2016 Schedule!

It is finally here!  The long awaited and highly anticipated UMCPS schedule for 2016!  This is our new format.  So, let’s break that down.

There will be 3 types of gatherings:

The first will be 4 programmed meetings a year.  These will be open to the public, will have plant sales, commission sales from members, web access for members who aren’t able to be there in person (hopefully), occur at the same public space each time (at the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District2665 Noel Drive Little Canada, MN 55117), and of course will have the name sake program. Look below for the schedule of programmed meeting and program descriptions below.  Programmed meeting will fall into one of 4 categories – presentation of a particular carnivorous plant group, presentation of technical growing techniques or details, hands on workshops, and invited speaker or travel presentation to carnivorous plant habitats.

The second type of gathering will be social gatherings.  These events are not guaranteed to be open to the public, but will be announced here on our website.  They will be less formal, and there will be no set presentation program.  They will also be announced throughout the year as plans are finalized.  These events will consist of gatherings such as getting together at local venues to discuss shared interests, field trips to regional carnivorous plant habitats, and member home tours to see first hand how members cultivate plants.

The final type of gathering will be business meetings.  These are open to all members, but are not open to the public.  These are intended to be planning and scheduling meetings. They will be announced in advance, but will have no set presentation program –  through there will be a set agenda.

Additionally, a meeting summary will follow each programmed or business meeting, as well as a treasury report.  Summaries and treasury reports will me made public through their posting on this site.

Whew, got that out of the way.  Okay, now for the fun part.  Here is the schedule of our programmed meetings for the year (don’t worry though, we’ll send out reminders as the days get closer).

2016 Programmed Meeting Schedule (all held at Watershed):

Sunday, 13 March, 3pm – Mexican Pinguicula (butterwort) leaf pullings: learn how to propagate this interesting and easily cultivated group of carnivorous pants simply by pulling a leaf off (workshop format – if you have some bring your Mexican Pinguicula, for those who don’t material will be provided)

Sunday, 15 May, 3pm – The genus Utricularia (the bladderworts): we’ll talk about the largest group of carnivorous plants and their various adaptations, including their marvelous and mysterious bladder traps (plant group presentation – you don’t need to know anything about plants to enjoy this presentation)

Sunday, 11 September, 3pm – Automation is cultivation systems: learn the ins and outs of how to automate everything from day/night cycles, to watering your carnivorous plants (technical growing presentation – come ready to talk about the nitty-gritty of growing plants)

Sunday, 13 November, 3pm – Highland Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plants): royalty among carnivorous plants (plant group presentation – you don’t need to know anything about plants to enjoy this presentation)

As you can see, it is going to be a full rich year!  So please come out and check out carnivorous plants the club.  But that’s not all!  We also have out first social gathering planned.  It will be at Indeed Brewing in Minneapolis on Sunday, 21 February starting at 3pm.  If you have any questions, or just want to let folks know you’ll be there, please send us an e-mail at our yahoo.com address, username: umcps So come on out and bend your elbow while discussing carnivorous plants!

Okay, it is now time for some more business.  In case you want to know exactly what happens at the last business meeting, here it is.

Meeting summary for January 17th:

Meeting was called to order.  Meeting was attended by 7 members and 1 guest.

Dues collected from members.


Treasury report was given –

Starting balance from last meeting  $945.67

Donation made to IUCN Red List Carnivorous Plant Survey -$100

Dues collected at January meeting +$60

Final balance as of completion of January meeting $905.67


Election for president.  Bill Morrison nominated.  Ran unopposed.  Elected unanimously. This left the treasurer office left vacant.  Mike Waltz was nominated. Ran unopposed. Elected unanimously.

Congratulations to our 2 new officers!

Motion was made to have all programmed meeting take place at the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District.  Motion was passed unanimously.

Re-commitments were confirmed for two chairs of two upcoming events.  Bill Morrison will be chairing the UMCPS participation at the Twin Cities Gesneriad Society Spring Show and Sale at Bachmann’s Nursery on April 30th and May 1st.  And, Walker Glasoe will chair the UMCPS effort at the Minnesota State Fair August 25th and 26th.

Discussed interest in becoming a 501(c)(3).  This was voted on and passed unanimously.  A committee has been named to pursue this in the current year.

Discussed option for software to allow for distant members to view and participate in programmed meetings.  A volunteer was selected to explore the software options to accomplish this.

Business meeting was adjourned.

Planning for the coming year

This is just a quick notice that there will be an organizational meeting occurring this Sunday, the 17th of January at 3pm.  The meeting will not feature a program.  It will be a business meeting to finalize the details of 2016 scheduling at a member’s house.  All members are welcome to attend.  After this meeting, we’ll be announcing all of our meetings and programs for the coming year.  It’s going to be great!

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year to all of our members, followers, and friends!  May all your plants grow strong, and your loved ones (the photosynthetic and not) be happy and healthy.

