39th Annual
International Aroid Society Show and Sale
Held At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Miami, Florida, USA

The 2016 Show and Sale will be September 17th and 18th, 2016
Schedule for Saturday September 17th, 2016:
9:30AM - Show opens at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in the Garden House ( admission required )
11:00AM - Rare Plant Auction ( Garden House )
1:00PM - Afternoon Talks ( Corbin Building )
- Dr. Peter Boyce "Rheophytes (the aroids of the (mostly) rocky forest river banks) and how (and why) to grow them without an aquarium"
The talk will focus on the currently very popular rheophytic aroids of tropical Asia (Aridarum, Bucephalandra, Piptospatha, and the like) and cover emersed cultivation methods.
Peter Boyce’s interest in aroids began in his early teens and association with the IAS in the second year after it was formed. Peter joined the staff of Kew Gardens’ Herbarium in 1987 and for the next 15 years worked on temperate European and tropical Asian aroids. Outputs during this time included a book on The Genus Arum and co-authorship of The Genera of Araceae with Simon Mayo and Josef Bogner. After resigning from Kew, and a spell living in SW France, Peter moved to Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo researching and writing extensively, interspersed with periods in Thailand to complete the Flora of Thailand Araceae account (published in 2012), and as a visiting researcher at the University Sains Malaysia, Penang, resulting in the co-authored The Araceae of Peninsular Malaysia published in 2011. Peter is currently an associate of the Department Biologie I - Systematische Botanik und Mykologie, Ludwig–Maximilians–Universität München, Germany, the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, University of Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia, and maintains a living research collection of more than 5000 plants. Peter is author or co-author of almost 300 publications, many of them in collaboration with Wong Sin Yeng, and is a regular contributor to Aroideana, previously having been the journal’s editor, and to the IAS Newsletter.
- Dr. Thomas Croat - “Big Changes in Estimated Number of Species of Anthurium and Philodendron”
How our development of Lucid keys has enabled us to get a better handle on determination of undetermined species and better know which specimens represent new species.
- Nathan Hartley - “Ecological niche differentiation within Araceae at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica”
This talk will discuss recent findings on how co-occurring species of Araceae at La Selva Biological Station, particularly Anthurium, differ with respect to each other in terms of their ecological niche as inferred by functional leaf traits. The staggering species diversity in Anthurium begs the question of how this diversity came to be and to what degree to co-occurring species share similar life history strategies. I am a 2nd year PhD student at Duke University aiming to study the systematics, phylogeography and ecological niche differentiation in bird's nest anthuriums (Anthurium section Pachyneurium). I completed my undergraduate degree at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where I conducted a state-wide analysis of phylogenetic trends in the Pennsylvanian wetland flora and became infatuated with aroids. Before graduate school I had the privilege of working for Dr. Tom Croat describing new species and amassing species names for his OPUS synthesis project.
- Dr. Alejandro Zuluaga - "What DNA data can tell us about Araceae, and what it can't."
This talk will be focus on the results of recent studies using molecular data and how is changing our ideas about Araceae classification at the subfamily, genus and species level. I will talk, among others, about the position of Calla, the relationships of Spathiphyllum and Holochlamys, and Monstera species.
I am a Colombian botanist graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I worked at the Colombian Natural Science Institute and at the Amazonian Research Institute where I did floristic and systematics work and I had the opportunity of collect hundreds of Araceae from Colombia. For my doctoral studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison I worked on systematics of the subfamily Monsterodieae, and in particular in the genus Monstera. Currently I am a professor at the Biology Department at Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, where we are putting together a group of researchers and students focus on the study of the aroid family in the tropics.
4:30PM - Show closes
6:30PM - Annual Banquet, Featured Speaker Sin Yeng Wong and Auction ( ticketed event )
  • The Show Chairs this year are Alex Bello and Albert Huntington. Please feel free to contact either one with questions or issues.
  • The Kampong has dorm beds at $40 with free WiFi. Interested parties should contact Ann Schmidt at aschmidt@ntbg.org or 305.442.7169 to arrange for payment and check-in. Reservations are first come, first served; they can accommodate up to 12 people.
  • The Saturday Banquet is still $25 - reserve your spots before Sunday 9/11/2016. The banquet sold out last year, so please do not plan on buying tickets at the show.
    • We are lucky to have Aroid expert and prolific researcher Dr. Wong Sin Yeng flying in from Sarawak to be the featured speaker at the banquet, and she's dragging Peter Boyce along for the trip as well. Her presentation will be entitled Aroids on Borneo: A 'native's' view.

      Wong Sin Yeng earned her Ph.D. in 2010 on the study of rheophytic Asian aroids' evolutionary and ecological adaptations. Currently, Sin Yeng is undertaking multidisciplinary studies involving evolutionary modeling, ecological adaptations and pollination biology. With over 100 papers published in the last seven years, many in Aroideana and IAS Newsletter, she divides her time between mentoring the next generation of Asian biologists, her own research, and authoring papers that are changing fundamental ideas in generic boundaries in South East Asian Araceae. The majority of this research is dependent upon on a very extensive living collection based in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

    • The legendary Auction will feature an assortment of rare donated plants, including a large shipment from Peter and Sin Yeng's research collection, many never-before available in the USA, and a number of rare and LARGE Amorphophallus species. Many additional donations will be available, and we are planning on a slightly different format this year, with a daytime auction at 11am in the Garden House in addition to the traditional evening event. If you have a special plant you'd like to donate to the auction, please contact Alex Bello for more information. There will be no internet bidding this year, so get your banquet tickets now.
    • The menu will feature delicious catered Cuban cuisine from Mary Anderson.

