Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society

IN-PERSON MEETING: THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2023, 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Redeemer Lutheran Church - Multi-Purpose Room
Address: 1084 West Bullard Avenue, Fresno CA 93711 | Map & Directions |

ZOOM MEETING: ID: 810 0661 4904
Passcode: 140802

Presented by Steven Frieze

My wife and I decided to visit Chile after we were exposed to the marvels of this country in a presentation made by Paul Klaassen. Paul has visited this country many times, previously and subsequent to our trip.

This excursion left an indelible impression on us. We had the extraordinary opportunity to spend almost a month in Chile traveling from Santiago to Taltal, a mining town in the heart of the Atacama Desert.

Along the way we located and photographed many of the cacti that are endemic to Chile. We were especially gratified to explore such a large portion of the country and find such a wide variety of Copiapoas and Eriosyces. This fact made out adventure even more rewarding.

A rather trying hike into the San Ramon and Botija valleys provided us with an enriching experience that we will never forget. We also took an assortment of side trips that included a visit to an island that is inhabited by penguins and sea lions.

We look forward to sharing our odyssey with you that included a stay in a mansion that is owned by one of the wealthiest men in Chile.

Steve Frieze is a past president of the LACSS and has served the club in numerous other capacities during the past 30 years since he initiated his membership. He is a retired university administrator and is currently teaching psychology courses at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Steven is currently involved in another plant venture having started Distinctive Flora with his wife Phyllis. The Friezes have traveled to numerous locations throughout the world that house exotic plants including Costa Rica, Chile, East Africa, South Africa, Namibia, Brazil, and Oaxaca Mexico.

Steve will be bringing plants for sale.

Chilean Cacti