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									             Newsletter of the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society

                      POINTS OF INTEREST
                                           May 2004 Volume 7, Issue 5




               2004 CCSS Annual Show Results:
              Fine Plants, Outstanding Volunteers
   The Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society’s                The success of this year’s show is also directly
2004 Show showcased some of the finest plants and          related to the outstanding efforts contributed by the
offered the public an opportunity to admire the            following individuals: Margo Verkutis and
horticultural expertise of the show participants.          Dominique Bayne did an excellent job clerking the
Thirty-one participants entered over 180 plants in this    show. Cheryl Porter, Dana Such, and Mary Anne
year’s show. These participants, the judges, and the       Sewell ensured that all of the plants were properly
volunteers are responsible for the continuing success      placed and did an excellent job setting up the show
of this annual event. This year Kay Rodman and Lee         for Saturday’s judging and public opening. Finally,
Phelps judged the Open Division and the Novice             many members provided assistance setting up and
Division judges were Joyce Bateman-Hochritt, Steve         cleaning up. Thank you.
Crosse, and Don Campbell. Many of the judges were
very impressed by the meticulous grooming and                --Joe McCleary
outstanding plants the show participants exhibited           --Show Chair
this year.
    2004 Best of Show                            Cheryl Porter/Dana Such              Haworthia truncata
    Jim Sykes Trophy (best novice cactus)        Don Campbell                         Aztekium ritteri
    Jerry Socher Trophy
          (best winter hardy cactus)             Panayoti Kelaidis                    Opuntia clavata
    Heacock Trophy (best haworthia):             Cheryl Porter/Dana Such              Haworthia truncata

Novice Division
    Best Cactus                  Harriet Olds                  Mammillaria bocasana
    Best Succulent               Paula Szilard                 Euphorbia miii
    Best of Show                 Cheryl Porter                 Leuchtenbergia principis
    Sweepstakes                  Sylvia Burns                  32 points

Open Division
    Best Cactus                  Don Campbell                  Aztekium ritteri
    Best Succulent               Don Campbell                  Euphorbia knuthii
    Best of Show                 Cheryl Porter/Dana Such       Haworthia truncata
    Sweepstakes                  Don Campbell                  69 points

Judge’s Outstanding
    Don Campbell                 Mammillaria plumosa
    Steve Crosse                 Pachycormus discolor
    Scott Preusser               Aloe dorothii
    Dana Such                    Uebelmania pectinifera
    Dana Such                    Haworthia pygmaea
 Members’ Input Wanted                                                Meetings, Tours, and Trips
  Redevelopment of the Cacti Garden
                                                                             Mark Your Calendars!
       At the Butterfly Pavilion                                         Spring and summer are the seasons when
   The Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society has                      CCSS offers its members the best in meetings
had a relationship with the Butterfly Pavilion (BP)                   and outings. We have a great speaker lined up
since 1996, when the Society funded the                               for our May meeting, a trip to Capital Reef for
development of a cactus garden. Two CCSS                              the weekend of May 13 is in the works, and
members, George Brinkman and Ken Swartz, were                         garden tours for June are scheduled.
prominent in designing the garden, procuring                             Usually when we have a field trip planned,
materials and plants, and completing the finished                     we don’t have a regular meeting, but this month,
garden. We need to thank both George and Ken for                      we have Michelle DePrenger-Levin of the
their hard work in this regard. In return for our                     Denver Botanic Gardens scheduled to speak.
investment, the BP has granted our members free                       This will be a great meeting for new members.
access to their facilities.                                           Michelle will be speaking on the characteristics
   The BP has recently redeveloped their buildings                    of cacti and succulents and what differentiates
and is now busy in rebuilding the xeric gardens and                   them from other plants. Veteran members know
nature area that are adjacent to the cactus garden,                   that the taxonomy of cacti is far from simple, so
which they have asked us to redevelop. There are                      they may pick up some information as well.
several issues to be considered in the redevelopment.                     The meeting will be Tuesday, May 11, at 7:30
First, there is a safety issue involved; we need to                   p.m. at Denver Botanic Gardens’ Waring House
keep the more thorny plants away from children.                       on the northwest corner of York Street and 9th
   Several plants have been lost over the last eight                  Avenue. The house is located outside the walls
years, partly due to rabbits and normal wear and tear.                of the DBG, directly to the south. There is some
However, a lack of watering and plant maintenance                     parking at the Waring House, and it is a short
has been detrimental to the garden. A new garden                      walk (a half block) from the Gardens’ parking
would require a more active relationship between the                  lot on York Street.
CCSS and the BP.                                                         The plans for the field trip to Capital Reef in
Decision Framework                                                    Utah for May 14 through 16 are moving along.
      Although the CCSS funded the 1996/7 cacti                      Please contact Reed Irwin at 970-249-2981 or
       garden development, there is no CCSS                           irwin@rmi.net as soon as possible if you plan to
       obligation for any further funding.                            attend.

