West Coast Cactus + Succulent Scene

Gary Duke – The Duke of Long Beach

Copiapoa cineras in Chile

My mother bought me a plant gift package, which my father helped me pot in a planter. I did not get really interested until I was a sophomore in high school and I needed a show and tell topic. My dad suggested cacti.

Adam Baker – Baker Succs

I remember the first time I saw an Astrophytum asterias cv. Super Kabuto and I had to look it up. I thought the patterns were painted on. That is how foreign and perfect they looked to me!

Cole James – Cole James Ceramics

As humans we perceive natural phenomena as taking ages, yet in the eyes of the earth the growth, erosion, decay and destruction it performs on itself is just the blink of an eye.

Nelson Hernandez – LB Cactus Club

I started to notice plants, specifically cacti and the Trichocereus genus via the Chavin de Huantar cultural site in Peru. I went down the rabbit hole and consumed all the information I could find about these plants.

Edgar Vargas – Your Cacti Succs

I hope I can continue to grow my inventory of unique and hard to find plants. My goal is to be one of the biggest Southern California growers of these rare and exotic plants.