September 28th meeting

First off, we had a great time at the MN State Fair!  We met so many really great people, and want to thank all of them for taking the time to swing by our table.  We had a lot of curious folks that didn’t know anything about carnivorous plants.  But we also were lucky enough to have chances to speak with a few people who were really interested in these little critters.  It truly was a wonderful two days!

Our September meeting is going to be a little delayed this year.  The reason is that we are going to have an opportunity to meet over at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences Greenhouses.  There are some great plants there – even if all of them aren’t carnivorous.

The meeting will be at 4pm, on Sunday the 28th of September.  It can be a little tricky to find the CBS Greenhouses, which are on the St Paul Campus, but this map should help.  Unfortunately, the parking a bit of a walk away.  But It’s worth it!  This is a nice central location, and so we hope to see friends new and old.

Of course if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at our e-mail address, username: umcps.  See you soon!

It’s something special…

The State Fair is coming!  Yes, it that time again. Time to visit the UMCPS at the Minnesota State Fair.  We’ll be in the Horticulture Building from 9am to 9pm this Thursday and Friday, August 21st and 22nd.  So, come on out and have a chat with us!  We will have members there the entire time the building is open!

What could you see?  Well, here is a beautiful flow from a bladderwort that a member brought to the last meeting

IMG_1849And this is a seriously big venus flytrap another member brought to the same meeting

IMG_1854Don’t miss seeing your display and asking all of your burning carnivorous plant questions to our experts!

Of course if you do, our next meeting will be September 28th.  So you can plan for that.  But who can wait when the plants are so cool!  We’ll see you there!

A quick correction…

We are very sorry to do this at the last minute, but there was a mistake in the last posting.  We will not be meeting at Sunrise River Farms as stated.  Instead, we will be meeting at a member -Alex’s house in Oakdale, MN.  The meeting will still be held at 4pm, on Sunday, July 13th.  If you need the address please contact us at our email address, username umcps.  Thanks for your understanding about this change!

Mid-Summer Meeting

It’s that time again.  Time to enjoy the long days, barbeques, swimming, and of course get togethers.  At our next meeting, which is only 1 week away, we will be planning our participation at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, a.k.a. the Minnesota State Fair.  Plus, we are going to be talking about how we can help get carnivorous plant display going at a local public garden.  All of that back at our favorite meeting spot, Sunrise River Farms, in Wyoming (Wyoming, Minnesota that is).  We’ll be meeting in the greenhouses on top of the hill, just follow the drive.  The meeting will begin at the usual time, 4pm, on Sunday, the 13th of July – yes, next Sunday!  So, please come out and join us!  Sure, we have a great time catching up with the usual suspects, but we love to see new faces as well, and always like seeing those elusive folks who appear only occasionally – our will-o’-the-wisps.  It’s a great time of year to drive the Minnesota roads and promises to be a really fun meeting.  We hope to see you there!

May Meeting – visit a master grower

This meeting we will be getting together at the home of one of our members who is a master grower.  In her hands all carnivorous plants seem easy to cultivate!  If you are in the Twin Cities it’ll be a little drive – well out as far as Norwood Young America.  And for those of you reading this who aren’t from Minnesota, yes all three of those words are one town name.

The meeting will be delayed by one week from our normal meeting time.  Be out there on Sunday, May 18th at 5pm.  It’ll be easy to remember, it’s one week after Mother’s Day.  That way if you forget Mother’s Day, the guilt you’ll still be feeling will remind you not to miss the meeting.  See?  Now that’s good planning!

We are going to learn a great deal about cultivating carnivorous plants around the house, but we are still looking for someone to step up and give a formal presentation.  Takers?

Members, don’t forget to bring snacks or beverages to share.  If you need the address (so we don’t post it publicly here) please contact us at our email address, username: umcps.  Feel free to e-mail about carpooling too.  We are hoping to see a few new faces, and perhaps a couple of those we’ve not seen in a while.  See you there!

Big time links

We’ll we are playing in the big time now.  Besides our link from the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society (BACPS), the New England Carnivorous Plant Society (NECPS), and the Los Angeles Carnivorous Plant Society (LACPS), we now have a link to our little group from perhaps the most visited carnivorous plant site on the whole of the interwebs – The Carnivorous Plant FAQ.  At long last we have made it on the master list of carnivorous plant societies maintained there – right here.  Just scroll down to the North American societies and we are the last one listed.  Slowly, we are making friends all over the place.  Hopefully we’ll make a few more a the sale (see last post) and we hope to have our May meeting rescheduled and announced here shortly – so we can meet some new people then too.  See you next week at the sale!

Spring Sale!!!

If you have been meaning to pick up some carnivorous plants but putting it off because of the cold weather, do we have some good news for you!  On April 26th and 27th, just in time for spring and warmer weather to come, we’ll be participating in the “Exotic Houseplants – Gesneriads and More” plant sale.  It’s a great chance for the rare plant collector in the Twin Cities to get out and see what sorts of botanical oddities their fellow Minnesotans are growing – and then buy them for yourself.

It’s going to be a two day extravaganza filled with offerings from many plant societies in town.  In addition to plants, there will be people right there to ask questions about how to grow these photosynthetic wonders.  It’s going to be quite a range of plants – but of course we will bring the killer plants.  Don’t miss it!


April 26th and 27th at Bachman’s Heritage Room, 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis,
MN 55419.  

Saturday – 9am to 5pm

Sunday – 9am to 4pm

Admission – Free, $0, gratis, the best price ever, so at least come down and gawk.

See you there!