44th Annual
International Aroid Society Show and Sale
Held September 11-12, 2021 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 10am to 4pm. 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!



  • This year, we will continue our famed banquet and our legendary auction featuring extremely rare plants from Botanical gardens, Personal Collections and donations from our members and vendors. Our Banquet & Auction is a ticketed event and tickets will be for sale on Saturday September 11, 2021 starting at Noon in the member sales area cashiers and the cost will be $40 per person which includes a catered dinner and admission to our auction. There will be no walkups allowed and only guests that have reserved will be admitted by our Security Staff.
  • The featured speaker is Orlando Ortiz. He is studying microendemic populations of aroids in Panama. He has lots of pictures of species that are new or have just been seen again for the first time in many years.

  • Confirmed vendors this year include:
    • Oasis Nursery
    • Karma Nursery
    • Ralph Plants
    • Ecuaflora
    • Ecuagenera
    • Mundiflora
    • Wuhoo Tropicals
    • OFE Supplies
    • Best Of Thai
    • Natures Tapestry
    • Calusa Tropicals
    • Gabriella Plants
    • Patch Of Nature Nursery
    • Bio Vivarium
  • As always, the members tables will be full with offerings from vendors like NSE Tropicals, Silver Krome Gardens, Valkaria Gardens, REE gardens, Rory Antolak and the Usual Suspects.
  • 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.
    Note that the date of the 2021 show is now September 11th-12th, 2021.

    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 10AM to 4PM. 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 10AM to 4PM.

    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 10AM to 4PM. 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 recently, Aroiders should be aware that they now charge $10/night for parking as befits their new coat of paint.


    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 Alex Bello.

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