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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 in question due to COVID.
The show and sale features:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.