Autumn BACPS Meeting: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 12pm - 4pm, Lake Merritt Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610!

Darlingtonia californica, cobra lily ©Brian Lipinski

Darlingtonia californica, cobra lily ©Brian Lipinski

Meetings are free and open to the public!

Program theme: Carnivorous Plant Research

Research panel presentations exploring carnivorous plants through science, including Jameison Chilton, who will discuss his Darlingtonia research project.

We will also hold BACPS officer elections, discuss the upcoming ICPS Conference, old business, new business, and as always, we encourage members to bring something along to show and tell, snack, drink, or share. We look forward to seeing you all!

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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, 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 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




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


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