Cactus and Succulent Society of America
2015 Biennial Convention
June 14-19, 2015

Pitzer College
Claremont, California

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Welcome to the 36th biennial Convention of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America.  The opening reception and get together will be Sunday, June 14 2015 at 5:00 PM.  Convention proper begins on Monday morning June 15 and continues through the Closing Banquet on Friday June 19.

The society is happy to return to the Los Angeles basin for the first time since 2001.  The Gates and San Gabriel Valley Cactus & Succulent Societies are your hosts for this Convention.  The more than 300 members of the combined societies are anxious to welcome members of the CSSA from all over the world.


Pitzer sign on the “Pellisier Mounds”

Your hosts are making an effort to make this convention more affordable.  We are hosting it at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. 

Pitzer is one of the Claremont Colleges group that consistently produce some most successful graduates in our country.  In addition, the director of the Arboretum at Pitzer is our own Joe Clements.

Joe has completely revamped the decorative plantings at Pitzer and today the grounds are a true succulent wonderland. 

“Grove House” A 100+year old craftsman style house
for Coffee and sandwiches.
Revered by Pitzer students as a “hangout” and place to meet

Conceptual  view of the of the Phase II dorm project
We will stay in the dorms at Pitzer.  The brand new West Hall will be our home.  Rooms are double, with two twin beds.  Two double rooms share one bath.  The cost is $70 per night per double room. 

You are able to book one ($35.00) or two beds ($70.00) in one room as you please.  Daily rates of $45/$90 are also available. With your permission, we will pair you up with another attendee, or you can make arrangements. You may also stay in a single occupancy room. <Registration>

You must let us know when you are making your booking, if you wish to share with a specific person.  We are also able to book two rooms together for specified people, if you let us know.

West Hall today. View looking north
toward Mt. San Antonio (Mt Baldy)

Food in Pitzer is excellent.  Those of you who’ve had children at private universities recently, know that the food service has changed since we were there. 

The price of the food is the best part.  We have a package that includes breakfast and lunch for all 5 days of Convention for $119.90 total.

We suggest that every attendee exercise this tremendous deal.  We will not be serving sweet rolls prior to any of the morning meetings.


Now for the good parts:

  • Fabulous plant sale for all the days of the Convention!
  • Fabulous speakers from all over the world!
    Wonderful Tours on Tour Day!
  • Fantastic Plant Auction!
  • Opening banquet at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
  • Terrific Bookseller, Chuck Everson!
  • Guided tours of the grounds at Pitzer!

Benson Auditorium – Seats 300
Looking South:  Both East and West Hall
dorms are shown
Center  courtyard between the two dorms

Entrance area – West Hall

A Typical dorm room. Shown is a shared bathroom
between two rooms. Singles are also available

Kitchen area – Each level of the dorms has a kitche
to be shared with other convention goers
Conference and small meeting room – West Hall

Meeting places – Places just to talk and relax

Computer rooms – WiFi is available throughout the campus

Avery Hall and Benson Auditorium  –  Note plantings

A short walk from Avery Hall to
McConnell Hall (Sales and the cafeteria)

McConnell Hall

Living Wall West Hall
Not your mama’s roof-top garden

Aloe camperi, Opuntia basilaris,
Aloe superfoliata, Aeonium ‘Sunburst’,
Agave horrida, Yucca rostrata,
Echeveria Hybrid, Brachychiton rupestris

Adenium obesum, Uncarina grandidieri

Walkway along McConnell Hall east side. Golden Barrel
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