All about succulents: Expert to share worldwide varieties with garden club


Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club's October meeting will focus on "Succulent Tidbits from Around the World."

Guest speaker Peter Beiersdorfer will introduce plants from far-off places, including the Rhine Valley of Germany, the Swiss Alps, the Cape Floral Region of South Africa, the highest mountain of Spain, the badlands of Argentina, and islands off the coast of North Carolina. Each region has its own specialty, such as aeonium forests, sea of flowering bulbs, creepy cacti, wildflower meadows, the world's largest quiver tree forest.

Beiersdorfer has been specializing in and growing succulents for more than 25 years. When he takes a break from his physicist duties, he travels the world to explore succulents. He also contributes to the shows and sales of five cactus and succulents clubs in northern California, as well as to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America's annual show at the Huntington Gardens. He will bring some of his plants for sale.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 11) in the multipurpose room at Alisal School, 1454 Santa Rita Road. Visitors are welcome.

For information about the club and its activities, visit

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