Summertime Plants

Mark your calendars! September 1st and 2nd are the next dates for the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Fall Show and Sale at the Zilker Botanical Gardens. If you’ve never been, it’s an awesome event. The event itself is free, you just pay the $2 entry fee to the botanical garden. So not only do you get to check out the succulent sale, you also get to walk around the botanical garden.

Here’s what’s planned for the fall show, according to the ACSS website:

  • Plant show with specimen cacti and succulent plants from around the world
  • Plant sales with vendors from Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma
  • Handcrafted pottery
  • Daily silent auction and hourly plant raffles

Brian and I went to their spring sale and LOVED IT. We did a couple of laps around all the vendors to figure out what we wanted… there were so many unique succulents and cacti! One thing to note – most vendors are CASH ONLY! There’s an ATM at the botanical gardens, but I’d still plan ahead.

Eventually, we ended up with this box of goodness:

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The plants all did great – look what happened to this little tiny cactus! I was completely shocked by that bloom. After that bloom shriveled up, it continued (and still continues, 4 months later) to produce beautiful flowers!

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Another great place to get plants (succulents, cacti, indoor, outdoor plants… all kinds!) is The Great Outdoors Nursery on South Congress. They have a huge selection of things. We last visited to get garden plants and a few indoor plants. They have an enormous greenhouse with a ton of interesting looking indoor plants. We ended up with a carnivorous pitcher plant and a few other indoor plants. Brian also got all the vegetable plants he needed for his square-foot garden.

To sum up – for sure visit the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society’s Fall Show and Sale on September 1st and 2nd (I’ll for sure be there with my whole life savings). If you’re more in need of indoor plants (or other plants besides succulents and cacti), check out The Great Outdoors Nursery.

Author: Kelly

Kelly Phillips is the writer and photographer behind You can view more of her photos on Instagram @DiscoveringATX and her photography portfolio at

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