      Any further funding needs to meet the criteria                     We will not have a regular meeting in June,
       for the CCSS Outreach Program.                                 but we are making arrangements for a garden
                                                                      tour. CCSS members Harriet Olds of Lakewood
      A new working relationship is needed between                   and Steve Miles of Boulder have agreed to open
       the CCSS and the BP to ensure better garden                    their gardens to members on the morning of
       maintenance.                                                   Saturday, June 12. Harriet and Steve have some
Factors FOR Funding the Redevelopment                                 of the most beautiful cactus gardens and plants
      There are growing attendance levels at the BP.                 in the area!
      The garden area is large, has good drainage, and                   We will also have a tour of the cactus garden
       has good access to visitors.                                   at the DBG that morning, along with the trough
      The BP’s location is close to good roads,                      gardens designed by Glenn Kalaidis. A club-
       shopping, and recreation developments.                         sponsored picnic will be held afterwards. Look
                                         --Continued on Page 3.
                                                                      in next month’s POI for details.


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  Chinle News and Notes
          A Mixed Bag: Photography, Gardens, Trips, and Tours
   Wow! Another great Show and Sale in Denver                      A good crowd is anticipating a good time at
has Chinle members anticipating next year’s. Our                Capital Reef National Park, Utah, May 14 to 16.
thanks to our Denver hosts.                                     Don Campbell will lead this expedition to enjoy
                                                                common and not-so-common cacti—in bloom, we
   Dave Kennedy, one of our Chinle members, gave                hope. We hope weather and road conditions will
us great tips on plant photography at our April                 permit some back-country excursions, with paved-
meeting. With a minimum of technical language (no               road options just in case. We’ll meet at 1:00 p.m. at
F-stops) and beautiful slides for inspiration, he               the visitors’ center in the park, Friday, May 14.
guided us through the details of focus, depth of field,         Beverages will be provided throughout the weekend
and lighting, helpful even for those who just use               as will box lunches on Saturday. Be sure you’ve
“point-and-shoot” cameras.                                      contacted     Reed     Irwin    (970-249-2981      or
   We’ll gather at the CSU Extension demonstration              irwin@rmi.net) ahead of time if you plan to go or
garden for our May 13 regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.,             have to cancel.
to see some of the spring blooms and check how the                  The Irwins in Montrose will host a Saturday field
plants survived their harshest winter. Members will             trip and garden tour June 5; all are welcome. At our
share information about how their own hardy                     regular June 10 meeting, we’ll welcome the public to
gardens made it through the winter in Grand                     an open house and new-member recruitment session
Junction, Glade Park, Montrose, and other outlying              at the Extension garden.
areas. We hope Front Range CCSS members who
are in town early for the weekend’s field trip will               --Bobbie Irwin
join us at the garden, located at the fairgrounds south           --Chinle Newsletter Editor
of town on Routes 6 and 50, and share their winter
woes as well.


    Butterfly Pavilion Redevelopment                            discussed. The Butterfly Pavilion management
--from Page 2.
                                                                requires an early decision so that they can progress
                                                                in their summer activities. The Board voted in favor
       New BP facilities could be made available for           of declining, with regret, any further investment at
        the S & S and monthly meetings.                         the BP garden.
       The garden could showcase CCSS efforts in
                                                                   We did, however, recognize that the CCSS
        cacti and succulent landscaping and conservation.
                                                                membership should vote as a group on this decision.
Factors AGAINST Funding the Redevelopment                       It is proposed that the membership finalize this
       The BP is in several miles north of Denver,             decision at the May 11, 2004, meeting. I will
        inconvenient to most CCSS members.                      summarize the alternatives at the meeting. Members
                                                                can also present their thoughts for or against the
       The BP’s attendance is primarily children,
                                                                project.
        rather than garden enthusiasts.
       The degree of member commitment to                        We will vote by ballot. If you cannot attend the
        maintaining a redeveloped garden is unknown.            meeting, please send your proxy vote to any of the
                                                                CCSS Board members.
       CCSS funding of the BP garden competes
        against the DBG and other opportunities.                --Jim Cuscaden, Secretary/Treasurer
                                                                --303-659-8428 or JCuscaden@aol.com
  At the CCSS Board meeting that was held on
April 20, 2004, the BP redevelopment project was

