Austin Cactus 
& Succulent Society

ACSS Meeting

  • 19 May 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden


7:00 pm - Refreshments and Conversations
7:30 pm - Program: Agaves of Mexico by Greg Starr

Join Greg and his travel companion(s) through the deserts of Baja California, the high mountains of northeastern Mexico, the agave rich regions of western Mexico, and the arid regions of Puebla and Oaxaca to look for the next new cultivar, or unravel some of the taxonomic mysteries currently facing Agave. In this 75-85 slide presentation, Greg addresses in expert detail (accompanied by his shameless humor) the latest in plant hunting endeavors and answers to some of the most popular questions about agaves and other arid plants.

Greg Starr was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and has grown to love the desert and its flora and fauna. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, and after working in the landscape industry he went back to the University to study Botany and further his education in horticulture. He emerged from the University in 1985 with a Master of Science in Horticulture with a special emphasis on botany.

He opened Starr Nursery in the summer of 1985, and has specialized in low water use plants for landscaping in southern Arizona. Greg has traveled extensively in Mexico and the southwestern United States to study the plants for their potential landscape use in desert regions of the world.

Greg’s book, Cool Plants for Hot Gardens, was released at the end of April 2009. His second book, titled Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers, was released in early May of 2012.  He is also a co-author for the Field Guide to the Cactus and Other Succulents of Arizona which was published in February 2015.

Greg spends most of his days tapping at the computer hoping another book will take shape, preparing PowerPoint presentations and tending to Starr Nursery, specializing in Agaves and related plants as well as other succulents and new introductions of perennials, flowering shrubs, and small trees from arid and semi-arid regions around the world.

Be sure to visit Greg's nursery at

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