Welcome to the Chinle Cactus & Succulent Society

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 a beautiful cactus and succulent Demonstration Garden in Grand Junction: at the Colorado State University Extension office. This garden also presents xeric and native plants and showcases various garden design strategies that work in our challenging local climate.

News & Upcoming Events

Kelly Grummons March 14, 2024 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Rescheduled from February: Our March meeting will feature a presentation by renowned horticulturalist Kelly Grummons: “Plants for the Low-Water Landscape.” Drawing on his 25 years of involvement in the Plant Select Program and his expertise in cultivar development, Kelly, also known for DogTuff™ grass, will share insights on gardening with cacti and other low-water use plants. For more information please see our calendar page.

The meeting will be held at our regular meeting place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church, 536 Ouray Ave. The doors open at 6:00. Admission is free and guests are welcome.

First Garden Party of 2024!

Our first gardening session of 2024 will be Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at our CSU Extension demonstration garden located on the north side of the Extension Office. These gardening sessions are a great way for members and guests to learn about cactus and succulent gardening and meet “like minded” horticulture enthusiasts.

Download our 2024 gardening calendar and information about our “garden parties” here.

We hope you can join us!

2024 Club Photo Contest

We’ve settled on a pretty interesting category lineup for this year’s contest:

1. Abstract
2. Animal
3. Cactus / Succulents in a Natural Setting
4. Close-up
5. Fibonacci Sequence / Fractals
6. Grand Junction Art / Architecture
7. Landscape
8. Nighttime
9. Shadows
10. Open / Artistic

You can download a pdf of the categories along with the submission rules here. As usual, October 31st (Halloween) is the submission deadline.

What We Do

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.

Monthly Programs

Each month the Chinle C&S Society provides a program to members and guests.

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Field Trips

Chinle C&S Society members organize and participate in a variety of field trips, both local and regional.

More Details

Demonstration Gardens

The Chinle C&S Society developed and maintains a widely acclaimed outdoor cactus and succulent garden in Grand Junction.

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What We Do

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.

Monthly Programs

Each month the Chinle C&S Society provides a program to members and guests.

More Details

Field Trips

Chinle C&S Society members organize and participate in a variety of field trips, both local and regional.

More Details

Demonstration Gardens

We connect with our community throughout the year to share our passion and knowledge about cacti, succulents and gardening.

More Details

Thank You

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the many club members and friends who have generously donated their time and resources to build our great club. Our programs and public garden are only possible with your help and the support that we receive from the Tri River Area Colorado State University Extension.