What Is It?
A two-day combination of show and sale. The show is a
display of members’ plants, from novice to advanced, judged
by the attendees. (Read: you!) A club member will offer you,
as you enter the show are, the adhesive dots with which to
cast your votes, and you can always ask for more.
For sale, meanwhile, will be a wide variety of cacti and
succulents, along with pots and assorted accessories, with the
vendors who raised the plants from seeds and pups there
to answer your questions and provide suggestions.
When Is It?
Saturday, September 21st, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and
Sunday, September 22nd, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
To automatically add the event to your calendar, pick the
day or days of interest from the set below.
Where Is It?
At the Petersen Middle School in Sunnyvale, not far from the intersection of El Camino Real and Lawrence Expressway.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
A few things to make your visit as much fun as possible:
No early birds, please. The doors open at 9:00 on
Saturday, and not before.
Saturday morning tends to be extremely busy! If
you’d like a quieter time to visit, we’d recommend
Saturday after 2 pm, or Sunday.
Consider voting for show plants first, and shopping
afterward. Voting is only until the end of
Pets, in particular dogs, are not allowed. (Sorry. It’s
not that we don’t love them. It’s just that it’s safer for
everyone if they stay home, and in any case, school rules forbid
You may want to take advantage of our Plant Hotel to
hold your plants while you continue shopping. Be sure to
hang on to your claim check, so you can retrieve your
plants. (Please note that plants must be must be picked up
90 minutes before the end of each day’s sale. Also, those
who’ve attended previous Show and Sale events should note
that the Plant Hotel has moved, and is now outside the
building, in the courtyard.) For more details on the Plant
Hotel, see the Plant Hotel
While you’re welcome to bring your cart to help transport
all of your purchases, please keep it out of the aisles
between the tables themselves: the aisles are relatively
narrow, and we’d prefer that no one bang their shins.
You’re invited to park your transport in the Cart Corral,
adjacent to the Plant Hotel until you’re ready to check
You can sign up for our mailing list in either the show or
Ask questions! Many of our members are highly-regarded
experts, and are more than happy to talk about cactus and
You may pay for your purchase using cash, a check, or a
credit card. Our systems support Apple Pay and Google Pay.
If you make your purchase with a credit card, please note
that the sale will show up on your statement as “Northern
For additional information and member-oriented minutiae,
and Sale Stuff.
How Can I Help?
Thanks for asking! There are several things you can do
before and during the event.
Tell your friends. Point them at our website and this
page, as well as at the club’s Facebook
Print out and distribute our official flyer at your
school/club/workplace. You can get the full-page,
full-color version here, and
the more compact black-and-white version here.
Bring your own boxes or reusable containers. While
we amass a large set of boxes for your use before each
sale, their numbers tend to dwindle as the day progresses.
Scrap paper — old newspaper, or packing paper — is also
immesely useful for padding purchases securely.