The allure of cacti and succulents has fascinated people for hundreds, if
not thousands, of years. However, unlike some other horticultural endeavors, the
collecting and fostering an interest in Cactus & Succulents is fairly new.
This program focuses on the people, the changing American landscape, and a
curious set of events that have shaped our hobby as we find it
Gunnar Eiselís interest in cacti and succulents can be traced back to his
childhood infatuation with photographing night-blooming cereus flowers and a few
unfortunate encounters with opuntia glochids. His interest in cacti became
intensified through many annual trips to the Anza-Borrego desert.
and raised near Heidelberg, Germany, Eisel has taught music at CSULA, CSUF,
Whittier College Fullerton College and Citrus College. He recently retired as a
full-time music theory and history of music professor at Citrus College in
Glendora, CA where his students were occasionally subjected to his rantings
regarding cacti and succulents.
An avid C&S collector, he serves as
Executive Director of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) and
President of the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society.
Please join us for an excellent Zoom program and enjoy this special
educational and informational presentation. Also be sure to log in to win a
$25.00 gift certificate from TCSS or a copy of the new 3rd edition of the
Field Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents of Arizona.