Bromeliad Society of Australia – Special Guest Speaker Jan Townsend

The next meeting of the Bromeliad Society of Australia will be held on Saturday, 9th April at the Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Showground Road, Castle Hill off Doran Drive. Bromeliad sales at 10am and the meeting commencing at 12noon.

Guest Speaker Jan Townsend’s presentation last August had to be cancelled due to the COVID lockdown. However, its with much enthusiasm the BSA have secured her for this meeting.

Jan and hubby Jon own Bonville Bromeliads, Bonville NSW not far from Coffs Harbour. Jan will be making a special trip to Sydney to give her talk to the BSA regarding one of her very favourite bromeliads. Jan and Jon will also bring some of their magnificent Aechmea orlandiana for members and guests to purchase. Guest Speaker Guest Speaker

Aechmea Orlandina is a real must for all plant enthusiasts. Aechmea orlandiana is not only a standout in the Bromeliad world, it is also one of the most spectacular for the home gardeners.

A species collected by Mullford and Racine Foster in 1939 in Espirito Santo, Brazil. Named for the city of Orlando, Florida, Foster’s adopted home town, and the orange bracts and white flowers, being the city colors of Orlando.

The species has over 20 known cultivars and is highly variable. Normal meeting activities such as competitions, Raffle,Show & Tell, and an activity called just “Show” for people who would just like to share a plant with others without it being critically judged or discussed.

Please note COVIDSafe restrictions do apply and for further information please contact Ian Hook, President of BSA on mobile 0408 202 269, email: [email protected] or refer to www.bromeliad.org.au for the latest update.

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