Meetings and Programs


Directions to Norfolk Library Meeting Site

September 2016 - June 2017
Program Schedule

Visitors are always welcome at CSSM meetings, so please come see what we do!


September 17-18

Annual Cactus & Succulent Show


Norfolk Public Library
Main Street
Norfolk, MA

Everybody Invited!
Free Admission!
Free plants to first 50 visitors!

October 15

Tricks and Tools of the Trade
Ever wonder how the "pros" pot, re-pot, trim, and generally handle their prickly friends?
Come to the meeting and see for yourself. A fun session highlighting the tools you need to maintain a thriving C&S collection.

C&S 101 – Overview of Major Cactus and Succulent Families

Norfolk Public Library
Main Street
Norfolk, MA

Lau Magner
Jean Butler
and guest members

November 19   

From Harvard University:
Illustrated Presentation of the
Internationally Known
Ware Collection of
Blaschka Glass Flowers:

Norfolk Public Library
Main Street
Norfolk, MA


Jenny Brown
Collections Manager
Harvard University Herbaria

January 21
  Annual Holiday Party and Potluck Feast

Rescheduled to January 21st

Reschedeled to January 21st
February 18


Ever wonder about the proper diet for a cactus? What chemical elements will ensure that your plants will not only survive, but actually thrive? Find out at our February meeting when CSSM’s Nick Iltchev will present a program that will answer those questions and more. 


The influence of specific chemical nutrients on healthy cacti growth will be presented. Recommendations will be given for the use and concentrations of key fertilizer elements in preferred chemical compounds. Be in the know and watch your plants grow!

Norfolk Public Library
Main Street
Norfolk, MA

Nick Iltchev



March 18

Norfolk Public Library

Main Street

Norfolk, MA



Lau Magner
Yes, it is possible to create a beautiful "Little Arizona" right in your own backyard.
Come discover the very easy, very doable secrets to creating a lush desert in New England!

Yucca gloriosa

Opuntia humifusa

April 15

Norfolk Public Library
Main Street
Norfolk, MA


Art Scarpa and Friends

Part 1: How to be a savvy plant buyer. Inside tips on how to find the best plants, at the best prices, right in your own neighborhood, including those big box stores!

Part 2: How to be a
successful re-potter.
 Inside tips on how to re-pot
that old plant.

May 20

Norfolk Public Library
Main Street
Norfolk, MA


Join Maria and Marek Kawka as they hike into the Grand Canyon from the rugged North Rim. A land of  cacti,  critters and spectacular vistas.

June 17



Come Celebrate CSSM's 25th Aniversary with a CLUB TRIP
 to the fantastic
Stonecrop Gardens
New York

Above is the tentative schedule of meeting dates, locations, and educational programs for this year.  Any of this information could change at any time so please check here for the most up to date, accurate meeting information as the year progresses.

Regular monthly meetings take place at the Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Massachusetts, on the third Saturday of the month from 1-4 PM, unless otherwise noted or postponed due to bad weather. 

The highlight of each month's meeting is the educational program.  Topics range from detailed lectures about a specific type of succulent plants, to cultivation techniques, to travelogues from succulent plant habitats, to hands on workshops.  We learn from  experts in their fields as well as  fellow CSSM members.  A detailed meeting description is published one month in advance, in the CSSM newsletter.

The May meeting is also our annual meeting when next year's officers are elected.  
It is a very important event that we highly encourage all members to attend.  Hope you will be there!