Winter is Coming – Are You
President – Mike Fink – 386/673-5450
Vice President – Linda Stagnol – 386/760-6842
Secretary – Calandra Thurrott - 386/761-4804
Treasurer - Ted Nuse - 386/673-2648
Last month’s visit to Plants and Things
I’ve always enjoyed field trips, but our September trip to Plants and Things in Ocala was really special. The weather was perfect, attendance was very good (thanks everyone – it’s great to see such a good turnout), and the Aldrich’s even provided lunch! I think everyone came away from our visit with some new bromeliad acquisitions and smiles on their faces. Thank you George and Irene for your hospitality! ..and thanks to Richard Temple for the photo above of the intrepid explorer in his habitat - could there be a potential club photographer in our group?
This month’s meeting
Eight years ago our club received a number of boxes of bromeliads from John Anderson of Corpus Christie, Texas to help get our group started. That was most generous of him and we were very appreciative of his donation. I don’t think any of us knew at the time that John was one of the "greats" in the world of bromeliads and was especially well known for his interest in the genus ‘Aechmea’. …And its no coincidence that there exists a bromeliad named Aechmea andersonii or that an especially attractive cultivar of Aechmea pedicellata is named ‘Nelwyn’ after his wife.
John Anderson passed away last Spring to the great sadness of all who knew him, but his plants live on. Tropiflora offered to sell plants from his collection to their customers and our club purchased a number of these plants. They have arrived in excellent shape and we will have them at this month’s meeting so that everyone will have an opportunity to acquire some really terrific specimens. The plants will be for sale at the same price we paid for them and these are not you usual, run of the mill bromeliads – so, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity!
…And let’s not forget "Show and Tell"! This is the part of each meeting that I always look forward to. This is a chance for everybody to bring in one or more of their plants and show the members what that plant has been doing. Sometimes this means that the plant is sick or doesn’t want to grow properly or develop that color that you had hoped for – or maybe it just won’t bloom. Bring it in – let’s see it and talk about it. Other times this can be an opportunity to show off a plant that you are really proud of . Bring it in and take a bow for a job well done!
It’s hard to believe, but another year is winding down and it won’t be long before we see some cold weather drifting down our way. Our weather-watching will change from watching out for hurricanes to watching out for approaching cold fronts. If you are the kind of individual who was prepared going into this year’s hurricane season, you probably don’t need a reminder that its time to prepare your plants for cold weather. And if you are like most of us who put things off until the last minute – you probably won’t pay any attention to this reminder anyway. So why are we even touching on this subject? If you are one of those organized types, you may just be too preoccupied with some other activities to realize that it’s that time again – so consider this as a gentle reminder. If you are one of those procrastinators – well, it’s never too late to change. There’s also a third group who we haven’t mentioned yet and that is new club members. If you are a new member of our group – here’s what we are talking about:
10/11/03 – Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies quarterly meeting hosted by the Boca Raton Bromeliad Society 11/7-9/03 – Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society Standard BSI Show and Sale. Terry Park in Ft. Meyers. Call L. Giroux at 239/997-2237 or B. Weber at 239/391-4268 for details and directions.
10/12/03 – October meeting of FECBS.1:30p.m.
10/13/03 – First meeting of the year of the Halifax Council of Garden Clubs. 10a.m.
11/15-16/03 – 2003 Extravaganza presented by the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies and hosted by the Bromeliad Society of South Florida. Location: Miccosuckee Indian Reservation Hotel and Casino in Miami (corner of Tamiami Trial and Krome Ave.)
7/26/04-8/2/04 – Sixteenth World Bromeliad Conference in Chicago, Illinois