During one weekend every December, some of the most beautiful, bizarre and unusual plants take over the Fullerton Arboretum.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Orange County Cactus and Succulent Society will hold its annual winter show and sale, and the public is invited. If you're an aloe addict, have an echeveria itch or are addicted to agaves, you've probably had these dates marked on your calendar for months. If your conversation is peppered with words like caudex, glochids, monstrose, fasciated, cresting and variegation, nothing is wrong with you — you're just a cactus and succulent addict.
In the past 10 years cacti and succulent plants have evolved from two dozen varieties, mostly grown in small pots near the windowsill to their current status as a garden mainstay. Today, cactuses and succulents are available in an incredible array of choices and are readily available at reasonable prices. Cactuses and succulents have moved from the realm of novelty or curiosity plants to becoming common members of almost any local landscape.