Spring 2019 Newsletter
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April 2019 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events!
June 8 Show & Sale
May 18 Social  

Minutes from Spring 2019 meeting


Upcoming Events!

  • Saturday, April 27, 10-2pm - Bug Day at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF 94114
  • Saturday, May 18 Social, 2-4pm - Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. 1st St., SJ
  • Saturday, June 8, 12-4pm - BACPS Show and Sale at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland 94610
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16 - Sacramento Show & Sale at Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, 95816

Date:  Saturday, June 8 
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
Program: Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society Annual Show and Sale

Join us for the Annual BACPS Show and Sale! 

We need volunteers!
Volunteers get to be in the center of the action and have a great time!  Go to the
 Volunteers Spreadsheet  and see what times and activities are available. Then Contact Us with activity, times and dates you want to enter. There is a delay in updating the spreadsheet so put in alternate times and days.
Examples of activities we need help with:
Public Greeting Table
Club Sales Table
Security For Display Area
Plant Hotel
Show Plant Registration 
Show Setup
Show Breakdown

Enter your plants!
The show is open to anyone wishing to Display or Sell plants. We encourage all participants to display as many specimens as possible. Prizes include ribbons and gift certificates to California Carnivores.

Entering your plants: Plants must be entered between 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM on Saturday, June 8th.  All registrants must fill out a plant registration form for each plant. All show entries are to remain on display until Saturday at 4:00 p.m. 
Show categories: Venus Flytrap, Sundew, Butterwort, American Pitcher, Asian Pitcher, Other pitcher, Aquatic, Arrangement, Art Work, and Vendor

If you are a new CP enthusiast and this is your first show, you are eligible for a Rookie Award. On the third line of your entry form, print "Rookie." In addition to being eligible for the Rookie Award your entry will be eligible for all other awards and will be judged with the other entries.

Judging criteria: The following criteria, as applicable, will be applied to plants entered in BACPS judged competitions.
Horticultural excellence will be the primary factor in making awards. Entries that are comparably well-grown will be differentiated by quality of presentation.
Difficulty of cultivation will be considered in evaluating horticultural excellence. Rarity by itself is not a consideration.
Horticultural Excellence (70 points)
-Vigor: Maturity, size, form, color
-Health: no diseases or pests; no blemishes from disease, pests, sunburn, etc.
-Attention to details: balance and symmetry, training, spacing, condition of companion plants
Presentation (30 points)
-Overall appearance: aesthetically appealing, eye catching
-Grooming: dead leaves & flowers trimmed, weeds removed, pot clean
-Attention to details: container complementary to plant, unobtrusively staked, top dressed if needed.

Vendor Information
Vendor registration and setup is from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM on Saturday. Anyone wishing to sell plants is required to register in advance. Only a few tables are left. Vendors must contact Gina Morimoto (BACPS Vice President) via email at by April 28. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Include the number of tables desired and indicate whether you are a Pro, Hobby Vendor, or BACPS Member Hobby Vendor. Payment for tables is due by May 15, 2019.  After May 15, an additional fee of $25 will be  charged. Payment can be made via check or PayPal. Payment instructions will be sent when reservation is confirmed. 

Club Sales Table
There will be a club sales table for hobbyists with a few plants to sell.  Plants are to be priced by owner with price tags that identify the owner. Initials are okay, but we need to make sure the sales are credited to the correct person. The club will keep 20% of the sales.
May 18 Social, 2-4pm
Forager Tasting Room & Eatery

420 S 1st Street, SJ 95172

Are you interested in attending a social gathering to meet other enthusiasts and discuss plants? Please join us at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery in San Jose for a casual afternoon of conversation and friends.

BACPS Spring Meeting Minutes

Recorded by Gina Morimoto

Approximately 60 people attended the BACPS Spring 2019 meeting, which was held at the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley. The quorum was met, so the General Election proceeded. Before proceeding with voting, a call for nominations for any of the officer positions was made. No nominations were put forth, including for the vacant Secretary position. The candidates running for Officers included:

Board Officers 2019
President: Pablo Ramudo
Vice President: Gina Morimoto
Secretary: vacant
Treasurer: Arthur Yin

The election was conducted by asking for unanimous approval of qualified members to state by voice if all candidates running for office should be elected. No members objected. All candidates were elected unanimously.

Gina Morimoto thanked the UC Botanical Garden for hosting us. The annual show and sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at the Lakeside Park Garden Center at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Gina is coordinating the show and sale and asked for volunteers.

Ron Nies announced the Sacramento Carnivorous Plant Society is having their show on June 15-16 from 10am - 4pm, at the Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Pablo Ramudo demonstrated how to take Nepenthes cuttings. Ray Reinhard volunteered his Nepenthes for Pablo to take cuttings.

Stephen Davis demonstrated how to divide Sarracenia.

Towards the end of the meeting, Cara Ching agreed to be the new secretary. By the end of the meeting, the BACPS had a new Board. The final 2019 Officers are as follows:

President - Pablo Ramudo
Vice President - Gina Morimoto
Treasurer - Arthur Yin
Secretary - Cara Ching

Many thanks to the UC Botanical Garden for hosting our meeting!

Librarian's Corner

Hello everyone,

The current BACPS library catalog consists of the following:
  • The Savage Garden by Peter D'Amato 1998
  • The Savage Garden (2nd edition)
  • Carnivorous Plants by Adrian Slack
  • Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada (1st edition) by Donald Schnell
  • Growing Carnivorous Plants Barry A. Rice 2006
  • New Nepenthes Vol. 1
  • Plant Life on Gunung Kinabalu P. F. Cockburn and Yap Pak Hau 1977
  • Report on the Status of Gulf Coast Carnivorous Plant Populations James M. Miller
  • Bulletin of the Australian Carnivorus Plant Society, Inc. journals (March 1995 to December 1999)
  • Many back issues of the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter starting in 1972

The BACPS library is looking for more books! If you are looking to free up some shelf space why not share your gently used books with your fellow club members.

If you would like to borrow any of these books or if you are looking for a specific volume of the CPN send your requests to BACPS Librarian.

Happy reading!
BACPS Librarian

Membership Dues

According to the bylaws the dues are $12 per calendar year, prorated at $1 per month. The next opportunity for becoming a member in good standing will be at the May Social, at which time the dues will be $7. As a reminder only members in good standing have the ability to vote, access to the library, or access to the club sales table or discounted hobby grower tables at the Show and Sale. If you have questions about your membership dues, please see our BACPS Treasurer at the next meeting.

Call for Submissions to the ICPS Newsletter!


The ICPS is seeking submissions to the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. If you're interested in sharing pieces of writing, images or artwork, contact Bob Ziemer. Also make sure to read the following submission guidelines on the ICPS website. This is a great opportunity to have your favorite carnivorous plant work globally published!


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