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                Valley of Fire, Queen of the Mojave
--By Don Campbell                                                 behavior for posterity. Filled with wonder and awe at
                                                                  what we’d just observed, we promptly returned to our
    During the past 35 years or so my wife, Carol, and I          motel, downed a couple of beers, and marveled at our
have become incorrigible and quite unrepentant redrock            phenomenal timing.
desert “junkies,” constantly searching for more intense
“highs.” In the past whenever I’d mention that we might              The next morning found six eager photographers
be traveling through southern Nevada, people said, “If you        headed into the Valley of Fire for a magnificent day of
like colorful desert scenery, you’ll love the Valley of           driving, hiking, and photography. The unadulterated blue
Fire”.     On several occasions we’d been in the                  sky was the perfect companion for the brilliantly colored
neighborhood, but had passed it by. And then a couple of          rocks. In addition, the temperature was mild, the crowds
years ago, returning from California to western Colorado,         minimal, and there were enough cacti scattered about to
we made a concerted effort to do a “drive thru” of                keep this cactophile’s enthusiasm level cranked up.
Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. WOW!
                                                                      Nearing the end of what our group perceived as a near
   Unquestionably, a sojourn into the Valley of Fire              perfect day, I asked Dave, a member of the Chinle C&S
produces a spectacular and enduring “sensual high.” Laid          Club, if he’d like to see a cactus that he’d probably never
out amidst the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert is a             seen before. No surprise that he jumped at the opportunity
delectable smorgasbord of visual pleasures. The bizarrely         to find a “many-headed barrel cactus” in habitat. The rest
sculpted multicolored sandstone forms absolutely                  of the group, while not card-carrying cactophiles, were
command one to unlimber the camera and capture a bit of           also enthusiastic about seeing something new and
the magnificent scenery for future gratification.                 different.
    Following a couple more visits into the Valley of Fire,          On a previous visit my wife, Carol, cactus spotter
I had become totally enamored with the alluring “Queen            extraordinaire, had found a mixed colony of Echinocactus
of the Mojave.” And later, after showing some of my               polycephalus and Echinocereus engelmannii. Aided by
slides and extolling the photogenic attributes of this            the unfailing memory of my GPS machine, I easily guided
extraordinary landscape to my local camera club, I was            the group back to the original location. Here we found not
“commissioned” to lead a photographic expedition into             only the E. polycephalus and E. engelmannii but also a
the Valley of Fire.                                               number of Ferocactus acanthodes, Opuntia basilaris, and
                                                                  Opuntia echinocarpa. A truly heartwarming experience,
   Early on a mid January morning, six avid                       seeing an avid group of photographers quickly change
photographers from the Thunder Mountain Camera Club               focus and eagerly join in the search for shrunken, dormant
in Grand Junction headed westward on a 470-mile journey           cacti lurking behind rocks and under shrubs.
into southern Nevada. The normally scenic drive across
Utah was dulled by a gray, foggy, overcast sky. However,             The morning of our second full day was spent
the weather, along with our spirits, gradually improved as        searching out and photographing some of the (hundreds or
we approached our destination and began dropping in               even thousands?) natural sandstone arches scattered
elevation down into the Mojave Desert. Brilliant blue sky         throughout the park.         An amazing array of rock
and mild temperatures greeted us as we drove into the             formations, caves, and arches kept both our imaginations
Valley of Fire.                                                   and shutter fingers busy. In addition to some of the named
                                                                  features such as Elephant Rock, we saw “dinosaurs” and
    Our early afternoon arrival gave my car mate Dave and         dozens of other whimsical and mythical characters
me time to drive the main roads through Valley of Fire            naturally sculpted in the soft sandstone.
State Park, allowing me to refresh my memory about the
most photogenic stops, sun angles, and how best to                   Later in the day we shifted our attention to viewing and
schedule the next two days of photography. Near the end           photographing some of the myriad enigmatic rock art
of our “preview tour,” we rounded a bend in the road and          inscriptions left by prehistoric Native Americans, possibly
were astounded to find a formally attired newlywed                dating as far back as 300 B.C. Deciphering what these
couple, sans shoes, perched atop one of the myriad                ancient artists were trying to express has mystified
sandstone arches in the park. Sensing that we might               archeologists for years.
possibly be witnessing a previously unrecorded wedding
ritual of the local Nevadans, we immediately hopped out,             The rock art enigma was, however, partially solved
set up our cameras, and captured this extraordinary               that afternoon when I wandered behind a very thirsty

