated dinner for all TCSS members ($10.00 each, free to conference registrants and $20 for extra guest tickets) with your choice of beef, chicken or vegetarian complete dinner and followed by a very special presentation by Susan Carter Holmes, botanist and taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Following her presentation the Plant show and all sales areas will be open for your early shopping pleasure.


Saturday, May 10, 2009, The show and sales areas will be open to the general public and will feature speakers and workshops, lunch, silent auction for conference registrants and a special barbecue dinner ($25 each) followed by Jude McNally, Managing Director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center talking about those critters that you do not want to see when you are out looking at cacti and succulents in our Sonoran Desert.

Rescued saguaro and golden hedgehogs will be for sale from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th from 9am to 3pm. Come early for best selection.

The Conference ends on Sunday, May 11, with presentations, workshops, and a closing luncheon and speaker. The Show and Sales will also be open to the public on Sunday. Since Mothers day is May 11, we will have a free plant for the first 200 Moms who attends the show and sale.

Confirmed Speakers:

Susan Carter Holmes - "Hooked on Euphorbias" Friday, May 9, 2008 at 7:30 PM

James Henrickson - Taxonomic Revision of the Fouquieria (with new material)

Bob Webb - Fouquierias and other succulent plant species of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

Scott Calhoun - Wild Cactus/City Cactus: Succulent Design Approaches Inspired by Nature

Mark Muradian - Cacti of the Bolivian Highlands (digital movie)

Jude McNally - Venomous Creatures of the Sonoran Desert

Confirmed workshops and general topic:

Martha Burgess - Native Cacti and Other Succulents for Food

Doug Dawson -
Succulents from Seed

Norm Dennis -
Cactus 101 & Starting Your Collection

Larry Grammer -
Excellent Container Planting and Staging Techniques

Greg Starr -
Enchanted Agaves for Your Garden

Matt Johnson -
Exploring and Knowing the Plants of the Rio Grande Area of Texas

Gene Joseph -
Cactus and Succulent Pollination Techniques

Cory Martin -
Container Plant Culture as Design Accents Around the Home

Dave Palzkill -
Adenium Asexual Propagation

Mark Sitter -
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (insect pests and control)



Sonoran VII Conference will feature topics of interest for the beginning hobbyist to the serious professional and is suited for an adult audience only.

Registration is limited to 100 people.

Program Schedule    Workshop Schedule   Registration Form (.doc)    Registration Form (.rtf)

Plant Show Rules (.doc)    Sales Flyer (8.5x11)   Programs and Workshops Flyer (8.5x11)