Vriesea triligulata which was brought to show and tell by Dave Johnston

Photo by Jim Boynton

October 2002 Newsletter

The October meeting will be moved to the second Tuesday of the month to accommodate a very special speaker. David Shiigi who is from Hilo, Hawaii, will be visiting Troipiflora in October and we do not want to miss him. He is a well-known bromeliad hybridizer. We are fortunate to be able to have him at our meeting, and he will be bringing some very spectacular plants with him for sale.

Please do not forget that the meeting night has been moved to Tuesday October 8th that is the second Tuesday, at the Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater. The doors to the hall open at 7:00 and the meeting will begin at 7:30, hope to see you there.

Last Months Meeting

Ray Lemieux who works at Tropiflora demonstrated how to remove pups from some very nasty plants. He amazed a number of people by attacking a clump of dyckias with his bare hands. By working from the bottom and removing the leaves in order, he can get down to a pup that can be potted. Ray shared a number of secrets for working with and growing bromeliads. Ray brought a number of plants for his presentation and some very nice plants to sell. This is a good opportunity to purchase unusual plants at a good price.

We want to thank Ray for making this excellent presentation to our society.


We want to thank Sally Hetherly, Bill Sneden and all those who surprised us with goodies last month

Sara appreciates Bob Albanese for signing up to bring refreshments for the October meeting. We know that a number of people are bringing items for the refreshment table, but it is much easier on Sara if she knows that there are people signed up that she can count on to be bringing the refreshments.

We still need people to sign for November. Drinks, ice, utensils, plates, etc. are furnished by the club. December will be our annual holiday party.

Electronic edition of the newsletter

At the last board meeting, Bob Albanese asked if he could get the newsletter forwarded to his E-mail. Since I convert the newsletter to HTML and forward it to the webmaster for the FCBS to be placed on our website, I could e-mail it to members very easily. This would save postage and printing costs, which amount to 57 cents a month now or $6.84 a year. Beside saving money the newsletter would arrive quicker. I will try this and see if it works like it should for Bob this month, and if it does, we will have a list at the meeting to let people sign up for this option. We realize that not everyone has a computer and online, so this would not be an option for them. But if you have a working e-mail address and would like to give it a try, be ready to sign up at the meeting.

Bromeliad Blast Sunday

Sunken Gardens is hosting it's 1st annual Bromeliad Blast Sunday September 29th from 10:00 - 4:00.

Dave Johnston, Mike O'leary and Gyula Nemeth will have over 1000 bromeliads on sale. Wide selection of species and hybrids including Tillandsias from Tropiflora and Guzmanias and Vrieseas from Hill's Rain Green Tropicals.

Bromeliad seminars and garden tours.

Live Music, children activities/crafts and animal exhibits.

Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 4th Street N. St Petersburg. Phone #551-3100. Take 22nd Avenue North off I-275. Go east on 22nd Ave N. to 4th Street. Go South on 4th Street about 1 block on East hand side.

Admission to Gardens is $7.00 although September is 2 for 1 so bring a friend.

Please remember to bring extra plants for the raffle table

The raffle table helps to add funds to the treasury to pay for the room and the speakers that we enjoy each month. Sharing those extra bromeliads with the raffle table will help. Please make sure that they are clean and labeled.


The Place To Be, October 4th, 5th and 6th

Tropiflora's and Fender's Flora Annual

Come explore over six acres of greenhouses packed with one and a half million exotic plants! This now famous event will feature orchids, bromeliads, succulents, water lilies, cycads, caudiciforms, carnivorous plants, aroids, ferns, palms, flowering trees and shrubs and assorted plant oddities, all at special sale prices. There will be a large selection of $1 to $3 stock closeouts! Sale priced supplies and books too.

Live Music by Caribbean Cool, featuring Steel Drum and Calypso Music.

A money-saving coupon for plant purchases can be downloaded from the internet at the Tropiflora website. Something for everyone, all day, everyday! There will be Free refreshments, and hourly door prizes. Also raffles hourly to benefit the Bromeliad Identification Center at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Plenty of free parking.

Florida's best barbecue restaurant will be on hand each day. In addition, a Special Luau will be held Saturday evening, October 5 at 7PM.

-$35/person or $50/couple.

- Authentic Hawaiian food cooked by David Shiigi and Dennis Cathcart.

- Food, open bar and music.

- Presentations by David Shiigi and John Arden.

- Rare plant Auction

- Under cover

Everyone's invited. Please RSVP to Tropiflora @ 1-941-351-2267

Special Guest Vendors

David Shiigi Extraordinary grower and chef from Hawaii will be here with his beautiful bromeliads.

Plantio La Orquidea nursery from Venezuela will have an amazing array or orchids, Grant Groves from Color Zone Tropicals and many more outstanding dealers. Choose from Heliconias and Gingers, Hibiscus, Crotons, Bonsai, Fruit and Nut Trees, Ferns and much more.

Artists and craftsmen will be on hand with prints, paintings, t-shirts, yard art, pottery and other objects d'art.


Brush up on your grow-how! Get the latest growing tips from our professional growers and guest vendors. Hourly seminars, sure to be fun, entertaining and educational on growing and using all kinds of exotic plants.

Mark your calendars! Don't miss this event that is sure to be memorable and fun. Bring a friend, and spend the day!

Friday & Saturday, October 4th & 5th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 6th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NOTE: Tropiflora will be closed Thursday, October 3rd, for preparation.

Tropiflora Nursery is at 3530 Tallevast Road, Sarasota, FL 34243. Maps are available at their website http://www.tropiflora.com

Tropiflora is soliciting paid volunteers for any or all three days of the sale. Those interested may call Linda Cathcart 1-941-351-2267 for details. I am not sure what a paid volunteer is as it sounds like an oxymoron to me. But they need lots of help with this sale, moving things around, working the sales tables and with the other booths that are located all over the nursery. There are lots of jobs to do and I am sure that Linda can find a place for everyone. Sounds like a fun time to me.



September 29 -Bromeliad Blast Sunday at Sunken Gardens

October 8th - CBS Meeting with David Shiigi

October 12-13 USF Fall Plant Sale

November 9 Largo Central Park

November 9 10 Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society Sale, Terry Park, Palm Beach Blvd, Ft. Myers

July 26 August 2, 2004 World Conference, Chicago, IL


James Boynton, newsletter editor

Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society

994 Willowood Lane

Dunedin, Fl 34698