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Re: Geranium conference

  • Subject: Re: Geranium conference
  • From: fleur tation fleurtation@HOTMAIL.COM
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 21:10:44 -0700

After listening to the interview and then reading your post, I had this
great urge to brew a spot of tea! It must have been a wonderful experience.
I hope you were able to bring home lots of new pelargoniums!

>From: Sandy Connerley <sandyc@SURFARI.NET>
>Subject: Geranium conference article
>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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