We usually meet at 10.30 am on the third Sunday of each month, in the Weston Creek Community Centre, 12 Whitney Place, Weston, ACT. Enter from the courtyard between Coolemon Court and the Weston Creek Community Centre. (Google maps link.)
Visitors are always welcome at Weston Creek meetings. If you wish, email us beforehand for details.
Meetings include talks and demonstrations. Members share their knowledge, ideas and experience of growing cacti and succulents in the Canberra climate. Refreshments are provided and members may borrow books and journals from the library. Books, plants and pots are often available for sale at meetings. We have lucky door prizes, and show-and-tell.
Miniature Succulent Garden Competition
This competition is a chance to show off your favourite potted succulent or cactus - or even pot. Many members show decorated pots, some with miniature garden tools. One even had a miniature cactus magazine.
This link will take you to the photo album for 2016.
- This is a friendly, informal, open competition for fun.
- Judging will be based mostly on aesthetics and creativity (ie what looks good to the judges on the day; and of course judge's decisions are final).
- Plants in the garden need to have succulent qualities although non-succulent plants can be included for effect.
- Containers (pots, bowls) for the garden need to be easily transportable to the Weston Creek Community Centre. (ie not too heavy nor too large).
- Containers (pots, bowls) for the garden can be of any material (plastic, terracotta, metal etc).
- Plants need to be established in their containers, be free of pests and diseases, and not be watered for 48 hours prior to judging.
- Members can enter as many gardens as they wish.
- A short description needs to be written by the grower about their garden talking about their inspiration, types of plants used, anything special about the garden etc.
- See rule one.
Activities members enjoy include visits to collections of local members, interstate societies and public cactus and succulent gardens and nurseries. Over the years we have participated in community days at Civic and Floriade and other venues around Canberra, offering cactus and succulent plants for sale and giving cultural advice.
In 2011, the ACT society hosted a Get-Together conference, which was attended by members of Cactus and Succulent Societies over Australia. The Get-Together included presentations, plant sales and tours of Canberra gardens. Proceedings of the event were compiled and provide a record for participants and others interested in it.
Members of the society continually look for plants which grow well in this region. Here are links to short lists of Cacti and Succulents which are recommended for Canberra, but there are many others. We plan to supplement these lists with samples of photos of plants grown by members.
The society held a photo competition for it members in 2013 and ran another photo competition in 2015.
Entries covered a range of pictures of single and group cacti and succulent plants in habitat or cultivation, as well as creative photos and of people with cacti and other succulents. All these entries help build up our local photo library, and are a valuable resource for us. A special thanks to Frank for organising this event, and to others who helped him.
Soil Mixing Day
Once a year, we order a cubic metre of sand and another of good quality potting mix, and, using two cement mixers, we create wonderful growing media. Our expert mixers 'tune' the mix to match the type of plants we grow. Succulents can use one mix, and cacti the other. All this for very little money and with a lot of joy.