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  [Aroid-l] 2nd Annual Aroid show?
From: Steve at ExoticRainforest.com (ExoticRainforest) on 2007.10.10 at 07:07:32(16439)
Boy, did my private mail box light up! And the idea seems to have some positive support here as well. I did receive one notice that it would be impossible for the Florida contingent to show plants in California due to state law preventing bringing in plants. That could severely limit the support. But of course, you guys in California might know a way around that one. Perhaps the sentiment is for moving the show from Miami, but I'd like to consider a show (or shows) in addition to Miami.

What if we consider doing something totally different, but similar, to the International Aroid Show and Sale. Since the Indonesians are nuts about Anthurium and are driving all of us nuts let's take advantage of their money and enthusiasm. How about producing something that might be called the International Anthurium and Aroid Conference sponsored by the International Aroid Society. And do it in St. Louis with Tom's blessings (if he'll bless it). This afternoon I my checked my last 100 website hits and of those over 80 were looking up Anthurium. Almost everyone of those read my article on growing Anthurium! But the places they are in are not all Indonesia. Right now I'm receiving up to 1,700 hits daily (average is about 1,200) and the majority are for Anthurium. The hits are coming from all of the United States, Europe, Iran, Saudi Arabia and many places in the South Pacific as well as Indonesia and SE Asia. These people are begging to see and buy Anthurium, especially bird's nest forms. Right now
Anthurium is hot!

If we try to do this in the late spring all you guys that sell should have time to get some birds nest forms ready to sell. I think we should push the devil out of inviting people from all over the world to come and attend as well as show. Announce it on every garden board on the net! Invite the Hawaiian growers. Invite anyone! But do the thing somewhat different from the Miami show and sale in we'll also have some conference speakers telling how to grow, and hybridize, Anthurium. Either you have to be a member of IAS to attend any of these conferences or pay extra.

Get Tom to show off his birds nest Anthurium collection and get MOBOT to sponsor it. Bring up Eduardo. Bring Joep. Bring whoever we can that knows about Anthurium and will share their knowledge. The garden will make money from the ticket sales, IAS will make money from booth sales and membership, and sellers will just make money. Especially if we can get the Asians to come and spend some of their cash. You can charge for each seminar or just use it to increase membership!! Sell seeds! (But not 10,000 seeds at a time!) Take advantage of the current hype. And of course, since the conference includes all aroids, not just Anthurium, we can still show off any aroid!

Some aroid sellers have been selling a few Anthurium on eBay that will go for well over $600 each! I saw several sell in the past few weeks for over $500 each! Talk about an auction! These people ask me all the time if they can come and buy my plants. So let's give them a "plant sale" to come to! And let's push them to become members of IAS.

Any ideas? I've had some success in helping to promote and sponsor similar conferences in other fields. One I was a co-producer of in Miami brought in 20,000 paid guests for several years. The fire marshalls almost shut us down because we over sold the Coconut Grove Exhibition Center in Miami. I'll donate my time. How about the rest of you?

Steve Lucas

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