International Aroid Society
MidAmerica Chapter

NOTE: This meeting was held in October 2010, and this page is for archival purposes only.

3rd MidAmerica chapter meeting
Saturday, October 30 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens in Fort Worth , Texas (


Anyone interested in Aroids is invited.  Please bring friends and family!

The meeting itself is FREE!  Lunches will be available at minimal charge.

Donations will be accepted, to offset the facility rental and guided tour.

Everyone attending is encouraged to bring cuttings or plants for trade at the plant swap.  Dr. Croat has promised to bring some specimens from the Missouri Botanical Gardens, so you are bound to walk away with something!

Please RSVP to Zach DuFran ( with how many will be attending and if you would like to purchase lunch or not.

The morning session will be spent hearing several speakers talk about their collections and experiences with growing Aroids.  Before breaking for lunch we will have a plant and cuttings trade.  There will be a couple of talks after lunch and then we will spend the afternoon touring the botanical gardens, including the tropical conservatory.

Meeting agenda

Morning session
8:30      History of the IAS, Dr. Thomas B. Croat
9:00      State of the IAS, Steve Lucas
9:30      Houston Titan Arum Event, Dr. Nancy Greig
10:00    Aroid Anatomy Lesson, Steve Lucas
10:45    Identifying Aroids by Geshtaltn, Christopher Rogers
11:30    lunch break

Afternoon session
12:15    Plant Swap
12:30    The use of CATE's LUCID website, Dr. Thomas B. Croat
1:15      Cultivating Aroids outdoors in a temperate environment, Steve Marak
2:30      Guided tour of the tropical Conservatory

Venue Directions

Located approximately 1.5 miles west of downtown Fort Worth at the intersection of Interstate 30 and University Drive . Take the University exit and turn north. The Garden has two entrances on your left. Take the second entrance, which is a divided entrance with a median. The median has a large landscape clock. Park in the large parking lot. Our meeting will be held in the Orchid Room inside the Botanic Garden Center.

Lodging recommendations
Days Inn Fort Worth West
8500 West Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76108
rate: ~$40

SpringHill Suites Fort Worth University
3250 Lovell Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 1-817-878-2554
rate: $100-120

Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth University Drive
1505 S University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 1-817-335-2000
rate: $100-120

If you have any questions about the MidAmerica Chapter, please contact Zach DuFran.