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.

December Meeting

At our regular meeting on Thursday December 10th, 6:30 ~ 8:30 Don Campbell will speak on “Cacti etcetera  along the Old Gordon Trail, Colorado National Monument.” This will be held as a Zoom Meeting. Register ahead of time here. After you register you will receive an email with the link and password that you will use to attend the meeting.

The 2020 Club Photo Contest – the Results are in ….

At our November meeting we enjoyed taking a final look through all of the 114 photos submitted this year and celebrated the photos judged to be first in class. You can take a look at the first place winners and runner ups here.

Upcoming Silent Auction

This year, in lieu of the traditional Silent Auction that we hold at our club’s Annual Dinner, we will hold an online auction. The auction will be open for bidding on November 19th and will close on December 10th.This is the club’s most important fund-raising event and helps support our field trips, outreach programs and the maintenance and refurbishment of our two demonstration gardens in Grand Junction. We hope that the event will generate the usual irrational bidding exuberance. Look forward to more details and a link to our bidding site closer to the date.

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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