All Aroid Lovers-
The MidAmerica chapter meeting at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens is just 4 weeks away! I hope that you plan on joining us and maybe even bring a friend or two.
Please RSVP so that we can prepare for the correct number of attendees. All of the details can be found below, and also at the website:
What? 3rd meeting
of the MidAmerica chapter of the IAS
When? Saturday, October 30 from
8:30 am to 5 pm
Where? Fort Worth Botanic Gardens,
Anyone interested in Aroids. Please bring friends and family!
How much? FREE! Lunches will be available
at minimal charge. The tropical conservatory charges $1 admission.
What to bring?
Friends, a camera and enthusiasm! Also, please bring small plants/cuttings for the plant swap.
RSVP to: Zach DuFran (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let me know how many will be attending and if you would like to purchase a lunch or not. Lunches will consist of
sandwiches, chips, cookies, and soft drinks.
What will we do?
The morning session will be spent hearing several speakers talk about their collections and experiences with growing Aroids. After breaking for lunch we will
have a plant and cuttings trade, followed by a couple of talks before we spend the afternoon touring the botanical gardens, including the tropical conservatory. You won’t want to miss this meeting!
8:30 History of the IAS – Dr. Thomas B. Croat
9:00 State of the IAS – Steve Lucas
Houston Titan Arum Event – Dr. Nancy Greig
10:00 Aroid Anatomy Lesson – Steve Lucas
10:45 Identifying Your Plants –Christopher Rogers
11:30 lunch break
12:15 Plant Swap
12:30 The use of CATE’s LUCID website – Dr. Thomas B. Croat
1:15 Cultivating Aroids outdoors in a temperate environment –
2:00 Tour and enjoy the gardens, including the Conservatory
Plant Swap details
The plant swap is a great opportunity to get your hands on some new Aroids. Dr. Croat will be bringing some plants from the Missouri Botanical Gardens. We
encourage all meeting attendees to bring some cuttings or plants that they are willing to share with others. If you are bringing cuttings, it is best to bring the cuttings with a moist paper towel wrapped around the stem and placed inside a zipper bag labeled
with the plant’s name.
LUCID is a computer application to aid identification of plants by their attributes. Dr. Croat will be demonstrating how to use this special tool. If you own
a laptop and would like to bring it to the meeting so that you can follow along, we will have wireless internet access available.
Transportation and lodging
Some members are planning on driving to
Fort Worth together and sharing hotel rooms or other accommodations. If you would like help finding others to share expenses, just let us know!
For more information, including lodging recommendations and venue directions, visit the chapter website at
Donations will be accepted, to offset the facility rental.
If you have questions, please contact Zach DuFran at
email@example.com or (405) 517-1112.
We look forward to seeing you there!