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Miami & Fort Lauderdale visit

  • Subject: Miami & Fort Lauderdale visit
  • From: Lester Kallus <lkallus@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 23:44:57 -0500 (CDT)

I just returned from Miami & Fort Lauderdale where I visited nurseries & 
growers and came home with enough material to fill another greenhouse.  For 
those who have not traveled to that area, I feel I should share my 
experiences to help you locate all the "must haves" not available from your 
local Home Depot.

Dewey Fisk has what is undoubtedly the largest Amorphophallus collection 
imaginable as well as so many other rare aroids that the visit becomes 
truly overwhelming.  His knowledge matched his hospitality.  I'm glad to 
say that he also can mail order material.  Several Amorphophallus were at 
their top growth and so not packable in my two crates.  I do, however, look 
forward to ordering tubers as soon as they begin to hibernate.

Steve and Marie Nock at the Ree Gardens had a magnificent collection of 
aroids as well as other species.  I enjoyed exploring their nursery and 
will always remember my first sampling of miracle fruit followed by eating 
large portions of a key lime which really did end up tasting like candy.

The massive, nearly endless Palm Hammock Orchid Estates managed by Tim 
Anderson helped me locate several "must haves" and is definitely worth a visit.

When you visit these establishments, bring your check book and a 
camera.  You'll empty the first and fill the second.

Between these nurseries, some wonderful private gardens & wholesale 
distributors, I filled two large crates with plants and now stare at my 
garden delighted at the summer appearance but dreading finding homes for 
the material in September.


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