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Plant Enthusiasts meeting in St. Louis!

Posted by zdufran 7a ( on
Mon, Jan 25, 10 at 11:36

I wanted to let everyone know about an exciting opportunity to meet with other plant enthusiasts, view some wonderful plant collections, research facilities, tour beautiful gardens, trade plants and cuttings with other growers and hear some talks about research and growing of tropical plants. Believe it or not - all of this will occur in one day in St. Louis, Missouri! And that day is April 24th. Anyone interested in plants is invited to attend. Bring your friends and family. The only cost is the admission charged by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. The agenda is included below.

This meeting will be hosted by Dr. Tom Croat of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Please RSVP to me (zach at - replace "at" with the usual symbol) so that we know how many chairs to set up and how many refreshments to have. And let me know if you have any questions. You can also see the official meeting announcement at our website:

2nd MidAmerica Chapter
International Aroid Society Meeting
Missouri Botanical Garden
April 24, 2010

All plant enthusiasts are encouraged to attend - you don't have to be a member of the IAS! The only cost is admission to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Feel free to come for the first half, second half, or the full day of activities!

Opening Gathering:
8:30-9:30 AM. Coffee

9:30 AM A review of Systematic work with Araceae in the New World . Thomas B. Croat, Missouri Botanical Garden
10:15 AM Coffee break
10:45 AM A preview of the Philodendron from some arid areas of Brazil and a visit to the Burle Marx Collection in Brazil , Joep Moonen, Emerald Jungle Village , French Guiana .
11:15 AM Missouri Botanical Gardens Grounds Tour. This tour will concentrate on some of the grounds near the Ridgway Center since at least some of us will return there for lunch
12:15 PM Lunch break

Opening of Afternoon session:
1:00 PM An introduction to aroid genera, Thomas B. Croat, Missouri Botanical Garden
1:45 PM Cultivating tropical plants efficiently in a temperate environment, Steve Lucas, Siloam Springs , Arkansas .
2:15 PM Cultivating Aroids outdoors in a temperate area. Steve Marak, Springdale , Arkansas
2:30 PM Coffee break and plant swap and give away
3:00 PM Tour of Missouri Botanical Garden Aroid Collection
3:45 PM Tour of Research complex at Lehmann Building herbarium. This will include seeing the world's largest collection of herbarium specimens, demonstrations on the use of Lucid, a session at the CATE Araceae site at Kew and an explanation of Croat's research efforts with revisionary and floristic studies.
4:30 PM Refreshments
5:00 PM Adjournment for dinner at a local restaurant (for those who wish to attend)

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RE: Plant Enthusiasts meeting in St. Louis!

What's the matter with you guys on this site? The level of activity is way too low! You should all be going to St Louis for this. I would be be unfortunately I can't afford the flight from Brazil or the week off work...

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