Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cactus and Succulent Show at the Huntington June 29-30

Hundreds of award-winning plants will be on display as the Cactus and Succulent Society of America presents its annual show and sale the weekend of June 29–30 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Hours for the event are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

            Now in its 48th year, the juried show will feature a wide array of weirdly wonderful plants to delight connoisseurs and novices alike.  Visitors will see graceful aloes and dyckias, pastel-hued crassulaceae, dainty pincushion mammillaria, Medusa-like euphorbias, bizarrely shaped crested cacti, colorful blooming specimens, and many other spiny, toothy, hairy, waxy wonders of the succulent world.  Rare plants from around the globe will be showcased, including specimens native to Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Botswana, Madagascar, and the Middle East.

            A plant sale throughout both days will offer hundreds of unusual cacti, succulents, and related items, including handmade ceramic pots. Among the highlights of the sale will be a selection of beautiful Echinopsis “Easter Lily” cacti, developed by hybridizer Bob Schick and available through The Huntington’s International Succulent Introductions (ISI) program. Their large, vivid flowers in shades of red, orange, magenta, and yellow make them highly popular with collectors.

            Visitors are also invited to explore The Huntington’s own 10-acre Desert Garden, where some 4,000 different species of cacti and succulents provide a year-round display of their own. 

            Weekend admission to The Huntington is $23. Discounted rates are offered for seniors, students, and children. Members are admitted free. or 626-405-2100.

About The Huntington 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information can be found on the Web at

Visitor Information
The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., and is open to the publicMonday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $20 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $12 students (ages 12–18 or with full-time student I.D.), $8 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends: $23 adults, $18 seniors, $13 students, $8 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 626-405-2100 or

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