Program: Since many of us have been unable to attend C&S meetings and shows and sales, perhaps this is a good time to focus on improving and re-vitalizing our C&S collections.
"Staging: Bringing Out the Best in Your Plants" will present tools, tips, and techniques to sharpen your plant presentation skills. Topics include staging rules and guiding principles, container selection, top dressings and staging rocks, and plant care and maintenance. Many examples will be presented.
Short Bio: Karen Ostler has been growing cactus since she acquired her first “real” cactus, a Gymnocalycium friedrichii, now G. stenopleurum, in 1979. Originally Karen was living and growing both cacti and succulents in the San Fernando Valley CA, but since moving to the high desert, she concentrates on growing cacti, focusing on Ariocarpus and related genera, Mammillarias, North and South American Opuntias, and Gymnocalyciums.As well as being Show Chair for the Sunset Succulent Society for 15 years, Karen has been actively involved in both the CSSA and Intercity Shows. She is a long-time member of the Los Angeles, San Gabriel, Central Coast, and Sunset Societies, as well as the new Conejo C&S Society. She has given numerous talks on staging cacti and succulents and related topics.
Karen currently serves as chairperson of the CSSA Judges Adjudication Committee.