January Program: The Search for African Treasures - An Odyssey through Namibia and South Africa - Presented by Steve Frieze

Steven Frieze After hearing so much about the exotic and unique flora of South Africa and relatively little about the same for Namibia, in May of last year, I had the opportunity to see first-hand the extraordinary plants that inhabit that part of the world. I was equally surprised and delighted. The small group that I went with had an ambitious schedule which looked on paper like a recipe for exhaustion. In reality, it gave us the opportunity to see a vast number of plants that it made this journey even more wonderful. In each location, we were able to find at least one genera that we searched for and the results will be on display in this presentation.

We found in Namibia an abundance of Sarcocaulons, Hoodias, and a variety of small mesembs. We traveled into South Africa to continue our explorations and found the field of Avonia that was the objective of an intense search. At the very end of the trip, we experienced a field of gigantic Adenia that were astounding. It is not an understatement that you will have the opportunity to experience areas that most individuals will never see. I look forward to spending some time sharing our adventures in one of the interesting and engaging places one can travel.

About Steve

Steven Frieze has been involved with cacti and succulents for over thirty years. He is a lifetime member of the Los Angeles Cacti and Succulent Society where he served as the President of this club for a number of years and as its newsletter editor for several more. For the past eight years, he has been the co-managing partner of Desert Creations, an exotic cactus and succulent plant store Steven has made several other plant related expeditions including Chile, East Africa, Oaxaca Mexico, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

Welcome back, Steve!

Plants: Steve will be bringing a great selection of plants for you to purchase.


BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
715 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA | Phone: 559.570.1900
Menu: http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/menu
Contact Rosanna Rojas by Wednesday, January 7, to make reservations.
Phone 559.999.0017. Email: rfrojas96@gmail.com
Members are invited to attend. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center
5340 N. Fresno Street, Fresno


January Events

Steve Frieze - The Search for African Treasures - An Odyssey through Namibia and South Africa
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.

January Board Meeting
3733 N. Sierra Vista, Fresno, CA 93726. Any member is welcome to attend; board members who are unable to attend should let Sue know in advance. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Huntington Desert Forum
The Huntington, San Marino, CA. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

Club Workshop
3733 N. Sierra Vista, Fresno, CA 93726. Topic: SEEDS. Workshop starts at 6 p.m.

2015 Speakers & Events

January 8 - Steve Frieze
February 5 - Woody Minnich
March 5 - Russell Wagner
March 6/8 - Home&Garden Show
April 2 -Greg Starr
May 7 - Club Picnic
June 4 - Open
June 6/7 - Club Show & Sale
July 2 - Rob Skillen (tentative)
August 6 - Open
September 3 - Member Sale
October 1 - Tom Glavich
November 5 - Greg DeChirico
December 3 - Holiday Dinner