This weekend, Aug 2nd & 3rd, is the National Capital Cactus & Succulent Society's *Annual Show & Sale*. The sale is held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. If you have never been to Brookside Gardens before you are in for a real treat. Last year I took the boys to the Show & Sale. I had planned for a quick visit to say hi to my Mom (she is a member of the society) and to buy some plants. However, we ended up staying for hours. The boys loved seeing all the different types of cactus & succulents (I was astonished at how into the plants the boys were) and then we enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the grounds. It was really really great. My Mom had the boys' full attention and admiration as she talked about the plants with them. This year we are most likely going to miss the Show & Sale, but that doesn't mean you have to! Here are some pictures of the succulent gardens I helped my Mom put together for the sale. If you are local to DC, VA, MD I hope you can make it!