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Geranium conference article

  • Subject: Geranium conference article
  • From: Sandy Connerley sandyc@SURFARI.NET
  • Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 08:04:28 -0800

    Thanks so much for that link.  I was at the conference and it was
awesome from start to finish. It started with their annual show and sale
the weekend before the conference began.  There were people lined up
around the block and they just kept coming before the show and sale even
opened.  It was in a beautiful old building and the show was lovely.  In
the back room of the building, they had a plant sale, sold all kinds of
extra things like greeting cards they had made, booklets on hybridizers,
recipes, books, past journals and on and on.  And, they had a Devonshire
cream tea in that room on little tables with tablecloths and fresh
flower bouquets.  It was nice to sit down and take a break so you could
keep going!  You could also pick up your satchel on the stage behind the
curtains if you had pre-registered for the conference.  They were
lovely, of black cloth, zippered, about the size of a briefcase, with
the conference information and logo printed in gold letters , a place
for your name on the outside already printed so they would not get mixed
up at the conference.  Inside were tablets, pen, programme, and a spiral
bound folder with clear sleeves holding maps of the city, samples of
various plant food, seeds, snail bait, hand creme and wash, a recipe for
lemon geranium cake, memo booklet, name tag for the conference, and on
and on.
    The conference began on Monday morning for three days with speakers
from around the world. There were presentations all day, with cookie,
tea and coffee breaks in the next room twice a day, and a stand up lunch
in that same room of sandwiches cut into quarters of all different
kinds.  It was nice because you could walk around eating and chatting.
 There were more items for sale. After the presentations, handouts on
most were distributed.  At the clsoe of the conference, each participant
was given a nice sized regal pelargonium, and if two were in your party,
they received also an alternate so as not to have two the same.  There
were dinners all three days, one on a cruise boat down the river.  And,
on Thursday there was a field trip to Joyce Gepp's Powell Park
Pelargonium Nursery.  It was heaven.  They prepared a barbecue lunch at
the nursery.
    It was an experience of a lifetime.  The international conference is
held every three years and  if anyone can start saving now, it is simply
incredible.  Australia is a wonderful country and the people are so

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