41st Annual
International Aroid Society Show and Sale
Held September 15-16, 2018 At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Miami, Florida, USA

Show and Sale

NOTE: On Friday, the show is being readied for the public by vendors and IAS staff from approximately 9am to 5pm. Show entrants should bring their select plants for display and for judging before noon. Vendors may setup their booths starting at noon.

The Garden House is CLOSED to the public on Friday and no public activities are scheduled. Only Vendors, Show Entrants and IAS volunteer staff will be admitted to the Garden House on Friday. Please plan to join us as the festivities start bright and early on Saturday morning!

Schedule for Saturday September 15th, 2018:

9:30 AM - Show opens at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in the Garden House ( free with garden admission )
11:00 AM - Rare Plant Auction ( Garden House )
1:00 PM - Afternoon Talks ( Corbin Building )
- Lester Kallus speaking on packing and transporting plants
- David Hernandez of Leaf Gardens speaking on growing Amorphophallus
- Chad Husby of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden speaking on New Aroid Introductions
4:30 PM - Show closes
6:30 PM - Annual Banquet, Featured Speaker Dr. Artur Maia and Auction ( ticketed event limited to IAS members and their guests )
  • 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 Holly Whalan at hwhalan@ntbg.org or 305.442.7169 ext 100 to arrange for payment and check-in. Reservations are first come, first served; they can accommodate up to 12 people. Remember check-in is only during office hours, 9 am - 5 pm.
  • The Saturday Banquet is now $30 - reserve your spots before Sunday 9/9/2018. The banquet sold out last year, so please do not plan on buying tickets at the show.
    • We are lucky to have Aroid researcher and writer Dr. Artur Maia flying in from Brazil to give a fascinating presentation on his research into the amazing diversity of Aroid inflorescences, floral scents and pollinators.
      Artur has a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (2002), a master’s degree in Animal Biology from the same institution (2006), and doctorate degrees in Biological Sciences (Zoology) from Universidade Federal da Paraíba (2011) and in Ecology, Biodiversity and Evolution from Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier (2011). He is currently a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member of the Post-Graduation Program in Animal Biology from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, working on research in the areas of pollination ecology, chemical communication and behavioral ecology of insects. He has a special interest in the fragrances of Neotropical night-blooming aroids pollinated by cyclocephaline scarabs and how scent-mediated attraction has influenced the diversification of both mutualists involved. Alongside several collaborators, he is currently working on an extensive review of the floral scent chemistry of aroids, as well on the establishment of an interaction network of cyclocephaline scarabs with their host plants.
    • The legendary Auction will feature an assortment of rare donated plants. Many additional donations will be available, and we will contuinue with the 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.

  • Confirmed vendors this year include:
    • LeafGardens - Selling Amorphophallus
    • Equaflor-A - Gilberto Merino's operation in Cuenca, Ecuador.
             Equalfor-A accepts preorders through personal correspondance.
    • Ecuagenera - rare aroids from Ecuador.
             Ecuagenera accepts preorders through their website.
    • Ree Gardens - Steve and Marie Nock share some of the finest specimen plants available anywhere.
    • Nature's Tapestry - Ellis and Rusty Brown cater an assortment of aroids, some of which are particularly good for landscapes.
    • "Home" Sappasiri Chaovanich - a curated selection of nice things from Thailand
    • Oasis Nursery - selling Aglaonemas, Anthurium and Philodendron
    • Noel Calvert from GueCal Colombian Tropicals will also be attempting an appearance, complete with plants.
  • As always, Bill and Denis Rotolante at Silver Krome Gardens, Barry Schwartz, and Enid Offolter at NSE Tropicals, assisted by countless member growers, 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 Hampton Inn Miami Dadeland (305-269-0072 or 1-800-Hampton) is now the best choice in show hotels. Located in a quiet spot behind the Dadeland Mall, it is a quick and easy drive to the gardens. They offer free parking, Wifi and breakfast. Competitive rates may be found online - don't forget to check the advance purchase rate on their website.

The Aloft Hotel Miami Dadeland has historically hosted many Aroiders. Remodeled just a year ago, Aroiders should be aware that they now charge $10/night for parking as befits their new coat of paint.

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.

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