2018 Spring Workshop Meeting: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618!

Pruning and dividing Cephalotus follicularis, © Brian Lipinski

Pruning and dividing Cephalotus follicularis, © Brian Lipinski

*2nd Floor Community Meeting Room: Before entering the main lobby, take the stairwell or elevator on the left, up to the 2nd floor, then make a right. There is limited parking for library patrons and staff, so we would like to encourage everyone to carpool, park on the streets, or take public transit (*Rockridge BART station is only a block away). There's also ample non-metered parking in the surrounding neighborhoods and within a pleasant stride from the library.

Spring Workshop: Prune, Propagate, and Pot Up!

Need to repot or divide your grip of Cephalotus? We'll be covering Cephalotus, Dionaea, Darlingtonia, Pinguicula, Utricularia, and more over live hands-on, rotating breakout sessions! Feel free to bring along your own plant if you'd like to make more plants from it, or just need help moving it into a bigger pot. This is your opportunity to learn, share, and get your hands dirty with experienced growers!    

We'll also discuss the upcoming ICPS Conference, BACPS 501(c)3 status, old and new business, and as always, we encourage members to bring their favorite carnivore for conversation, and any extra plants, cuttings, gemmae, or seeds to donate for our fundraising raffle. We're looking forward to seeing you all again!

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Once upon a time...

The Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society (BACPS) started out back in 1988 as an informal get-together between friends and enthusiasts of carnivorous plants. Chuck Powell II, Peter D'Amato, Joe Mazrimas and Judith Finn held meetings in their homes, California Carnivores, and at UC Botanical Garden. By 1992, Wayland Lee created the first BACPS logo, Geoff Wong drafted the first newsletter, BACPS held it's first formal meeting, the first by-laws were created, and a schedule was established to hold four seasonal meetings annually.

Later that same year and with 60 members in attendance, the board was created and Carl Wong was elected the first President, with Chuck Powell as Vice-President, Larry Logoteta as Secretary, and Joe Mazrimas as Treasurer. And in 1998, Peter D'Amato wrote the quintessential carnivorous plant grower's guide, The Savage Garden, which to this day, inspires the many luminaries who have and will eventually cultivate, research, explore, and document some of the most fascinating members of the plant kingdom.

Today, BACPS continues to grow, host the largest annual public carnivorous plant show and sale, and promote and sponsor conservation, cultivation, and science programs dedicated to carnivorous plants. Along with our dedicated membership, BACPS is presided over by our current Board of Officers: Brian Lipinski (President), Rebecca Robinson (Secretary), and Pablo Ramudo (Treasurer). Come join us at our friendly monthly meetings, programs, and workshops - free and open to the public of all ages. Bring your enthusiasm and come away inspired, informed, and maybe with some killer plants in tow!

Many very significant members, not mentioned here, have made this a very successful organization. We hope more members will step in to invigorate our meetings by displaying their plants and bringing in new ideas.
— Judith Finn, BACPS Winter Meeting, January 2012




1. the state of being a member, as of a society or club, e.g., i.e., The Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society is a membership organization.

Although our meetings are open to the public, membership has many benefits including access to the club sales table and discounted hobby-growers tables at the annual Carnivorous Plant Show & Sale. Membership allows you to vote during elections and have access to any of the rich literature (yes, REAL books) in our library. Standing membership dues are $12 annually, prorated from January and payable at any of the monthly meetings. If you just want to sign up for our newsletters, that's free, just subscribe below! 


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