2016 promises to be a new and exciting chapter for the UMCPS.  We’ll be changing our meeting formats to include programmed meetings held at a public venue, which we will be announcing soon.  We will also be adding informal, social meet-ups at venues around the Cities.  Plus, programmed meeting summaries will now be posted right here, on our blog, for everyone who was unable to make it to the meeting.  These summaries will include the summaries of the business meeting, including the treasurer’s report, and a summary of the of the program content, if not the slides used.  There will be more photographs of the meetings here as well.  We will also be working to create an option for online meeting attendance for those in our service area who don’t like in the Cities.Lastly, we will be modifying our bylaws and creating a charter to attempt to officially become a 501(c)(3).  It’s going to be a big, exciting year!

The year will kick off with an organizational meeting occurring on Sunday, January 17th at a member’s home.  The organizational committee members should expect an e-mail soon with the details of that meeting.  Organizational committee members, please plant to attend as your input will be critical.

For those not on the organizational committee, the summary of that meeting will be posted here, and the final details on the programmed meetings as well as the first meet-up will be included.  So, keep an eye out for that update.  It will have our schedule for the remainder of 2016.  We hope to see you all in the coming year, and meet some new folks as well!

Carnivorous Plants need you!

For our 50th post, we have some urgent news.  We don’t regularly ask people to donate.  In fact, this is the first time.  But the cause is good, and dear to our hearts.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has begun a program looking to catalog and assess the risks facing all carnivorous plant species.  Yup, every single one!  The UMCPS has donated as a club, but as of today they have only raised 24% of their goal with a short 24 days left.  Please, if you can spare anything to help the IUCN preserve carnivorous plants in their habitats, donate today!

Here is the plea in their own words:

REDLIST - Guiding Conservation for 50 Years

A campaign to support
The IUCN Red List

Dear Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts,

We all know that carnivorous plants are incredibly special. In fact, they are so unique that cultivating and conserving carnivorous plants has become a life-long passion for many people, including the members of carnivorous plant societies around the world.

But, as you know, carnivorous plants are in danger. Their diverse beauty and unique behaviours make them vulnerable to over-collection for the horticultural trade. Poaching and habitat fragmentation and destruction, driven largely by agriculture, logging, and mining operations, represent major threats to many species. We urgently need to gain a better understanding of their global status, and we need your help!

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, in collaboration with the IUCN SSC Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group (CPSG), just launched an online campaign to help assess all carnivorous plant species. 80% of the roughly 750 carnivorous plant species have not yet been assessed for The IUCN Red List. The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive and objective data source on the global status of species worldwide. Without more information about the state of the world’s carnivorous plants, it is impossible to guide conservation actions that have real impact on the ground.

Completing the assessment of all carnivorous plants is an ambitious but critical undertaking. Achieving this goal will cost around USD 125,000, and involve a series of expert workshops and field visits. Our first goal is to raise at least USD 25,000 by December 31st, 2015 to kickstart the first assessment workshop in August 2016 (in advance of the International Carnivorous Plant Society biannual conference). We hope to raise the remaining funds (USD 100,000) in 2016 with your help. See the campaign here.


Robert (Rob) Cantley, IUCN SSC CPSG Chair
Jane Smart, Director, Global Species Programme, IUCN

REDLIST - Guiding Conservation for 50 Years

Last meeting of 2015

Where has the time gone?  Out last meeting of 2015 is rapidly approaching.  It will be on Sunday, November 8th at 5pm.  We are going to be doing some planning for the coming year, so if you have ideas, programs you want to see, thoughts about the club, this will be your chance to make changes the coming year.

The meeting will take place at a member’s house.  Parking will be ample, but if you’d like to carpool please sent a note to our yahoo.com e-mail address, username: umcps

And don’t forget to order your official UMCPS shirt!  The deadline for placing an order is fast approaching – October 31st, you know, Halloween.  So send your order to our e-mail address and we’ll get your information down.

See you all in a couple weeks!

UMCPS Shirts!

Yes, you read the title correctly.  Finally and at long last there are going to be UMCPS shirts available for sale!  There will be two (and a half) styles.  A polo shirt for $30* and a t-shirt for $20*, with the option for women’s cut available (for sizes S through XL).

The shirts will be black with the UMCPS logo embroidered on the upper left breast.  Having trouble picturing that?  Here is a poorly edited photo to give you a better idea:

UMCPS shit pictPretty cool right?!  All shirts will be purchased by pre-order only.  So, if you’d like to get your own, send an e-mail to our yahoo.com email address, username: umcps

Show your support for growing carnivorous plants with this amazing shirt!  The deadline for placing an order is the 31st of October – yes, Halloween.  But don’t wait, order yours today!

*Plus any necessary shipping costs.  Members in good standing, contact the official e-mail for a reduced member price.

Fall show and sale

We get a number of e-mails asking where the UMCPS will be next to see some starter plants, and show off our plants.  Well the answer is here.  Mark your calendars!

On Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th, the UMCPS will be at the Northtown Mall in Blane, Minnesota for a show and sale.  We will be located in the inside the mall, right on the doorstep of Best Buy.  Finally, you can get all of your carnivorous plant needs and electronics in one place!

We’ll be there on Friday from 10am to 7pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  If you have a chance please come out and see us.  We’d love the chance to say hi and talk with you about some really interesting plants – then you can get one to start your own obsession collection.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at our yahoo.com e-mail address, username umcps