Both the Ballarat's Cactus and Succulent Society and the Australian Cactus and Succulent Society, based in Melbourne, are hosting displays and sales of plants at very reasonable prices to the public. Many are rarely available, even at specialist nurseries.
Cuttings, or "pups," as they are more correctly known, will be available, mostly very cheaply that allow enthusiasts to grow on and nurture their pup into specimens of the dimensions on exhibition at both shows.
Whilst both groups have been madly working to set up their displays and seller stalls and reach as many plant enthusiasts and admirers as possible, it is unfortunate that, for the first time ever, these two events clash. This limits opportunities for members of both clubs to partcipate in the other's event, particularly when both clubs usually do their utmost to sustain and support the other's endeavours!
The public are much luckier, being able to take advantage of both days to embrace and participate in a full weekend seeing of some of the very best of these plants, and meeting their growers in person.
Ballarat's event is on from 9.30 am until late afternoon, in the Robert Clarke Centre, at Ballarat's Botanical Gardens.
The Australian Society's annual display, sale and show is on at the Mount Waverly Community Centre in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
Nothing beats learning from the experience and witnessing the knowledge, passion and dedication of cactus and succulent growers, for those who are just beginning, or developing their own collections of these unique plants!
It is equally a great opportunity to learn about the advantages of belonging to your nearest Cactus and Succulent club, if you too enjoy these wonderful quirky and often colourful plants, so well adapted to Australia's testing regional climatic conditions.