Celebrating Earth Day's 47th Anniversary, BACPS Spring Meeting hosts a panel dedicated to the conservation of carnivorous plants and their precious habitats.

Come join us from 12p-4p on Saturday, April 22, at the Lakeside Park Garden Center in Oakland's beautiful Lake Merritt district. Our Spring Quarterly meeting will have some great speakers, carnivorous plants, and the fabulous people behind them all. Bring a plant or two for show and tell. Bring a couple more for sale or trade.

Mike Wilder of California Carnivores will discuss his experiences maintaining Bob Hanrahan's Carnivorous Plantation, with an emphasis on the management challenges facing rapidly dwindling Sarracenia habitats. The US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA report that over 250,000 acres of Gulf Coast wetlands were lost between 2004 and 2009 alone. The primary task for Sarracenia conservation is the long term preservation and maintenance of suitable habitat.

Devon Peterson of Predatory Plants will present "Ethical Collections: Understanding the Nepenthes Supply Chain and Avoiding Poached Plants." The presentation will investigate the origins of Nepenthes currently in cultivation, red flags to look for when buying plants, and an overview of the legal and ethical issues in collecting rare plants. 

2017 BACPS Annual Show & Sale!

The greatest show on Earth happens Saturday, June 3, at the Lakeside Park Garden Center in Oakland's beautiful Lake Merritt district for our annual Carnivorous Plant Show and Sale! Admission free and open to the public, this is the club's largest hosted event of the year.

This year, we are expanding the event's programming to include how-to demos, workshops and more! All of the best carnivorous plant growers and vendors, with 100's of plants for sale! Prune, primp and pot-up your favorite beauties and enter them into the show!

Get involved by volunteering, and get a cool t-shirt. Want to help spread the word? Download the poster and share! Vendors? Educators? Trophy plants? Learn more details about the show here.




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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, Peter D'Amato, Joe Mazrimas and Judith Finn held meetings in their homes, California Carnivores, and at UC Botanical Garden. By 1992, Whalen 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 and host the largest show and sale dedicated to carnivorous plants. Along with our dedicated membership, BACPS is presided over by our current Board of Officers: Josh Brown (President), Brian Lipinski (VP), Anne Smith (Secretary), and Joe Mazrimas (Treasurer). Please feel free to drop in to our quarterly meetings held each season. 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




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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 four meetings. If you just want to sign up for our newsletters, that's free, just subscribe below! 


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