Adenium Join us for our summer potluck party on Thursday, July 3 at the home of Doris Hooton and Tom Meyer again. Your family members, including children, are welcome. We will plan to start the picnic at 6 pm, but Doris says we are welcome to start coming by earlier in the day.

The club will supply tri-tip and chicken, plus the paper plates, plastic utensils, cups, etc. You should bring a potluck dish and beverage, including one to share and everyone should bring a folding chair or two.

We will have the Silent Auction again. Bring something cactus-related for the auction and be prepared to bid.

The Adenium Orgy! Bring your blooming Adeniums and learn to pollinate your plants or have the experts go to work trying to pollinate them. Producing seeds from our plants is something we should all be trying to do. Following is Fred Gaumer's description of the Adenium Orgy from the July 2010 newsletter:

Fred Gaumer Adenium Orgy 2010:

According to my calculations this will be the sixth (10th now) Adenium Orgy! When we first started, adeniums and adenium seed weren't available as they are today. Over the years they have become easier to come by and more spectacular in both body and mass and their flowers. The amount of time that the developers of these plants have been working on them really hasn't been that long. There is still plenty of time to produce something new and beautiful. I have heard the doubled flowered plants are about to hit the market. I'm sure they will be kind of pricey for a while.

And if you haven't tried growing succulents from seed, adeniums are among the easiest. If you can keep them warm, they are very easy. And, again, experts will be there to answer questions.

I guess I should mention why we call it "the Adenium Orgy." It is because it is informal and impersonal with multiple partners, and yet discreet and genteel. If you have no adeniums in flower or choose not to participate, there will be a large gallery for the voyeur and the curious. Fred G.


Summer Potluck Picnic
3733 N. Sierra Vista, Fresno, CA 93726. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Club Board Meeting
3733 N. Sierra Vista, Fresno, CA 93726. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.
All members are welcome; board members should attend.

Club Workshop
3733 N. Sierra Vista, Fresno, CA 93726. Subject: Salvaged plants (bring your plants and salvage stories) and medusoid euphorbias. Workshop starts at 6 p.m.

Orange County Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale, Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 S. State College Blvd. Anaheim; hours: Fri-Sat, 9-5; Sun 12-4.


Meetings will resume August 7th and our speaker is Robert Scott. Our monthly meetings are on the first Thursday of each month, except in June, July, September, and December. We meet at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, 5340 N. Fresno St., Fresno. Major cross streets are Fresno Street and Barstow Avenue, in the same lot as the Educational Employees Credit Union. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Big Fresno Fair
Summer is finally here and the Big Fresno Fair is just around the corner. Club members are encouraged to participate. Members should first obtain the Exhibits Handbook by writing to the Big Fresno Far, 1121 Chance Ave., Fresno, CA 93702, or call 559.650.3213, or online at and ask for the Handbook, which will include the entry form. If you don't know the proper classification for your plants, stop by the club library and check out some of the books about your plants or bring your plants to the club meetings and most of the members will properly identify the name of your plants. It's never too late to get your plants ready for the Big Fresno Fair. Rudy Rulloda, Chair