International Aroid Society
Annual Show and Sale

Typically Held the 3rd Weekend in September
at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida, USA
Future Shows the weekend of: 9/19/2015, 9/17/2016, 9/16/2017
(dates and venue subject to change)

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 2015 show will be the society's 38th.

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 Chaovanisch, Enid Offolter, Barry Schwartz and many more.


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 Indigo Hotel Miami Dadeland has traditionally been the hotel for out of town show attendees, and is located conveniently close to the gardens. They offer a free shuttle service between the garden and the hotel, though it can be slow. Competitive rates may be found online.

The Hampton Inn Dadeland (305-269-0072 or 1-800-Hampton) is also well located and often less expensive.

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.


Finally...

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.