February Speaker - Belize—'You Won’t Belize It’ by Linda HolubLinda’s interest in cacti and succulents began thirty years ago. In Linda’s words, “I killed them with kindness and over watering”. When Linda moved to California in 1988 her interest was renewed. Her interest continued to grow, and when she joined the LACSS (Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society) in 2011 she was hooked. Through trial, error, and meeting like-minded people Linda’s knowledge grew, and today she has over 600 different species of cacti and succulents in her collection. In 2015 Linda and four members of the LACSS saw a need for a club in Ventura County and formed the Conejo Cactus & Succulent Society. The club has grown to over one hundred and thirty members, and is one of the fastest growing (if not the fastest growing) clubs in the U.S. Linda and her husband went on a six-day vacation to Belize. They found that the resort where they were staying had the largest botanical garden in Belize. Linda learned that the garden was the pet project of Ella, the wife of the resorts owner. Before meeting Ella, Linda had the opportunity to explore the garden on her own; but after she introduced herself to Ella as the president of the CCSS, Ella arranged for a private tour conducted by David, the gardens curator.
Linda will be talking about and showing pictures of many of the extraordinary succulents and plants native to Belize. The presentation will also feature pictures of native wildlife, Mayan ruins, and cave formations.