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  Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Thursday November 5, 2020  7:00 pm

Presented by Karen Zimmerman

"Aloes On My Mind:  Exploring Aloe Hybrids One Generation at a Time"

Note this was a Virtual Meeting using Zoom conferencing technology

This presentation is now available on YouTube for viewing -click here

Karen Zimmerman has loved and grown plants from a very young age thanks to her grandparents. Succulents became a major passion in 1994, and has never slowed down.

She has been with the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens since 1999, and as succulent plant propagator for the Desert Collections since 2001. Aloe hybridizing became a “hobby” within her job since 2002. She has had 12 hybrids published and distributed through the ISI (International Succulent Introductions) program with more on the horizon.

Photography is another passion that she brings to her work, and has had many photos published in journals, a few books and a photography magazine.

Karen will start with an overview of the genus aloe; distribution and diversity of species. She will talk a little about the work of hybridizers up to the present, with a special mention about Kelly Griffin, and his inspiration to try her hand at it. She will show parent plants and offspring, some that became good enough to name and distribute, and others that became disappointments. She will also show some promising babies and future possibilities.

This will be a very special program presentation and anyone who has worked or collected an Aloe should see this presentation. Everyone is welcome to join us with the aid of a cell phone, pad, laptop or desktop computer, and you will be open to an excellent program! Please welcome Karen Zimmerman to our club and enjoy the evening.


This will be our 6th ZOOM program presentation. All are welcome to join us with the aid of a cell phone, pad, laptop or desktop computer, you will enjoy an excellent program! Please follow the Zoom connection instructions provided and enjoy this presentation.

Karen Zimmerman

Zimmerman plants