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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 2015 show will be the society's 38th.
The show and sale features:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hampton Inn Dadeland (305-269-0072 or 1-800-Hampton) is also well located.
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.
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.