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The Cactus and Succulent Society of New South Wales Inc is one of Australia's oldest, largest and most dynamic cactus and succulent societies. We have a diverse membership throughout Australia and from overseas, with members of all ages coming from all walks of life to share the immense pleasure and sense of achievement that comes from propagating and growing these fascinating plants, including some of the most unusual and rarest plants in the world.

Cacti and succulents have had a long fascination for many people because of their striking beauty and their ability to survive in the harshest conditions (which make many of them especially suitable for growing in most regions of Australia, whether grown in greenhouses or in outdoor gardens).

If you have an interest in learning more about the wonders of cacti and succulents, why not join us; membership is open to all (with special reduced rates for younger members under the age of 18 years and who are full-time students). Membership carries with it many benefits, including:

    • the Society's journal, which is published quarterly and is illustrated in full colour;

    • assistance with problems in propagating and growing your plants; we have many experienced growers who are more than happy to share their experiences and provide tips on local conditions;

    • information on soil mixes, potting techniques and watering regimes;

    • guidance in correctly naming your plants;

    • information on sources of plants and seeds;

    • two shows each year (one in Autumn and the other in Spring) at which there are not only many magnificant competition plants and some wonderful plants in the non-competitive display, but there are several members selling a wide variety of cacti and succulents and specialists books. The Society also sells pots and labels at these events.

    • monthly meetings (except for January), which typically include a presentation on a topic of interest to members. Plant and specialist book sales and the sale of pots and labels are also available at these meetings. A light supper is also served.

    • a Library, from which financial members may borrow books, journals and other material of interest. For members who are unable to attend meetings to acces the Library, our Librarian has available, for loan, digital copies of various books and journals on DVD that can be posted to members. Our Librarian's contact details are available here.

    • periodic visits to members' collections and other places of interest,

but most of all, you will be warmly welcomed into a group of like-minded enthusiasts who share your passion and who will be more than happy to share their expertise with you. If you would like to become a member, postal or on-line applications may be made; click on the Membership tab in the sidebar on the left side of this page or here.

Similar societies and clubs exist in most capital cities of Australia and in some regional areas, which may be more convenient to you. Details of these clubs are available by clicking on the Other Australian C & S Clubs and Societies tab in the sidebar on the left side of this page or here.

Further information on Our History, Our Management Committee, Membership, Our Journal, Our Meetings, Our Shows, Our Visits, Conventions and Get- Together's and OtherAustralian C & S Clubs and Societies is available by clicking on the relevant tab on the sidebar on the left of this page.