Meeting Time/Place

The Sacramento Bromeliad & Carnivorous Plant Society will hold meetings on the 3rd Wednesday, with the exception of the months of December, January and May.

Next meeting: Wednesday, Feb 18, 7:00 PM

Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center
located in McKinley Park at 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, Ca.

Guests and questions are welcome.

Program for February 18, 2015

Spring is coming: Time to Repot

Presenters: Chet Blackburn and Keith Smith

Are your carnivorous plants looking sorry for themselves with dead leaves and flower stems crowded into a too small pot? Is your potting soil years old, soggy and slimey and covered with moss and weeds? Would you be reluctant to put your sarracenia in the show in July however spectacular the new growth? Then it's time for spring cleaning and replanting before the first burst of flowers make division and repotting too risky. ...Chet has the solution to these issues with a hands-on demonstration of how to prep your carnivores for the spring growth spurt and for the July show.

Is your greenhouse, patio or bathroom crammed with bromeliads bursting out of their pots, with three years growth and pups galore? Will you be ready to show your plants this year at the July show? Do need to prepare your excess plants for sale at the Spring Garden Center sale or at our July show? Then Keith Smith will demonstrate bromeliad division and pup removal, and will discuss the pluses and perils of bringing the overwintered plants from their protected environment into the bright light of Spring.

Speakers: Chet Blackburn has been a member of the Society since 1976. He served as editor of The Journal of the Bromeliad Society for several years. Over the years he has grown a wide range of plants at his 8 acre home, including bromeliads, carnivores, native plants and several hundred varieties of trees. He has presented numerous programs, not only for the Sacramento Society, but for other bromeliad societies and garden clubs.

Keith Smith has been a society member since 1975. He blames Chet Blackburn for introducing him to bromeliads and turning him into an addict . Chet later added to his problems by organizing the Carnivorous Plant section of the Society and introducing him to another addictive plant. He grows his bromeliads, carnivores (and aloes) in a minimally heated home-built greenhouse in Auburn. He has presented numerous programs to the Sacramento and other Societies and has grown to love variegated plants of every genus, species and hybrid.

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Meeting Dates for 2015

Next Meeting: Feb 18, 2015

Feb 18
Mar 18
Apr 15
Jun 17
Jul 15
Aug 19
Sep 16
Oct 21
Nov 18, last meeting of 2015

Upcoming Events

Garden Center Spring Sale:
Saturday & Sunday March 21, 22, 10AM to 4PM

Annual Show and Sale:
Saturday & Sunday July 25th and 26th, 10AM to 4PM

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