The Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society (BACPS) started in 1988 as an informal gathering between friends and enthusiasts sharing a passion for carnivorous plants. UC Berkely Botanical Gardens, California Carnivores, and the homes of Peter D’Amato, Chuck Powell, Judith Finn, and Joe Mazrimas were frequent meeting spots. Event formalized around 1992 when Whalen Lee created the first BACPS logo, Geoff Wong drafted the first newsletter, BACPS held it’s first formal meeting, the first by-laws were created, and a schedule was established to hold four seasonal meetings annually.
Later that same year and with 60 members in attendance, the board was created and Carl Wong was elected the first President, with Chuck Powell as Vice-President, Larry Logoteta as Secretary, and Joe Mazrimas as Treasurer. And in 1998, Peter D’Amato wrote the quintessential carnivorous plant grower’s guide, The Savage Garden, which to this day, inspires the many luminaries who have and will eventually cultivate, research, explore, and document some of the most fascinating members of the plant kingdom.
Today, BACPS continues to grow and host the largest show and sale dedicated to carnivorous plants. Along with our dedicated membership, BACPS is presided over by our current Board of Officers: Brian Lipinski (President), Rebecca Robinson (Secretary), and Pablo Ramudo (Treasurer). Come join us at our friendly monthly meetings, programs, and workshops – free and open to the public of all ages. Bring your enthusiasm and come away inspired, informed, and maybe with some killer plants in tow!