Last weekend the Oregon Cactus & Succulent Society had a show and sale at Portland Nursery on Division, this event most certainly required a visit. Of course on some crazy fantasy level I hoped it might be a small scale version of the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society Plant Show and Sale (which I heard about first reading Debra Baldwin’s books and again last week on A Growing Obsession) with its fabulous plant and container pairing competitions. Or maybe like San Francisco Succulent & Cactus Society's & The Bromeliad Society's of San Francisco Annual Show and Sale that Kelly of Floradora took us to last week? But it was not to be, this is Portland, Oregon after all. Our show and sale took place in a parking lot, under a tent, in the rain. Was I disappointed? No. I finally got to meet and chat with Luther Sturtevant from Kara Nursery (one of our early plant lust contributing nurseries). This man is extremely knowledgeable, if you are interested in Cacti and Succulents and you have the chance to meet and talk with Luther do it! That’s him (on the right, in the hat) and my husband Andrew (on the left) chatting at the sale. The other vendor was Deborah Elfberg, she and her husband own Northwest Cactus and Succulents in Aloha, Oregon. Here is a photo of a photo of their amazing plant filled greenhouse. Ok so on to the plants at the show… Fabulous eh? For some reason I ended up buying more than I meant to (you’re not surprised?)… I finally own a Fan Aloe (Aloe plicatilis, for only $5!) And the graceful shape of this Aloe suzannae made it a must have. When Luther called this Leuchtenbergia principis an Agave Cactus, well, it had to be mine. The light green coloring of this Agave striata 'Nana' is gorgeous! (theoretically this is a non-monocarpic agave) And how could you resist this crazy Mesembryanthemum lapidarig margarite…it looks like a collection of arrows pointing in different directions! If you’re feeling like you missed out then mark the dates July 15-17 on your calendar as that’s when a second sale will be held at Portland Nursery on Stark Street. Luther will also be presenting a program on growing “weird plants” at 1 pm, Saturday, July 9 at the Stark Street Portland Nursery location.