Meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month!

Doors open for the meeting at 7:00pm and the program starts at 7:30pm at the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation (except December and July – see calendar).

Each month we host a featured speaker and raffle a wide variety of plants.  Members often share free cuttings from their own gardens, show special plants on the display table, and bring refreshments to share.

Our meetings are open to the public. Help to set-up and clean-up are most appreciated.

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 820 North Fairview Avenue. This is on the mountain side of the 101 freeway, just off the corner of Fairview Ave and Cathedral Oaks Road. Click here for a map.


Live Oak has a new HVAC system that meets COVID regulations for indoor ventilation. In addition, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while indoors and require that those who have not been fully vaccinated wear a mask indoors. Signs will be posted at the door as a reminder.

Following the recommendations of the California Department of Public Health:
– Please do not attend SBCSS events if you have any of the symptoms of COVID infection or if you have recently been in contact with someone with an active COVID infection.
– Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask indoors.
– Masks are strongly recommended indoors for all persons, regardless of vaccine status.
– Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are highly recommended.




Annual dues:  Dual/Family $18  &  Individuals $15

Dues are for the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) and may be paid by check payable to “SBCSS”.

Benefits include a monthly newsletter, monthly meetings, library privileges and one free plant per membership at our annual December Holiday Party & Potluck.

For more information please “click here for a pdf brochure” or send an email to


Our mission is to provide opportunities for fellowship and exchange of information among persons sharing an interest in succulents; to encourage, promote and support all aspects of the responsible collection, culture, study and conservation of succulent plants; and to provide opportunities for the exchange and exhibition of succulent plants.

The Santa Barbara Cactus & Succulent Society was established in 1976 and is an affiliate member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.

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What’s New?

New Meeting Location

Our meeting location is moving to Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 820 North Fairview Avenue. This is on the mountain side of the 101 freeway, just off the corner of Fairview Ave and Cathedral Oaks Road. We are excited to be having our meetings at this new location and think that it will …


The SBCSS has a rather extensive collection of cactus and succulent related books and journals. To view a complete list of our library holdings, click here. For members wanting to reserve a book or journal, please send an email that includes the book#, title and author to