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looking creosote bush seeking to quench its thirst. That’s           produce a spectacular redrock desert sunrise.
when Ralph, a small, well informed, and unusually                    Unfortunately, it was not to be. The front end of another
talkative lizard, appeared, offering to solve one of the             Pacific winter storm had moved into the area giving us a
desert’s long-enduring mysteries. He explained that much             totally overcast day. We bagged our cameras and headed
of the rock art is in reality graffiti that highlights some of       for Grand Junction, 470 miles to the northeast.
the pressing issues of that ancient time. Amazingly, many
concerns of the Anasazi were quite similar to some of our               During the dreary, but uneventful, drive home, Dave
own. For example, Ralph pointed out slogans calling for a            and I recalled highlights of the past two and a half days in
stop to immigration, making rain not war, and legalizing             the Valley of Fire. . . scenery, rock formations,
peyote.                                                              photography, rock art, and of course the cacti, the ones
                                                                     that we never see in Colorado because they refuse to
    Ralph went on to explain that some of the rock art               survive outdoors in our much colder climate.
documents even more substantive issues. Recognizing my
interest in cacti, he showed me an exchange between two
Anasazi taxonomists, debating whether the local                                          CCSS Officers
Echinocactus polycephalus is variety xeranthemoides or
variety polycephalus. It seems some things never change.                     President, Bob Vick
                                                                             303-697-0954, bvickr@msn.com
    And then, just as Ralph was about to reveal the
meaning of another rock art panel related to an ancient                      First Vice President, Programs,
“barefoot wedding on the arch” ritual, a large hawk came                     Roswitha Moehring
in fast and low. In an instant Ralph, the only talking lizard                303-433-4144, rmoehring@pol.net
I’d ever met, was gone, leaving me alone to ponder many
remaining uninterpreted ciphers on the ageless rocks.                        Second Vice President, Newsletter,
    Later in the afternoon, the clear blue sky became                        Suzanne McNamara
slightly dimmed by a high, thin transparent cloud layer.                     303-987-2898, pinoakcir@aol.com
The upper level atmospheric water droplets caused a
delightful ephemeral iridescence to dance around the                         Third Vice President, Show & Sale,
fading sun. And if that were not enough, the low angle                       Ken Sipsey
sun, softened by the thin cloud layer produced a brief but                   303-987-2911, ksipey@wideopenwest.com
luscious light and shadow panoply across the endless array
of bizarre rock formations.                                                  Secretary–Treasurer, Jim Cuscaden
                                                                             303-659-8428, jcuscaden@aol.com
   We awoke early the next morning hoping that a just
right combination of early morning sun and clouds would                      Member-at-Large, Dave Martin
                                                                             303-422-9143, dave@haworthia.com

                                                                                   Chinle Chapter Officers
            In Memoriam Jo McLaurin
                                                                             President, Chris Christlieb
      One of our long-time members, Jo McLaurin,                             970-248-3591, chriscarol@gvii.net
   died recently, after a courageous two-year battle
   with cancer. Those who knew Jo know that she                              Vice President, Reed Irwin
   was a sweet, loving lady who will be sadly missed.                        970-249-2981, irwin@rmi.net
   For many years, Jo and her husband, Mac, provided
   those wonderful barbecue meals during the Show                            Secretary, Judy Kolz
   and Sale.                                                                 970-255-8338, jrkolz@aol.com

      Jo had been unable to attend meetings in the                           Treasurer, Judy Kennedy
   past several months, but was able to come to last                         970-241-4727, jfken16786@aol.com
   year’s annual meeting and dinner party and we were
   happy to see her then. Cards to Mac and the family                        Newsletter Editor, Bobbie Irwin
                                                                             970-249-2981, irwin@rmi.net
   would be appreciated.


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  2004 Plant Conservation Day & Plant Sale                                   A Thank-You to the Club

   Saturday, May 22, is Plant Conservation Day at the               POI recently received a note of thanks with a request
Butterfly Pavilion at 6252 West 104th Avenue in                 to pass it along. Here it is:
Westminster.
                                                                   To the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society:
    The day will feature a plant sale, including a wide
variety of annuals, perennials, and native plants. There            I approached your group for information about cactus
will also be seminars on gardening topics, fun children’s       and succulents prior to teaching a couple of botanical
activities, and educational information on gardening            illustration classes at DBG.
topics, as well as a Butterfly Garden seed packet                   Everyone has been so helpful.        Helen Norton
giveaway. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                      introduced me to Harriet Olds, who brought her plants and
    For more information, please contact Sarada Krishnan        expertise to one of my classes. The impressed students
at 720-974-1874 or skrishnan@butterflies.org.                   are excited to learn more about succulents as well as
                                                                illustrating them.
   The Butterfly Pavilion is also hosting the Arthritis
Foundation’s Arthritis Walk that morning. For more                 Thank you.
information or to register for the walk, please visit           Donna Loomis
www.arthritis.org or call 303-756-8622 x245.                    DBG Instructor




Points of Interest
Suzanne McNamara
8257 West Virginia Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226




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