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  Convention Speculations
From: ted.held at us.henkel.com (ted.held at us.henkel.com) on 2007.10.12 at 14:09:52(16463)
Dear List,

I have been following the discussion of new venues and possible new
formats for the IAS Annual Show and Convention and wondered about the
advisability of presenting more than a single keynote address. Many other
special-interest organizations sponsor smaller, less formal "sessions"
throughout the show period that supplement the address by the featured
speaker. I wrote down a few topics that could be presented in such
"workshops" and I'm sure that most of you could think of a number of
others. These are for purposes of discussion.

1. Experiences with Temperate Climate Outdoor Cultivation of Tropical
2. Edible Aroids of the World and Their Preparation.
3. Aquatic Aroid Genera Suitable for Aquarium Culture: Cryptocoryne,
Lagenandra, and Anubias.
4. Review of the Genus Philodendron [and other popular or unpopular
genera] and Cultivation Recommendations.
5. Aroids on E-Bay: Tips and Cautions about Buying and Selling On-Line.
6. Aroid Photography: Aesthetic and Scientific Pointers.
7. Hybridization of Aroids for the Amateur Enthusiast.
8. Landscaping with Aroids and Advice on Grounds Maintenance.
9. Successful Storage of Dormant Tubers.
10. Harvesting, Storage, and Germination of Aroid Seeds.
11. Tissue Culture: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Mass Cloning.
12. Artificial Lighting for Aroid Culture.
13. Coaxing Inflorescences from Reluctant Bloomers.
14. Native Cold Climate Aroids of North America [or Europe, or Anatolia,
or Asia].
15. Some Scientific Mysteries about Aroids.
16. What is Known about Aroid Odor and Fragrance.
17. Insect Pollination and Seed Dispersal: Partners in the Natural History
of Aroids.
18. The Aquatic Nuisance Aroids: Lemna, Spondela, and Pistia.
19. The Fossil Record of Aroids.
20. Aroid Culture and the Professional Operations of Public Greenhouses.

I expect that most people reading this list would want to sit for an hour
listening to many, perhaps even all of these topics if they were presented
by a person of some relevant experience. Most of these topics have been
discussed from time to time on the list, so there is at least some
expertise among people we already know that could be tapped and
formalized. I'm sure people would identify Julius with #2. I would be a
good possibility for #3, etc., etc.

Think also of the idea of video recording such sessions so they would be
available forever through the IAS. Or maybe we could have the presenter
write a "paper" on the subject that would record and flesh out the theme
for inclusion in Aroidiana. This is similar to what is done at many
professional meetings. Having some additional topics at a convention would
serve as further incentive for people to travel to attend and put some
meat on what it means to be a member of IAS.

Anyway, that's my idea for this morning.


From: agavestar at covad.net (Michael Mahan) on 2007.10.12 at 18:13:06(16466)
Sign me for all of those classes .. a simple video is a great idea .. burn
them as a DVD then offer at IAS site & them burn the DVD as they are ordered
, I'm sure some would handle that if the expenses were directed to cover the
blanks /time /postage which could be recouped by a fee for each video ..
this would go a long way to involve more people into growing aroids .
From: ecuador10 at comcast.net (Betsy Feuerstein) on 2007.10.13 at 01:06:02(16476)
The annual program at the Miami show could be recorded for distribution if that would interest people. I might think that one could be handled with a minimal expense and risk. Perhaps that would be a good way to start. I know you folk want instant gratification and I understand that, but use a tat of common sense before you jump into the fires of setting up a program, sales, and in a new location without folk who know the area and what is potentially available. You better have a good organizer in the bunch to do the leg work to put something together. You better have a guaranteed financial backer who will cover the potential expenses. I doubt IAS has the funds to guarantee the potential losses if the financial aspects of the project were not met. There usually is a lead time of at least a year to set up a program of any size. Your ideas are wonderful but not much of the discussion of the work that it would take to get such done has been offered. Perhaps set up a committee at this time to look into several pr
oposals and places and what it would cost and how and if it could be done. I would think this would fall into the hands of the executive board to appoint an advisory committee to look into the possibility of having an additional IAS project in some other city other than Miami and at a different time of year when those who have not been able to come might be able to come and when that might be.
From: hostas at fuse.net (hostas at fuse.net) on 2007.10.15 at 14:00:03(16502)
I have been following some of the discussions and would be thrilled to have copies of lectures on aroids available for sale especially along with paperwork for distribution. If it is on a dvd, it could even include photos which would be amazing for all of us!

We maintain a library for our membership and these are the types of things we are looking for as well as books.

We have a small cactus and succulent society in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and are always looking for information to share with our members. Our society has recently joined the aroid society. The members seem interested in a broad assortment of plants. Introducing some of them to more aroids could inspire more collectors in our area.


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