Making the public aware of aroids.
- Subject: Making the public aware of aroids.
- From: ExoticRainforest <Steve@ExoticRainforest.com>
- Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 06:42:56 -0500
I'd like to know if any of you know
any magazine or newspaper publisher that I can approach about an
article on aroids as houseplants? Actually, my idea is to just do an
article on houseplants but make it feature aroids.|
I used to write for magazines all the time but have been out of that
field for the past 9 years. I personally believe we need to begin to
make people that love growing plants have a better understanding of
what an aroid actually is. When I have people over to see our
collection few have any idea that many of the plants they already grow
including Spathiphyllum, Caladium, Calla Lily, Philodendron species
including "scandens" and "micans" plus all those "Flamingo Flowers" in
their living rooms and kitchens are some of the plants we love to grow
and call an "aroid". To the general public the word "aroid" is vague
and quite non-descript so we need to fill in the blanks.
Several years ago a small magazine did a feature article on our
backyard "rain forest" and the hits to my ExoticRainforest website went
through the roof for a month. The chances are immense that we can
introduce many of the other species most of us enjoy including
Amorphophallus and others to the world of house plant growers. My
little website has over 20,000 individuals each month read one or more
pages and most of them want to know how to grow a Philodendron or
Anthurium. If you have a contact in the publishing world please make
it known since we all need to help spread the word.
You can help spread the word by either writing an article for a local
publication or even by participating on one of the plant discussion
groups on the net. Send a note to your local garden editor and suggest
an article on the species you like to grow but do your best to help
that writer explain what an aroid is so the public will learn and
understand. The more we talk about our plants the more others will
want to grow them as well.
Many plant societies have very large memberships because they manage to
get good publicity. The largest succulent group in the U.S. which is
the Cactus and Succulent Society of America has many more members than
the IAS and they're growing plants that (in my opinion) aren't anywhere
close to the beauty of an aroid. Palm, Cycad, orchid societies and
local groups get space in local newspapers as well as magazines all the
time so why shouldn't we take advantage of the free publicity?
And by the way, while you're planning your Christmas gift list please
consider giving an International Aroid Society membership to a high
school or college student that is showing an interest in plant
collecting or botany. If you have a friend that admires your plants
consider giving them one as well. You can find all you need to do that
here: Click Here Your help would be great for the plants, the recipient
and for the IAS. Besides, the cost of an IAS membership is a very
Since I'm the corresponding secretary of the IAS I'll gladly send
them a note letting them know of your gift. Just send me a note with
an address and tell me when you'd like the note to be delivered.
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