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2018 is promising to be a great year, with many exceptional programs, field rtrips and special events.
The Calendar Page has been recently updated, and I will be making frequent updates as additional programs and events are confirmed. I also invite you to visit our Sale page for the latest updates and details.


                                                                                                                                                                   
February meeting:
We will be meeting7:30 pm Wednesday, February 21st at
the Franklin Park Conservatory. We will have a special guest. Jerry Raack, past director and president of the Bromeliad Society International and discoverer of several new species of Bromeliads will present images and discussion from his travels (including his January 2018 trip to Ecuador) to Ecuador and Peru. Jerry will talk about his searches for bromeliads, and other interesting plants seen, and the culture of the Ecuadorian people. He will also discuss growing bromeliads in our collections. Most people are familiar with the Tillandsias, and many of of us may have grown these or one of any number of bromeliads which have become staples of the houseplant trade. Several genera, including Dyckia, Hectia, Puya, and Abromeitellia are noted for species which are adapted to very dry environments - and are sometimes included in succulent collections. The Bromeliads are a remarkably diverse group of new world plants, with dozens of genera and thousands of species, with a huge diversity of habits occupying practically every imaginable niche from tropical epiphytes, to desert terrestrials and every habit, from tiny rosetts barely an inch across, to towering giants to over 20 feet tall.



   Jerry was born in Akron, raised in Tallmadge and attended OSU where he graduated with a BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and he also obtained an MS degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. He worked for AT&T and Lucent Technologies for 35 years
before retiring in 2001. Jerry became interested in Bromeliads when his brother gave him
a plant for Christmas one year. His interest has increased over the years and he has been the director, then president of the Bromeliad Society International for a number of years. He has made numerous collecting trips into Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru and has discovered several new species of Bromeliads, including
Tillandsia raackii and Mezobromelia raackii. He still goes collecting: although government regulations has made it impossible to bring plants into the US, he is collecting seed and pictures. Jerry is currently working with Jose Manzanares of Quito, Ecuador in translating and editing Jose's 3rd volume of his book scientifically describing and picturing all of the bromeliads found in Ecuador



                                                                                                                                                                

Dues are Due: It is that time of year to request all of our members to send in their membership dues for 2017. Our dues are necessary to maintain the society's membership in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, our national organization, which funds research, conservation and education on cactus and other succulents, and to provide classroom space for our meetings, sales, and other special events at the Franklin park Conservatory, and speaker fees and other expenses. Members may participate in our shows and sales, and membership may be required for some of our special events and field trips. Annual membership fees are set at 15$ per household, and may be delivered directly to Harry Gate, or Doug Sweet at our monthly meetings, or you may mail your dues made payable to:

Doug Sweet
2470 Roberts Mill Road
London, OH 43140

Please indicate that the check is for the Cactus and Succulent Society Dues

                                                                                                                                                                    

Plant of the Month: Billbergia Nutans


                                                                                                                                                                  
CSSA Corner:  To keep up with the latest updates on the website of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America check their site at:  www.cssainc.org.                                                                                                                                                                  


The Plant Society Handbook page includes the agreement between the various plant societies and the Franklin Park Conservatory as well as several of the forms to request classrooms, equipment, and to reserve dates for shows and sales. The Flower Show Rental Contract contains request forms which are specific for shows and sales.


 
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