From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Dan Levin
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 2:32 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Initiating a California/ US West Coast Aroid Group
The notion of forming a Calif.-based aroid group has been bouncing around the hollows of my hippocampus for nearly a decade. Best of intentions and all that, I could never quite bring the concept to fruition.
Well... it just so happens this same idea- the gathering of regionally proximate aroiders for fun, and the sharing of knowledge and plants- has also been bouncing around the solidly superior hippocampus of another Bay Area individual and all-around good guy: Dr. Paul Licht, Director of the U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley.
Newly motivated by Paul's infectious demeanor & interest in Arisaema (not to mention numerous cups of coffee and some mighty fine danish served at his office) I am pleased to announce: a California/ US West Coast Aroid Group is now officially forming!
The ultimate landscape of what such a group may look like and entail is fairly wide open, subject to whatever the participants wish it to be and are willing to take on themselves- as per all groups. Formal, informal...
it's all good. At the very least I could see this providing those of us with ZIP codes beginning with "9" a chance to expand our collective cultural knowledge of temperate and tropical highland Araceae... i.e. plants we can and do grow out here that our friends in the eastern US (and other
places) often struggle with, and as a consequence, we generally don't hear as much about through the common aroid channels.
To get things rolling, we're planning a get-together/ meeting sometime in the coming months (Feb. or March), to be held on a Sunday at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/
I respectfully ask those of you who are interested- even if only marginally so, or if you live outside the region but hope to make it anyway- to please contact me directly/ off-list. We'll provide everyone with all the details and requisite information the moment things become locked.
Please consider joining us in Berkeley in the very near future!
With many thanks,
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