Welcome to the Chinle Cactus & Succulent Society

Echinocereus hybrid, by Don Campbell
Echinocereus hybrid, by Don Campbell

We are a Western Colorado club whose mission is to promote knowledge, enjoyment, cultivation, and conservation of cacti and other succulent plants among its members and other individuals and organizations throughout West-Central Colorado. We created and maintain two beautiful cactus and succulent Demonstration Gardens in Grand Junction: one at the Colorado State University Extension office and the other at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. These gardens also present xeric and native plants and showcase various garden design strategies that work in our challenging local climate.

In addition to our Monthly Programs, we usually organize a few Field Trips every year, some local and others further afield, to view plants in habitat. We also participate in various Education Outreach activities where we connect with the community to share our passion and knowledge about cacti and succulents. The club can also be contacted to help in plant re-homing — indoor cacti or succulents sometimes get too big for their space or too big a chore to maintain. We may also be able to assist with garden rescues if outdoor cacti or succulents no longer fit your landscaping needs.

Take a look around the site to see what we are up to and check out the Calendar for upcoming events. Contact Us and, if you are inclined, Join the club.

September Meeting

At our regular meeting on Thursday September 10th, 6:30 ~ 8:30 club member Ken Weissenburger will give Part 1 of two presentations on recent discoveries and the significance of fossil mammals in eastern Colorado. Following a viewing of the Nova/PBS video “Rise of the Mammals” we will have a short business meeting. Pre-registration for this Zoom webinar is required. Click here to register to attend.

Upcoming Garden Parties

We have resumed club gardening events at both our CSU Extension (“CSU”) and Western Colorado Botanical Garden (“WCBG”) demonstration gardens. Volunteers are invited to the next scheduled garden maintenance event at the WCBG garden on Wednesday September 2 (9:00 – 11:00 am).  On Saturday September 19 (9:00 – 22:00 am) join us at the CSU garden. You can find directions and information on the calendar.

The August Newsletter is Out

In the August edition: August club events • Sad farewell to Lilly McAnally •  Facebook • Pest news: house finch • Two month calendar

The newsletter is posted in the Newsletter Archive.

Join the Chinle C&SS to get access to this and archived newsletters and other membership benefits.

Joining in Easy

New members can simply fill out the Membership Application with their contact information form and send it with their yearly payment to:  Chinle C&SS, P.O. Box 233, Grand Junction, CO  81502 -or- bring it with cash or check to one of our monthly meetings. Yearly dues are:

$20.00 – Individual$25.00 – Family or Organization$10.00 – Student

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