The 30 June 2012 meeting to be held (mainly from noon to 5 pm) at the beautiful Kingwood Center (50 N. Trimble Rd., Mansfield, OH 44906; Google Maps) and the date is fast approaching! Our meeting committee is hard at work getting all the last details in place, but we thought we’d provide a rough idea of what you can expect:
- Plant show! From 9 am to 11 am, people interested in entering their plants into our plant show to be judged can register them in the Meeting Hall. There is no entry fee. Categories and details of the show schedule will be uploaded shortly. Judging will take place from 11 am to noon and plants will be on display from noon to 5 pm.
- Plant sale! We will have two vendors present to sell a variety of carnivorous plants. Each is knowledgeable and willing to answer a variety of questions about specific growing needs. Be sure to bring your cash!
- Venus flytrap feedings! Bring the kids and we’ll let them serve up a meal to our Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) in between the presentations.
- Information! We’ll have displays of the different carnivorous plant genera so that you can understand their diversity, ecology, and distribution across the globe. Did you know that Ohio is home to nine carnivorous plant species? We’ll also have our native plants on display.
- Presentations! We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to bring in not one or two but three wonderful and exceptionally knowledgeable guests to present keynote addresses:
- Dr. Bob McMahon, Associate Professor of Horticulture Technologies at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute (Wooster). He will be giving an overview on carnivorous plants in general.
- Dr. Stephen Williams, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Lebanon Valley College (Annville, Pennsylvania). He will be speaking on the evolution of the sundews (Drosera) and Venus flytrap (Dionaea) and their traps.
- Michelle Comer, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be talking with us about the unique challenges of managing Ohio’s special floating bog – Cranberry Bog in the middle of Buckeye Lake. We’ll learn about its history and ecology, as well.
- Other presentations, including that of Regina Kettering, who will tackle the practical issues of growing carnivorous plants indoors.
Be sure not to miss this meeting! Saturday, June 30, 2012. The main portion of the meeting goes from noon to 5 pm. The meeting is free and open to the public, though the Kingwood Center does require a parking fee (at present, $5 for a car. Check their website for details).