OUR SOCIETY: The Central Oklahoma Cactus & Succulent Society is a non-profit organization of people interested in Cacti, Succulents and other Xerophytic plants. We exchange information in organized programs and projects. Some of the topics we cover during our meetings are plant development, cultivation of cacti and succulents. Our club has about 40 members.
OUR MISSION: “The Central Oklahoma Cactus and Succulent Society (COCSS) was founded in Oklahoma City in 1968 as one of more than 100 affiliates of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA), which was organized in 1929 to promote better understanding and appreciation of some of nature’s most unusual and unique creations. The CSSA is dedicated to the conversation and preservation of threatened and endangered plant life throughout the world. Our Society’s purpose is to learn about cacti and other succulent plants, to disseminate knowledge and promote interest, and to educate the public about the need to preserve these plants in their native habitat.”
AFFILIATION: We are affiliated with the Cactus and Succulent Society of America http://www.cssainc.org/ and we also interact more locally with the Cactus and Succulent Society of Tulsa-Oklahoma.
MEETING: At Will Rogers Gardens at 3400 NW 36th in Oklahoma City, the third Thursday of every month at 7 pm (except in January, the month of our show and sale, picnic and December). We have programs about cacti and other succulents. We also have plants and seed giveaways, drawings and exchanges. Refreshments are also provided. The garden’s phone number is: 405-297-1392
The club hosts formal talks and demonstrations about horticulture and botany of cacti and other succulent plants and we sponsor guest speakers, including well-known experts on cacti and succulents. We present slide shows and videotapes, many done by members who have traveled to places such as Mexico, Africa and South America. Among our other activities, we enjoy field trips to greenhouses and natural habitats. Several members regularly attend regional and national shows and conventions across the United States.
NEWSLETTER: We have a monthly newsletter, THE OFFSET, and since October 2011 it is a digital newsletter. We have recently started a newsletter exchange with 25 clubs from different parts of the US and one from Canada. We also have a Facebook page.
WEBPAGE: We have a webpage where we archive the newsletters, provide forms, articles, photos etc.
LIBRARY: The club keeps a nice library with many books on cacti and succulent. Books are available to members for check out.
PICNIC AND CHRISTMAS PARTY: We have a picnic usually in September at one of our member’s house. We also meet for a Christmas party. We often have a gift exchange.
SHOW AND SALE: We have an annual show and sale with many vendors, thousands of plants and hundreds of visitors. This takes place sometime in Spring (check our webpage or newsletter for latest details) and it takes place on a Saturday and Sunday. The show is at the Will Rogers Exhibition Center. Our next show is in on June 16 and 17th, 2018
FIELD TRIPS: We periodically take field trips to various local areas.
GARDEN TOURS: We try to schedule garden tours of member’s gardens/greenhouses. We try to schedule these for different weekends in the Spring and Fall.
President Rosario Douglas
Vice-President Roberta Rowland
Secretary Robert Millison
Treasurer Mark Dittmar
Librarian Matt Baginsky
CSSA Affiliate Joyce Hochtritt
Newsletter editor/Webpage and Facebook Rosario Douglas