Kohleria amabilis

Cynthia Mueller cynthiasbulbs@hotmail.com
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:39:21 PDT
Nhu, thanks for your reply.
I'm a member, too, but never received any membership list or saw one posted on the members' area of the website. I do receive the comments from their email group that occasionally shares an image or two. And I, too, think the gesneriads are a fascinating group of plants. And many have underground storage organs so they should feel at home in our interest group.
Cynthia W Mueller

> On Jul 26, 2017, at 12:50 PM, Nhu Nguyen <xerantheum@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Cynthia,
> Your "Secret Plant Society" message made me smile. I'm actually a member of
> that secret plant society (and Dell and probably a dozen of other people on
> this list). The society does conduct its business behind a
> password-protected "membership zone" but they do have an open list just
> like this one. They have a newsletter and a journal that publishes more
> comprehensive material from their society but not at the research level.
> They have their annual Convention held around the US, and conduct seed
> exchanges to membership around the world. They're able to do this because
> they have a modest number of people growing these plants and pay to the
> membership.
> Why did I say so much about the Gesneriad society? Well, it's not really
> about the society as much as it is about the plants themselves. Generiads
> are great plants for when you live in cold places and need a splash of
> colors during those very long winter months. I found that I lusted for
> geophytes when I moved to Minnesota for 2 years. I discovered that many New
> World gesneriads are great geophytes and even fit the the most strict
> definition of a geophyte. I have been slowly populating our wiki entries
> with this group - check them out. Gesneriad material appear on our
> Seed/Bulb exchanges once in a while.
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
> Best,
> Nhu
> On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 7:02 AM, Cynthia Mueller <cynthiasbulbs@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Uli, you might be able to find out through the Gesneriad Society here in
>> the US, but it will probably be a struggle, as they are organized as an
>> old- fashioned "Secret Plant Society", with no membership directory
>> available to the membership. If you can't attend the annual national show,
>> held in various cities around the US or don't live in a large metropolitan
>> area back East or in California that has a Chapter, you're just out of luck
>> in meeting other members or seeing their plants or growing conditions. One
>> good thing is that past issues of the Gesneriad Society publication are on
>> the web to view.
>> Cynthia W Mueller
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