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[Aroid-l] Showtime

If you did not make it to the show last weekend, you missed one heck of a good show, great auction, good food, great buys, and a fabulous speaker at the banquet/meeting/auction. Much fun was had by all..........

Dan and his Miami team really did a great job at putting the show together. Tricia, as always, is the backbone of the show, along with her Miami team. Many hauled in large, and I mean large, specimen of beautiful aroids for us to see and google over and wish we could grow such things. Denis Rotalante and Ron Weeks were the broken back souls I wittnessed bringing in huge plants from their collections. Oh, there were volunteers from afar who helped in this project. Brian Williams helped I know and I am sure others did also. Fairchild brought in plants one of which took best in show.

The member sales table was filled with super plants the locals had grown and  plants those from far and wide had brought  to be purchased. There were some right fascinating plants on that table. I personally removed a few of them for my collection........ after paying for them.

The center display was filled with huge specimen of anthurium and philodendrons, a dracontium and an amorphollus or two. Those for me were just to  be amazed at since I, living in the central colder parts of the USA, find it impossible to grow in such forms. The plants were judged and awards given at the banquet.

Tricia had her team of check out specialists and helpers. As always she does a remarkable job of putting this whole thing together in a form that is to be envied by many. She makes it look easy.

Vendors seemed to have beautiful and new things for us to contemplate. Marie and Steve Nock of Ree Gardens always bring in plants so well grown that few can resist looking and then some of us buying. Home brought in more than his usual new amorphophallus tubers and had a few neat growing plants to sell. Lester was so kind as to take photos of some of these and to post them to Aroid - l for all to see. Ecuagenera brought in all different things from what they had brought last year. Some of those philodendrons and anthuriums were to die for. Now to get them to grow............ Tim Anderson had fabulous anthuriums on plaques along with several aquatic aroids in pots and of course, many other plants in pots. Last but not least were the many beautifully grown plants Charlie McDaniel had for sale. Charlie always comes up with some neat plants that no one else has for sale.

Last but not least, the banquet/meeting/auction took place Saturday night. Amazing to see all of those hard working members all cleaned up for a night of fun. Dinner was delicious as usual. Those who do this each year are angels in disguise for our benefit. The meeting was short and sweet and the slate of those nominated was accepted as in the Newsletter. Dan presented the business at hand and then we were on to the 'lecture extroadinaire.' Eduardo presented us with a program that has to fall as one of the very best in our history. His enthusiasm and charm plus his fabulous slides with identifion as to the plants in the photos interspersed with the site locations made this program entertaining and delightful. Eduardo loves his aroids and he loves telling us about them. He had even practiced his English to make sure that we understood what he was telling us. Well, we understooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Eduardo for a wonderful program and your company........ come back anytime. I hope others will give their thoughts as to Eduardo's program. I think this group might find such information interesting.............. from different perspectives.

Then on to the Julius-Tom show called aroid auction. There were some very interesting plants in the auction from some wonderful xanthosomas anonymously donated that I brought home to the huge philodendron that Don Bittel took home with him for a nominal fee. The Philo that is the backbone of the auction almost yearly went for a goodly sum and will end up in Australia. There were many really well grown plants in the auction. Between Julius and Tom, we all were encouraged to donate our dollars to have the plants. We all had a ball.............. I know I did.

And then, there was that beautiful picture of Lynn Hannon on the auction table and the xanthosoma given in Amy's memory. They were both so dearly missed and remembered. Their transitions so recent it was hard to believe that they were not with us. They were with us in spirit and their memory will be with us forever. The picture of Lynn came from the Tampa enteurage. Her smile was so real. I thank them for  bringing their memories to our  show. Amy  having been one of the stalwarts of the Miami  efforts will be remembered by many for her kindness and her aroid growing. We will miss them both.............

Lester was so very kind to take photos and get them out to those who were unfortunate enough to not be with us. Thanks Lester.

So many deserve mention. I am sure I have missed many, but please know how much your efforts are appreciated by those of us who came to visit and help at the show. See you all next year. Mark your calendars for next September ............

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