California Carnivores Annual Potluck with special guest Stewart McPherson, 12N - 4PM, Saturday, July 22, 2017!

Get ready for an exciting day surrounded by deadly beautiful plants and some of the amazing people that put them on the radar! California Carnivores will be hosting their annual potluck on Saturday, July 22nd from 12N - 4PM. Please bring a dish or drink to share with folks of all food persuasions. Be advised that the greenhouses can be very warm and humid in July, so please, no quickly spoiling or perishable food like SHRIMP COCKTAIL. Also, remember to drink plenty of water before and during the event and dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.

Our special guest, Stewart McPherson, is a British explorer, geographer, field biologist, nature photographer, writer and is as passionate about carnivorous plants as we are! The founder of Redfern Natural History Productions, Stewart will help kick off our celebration of predacious plants and CP peeps with a presentation! And don't forget to bring your favorite books (e.g. The Savage Garden, Nepenthes Combo) for signing! Everything at California Carnivores will be 10% off that day except already discounted collections.

Please check your local driving conditions prior to event. There is a drag race going on that weekend at the Sonoma Raceway, so please be advised and leave sooner than later. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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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




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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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