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Coastal and Tropical South

November, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fairchild Tropical Garden Ramble
According to the South Florida Succulent and Cactus Society Web site (, you should mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21, 2004. The two-day event at the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami is huge. The Society reports: This is the largest plant sale in the Southeastern United States. The plant sales area includes all the plant societies in Miami. Lectures and demonstrations are given by most societies. For more information, contact the garden: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, Florida (305) 667-1651.

Favorite or New Plant

White Swamp Spider Lily
If you grow Louisiana iris, you should be growing white spiders (Hymenocallis spp.) right alongside in that boggy garden. Where the iris leaves are upright and a bit skinny, spider lily leaves sprawl robustly for a striking contrast. The iris is a refined flower, with its neat lines that are sometimes the subject of family crests and high art. The white spiders put them in their place, with exuberant pinwheels of dense white centers surrounded by curly petals that fling themselves out ridiculously. They keep up with the LA ladies quite well, and together they're unforgettable.


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