2020 Convention – Auctions
Gesneriad Treasures in the Sunshine State
June 30 to July 4, 2020
The 64th Annual Gesneriad Society Convention will be held in July 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to the anticipated meeting of old and new gesneriad friends, our members look forward to finding new plant introductions and plant growing supplies. The auctions are the place to find these treasures.
Now is the time to sort through your grooming tools, plant supplies, books, and artistic materials. I am sure you will find duplicates or items you no longer use. Your generosity in donating can help new growers acquire items not readily available in their local shops. Also look on your plant stands and consider donating an unusual gesneriad. If you plan on buying some new plants at the plant sales area, you will need to make space for your new arrivals. Sharing is what makes The Gesneriad Society such a wonderful group of friends. The plant sales area also appreciates your donations.
The Silent Auction contains horticulturally related items such as growing containers, grooming tools, books, and artistic supplies. You may also find rhizomes, tubers, leaves or cuttings of unusual plants not offered in the sales area since they may be in limited supply from the donor. The Live Auction is composed of new introductions, rare plants, mature plants, and also some of the award-winning plants that some of our exhibitors are generously willing to donate to the auction at the close of the show. If you are not attending convention this year, please consider sending your donations with a friend. Prior to June 15th you may mail non-perishable donations to Mary Helen Maran, 2655 Winding Wood Dr., Clearwater, FL 33761. Donation forms for those attending convention will be included in their registration confirmation mailing.
Feel free to contact Austin Grevious with any questions. Wouldn’t it be exciting if everyone attending donated at least one item for the auction!
The proceeds from the two auctions will be going to the Students & Speakers Convention Fund.
Austin Grievous, Development Chair
Doris Brownlie and Tom Bruning, Auction Co-Chairs