2016 Speakers


Kelly Griffin: Madagascar – Plantasy Fantasy

Kelly Griffin, manager of Succulent Plant Development for Altman Plants in northern San Diego County (the largest producer of succulents in the country) presented a compilation of his four different plant expeditions to Madagascar (to date) in his talk entitled, “Madagascar: Fantasy Plantasy”. Griffin, the President of the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society, has


Topher Delaney: Beneficence + Beauty + Balance

Topher Delaney did not disappoint the audience with her encore presentation, “Beneficence in Beauty— The Nature of Generosity” at our November General Meeting. She began her presentation with an excerpt from “The Blue of Distance” by Rebecca Soinit, and ended with another standing ovation from an audience genuinely motivated to change. Topher is an artist


Cathy Thomas: 50 Best Plants on the Planet

Cathy Thomas, an award-winning food columnist for over two decades and renowned for her cooking classes, spoke at our September 2015 general meeting. Her humor and enthusiasm entertained us all as she spoke of how her childhood encouraged her love for vegetables, and related just some of the information and recipes in her newest book,


Kirk Brown: Frederick Law Olmsted

Kirk Brown’s performance at our October meeting was mesmerizing. The audience was captivated as Kirk energetically and passionately took on the persona of Fredrick Law Olmstead. Fredrick's life story was brilliantly told through beautiful photographs, historical facts, and Kirk’s amusing acting. For those of you who missed this performance, no fears, as Kirk will be