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  Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Thursday March 5, 2020 from 7 - 9 pm

"An Island Apart Ė Travels in Madagascar"

Presented by Fred Dortort
Author of The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World

There is NO video of this month's presentation.

Note the meeting location:

Sky Islands Public High School, 6000 E. 14th Street, Tucson, AZ 85711

Pachypodium rosulatum


Fredís talk on Madagascar will cover a wide variety of things he and his friends encountered in over 3000 miles of driving. The main focus, of course, will be on the vast and unique population of succulent plants found only there, ranging from giant baobab trees to miniature, ground-hugging euphorbias. Heíll also be showing examples of the giant islandís equally unique assortment of people, architecture, fauna and geography as well. Home to wildly diverse ethnic groups, a place where pirates such as Captain Kidd once lurked and giant elephant birds used to roam, Madagascar stretches a thousand miles from its tropical north to its temperate south. It is truly like no other place on Earth.

Not long after Fred Dortort began growing cacti and succulents, he was seized by the urge to see them in their natural surroundings. Since then heís managed to travel to many of the places where they grow, from Arizona to Namibia, South Africa to Bolivia, and among other succulent hot-spots, Madagascar. Fred has maintained a relationship with the University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden for decades, teaching courses and, at various times, taking charge of the greenhouse cactus and succulent collection. Over the years Fred has written many articles for the Cactus and Succulent Journal and other horticultural publications. He is the author of The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World, and always enjoys sharing stories and images of some of the things heís seen along the way with interested audiences.
You do not want to miss this program presentation by Fred Dortort! Fred authored the Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World. Be sure to come and welcome our new members and visitors. Make some new friends and visit our library and check out an excellent book! During the break, you will want to enjoy the many refreshments and also, try your luck to win some of the plants available in the raffle. Stay until the end of the meeting and get your free plant offered to you by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.



Adansonia rubrostipa

Aloe capitata

Free Plant Giveaway

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March Refreshments

Those with family names beginning with U - Z,
please bring your choice of refreshments
to the meeting. Your generous sharing will
be greatly appreciated and enjoyed!

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