October Newsletter – 2022

OPEN GATES – October, 2022  


MEETING WEDNESDAY, October 5th , 2022 -DOOR OPENS AT 6:15 !


Now that it’s officially fall season, the worst of the summer heat should be behind us. Even though the nighttime temperature is much cooler and more pleasant, the daytime thermometer can still heat up into the 90s and low 100s. So continue to tend to your plants with care and diligence against the hot sun. And while you are doing that, let’s talk about some upcoming club activities.

FIELD TRIP!! The club will host a succulent field trip to the Palm Springs area on Saturday, November 12, 2022. We will visit The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert and tentatively, the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs. Here’s where it benefits you for being a club member. The club will cover all admission costs to both gardens if you are a fully paid club member as of November 1, 2022. If you are a family member, only one individual in the family will have their admission covered by the club. Should you wish to bring any additional family members and/or guests, then each of these individuals will be responsible for their own admission cost.

In addition, the club has secured a discounted group rate for The Living Desert. This requires the club to purchase the tickets in advance of the date of admission.

To secure your reservation for the field trip, we ask that you make a $20.00 advanced deposit which will be fully refunded to you when you arrive at the garden and pick up your ticket.

Sign up and reservation deposit will be available during the October and November club meetings. But wait…there’s more! The club will also be providing lunch for members, and you are welcome to bring your own lunch as well. We will have further details for you. Note: Transportation is not provided … We will meet at the first site at a prearranged time. Carpooling is always recommended!

ELECTIONS!! Fall season also means it is time for club officer elections. This November, two Director positions will need to be filled. This is a great opportunity for you to volunteer and share your input to help facilitate the function and activity of our club. Open nominations from the general membership are also welcomed. Just give it some thought.

PLANT RAFFLE!! Thank you to everyone who has been participating in the monthly plant raffle with your ticket purchases. These plants and prizes have been donated by club members and/or through cactus plant rescue efforts. If you would like to consider donating plant(s) or other succulent-related items to the raffle, the club always welcomes and accepts your generosity. In addition, any item or monetary donation contribution you make to the club is tax deductible to the extent of the law, as the club is a 503(c)(3) organization.

It’s not too early to discuss preparations for our upcoming December holiday party at our meeting. Let’s not forget about our speaker guest for this month either. Karen Ostler will share her Mammillaria knowledge with us and you can read her bio in this newsletter.

There’s lots to do and see so we’ll catch up with one another at the meeting.

See you next week!


October Speaker – Karen Ostler 

Gates October Meeting, October 5th at 7pm PST
Redlands Church of the Nazarene
1307 East Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374

Mammillarias: The Weird and the Wonderful

A brief look at the Genus Mammillaria, focusing on both the beauty and the oddities of one of the cactus world’s favorite plants.

Who is Karen Ostler?

“I have been growing cactus since I got my first ‘real’ cactus; a Gymnocalycium friedrichii, now G. stenopleurum, in the spring of 1979. That same year, in the fall, I purchased 6 Mammillarias in 2 1/2”pots. I still have two of those plants, M. albilanata ssp. tegelbergiana and M. lloydii.

In the years since I have been involved with both the CSSA and Intercity Shows as a general 2 helper and have been Show Chair for the Sunset Succulent Society for at least the last 15 years.

Originally, I was living and growing both cactus and succulents in the San Fernando Valley but since moving to the high desert, I decided to concentrate on growing cactus only, focused on Ariocarpus and related genera, Mammillarias, North and South American Opuntias, and Gymnocalycium.”

October Mini-Show – Opuntiadeae & Best Dead Plant

Join us Wednesday, October 5th at 6:00 pm PST

Bring your best plants to enter in the Mini-Show! There are 3 categories of entries: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Points are calculated during the year with the winners announced in December. The entire year Mini-Show plant list is available at http://www.gatescactusandsucculentsociety.com.

Cactus of the month – Opuntiadeae & Best Dead Plant


Julia Etter and Martin Kristen: A glimpse of the Natural beauty of Chiapas 10:00 AM PDT
Registration Link
Tentatively Saturday 9 to 5P & Sunday 10A to 3:
San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA
Email:  EventCoordinatior@palomarcactus.org
October 24 & 25CSS of SAN JOSE
Saturday 10 A to 5 P and Sunday 10 A to 4P
Peterson Middle3 School
1380 Rosalia Av, Sunnyvale, CA   94087
Facebook: SJcactussucculents

November 4-6
Huntington Fall Plant Sale 2022
Reservations Required – 10A to 3P
Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA
Information: 626 405 3504


We welcome your comments, suggestions or questions. Please email Gatescactusandsucculent@gmail.com or call one of us at: 

PresidentPhuc Huynh909 910 9145
Vice PresidentJohn Reynolds909 767 5606
SecretaryBarbara Croonquist909 731 1587
TreasurerJo Ann Crabtree909 633 6934
Board MemberJeff Loew330 986 6313
Board MemberRene Hernandez909 875 3607
Board MemberKaren Roholt951 897 2220
Board MemberAnn Reynolds909 987 5706.

Board Member Ann Reynolds 909 987 5706. © Gates Cactus and Succulent Society 2022 Gates CSS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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