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  Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Sonoran XIII Conference

Friday April 24, and Saturday April 25, 2020
Great Expectations for an Excellent Educational Weekend!

The Sonoran Conference will be held at Hotel Tucson 475 N Granada Avenue, Tucson, 85701 (map).

Friday April 24, 2020:

Plant Sale for TCSS members and Sonoran Conference attendees only, from 5 - 7pm in the parking lot of Hotel Tucson. Each sale will have a 15% discount applied at the register.
NO TCSS Rescue Plants will be available during this sale.

Saturday April 25, 2020:

There will be speakers, workshops, vendor sales, TCSS cactus rescue plant sales, silent auction, an excellent lunch, dinner and drinks (cash bar at 6.30pm on Saturday)!

Plant sales start at 8am. Rescue plant sale numbers (first come first serve) available at 7am. All plant sales including TCSS cactus rescue plant sales will be open to the public on Saturday April 25, 2020! TCSS members receive a 10% discount on all plant sales (make sure you bring your TCSS membership card with you!).

Sonoran XIII Event Schedule

Sonoran XIII flier

Sonoran XIII Sales Flier

For registration use this page.

For another view on the information for the Sonoran XIII Conference, see this page.

Volunteers Needed:

We need volunteers for numerous positions on:
Thursday April 23, 2020 between 1pm- 5pm
Friday April 24, 2020 between 8am - 5pm, and between 5pm - 7pm
Saturday April 25, 2020 between 8am - 4pm, and between 4pm - 7pm
Please contact Monica Wnuk (Secretary@tucsoncactus.org) if you would like to help.


Lunch and dinner speakers. Note, dinner is limited to 250 people, full registrants get priority. Lunch will be Mexican Buffet.
Lunch Speaker - Mark Dimmitt 11.40am - 1.40 pm
"A Travel Experience"
Mark Dimmitt's Bio
Mark Dimmitt runs The CAM Plant business
Dinner Speaker - David Yetman 7pm - 9pm
"The New and the Old about the Saguaro"
David Yetman's Bio
David Yetman is a writer and T.V. and video presenter.

The workshop leaders at the conference:
Jane Evans
"
Designing and Caring for a Succulent Planting in a Decorative Container"
Sessions: 8.20am - 9.50am and 1.50pm - 3.20pm
Jane Evans' Bio
Jane Evans co-owns the Plants for the SouthWest nursery.
Jessie Byrd
"Sharing Your Space with Stickers: Desert Home Gardens"
Sessions: 10am - 11.30am and 3.30pm - 5pm
Jessie Byrd's Bio
Jessie Byrd manages the Pima County Native Plant Nursery.

Laura Eubanks
"
Succulent Tapestries - Creating Living Art in the Garden"
Sessions: 10am - 11.30am and 1.50pm - 3.20pm
Laura Eubanks' Bio
Laura Eubanks' training videos

Scott Calhoun
"
The Designer's Cactus Garden"
Sessions: 8.20am - 9.50am and 3.30pm - 5pm
Scott Calhoun's Bio
Scott Calhoun runs the Zona Gardens business

The Silent Auction is held on Saturday April 25, 2020 from 8am to 5pm in the lobby of the Hotel.
The auction is open to everybody. Sonoran Conference members will have a bid number in their package, and anybody else can get their own bid number from the Conference Registration Desk. The Silent Auction closes at 5.30pm and any items won need to be picked up before the end of Saturday.
Some auction items will have a minimum $20 bid, but for most items the highest bidder wins.
You can donate Silent Auction items in the lobby of the Hotel from 3pm - 5pm on Friday and 8am till noon on Saturday.

Since 1996, every even numbered year, we have held a two-day event called the Sonoran Conference. It has a huge sale of plants (including some native rescued cactus), cactus and succulent books, and art and pottery. We put on the best plant show in Southern Arizona, featuring only cacti and succulents from our private member collections. We also have a great silent auction, be the last bidder on a plant and you will get a great deal.

Every odd numbered year we organize a Spring Expo Event in April.

Links to information about previous Sonoran Conferences: