Re: [Aroid-l] Showtime
- Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Showtime
- From: "Famille FERRY" email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 18:45:17 +0200
Thank you infinitely for this long description of
this weekend. I feel the environment which reigned in Miami: mix joy
and of sadness.
My heart, with you .
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 11:32
Subject: [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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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