April Program
Gardening with Succulents in
Northern California
Presented by Ernesto Sandoval

Ernesto Sandoval Many succulents are fine candidates for our outdoor gardens here in Northern California. Ernesto will show you that there are many kinds of cacti, aloes, and other succulents that are appropriate for release into our gardens beyond being grown in containers. After growing all sorts of succulents in his home garden, also at the University, and observing successful succulent culture in other peoples gardens in Northern California for over 20 years he'd like us to liberate more of our succulents from the challenging life of containers and free them to grow better and faster in the ground.

Ernesto Sandoval grew up pushing lawn mowers in the San Fernando Valley of the City of Angels for his father's gardening business. Leaving the fast paced life of the "mow, blow, and go" style of gardening in LA for the slightly slower life of College at Northern California's UC Davis in 1990 he soon discovered the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. The world beyond manicured lawns grew before his eyes, especially the world of succulents. After making himself indispensable by volunteering to learn how to do all of the duties involved in maintaining a mostly potted plant collection in a greenhouse he was hired as the Curator in 1996 upon graduating with a B.S. in Botany. Wanting to represent his botanical and horticultural training he set out convert his rental to a small arboretum with a specialization in drought tolerant plants, especially succulents. He hopes to proselytize to us to see that succulents are just swollen perennials of all sorts of sizes just like the "flimsy and leafy" perennials that most of us know and many are completely suitable for our gardens. At the very least he hopes to edu-tain us his visually pleasing selection of plant pictures.

Let's give Ernesto a warm welcome back to Fresno!

Ernesto Sandoval
UC Davis Botanical Conservatory

Plants: Ernesto will have plants available for purchase.

DINNER: The Thai House
1069 East Shaw, Fresno, CA | Phone: 559.221.7245
Contact Rosanna Rojas by April 2, to make reservations.
Phone 559.999.0017. Email: rfrojas96@gmail.com
Members are invited to attend. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.


Spring into your Garden
Clovis Botanical Garden
9 am to 2 pm


No April board meeting

Club Meeting Presentation
Gardening with Succulents
in Northern California
Presented by Ernesto Sandoval
5340 North Fresno Street, Fresno
Meeting starts at 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Dinner: The Thai House 5 p.m.

The Club's Annual Home Tour
Members may bring friends and family. Three gardens plus a presentation on growing succulent plants in the ground. Tour begins at 10 am at first garden.

Club Workshop
3733 N. Sierra Vista
Fresno, CA 93726
Subject: Monstrose Plants
Workshop starts at 6 p.m.

Spring Garden Tour
Fresno County Master Gardeners

June 7th and 8th
Fresno Cactus & Succulent
Society Show and Sale
Sierra Vista Mall
SE corner of Shaw & Clovis Aves
Hours: Sat: 10-6 Sun: 12-4
For more info: Flyer