  • Confirmed vendors this year include:
    • Equaflor-A - Gilberto Merino's operation in Cuenca, Ecuador. New this year.
    • Ecuagenera - boxes of rare aroids from Ecuador.
             Ecuagenera accepts preorders until August 31st through their website.
    • Ree Gardens - Steve and Marie Nock's show-quality plants.
    • Nature's Tapestry - Ellis and Rusty Brown also represent Redland Nursery with an assortment of aroids, some of which are particularly good for landscapes.
    • Palm Hammock Orchid Estate - though they are in the process of developing a new location, you will be offered a rare opportunity to purchase some plants from their collection at the show.
    • "Home" Sappasiri Chaovanich - tons of tubers and some other nice things from Thailand
    • Oasis Nursery - selling Aglaonemas, Anthurium and Philodendron
  • As always, Bill and Denis Rotolante at Silver Krome Gardens will supply a plethora of Aroids for the member tables.
  • IAS Members can offer plants at the members table - see here for more details on both the vendors and members sales.
           (Prospective vendors please contact Enid Offolter for more information.)

General Information

The IAS Show and Sale is a weekend event traditionally held annually during the 3rd weekend in September at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida, USA.

The show and sale features:

  • Opportunity to meet and interact with aroid researchers, breeders, growers, hobbyists and personalities from all over the USA.
  • Vendors both local and international. In past years we have had vendors bringing aroids from places like Thailand and Ecuador. There are often plants available from botanical gardens and private growers that can be found nowhere else.
  • Guest lectures on Saturday afternoons, speaking on various aroid related subjects including plant exploration, growing uncommon genera, and more.
  • Opportunity to see huge specimen show plants up close.
  • The annual IAS banquet which includes a guest speaker. Recent featured speakers have included Dr. Marc Gibernau from France speaking on pollination, Wilbert Hetterscheid from the Netherlands speaking on Amorphophallus, Leland Miyano from Hawaii speaking on Philodendrons, Joep Moonen from French Guyana, and many others.
  • The annual IAS auction of rare aroids. A partial list of a previous year's offerings is available here. Depending on attendance, there are some wonderful deals to be had.
  • Opportunities to see various other Aroid related operations in South Florida.

Past vendors have included: Ecuagenera, Ree Gardens, Palm Hammock Orchid Estate and in the members section: Natural Selections, Silver Krome Gardens, Bruce McAlpin, Don Bittel, Home Chaovanich, Enid Offolter, Barry Schwartz, Alex Bello and many more. For information on becoming a vendor or selling at the members table, please refer to the policy here.

Show and Sale Location

The IAS show and Sale is traditionally hosted the 3rd weekend in September at the world famous Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. The Garden is adjacent to Matheson Hammock Park, about 20 minutes by car from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. You can find more information about Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden online here. Entrance to The Garden is through the visitor center at the north entrance off Old Cutler Road. Please see the garden website for admission prices.

Typical Schedule of Events

Friday: The show is set up from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Show entrants bring their select plants for display and for judging before noon. Vendors may setup their booths starting at noon.

Saturday: The Show and vendor sales booths are open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

On Saturday evening at 6:30 PM we begin the always-fulfilling Society Members Banquet Dinner followed by a short annual business meeting. The feature presentation by a well known Aroid personality is followed by the plant auction featuring many very rare and choice aroids. Dress is smart-casual.

Sunday: The Show and Sale opens again from 9:30AM to 4:30PM. At 10:00AM there is a Board of Directors meeting at Fairchild Garden open to all IAS members.

Show Hotels

The Miami Dadeland Hotel has traditionally been the hotel for out of town show attendees, and is located conveniently close to the gardens. Recently acquired by the Starwood Group, their free shuttle doesn't quite make it as far as Fairchild, but you are almost guaranteed to be able to hook up with another Aroider who's rented a car. Competitive rates may be found online.
2016 NOTE: The hotel has informed us that they will be closed for renovations during the show. Apparently, they are changing name and theme yet again and will be part of the Aloft chain next year.

The Hampton Inn Dadeland (305-269-0072 or 1-800-Hampton) is also well located and offers free WiFi and parking.

The Tyson Dorm at the Kampong often has a limited number of beds available, and free WiFi. Reservations are first come, first served and they can accommodate up to 12 people.


Please plan to attend the International Aroid Society's Annual Show and Sale. It's a great opportunity not only to pick up some nice plants but to meet people in the aroid community.

If you have any questions about the IAS Show and Sale, please contact Albert Huntington.

2014 Memories

The 2014 show and sale is over, but we have preserved a lot of good memories here.

Albert Huntington has also posted some commented pictures from the 2008 show and sale.