Share a day with us in a tropical garden!

exoticrainforestSeptember 25, 2009

If you love to grow tropical plants and live in Oklahoma, southwestern Missouri, north Texas, western Arkansas, southern Kansas, western Louisiana, southeastern Colorado or anywhere people love growing tropical plants please join us at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge on November 21 at 1:00 PM. We've planned a meeting for tropical plant lovers and everyone is welcome to come and bring your tropical plant loving friends for a great tour of the garden!

The Myriad Gardens has a fabulous collection of tropical plant species including more than 100 palm species, a collection of Cycads, Gingers, Bromeliads, Orchids and aroid species including Philodendron, Anthurium, Alocasia as well as the exotic Amorphophallus titanum.

This meeting is sponsored by the members of the International Aroid Society that live the region but our goal is to meet people that love tropical plants! Although we grow and love aroids almost all of us love to grow almost any plant from the rain forests of the world. We just want to meet people with an interest similar to our own. Technically this is the first meeting of the MidAmerica Chapter of the International Aroid Society but you don't have to join or be a member to join us for the tour of the garden.

We've been told there is a good possibility that Dr. Tom Croat who is the world's leading aroid botanist as well as the P.A. Schulze Curator of Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is hoping to be able to join us. Dr. Croat has personally collected more than 100,000 wild specimens in rain forests around the world for scientific purposes and has named many new species to science. This will be a great chance to meet Tom and ask questions. Since he is a personal friend I can assure you find him a warm and kind gentleman besides the fact he is the world's leading expert in his field! We'll be updating this post once we have a confirmation.

Some of us will be bringing plants and cuttings to trade and we encourage you to do the same. Please bring anything you would like to share with other tropical plant enthusiasts since there will almost certainly be something there you'll want to bring home.

For more information, check out the chapter page at

Please RSVP to Zach DuFran or to Steve Lucas at

The only cost is your admission to the Myriad Center which is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 children). If you've never been to the garden the Myriad Gardens website is

Please join us!

Here is a link that might be useful: MidAmerica Chapter of the IAS

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I will be on my way down to Florida for the winter, just about that time

Although a grandaughter has her birthday her seventh birthday that day

But I may just talk myself into leaving a bit early to attend this day of tropical garden exhibits and information

Would just be so special, and a great way to celebrate the journey down.

Have to look you up on Google.
Might be nice to have a Canadian stop by , EH!


    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 10:29PM
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We'd love to see you there Diane!

We now have a confirmation that Dr. Croat will be spending the afternoon with us at the Myriad Center Garden so if anyone has questions about aroids this would be the perfect time to get an answer from the world expert on this family of plants.

You'll find Tom to be very friendly and always willing to help you find the answers you need! Since his schedule is very hectic this is a chance many aroid growers may never have again.

The Myriad Center has also told us they will be providing a guide for the afternoon so you'll have a double chance to ask questions on plants int their collection.

Please RSVP to Zach DuFran or to Steve Lucas at so we can have an approximate count.

We'll see you in Oklahoma City in just a few weeks!

Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge on November 21 at 1:00 PM.

Here is a link that might be useful: International Aroid Society MidAmerica Chapter

    Bookmark   October 29, 2009 at 12:31AM
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