The SCSS Annual Show and Sale takes place the first weekend in May at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center. It features both an exhibition of members' most prized specimens as well as a plant sale with an impressive selection of succulents.

The 2018 Show and Sale will take place on May 5 and 6, 2018.


Saturday, May 5:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (plant sale)
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (exhibition)

Sunday, May 6:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (plant sale and exhibition)


Shepard Garden and Arts Center
3330 McKinley Blvd. 
Sacramento, CA 95816

Map and directions

  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • Plant Seminars
  • FREE plant each day to the 1st 50 guests!

Questions? Please email

Click here to download the official flyer for the 2018 Show.


2017 Show

For more about the 2017 Show, please click here.


Mini Shows

In addition, Mini Shows are held at each meeting (except in September and December) for members to compete and show off their plants. The goal is to encourage members to have pride in their plants and to give them confidence to show their plants at the Annual Show. Here are the rules:

  • Mini Show entries are limited to members only.
  • Come as early as possible and put your plants out ASAP. Entries will be accommodated as late as the end of meeting announcements but not after the presentation begins.
  • Enter a maximum one cactus and one succulent per category per member. Plants must be shown as a single specimen per pot unless the category specifies otherwise. Members will receive one free drawing ticket for each plant entered. Be sure to collect your tickets from the drawing coordinator before the drawing.
  • Fill out one entry form per plant. Print the name of genus, species and variety if available as legibly as possible. Fold the form above the signature line and print your name at the Name space. Joel will announce any blank or incomplete forms as soon as they are found. Place only a corner of the form under the plant and put a bean cup near your plant.
  • Members vote for a plant in each category by putting a bean in the appropriate cup.
  • The close of voting will be announced before the presentation.
  • Mini Show winners for that month will be announced for each of the categories prior to the end of the meeting based on the total number of beans each plant receives. The scoring is as follows: First, second, third place and honorable mention earn 4 points, 3 points, 2 points and 1 point each respectively. Each month, the first place winner in each category will be presented with a $10 gift certificate to a local nursery.
  • Monthly Mini Show points also are also accumulated throughout the year to determine the Mini Show Winner of the Year awarded to the member with the highest point total overall. The Mini Show Winner of the Year will be announced at the end of the calendar year. The winner’s name will be engraved on the SCSS Mini Show plaque and presented at a meeting the following year. The winner will retain the plaque for one year after which it will be used to recognize the winner the following year.

The 2018 Mini Show themes are as follows:

2018 Mini Show Themes






Any crested or monstrose cactus






Rhipsalis/Mexican Rat Tail


Any non-standard planting
or pot-plant pairing *
Any non-standard planting
or pot-plant pairing *




Anacampseros/Avonia Rebutia/Sulcorebutia


Agave/×Mangave Epiphyllum


Bromeliad Globular cacti


Sedum Zygocactus



  • A Non-Standard planting would be an unusual ceramic, container or art object used for a planter such as a coffee pot, an aquarium or landscaping item, hollow figurine, knickknack, or art object used as a pot.
  • A pot-plant pairing would be matching the specific texture or coloring of the pot to the plant.
  • Any month lacking a speaker, we can substitute the Non-Standard plantings/pottings or the scheduled Mini Show categories for that month for a show and tell to fill about an hour.


For more information, please email SCSS.