Cactus and Succulent Society of Australia Inc.

Official Site of the CSSA Inc.

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a little bit about us!

Based in Victoria, The Cactus and Succulent Society of Australia Inc is a fun and friendly organisation that prides itself on having members from all walks of life and of all ages, whether a botanist or home gardener, collector or commercial grower.

The Society holds a range of events including monthly meetings where members have the opportunity to view plants from expert growers’ collections, compete in competitions, buy and sell plants, seek professional advice, and enjoy rubbing shoulders with a huge, passionate and knowledgeable community!

Members also receive our fantastic full colour magazine as well as access to our extensive library of specialised books and resources, and gain entry to our CSSA Members-Only Facebook group where the conversation never stops!

The Society also aims to advance the understanding and appreciation of cacti and succulents throughout Australia and worldwide. Through education and scientific study we encourage conservation through cultivation.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of Australia Inc (CSSA) is the oldest Cactus and Succulent Society in Australia, established in Melbourne in 1927. Similar societies are located Australia wide, in most capital cities and some country areas (see 'Helpful Links' page for more).

Important Announcement re: COVID-19

As the state of Victoria continues to face lockdowns and restrictions, it is important to check here, your email inbox (members) or our social media pages for the latest information about our events. We've had to make several cancellations recently, sometimes at very short notice.

We are grateful that we've been able to hold events again in 2021 and hope to be back at the hall for July, but please be sure to keep an eye on updates so you're armed with the latest info.

Throughout the COVID-19 situation we will continue to use the video conferencing app 'Zoom' for those who can to join us from home or abroad, and if monthly gatherings at Mount Waverley Youth Centre Main Hall must be cancelled the events will still proceed (as best they can) online. These events are open to anyone who wishes to attend, contact the CSSA Committee for more info - 

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Monthly Gatherings
and Annual Events

4th Tuesday each month

(...excluding December) We are currently meeting at Mount Waverley Youth Centre Hall, and invite you to come and enjoy:

  • Plant Sales

  • Informative Talks

  • Community Updates

  • Competitions

  • Raffle


Quarterly Magazine
...a great read!

Printed or via Email

A full colour A4 magazine with all the latest news and updates, community news, 'Meet a Member' profiles, upcoming events, resources and paid advertising from trusted businesses and associates in the industry


Loads of benefits

for Members

...and VERY reasonably-priced membership!

Starting at $20 ($15 for concession and pensioners) members have access to our extensive library and resources, discounts with some of Australia's leading cacti and succulent nurseries, the opportunity to sell their own goodies, and A WHOLE LOT MORE! 

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness;

it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust."

Gertrude Jekyll