Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society hosts 45th annual sale
Find your favorite succulents at the sale this weekend.
Courtesy Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society
Interest in cacti and succulents has never been bigger. Bringing together top specialty nursery experts, this huge sale is dedicated to just those plants.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, the Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society will host its 45thannual sale featuring thousands of plants in hundreds of hard-to-find varieties.
Rooms of the Carmichael Park Clubhouse will be packed with plants as vendors from throughout California offer their stock. Also, find a wide assortment of handmade pottery designed especially for these low-water plants. Several members will offer cacti and succulents they’ve propagated from their own collections.
In addition to the sale, a show of members’ prized specimen plants will be on display. Expect to see some spectacular cactus flowers.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 am. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Early birds get a souvenir; the first 100 visitors each day receive a free plant.
Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Bring a box (or boxes) to carry home your purchases.
Admission and parking are free. Carmichael Park Clubhouse is located at 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael.
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