Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 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 |

Presented by Gary Duke

Gary Duke

Gary Duke is an incumbent on the Board of Directors to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He currently assists with auditing the CSSA finances each year and also is a member of the Honors Committee. He has been collecting cacti and succulents for over 50 years. He’s an avid collector of cacti and also collects Tylecodons and Dudleyas.

He is a retired Air Force Officer with a doctorate degree in physics. During his military career, he moved his original and ever expanding collection of less than about 30 plants from Illinois, where he grew up, to Omaha, NE, Dayton, OH (where he started their first Cactus and Succulent Society, which is now defunct), San Pedro, CA, Montgomery, AL and Albuquerque, NM where he had been show chairman. He has also been President of the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society and the Long Beach Cactus Society.

Following his military career, he worked as a program manager for Boeing for 16 years. He has over 1000 different species in his private collection and enjoys propagating them. He frequently gives slide presentations throughout southern California, including being invited to speak at the Huntington Botanical Gardens and at the Denver Cactus and Succulent Society. He has traveled to Aruba, Peru, Baja Mexico, and Bolivia twice and just recently returned from Argentina and Chile to see cacti and succulents in habitat.

Dinner with the Speaker

This month we will be going to DiCicco's, located at 7038 North West Avenue. Dinner will start at 5 p.m. and each person covers their own expenses. Please call Rosanna (559) 999-0017 to make a reservation. Deadline for reservation is Wednesday, March 1st.