The Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society

Next meeting Sunday, June 8th – 1:30 p.m.

June 2008

Field Trip to Alan Bennett’s Garden

President Nina Leggett - 386/673-0550

Vice President – Joan Campbell – 672-7382

Secretary – Calandra Thurrott – 761-4804

Treasurer – Evelyn Santus615-1138



Last Month’s meeting

That was an excellent program by Tom and Carol Wolfe on the bromeliads in their garden. And the pictures of the visiting fox were really quite amazing! Our apologies for the air conditioning during the meeting – that little a/c unit just has a hard time keeping up with demand. We’ll try to get the building cool a little more in advance next time.

This Month’s meeting

It’s time for another field trip! This time we’ll be meeting at the garden of Alan Bennett in Deltona. Alan grows many members of the aroid family as well as bromeliads and has some interesting examples of epiphytic bromeliads and aroids mounted in trees as well as an outstanding landscape display of bromeliads. Calandra and I had the pleasure of visiting Alan’s yard recently, so I can say that you are in for a treat!

To get to Alan’s house:

Take Interstate 4 West to the Debary/Deltona exit 108.

Turn left onto Debary/Doyle Road and proceed to the third traffic light.

Turn at the light left onto Providence Blvd. and continue until you see Normandy Blvd.

Turn left onto Normandy and then right onto the first street, Norwood Drive.


Follow Norwood for 2 blocks to Abeline Drive.

Turn left onto Abeline and go 1 block to Melagano Street.

Turn right onto Melagano. Alan’s house will be on your right – 1121 Melagano St.

Have any difficulty finding it? Alan’s telephone number is 321/377-2189

Presidents Corner

As you read this (Monday 2 June) I will be in the sky flying back from England. I am anxious to get see how my garden has fared while I have been gone. Before I left I had a raccoon digging up each new plant I put out, an armadillo had decided that my wildflower garden was THE route he HAD to take each night and a squirrel was stealing my Neo flowers before they had a chance to show me how beautiful they could be. I left wondering what kind of crazy fool would continue adding more plants, spending hours in the sweltering heat taking care of all this "stuff" I had accumulated – the only answer I could come up with was ME.

This month we have the much anticipated tour of Alan Bennetts’ garden, I hope you can all make it.

See you all there