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Re: 2nd Annual Aroid show?

  • Subject: Re: 2nd Annual Aroid show?
  • From: "Michael Mahan" <agavestar@covad.net>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 02:33:50 -0700

I agree with Christopher Rodgers that we need to expand beyond the Miami show to draw in new members , if not just some booths at some of the larger orchid shows &/or plant shows/sales  , the San Francisco Orchid Exposition, The Santa Barbara Orchid Show , (both of these shows Ecuagenera  always has a booth)   the Huntington’s annual 4th of July sale (a huge event ), locations such as the SF bay area  (with the world famous locations such as the Stribling Arboretum (San Francisco), San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkeley or Davis,) . In the Greater Los Angeles area the Huntington agin , The  Pasadena Arboretum, Balboa Park (San Diego),I can think of at least three or four  people who would take on manning a booth in the SF bay area & we might be able to get some of the Hawaiian vendors to come over for a West Coast event.



 Michael Mahan


From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of D. Christopher Rogers
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 9:51 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] 2nd Annual Aroid show?




I agree with Steve. When I put the question out on the list a few weeks back I received eight or nine positive responses on list, and more than twenty off list. Now, I am a member of many different international organizations. I will not bore you with a list, but with the exception of IAS, they are all invertebrate zoology or ecological societies. With the exception of IAS, each year the annual conference is in a different locality. Some like the North American Benthological Society, alternates sides of the continent for each annual show. So, since 2003 the meetings have been in Vancouver (BC), New Orleans (LA), Anchorage (AK), and Columbia (SC). Next year it will be in Salt Lake City.


What if the IAS meeting moved around? Now, granted Anchorage, Alaska may not be the best place for the IAS show (although I saw lots of Lysitchiton americanum), but maybe MOBOT, or similar botanical conservatories would be interested in hosting our group (it could bring in money and publicity for them). In California, there are lots of options: Stribling Arboretum (San Francisco), University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkeley or Davis, Balboa Park (San Diego), Pasadena Arboretum, Huntington Library Gardens, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers . . .


I think that the best way to increase membership is to get our name out. By moving the show around we can reach more people in more communities. There will be new local vendors who may want to buy booth space.


Another idea would be to have a booth at shows for other plant groups. My son is an orchid grower. It amazes me how many of the orchid growers here in CA also have a few aroids in their greenhouses and/or gardens. Why not designate a local liaison, rent a non-profit org booth at an orchid show, and talk to the attendees about aroids? We also have carnivorous plant societies, succulent societies and bromeliad societies here that are always looking for speakers at their monthly meetings and shows. Other groups to visit would include garden clubs and native plant societies.


Now, all this being said, I wish I was able to devote myself to doing this. I am great with the ideas, but because I am already doing this same kind of outreach for The Crustacean Society and the International Large Branchiopod Society, I am sadly too swamped and too poor to do this across North America, let alone anywhere else in the world for IAS. But, because I have been doing this for other organizations, I can tell you that it does work! I am happy to attempt to make inroads with some of my local organizations, and if more of our members could do the same in their areas, we might be able to increase our membership greatly.


My two cents worth,



D. Christopher Rogers

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-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 6:52 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] 2nd Annual Aroid show?


I'm probably going to get in trouble here, but I thought the suggestion about an IAS show on the west coast was a good one to consider.  But before we jump all the way to the other coast, perhaps there is an alternative that will meet a lot of needs, especially for the expansion of the International Aroid Society.


I had a discussion with Tricia Frank while she visited my atrium in June of this year, and it is obvious from some of her feelings as well as the total attendance at the September show we all need to do more to expand the IAS membership.  There are tons of people in this country that love some of the base species in our plant group, Philodendron and Anthurium.  But most know very little about them.  We need to do a better job of educating the world.  How do we get into the schools?  Can we include a "junior" membership?  Can we encourage new blood into this organization?  How?


I see an incredible number of people each year who want to see, tough and feel my aroids and travel pretty fair distances to see our very small atrium as a result of my website.  Some people think the "ExoticRainforest" is a tourist attraction in NW Arkansas.  Sorry, its only 600 square feet!  But I've had people drive 900 miles supposedly just to see it!  Since April we've had people from 13 states call to arrange a visit!  That amazes me.  But what if we got them excited about going somewhere (within driving distance) where they could really see a lot of aroids.  And my two top choices would be MOBOT or the Crystal Bridge in Oklahoma City.  MOBOT would be the top choice due to the enormous facilities they have as well as the fact Dr. Croat is there.  What a place to have an aroid show!  Many of you probably don't know, but Tom has the largest collection of section Pachynerium Anthurium in the world at MOBOT!  Those are the birds nest forms that the people in Indonesia are so nuts about right now!


I was at MOBOT last October when they were having a glass show inside their enormous artificial rain forest.  The crowds were amazing.  Thousands and thousands of people.  And they were there to see both the glass and the plants.  What if they were there to see the International Aroid Show?  Don't you think the local television stations would promote such an event?  I have no idea how many people came that weekend, but I've been told MOBOT receives 870,000 visitors each year.  Can we figure out a way to take advantage of that?  Can we work to have two, or three, International Aroid Shows each year?  Since we can't get huge numbers to travel to Miami, maybe we can arrange to deliver the plants to the masses.  And for those of you who sell aroids, just think of the new customer possibilities!  If they are willing to spend $600 on an Anthurium in Indonesia, will they spend a few hundred over here if we present the plants to them right?


I am one that is quite distressed with the constant email from Indonesia wanting to buy Anthurium.  But maybe we should use that to our advantage.  I see more and more people visiting my website to learn about Anthurium species (or at least the 50 or so I grow).  The single most often read article on my website right now is the one about how to grow an Anthurium.  I'm now receiving 35,000 hits each month and at least 1/3 of those read that page.  There has to be a reason!  Can we use this interest in Anthurium species to expand the IAS?  How do we do it?  This is your organization, and I believe it needs your help.  So kick in some ideas!


It saddens me, but I honestly expected triple the attendance at the IAS show in September.  I had not attended the sale for about 8 years due to where we now live (we used to live in Miami).  I am not in any way suggesting moving the show from Miami!  We lived there for over 20 years.  But is it time to figure out a way to expand into other areas?  If you can't get the people to the plants, can we get the plants to the people?  Maybe LA is a great idea.  Maybe both LA and St. Louis!


Can we get some discussion going on how to expand and grow the International Aroid Society?


Steve Lucas



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