42nd Annual
International Aroid Society Show and Sale
Held September 21-22, 2019 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.

NOTE that NO PLANT SALES will be allowed on Friday.

Please plan to join us as the festivities start bright and early on Saturday morning!

Schedule for Saturday September 21st, 2019:

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 )
4:30 PM - Show closes
6:30 PM - Annual Banquet, Featured Speaker Jay Vannini and Auction ( ticketed event limited to IAS members and their guests. Ticket Sales are Now Closed.)
  • The Show Chair this year is Alex Bello. Please feel free to contact him with questions or issues.
  • The Kampong has dorm beds at $45. Reservations are first come, first served; they can accommodate up to 12 people. Interested parties should contact Holly Whalan at hwhalan@ntbg.org or 305.442.7169 ext 100 to arrange for payment and check-in. Remember check-in is only during office hours, 9 am - 5 pm.
  • The Saturday Banquet - reserve your seats starting 8/5/2019. The banquet will likely sell out very quickly this year, so please make sure you reserve at that time. No tickets will be available at the show.
    • We are lucky to have collector, researcher and all-around plant guy Jay P. Vannini as the featured speaker, giving an Aroid-centric talk.
      With a professional background in agribusiness and parallel to his work in wildlands conservation in Central America, Jay has been collecting and propagating rare plants since the early 1980s. He has experience working with many Neotropical Araceae genera both in the field in and in cultivation and is particularly interested in rare, microendemic species from Central America and Panamá. Besides his work hybridizing anthuriums, he has also made efforts to propagate and distribute many rare species of tropical aroids to public and private collectors around the world. He now has over two decades growing members of the family in both greenhouse and garden settings in the highlands of Guatemala and greenhoused in coastal central California. His personal collection includes more than 300 uncommon, rare or endangered aroid taxa as part of a private plant inventory in both countries that currently exceeds 2,000 forms (~1,200 in California alone) and well over 10,000 individual, non-seedling plants.
    • The legendary Auction will feature an assortment of rare donated plants, 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.
    • OFE International - Growers supplies
    • 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
  • 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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