40th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium

The Huntington presents the 40th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium with notable speakers from around the world, diverse topics, a silent auction, and succulent plants for sale. 


8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 a.m.

Nicole Cavender
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

9:15 a.m.

“Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Cacti: Challenges and Opportunities”
Michiel Pillet
University of Arizona

10 a.m.

Break and Silent Auction Opens

10:15 a.m.

“Iconic Plants of the Ruth Bancroft Garden”
Brian Kemble
Ruth Bancroft Garden

11 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

“Conservation of Agave Using Micropropagation”
María de Lourdes Delgado-Aceves
Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Technología y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco (CIATEJ), Mexico


Lunch, Haaga Hall, and Desert Garden Opens

1:30 p.m.

Tributes and Desert Garden Update
John Trager
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

1:45 p.m.

“On Global Conservation of Succulent Plants”
Bárbara Goettsch
IUCN Species Survival Commission, Cactus and Succulent Plants Specialist Group, Cuernavaca, México

2:30 p.m.

Break and Auction Closes (Last chance to place bids!)

2:45 p.m.

“A Succulent Life”
John Bleck
University of California, Santa Barbara

4 p.m.

Refreshments and Plant Sale in the Nursery (Open to symposium registrants only.)

For questions about this event, please contact Heather Allison at hallison@huntington.org or 626-405-3504.