me for all of those classes .. a simple video is a great idea .. burn them as
a DVD then offer at IAS site & them burn the DVD as they are ordered , I?m
sure some would handle that if the expenses were directed to cover the blanks
/time /postage which could be recouped by a fee for each video ..
this would go a long way to involve more people into growing aroids ?
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have been following the discussion of new venues and possible new formats for
the IAS Annual Show and Convention and wondered about the advisability of
presenting more than a single keynote address. Many other special-interest
organizations sponsor smaller, less formal "sessions" throughout the show
period that supplement the address by the featured speaker. I wrote down a few
topics that could be presented in such "workshops" and I'm sure that most of
you could think of a number of others. These are for purposes of
1. Experiences with
Temperate Climate Outdoor Cultivation of Tropical Aroids.
2. Edible Aroids of
the World and Their Preparation.
3. Aquatic Aroid
Genera Suitable for Aquarium Culture: Cryptocoryne, Lagenandra, and
4. Review of the
Genus Philodendron [and other popular or unpopular genera] and Cultivation
5. Aroids on E-Bay:
Tips and Cautions about Buying and Selling On-Line.
Photography: Aesthetic and Scientific Pointers.
7. Hybridization of
Aroids for the Amateur Enthusiast.
8. Landscaping with
Aroids and Advice on Grounds Maintenance.
Storage of Dormant Tubers.
Storage, and Germination of Aroid Seeds.
11. Tissue Culture:
A Step-By-Step Introduction to Mass Cloning.
Lighting for Aroid Culture.
Inflorescences from Reluctant Bloomers.
14. Native Cold
Climate Aroids of North America [or Europe, or Anatolia, or Asia].
Scientific Mysteries about Aroids.
16. What is Known
about Aroid Odor and Fragrance.
Pollination and Seed Dispersal: Partners in the Natural History of
18. The Aquatic
Nuisance Aroids: Lemna, Spondela, and Pistia.
19. The Fossil
Record of Aroids.
20. Aroid Culture
and the Professional Operations of Public Greenhouses.
I expect that most
people reading this list would want to sit for an hour listening to many,
perhaps even all of these topics if they were presented by a person of some
relevant experience. Most of these topics have been discussed from time to
time on the list, so there is at least some expertise among people we already
know that could be tapped and formalized. I'm sure people would identify
Julius with #2. I would be a good possibility for #3, etc., etc.
also of the idea of video recording such sessions so they would be available
forever through the IAS. Or maybe we could have the presenter write a "paper"
on the subject that would record and flesh out the theme for inclusion in
Aroidiana. This is similar to what is done at many professional meetings.
Having some additional topics at a convention would serve as further incentive
for people to travel to attend and put some meat on what it means to be a
member of IAS.
Anyway, that's my
idea for this morning.