Cactus and Succulent Society of America


CSSM is a non-profit educational organization in Maryland devoted to encouraging the cultivation and understanding of cactus, succulents and other xerophytic plants. We also have members from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. We are an affiliate club of the  Cactus and Succulent Society of America


We meet on the third Saturday of each month at the Cylburn Arboretum in the Greenhouse Classroom, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21209. Meetings from 10.00am until noon; refreshments are provided. Come join us! We are happy to share our knowledge and experience about succulent plants.

At each meeting we will have a guest speaker, slide presentation or a special demonstration on a particular topic of interest to growers of cacti and succulents. Meeting details and an events calendar are included in the club newsletter.

The Arboretum is the gem of Baltimore City's parks, almost 200 acres crowned by a Victorian mansion, with extensive gardens and walking paths.

Directions to Cylburn Arboretum:

Cylburn Arboretum is accessible from I-83 northbound or southbound.
Exit 10B at Northern Parkway west.
At first stoplight, turn left onto Greenspring Avenue.
Continue past traffic light at the intersection of Cylburn Avenue and Greenspring Avenue.
Turn left at the Arboretum gate.
Go around the circle at the Vollmer Visitor Center building and bear right into the parking lot.
Go through the first parking lot and follow the signs to Greenhouse Classroom parking.

Meetings are normally held in the Greenhouse Classroom.
On this webpage scroll down, and click on “Download a map of the gardens (PDF)” to see the location of the Greenhouse Classroom and its parking lot.

Occasionally the meeting may be held in the Cylburn Mansion house. Some meetings may be held at an alternate site such as the Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, which has an indoor collection of cacti and succulents. Consult the CSSM newsletter to confirm the exact meeting location for each month.

Plant ID:  Do you have a plant you have been unable to identify? Let fellow club members take a stab at it (OUCH)! Mature or flowering plants are ideal, but we'll give it a try anyway. If you don't want to bring the plant to a meeting, bring clear and close up photos on a tablet, laptop, or phone.

Plant of the Month:  There is a plant genus featured at each meeting. Members bring in sample plants of that genus for show and tell, swap, trade or gift.

Library:  Our library of almost 200 publications, stored at the Arboretum, is available to members for browsing and borrowing.

Plant Sales:  If you have any surplus plants, seeds, pots, books, journals or any other plant related items you want to sell, you can bring them to the meeting. Set your own price, 25% goes to the club to buy new books and cover other club related expenses.

Information:  For more information on the club or its events, email our club President, and put CSSM in the subject. Email:

Other Events:
In addition to our monthly meetings, CSSM sponsors these events:
MayCylburn Market Day, see below
AugustCSSM Picnic. Each August we meet at a member's home for food and fun, and a tour of their plant collection
SeptemberCSSM Plant Show and Sale at Cylburn Arboretum
DecemberCSSM Holiday Party at a member's home, usually on a weekend just prior to Christmas

Market Day:

This annual event, held on a Saturday in May from 8.00am to 2.00 pm., is a major Baltimore event held jointly with other area Garden Clubs at the Cylburn Arboretum. There is also a Preview Party and Plant Sale the night before. CSSM members sell cactus and succulent plants, and provide info on succulent plant care. Our objective is to introduce attendees to the wonderful world of succulents and attract new club members.

Newsletter and Membership:

Our newsletter, "The Baltimore Areole" is published monthly via email, and contans detailed info on club events, and informative articles and photos on cacti and succulents. To obtain a sample copy via email, please contact our President at:

Annual dues are $15.00. Application and check payable to CSSM should be mailed to Pete Boudriault, 7704 Quaint Court, Bowie, MD 20720-4316, or brought to a meeting.

Officers 2016:
President:Ingrid Fritze, email:
Vice-President:Bob Petza
Treasurer:Pete Boudriault
Directors:Michelle Le Compte, Al Sullender

IN CASE OF SNOW (winter months):

In case of inclement weather and Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the Snow Emergency Plan is in effect in either Baltimore City or Baltimore County, the scheduled meeting of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Maryland will be canceled.

Cactus & Succulent FAQ:  See this page for the answers to frequently asked questions about Cacti & Succulents.



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