The Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society

Next meeting Sunday, April 10, 2005

April, 2005

Master Gardeners’ Sale April 2!

President Linda Stagnol386/760-6842

Vice President – Jay Thurrott – 386/761-4804

Secretary – Calandra Thurrott - 386/761-4804

Treasurer - Ted Nuse - 386/673-2648


Congratulations to everyone who participated in Everybody’s Flower Show at the Ocean Center! There were some outstanding entries and our own Bradley Rauch took the award of merit for the bromeliad division. Only one of these is awarded per division and Bradley’s group display on grapwood really wowed the judges. This was Bradley’s first time for entering a judged competition and he walked away from it with a fist full of ribbons. Congratulations also to Doris Crumbley on her blue ribbon for the Neoregelia fireball that she brought into the last meeting. Doris, you’re a real trooper and we certainly value your membership! Congratulations to all of the blue ribbon winners from our group – Richard Temple had a number of beautiful entries. Linda Stagnol of course had some great Cryptanthus specimens, but did you know that she also had a number of winners in the succulent division? Charlotte Mueller only had two entries and received…two blue ribbons! Calandra’s blooming ‘Coke Bottle’ plant was a puzzlement to some, but also received a blue ribbon as an outstanding succulent.

Annual Bromeliad Sale

We don’t do a lot of fund raisers - thank heavens! FECBS used to have a sales booth at the Ocean Center during the Flower Show, but the cost of renting a booth was so high ($1,000+) that it was a major effort to just break even. Then a few years ago we were invited to participate in the Volusia County Master Gardeners’ sale at the County Fairgrounds. This is a one-half day event and in our first year we made more money than in the 4 days of staffing a booth at the Ocean Center. The next year we did better still! This is a really painless way to:

1.) add to our treasury

2.) get rid of some our surplus plants – everybody has them!, and

3.) buy more plants! There is an unbelievable selection of flowering plants, vegetable plants, succulents, trees, herbs, native plants, orchids and etc. at this sale, so don’t miss it.

This is also a chance for you to make some money. Make sure that your plants are clean and pest-free and that you have marked a price and the plant’s name on each plant that you bring. You will receive 75% of the sale price, the club will get 25%…or, even better…if you wish to donate the entire proceeds to the club, they will be cheerfully received. This is a lot of fun and it’s only half a day, so come join


us on Saturday, April 2nd at the 7th Annual Master Gardenrs’ Sale at the County Fairgrounds-just off I-4 in Deland You need to be there early – the sale starts at 8:30a.m. and it will take some time to set up. Sale ends at 12:30. Admission and parking are free.

Directions to get there:

This is really pretty easy (coming from someone who doesn’t get lost easily, but is sometimes bewildered and seen circling a destination for some time before finding the right address).

If you are coming from the east, take I-4 west toward Deland and take the SR-44 exit (exit118) toward New Smyrna Beach. Turn right onto New York Avenue (if you see Lake Winnemisette you turned the wrong way) and in less than a mile you will see the entrance to the fairgrounds on your right.

If you are coming from the west, take I-4 east toward Deland and take the SR-44 exit (exit 118) toward New Smyrna Beach. The fairgrounds will be on your right.

This month’s meeting…

If anyone had an opportunity to see the bromeliad show in Tampa last weekend, you saw a real feast for the eyes! This was a very nice show with some great looking plants. I took a number of pictures of the show and will share them in a slideshow presentation at this month’s meeting.

Looking ahead:


April 2 Master Gardener’s Sale at

Volusia County Fair Grounds. This is a half day

sale only, so don’t arrive late!

April 9th Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies quarterly meeting – hosted by the Seminole Bromeliad Society.

April 23rd and 24th Bromeliad Show and Sale – Bromeliad Society of South Florida. Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Coral Gables. (The visit to Fairchild Gardens alone is worth the trip to Miami! Add a bromeliad show and sale to the mix and you won’t want to pass this one up)

May 6 - 8 Annual Mothers Day Bromeliad Show and Sale –Bromeliad Society of Central Florida. Don’t look for this to be at the Florida Mall in Orlando as in past years. This year this show will be held at the Fashion Square Mall on S.R. 50 in Orlando – different venue, same outstanding show!