By Janet Serra

Posted: 03/08/2017 16:31:10

Calling all lovers of cactus and succulents to the largest show of its kind on the East coast, the 34 annual Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale on April 1 and 2 in Waterbury at the Naugatuck Valley Community College located on 750 Chase Parkway.  Best of all the admission to this event that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2 is free - an added bonus is that the first 50 families to attend this event each day will be given a free plant!

There will be a huge and diverse selection of cacti and succulents for sale as well as a large selection of rare and hard to find books on cacti and succulents.  There will be a good selection of cacti that are hardy and good for growing outdoors in Connecticut as well as hand made garden pottery and hypertufa. To round out the fun, there will be a rare and specimen plant auction each day. 

There is also an educational aspect to this event that hosts a series of lectures on each day. On Saturday, starting at 11:30 a.m. there will be a talk on the ABCs of growing cacti; this lecture will be followed by an auction at 12:30 pm. In the afternoon, there will be another auction at 2:30 pm that is followed by the final lecture of the day at 3:30 called Growing Succulents under the light.

On Sunday, the lecture series begins at 11:30 am with a talk on Living Stones that is followed by an auction at 12:30 pm. In the afternoon there will be a lecture at 1:30 pm on succulent bromeliads  that is followed by the final lecture of the show at 2:30 pm on cold frame cacti - really!

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