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Re: Aroid Plantmen (Susan B)

  • Subject: Re: Aroid Plantmen (Susan B)
  • From: "Betsy Feuerstein" <ecuador10@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:16 -0500

I know there are several couples in the Miami area who have been in the
Aroid world since the beginning. I do not remember names but just maybe
someone from the area will fill in their names. These were the early people
who showed up to meetings and brought plants and were there when the show
was on in those early days. Please let's not forget them. This may well take
the help of the locals to bring this information out. I also know there are
many aroid growers in the Miami area who have been supportive of the society
for years. Let's not forget them. Bruce McAlpin is one that comes to mind
who used to live in the Miami area but has moved to the west coast  now.
Good grower indeed and one of those knowledgeable folks who sort of stayed
in the background until you saw some gorgeous plant at a show that blew you
away that they had grown. I would hope that we do not forget these people.


-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of George Yao
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:03 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid Plantmen (Susan B)

Alan Galloway comes to mind for his yearly field trip to explore for
tuberous aroids in Southeast Asia.

George Yao

On Aug 30, 2014, at 6:02 AM, Tom Croat <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org> wrote:

Amen to that statement!

We must include Lynn Hannon in this group. Though involved with Araceae only
a few years she developed one of the very best collections of aroids and she
knew them well, made notes, photos and even carried out an intensive study
of Chlorospatha upon my encouragement. Both Mary Sizemore and Betsy
Feuerstein, in addition to being excellent growers are also real explorers,
especially Betsy in Ecuador. We must not forget the late Murline Lydon who
had a exquisite collection of aroids. Petra Schmidt who worked for me for me
for 16 years and later for Tony Avent was an excellent grower and knows
Araceae as well as anyone. There are many other female growers, especially
in Florida including Marie Nock and the late Tricia Frank who was not only a
great grower but probably did more than any other single person to promote
and make the International Aroid Society function. Better Waterbury was
another impressive grower and had an incredible collection. She too played
an important role i n the IAS as a founding member and in her role as the
first and succeeding President of the IAS. Marilyn Johnson, a neighbor of
Bette, had perhaps the most impressive private collections in the world
until her house burned down. Genevieve Ferry in Nancy has taken many field
trips to the tropics (French Guiana, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and
Colombia) and is one of the finest aroid growers in Europe. She was also
instrumental in organizing the IX International Aroid Conference. Frieda
Billiet from Brussels also built up and maintained an excellent collection
in in Miege, Belgium. Kathy King at Kew holds the same role at Kew Gardens
and our own Emily Colletti here at the Missouri Botanical Garden has been
responsible for growing well our massive collection for a total of several
decades. Certainly there are others that I have forgotten


-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Walter Greenwood
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:13 PM
To: aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid Plantmen (Susan B)

Sue Thompson...

Susan B <honeybunny442@yahoo.com> Wrote:

> Plantwomen, too.? And all the folks that got the IAS off the ground.?
Tricia Frank.? Genevieve Ferry, Lariann Garner, Mary Sizemore, Betsy in
Memphis (I am blanking on her last name).? The list goes on and on.
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