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IAS Miami Show and more

  • Subject: IAS Miami Show and more
  • From: Brian Williams <pugturd@alltel.net>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 13:56:27 -0400

I have just been listening on this conversation. I personally love the 
show in Miami and would hate for anything to really disturb it from 
happening. Though I remember a few years ago after that show many of us 
drove up to Plant Delights aroid open house. I am not sure if it was a 
planned or voted on thing with the aroid society though many of us went. 
Their was a auction plants for-sale and of course food. I believe Tony 
put a lot of hardy work into it and it seemed to work very well. I don't 
believe it disturbed any of the aroid societies sales that or the 
following year and it was interesting to see people looking at other 
plants specially the southern growers trying to figure out what Hostas 
and other winter hardy plants were. I believe Alan Galloway had a open 
house as well and his collection and yard was on display. It seemed to 
work out very well and smoothly. Not to mention is was a bit closer to 
home for some of us.

  I believe if someone was wanting to have a small aroid type show. 
Timing it around the aroid show in Miami would help. Either keeping it 
months away or right after the Miami show when people are already 
traveling. Offering unusual plants at low prices may help bring in more 
people. I would find it hard to rent out a place or have a show were 
people bring in a lot of plants to sell. The best bet at least for now 
would likely be a open house or a few open houses from either people 
with interesting collections or nurseries with a good selection. This 
may just be a stepping stone onto larger things in the future but I 
think it is were it would have to start. Another idea I have been 
thinking about maybe to add in a few other groups to bring in more 
people. Cannas, Bananas, Gingers or others these poor groups have no 
society that I know of and many people grow and collect these plants. 
Adding them into a show like this would bring in more interest. Not to 
mention maybe turn more people on to aroids.   I think trying to move 
forward is always a good thing and we should not try to shoot it down 
before it is given a chance. I don't thing that the aroiders in South 
Florida would be against such a thing if it does not not effect the show 
in anyway?

   On a completely other note. I think taping into the Thailand and 
Indonesian aroiders would be a step forward. I think showing more 
interest in their hybrid work would also help bring in more members from 
that area. I know many in this group are purist and are not interested 
in any hybrids in anyway. Though most aroids being sold on the market 
are not species but hybrids. I think not paying attention to this market 
or group would be awful. If the society welcomed it and offered to help 
out it could pay off in many ways. I am sure many breeders would be 
willing to pay a fee to get their plants registered. A simple piece of 
paper may help the plant sell, keep records of the cross and who breed 
it. It will also help keep it form getting confused with species which 
no one wants.  It would also help prevent name changing on hybrids which 
we see a lot. I am not sure how the Orchid or gesneriad society 
registers and tracks their hybrids it but it would be interesting to ask 
and see how their system works and if it could be used with the aroids. 
Maybe a simple online registration paper needing certain info on the 
plant the parents and photos of the flowers leaf and plant which the 
breeder could fill out and send back? These are again just suggestions 
that I think may help in the long run and are not intended to step on 
peoples toes or hurt fillings. I think growth is good and pushing for it 
is great I don't mind helping out with any of this process if I can. 
Being a breeder I would love to see the society offer a place for my 
hybrids. While I think about it a place for mutations would be great 
also LOL.
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