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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Color Conference being held at The Kampong

The Tropical Flowering Tree Society (TFTS) will be hosting an event that is geared toward plant enthusiasts. The Conference will host eight speakers that are renowned in the plant world. 

The Conference will be held at The Kampong 4013 Douglas Road on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. On Friday, there will be the cocktail party and initial registration (unless you register early via their website). The first speaker will also give a wonderful presentation on Amazonian plants.

Saturday, June 11, seven speakers will make presentations on a wide selection of topics such as “Hunting for plants from around the world that are Florida friendly”, “New plants from Southeast Asia”, and “Therapy through horticulture: Color and Aromatherapy.” 

This year’s speakers include: Dr. Mike Maunder, Dr. Christopher Baralato, Dr. Alan Meerow, Dr. Chad Husby,  Hetty Ford,  Jesse Durko,  Dr. Ron Mossman, and Craig Morell. 

The Color Conference is referred to as the International Color Conference because we have held this event on three continents. They have also had many internationally-recognized botanists/horticulturists who have made presentations at this Conference. 

Among the speakers were Dr. Kiat Tan and Anton van der Schans of Gardens by the Sea (Singapore), author Don Ellison and Director of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Ross McKinnon (Australia), Plant Hunter Michael Ferrero (Nong Nooch Gardens, Thailand) and Landscape Architect Martin Palleros (Singapore, Thailand).

The primary objective of this Conference is the dissemination of information about new species/cultivars of tropical flowering trees, shrubs and vines in the environment of the tropics and warm subtropics. Many of these “new” plants are now being cultivated in South Florida, especially in Miami-Dade County.

The TFTS motto is “Color the Horizon,” and one of their ambitious goals is to make Miami-Dade County the “Flowering Tree Capital of the World!” With the help and expertise of our local Botanical Gardens, Plant Societies, Garden Clubs and horticulturally-oriented individuals, this goal is a distinct possibility. they have planted almost 20,000 trees, shrubs and vines in Miami-Dade County during the past 20 years, at little or no cost to the taxpayers.

The Conference will be $70.00 for early registration(before June 10), and $80.00 at the door. Students receive a discounted price of $40.00. For information on how to register, visit their website, www.TFTS.org 

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