The Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society

Next regular meeting Sunday, :October 8, 2006


October, 2006

Fall is Here – Have You Made plans for Winter’s Cold Weather?

President Bradley Rauch386/767-8937

Vice President – Jay Thurrott – 386/761-4804

Secretary – Nina Leggett - 386/673-0550

Treasurer – Jim O’Shaughnessy - 386/253-0335


By the time this newsletter goes out, this year’s Extravaganza will be underway. I expect that you will hear a report on it during this month’s meeting. It looks like a record number of our club’s membership will be attending it. If you didn’t make it this year, start making plans now to attend Extravaganza 2007. It will be hosted by the Bromeliad Society of Broward County – a great bunch of folks who, I’m sure will put on an outstanding event!

This month’s meeting:

A little over 10 years ago (back when our club hadn’t been around very long) we received 5 very large boxes of bromeliads from a man by the name of John Anderson of Corpus Christi, Texas with instructions to distribute these among the club members. This was his way of helping a new club become established and, as I later learned, was typical of the generosity of John. John passed away a few years ago, but recently Calandra and I took advantage of an opportunity to visit Corpus Christi and to tour his nursery (Epiphitamy Station Extension). For a program this month we’ll be showing slides of this nursery and the amazing array of bromeliads under cultivation there. You also may be amused to see a few pictures of a special annual award presented by the Southwest Bromeliad Guild at their annual show.

Clean Up of Bromeliads at the Garden Center

This shouldn’t really take a lot of time, but there are a number of bromeliads in the ‘Secret Garden’ at the Garden Center that have been neglected long enough that they really detract from the appearance of the place. Our regular meeting time is 1:30 on Sunday, but if a few of you can make it at 11:30 instead, I think we can clean up the gardens and have everything looking nice again in time for the Halifax Council of Garden Clubs to begin having their meetings there again (they don’t meet during the Summer months).


I like this word so much better than "I made a mistake in last month’s newsletter". The quarterly meeting of the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies should have been reported as being on October 14th and not on the 7th . Apologies for the error…and thanks for the sharp eyes of the clubmember reporting this.

Secondly – apologies to everyone for the miscue at last month’s meeting. I don’t think that I can blame Homeland Security for this, but the Halifax Council of Garden Clubs has gotten very security-conscious since the break-in at the Garden Center this past year. As a result, the locks were changed and very, very few keys were parcelled out to the member clubs. I realized that I had our club’s only key to the building at about noon on our meeting day while I was in Corpus Christi and, despite all of today’s advances in technology I could think of no way get that key back to Daytona in time to open up the building. Sorry everyone – my fault!

Leave Those Neos. Alone!

If you haven’t already done so, don’t separate any more Neoregelia pups until Spring. I have never heard an absolute explanation of why pups separated after early October don’t do well, but I’m sure that it has to do with the reduced number of hours of daylight, decreased outside temperatures or a combination of both. In any evet, the time has passed to pot up Neo. pups in our area. Wait until March or so before entertaining any thoughts of separating them. For those procrastinators in the group – congratulations! You have successfully dodged this bit of work for another 6 months.

Library Book Missing

Our club has developed quite a library of bromeliad-related books through the years. Unfortunately, we seem to be missing one of those books and it’s the one most frequently in demand by club members – Baensch’s "Blooming Bromeliads". This book is out of print (at least in English) and will be very difficult and expensive to replace. So, if anyone has seen our copy, please bring it to the next meeting – we have a number of members who are very anxious to borrow it.

Looking ahead:

October 14, 2006 –

Fall meeting of the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies, hosted by the Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society

October 9, 2006 –

Halifax Council of Garden Clubs monthly meeting at the Garden Center

November 18 & 19, 2006 - Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society Annual Sale at

Terry Park, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, Fl.

For more information contact Larry Giroux,
or Betty Ann Prevatt, email:

March 15-18, 2007 "Everybody’s Flower Show" at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Standard judged flower show, horticultural displays. Many vendors selling garden related items.

April 21-22, 2007 Bromeliad Society of South Florida annual show and plant sale – Miami

May 5-6, 2007 Broward County Bromeliad Society annual show and plant sale