Thanks to Jeff and Andrea Searle for hosting the gathering!

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by TikiRick, Nov 19, 2011.

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  1. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    About 50-55 crotonheads, some veterans, some rookies, joined together for a croton festival. Silent auction, great unusual crotons, good food, and wonderful company made it a great day.
    I'm sure photos are forthcoming.

    Thanks again Jeff and Andrea!
     
  2. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    Jeff and Andrea,
    Thanks for your wonderful hospitality. Your place looks gorgeous with the crotons at their peak!

    Thanks to everyone who came with crotons for auction or trade and a gourmet feast. What a wonderful day! It was croton heaven.
     
  3. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Thanks Jeff and Andrea,it was a great afternoon.I was sorry I had to leave.Very cool crotons everywhere:)
     
  4. waykoolplantz

    waykoolplantz Active Member

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    This was a magical event in an amazing garden....thanks to our hosts Jeff & Andrea

    We need to not let the momentum die....and reform a cotton society
     
  5. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Jeff and Andrea, Thanks for hosting another fantastic event:D



    -Randy
     
  6. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Andrea and Jeff,
    Many thanks for a splendid afternoon. Good plant friends, good food, and good plants - doesn't get much better for a late autumn day.
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Croton utopia - many thanks to our hosts! :)
     

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  8. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Hear, hear! A good time was had by all. Let's do it again.
     
  9. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    What fun!!! Andrea and myself along with Rob and Chris, who both slept over were just talking all morning on how great a time it was yesterday. The food was excellent that everyone brought, the weather turned out to be nice, well organized and a huge turnout of croton enthusiast that came from all over the state. The selection of croton varieties was the best I had ever seen for a get together. Jim Glock spoke for a few mintues and the discussion of a new Croton Society was brought up.

    Ryan (Palmarum) took over 200 pictures of the day and will soon start posting them. Many thanks for all that came and brought something. Can't wait until we do this again!
    Jeff
     
  10. Jim Glock

    Jim Glock Active Member

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    Jeff and Andy what a great day we had yesterday. Thank you for your very hard work in preparation for the meeting. The yard looked fantastic and I know that it takes hours, days, and weeks to prepare for such a grand event. Ryan can you send me a disc with the pictures that you took at the meeting. Thank you for being our ICS photographer; I hope that someday we can help you with your expense with your "film":) Ron, can you send me the file with the "Bit by the Croton Bug", I think that is neat and has a place in our future. I think that we have all been bit by the coton bug. Lastly I wanted to thank everyone from bringing their plants and participating in the auction; what great fun. What great food and fun we had yesterday.

    This bus will get back on the road! I look forward to many more meetings and garden events. Jeff and Andrea are most gracious hosts and we all look forward to a return meeting at their garden.
    Jim Glock
     
  11. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    A few random pics of the crowd milling about the silent auction crotons before a fine lunch and the auction:
     

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  12. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to the Searle's. It was one of the best meetings ever.
     
  13. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Rick L filled me in, I know I missed a good one but it's very promising with the turn out! Wow.
     
  14. pocomo

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    Had a really good time. Lots of nice people and good food. Had an interesting time at the sleepover. Lot of good discussion and a new dog gone. I guess. Have to do it again sometime. Thanks Searles'. Chris
     
  15. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    I would like to mention and acknowledge a few that drove long distances to the meeting.

    Jerry and Brenda Schilling.....Key West
    Keith....Bradenton
    Phil...St. Petesburg
    Ray....Tampa (maybe the farthest drive of anyone)

    Many thanks to you all for driving such long ways.
    Jeff
     
  16. koki

    koki Active Member

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    Very nice and impressive yard Jeff and Andrea. Thanks for showing it off.
     
  17. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    And my appologies to you. You are to be included in the above list of some of the long distance travelers. Another long drive from the Tampa area, thanks!

    Thank you for all the nice comments. Andrea and I had a wonderful time and appreciate everyone that came.
    Jeff
     
  18. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I noticed the Glocks didn't make the list of long distance travelers. They must be Pate'. :rolleyes:

    LOL :D

     
  19. Benny

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    Hey all you croton buddies - I also want to say thanks to Jeff and Andrea for their hospitality and for hosting such an amazing meeting, auction and luncheon. I have definitely been bitten by that Croton Bug. Although I am yet a baby in the croton world I look forward to learning from so many wise and experienced teachers and eagerly await our next croton encounter!
     
  20. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    While Jeff was leading a tour, my husband Steve was taking a number of croton shots that I'll post w/out names.

    Jeff Searle's Crotons 002.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 015.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 013.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 012.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 011.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 009.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 008.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 006.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 005.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 016.jpg
     
  21. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    And some more...

    Jeff Searle's Crotons 019.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 032.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 030.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 028.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 027.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 025.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 024.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 021.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 018.jpg Jeff Searle's Crotons 033.jpg
     
  22. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    And more...
     

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  23. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Really wish I could have made it, looks like it was a great gathering of crotonistas...
    Beautiful pics Marie, thanks for sharing!
     
  24. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Marie and Steve,

    Wow, thanks for all the great looking pictures! Are you sure they came out of my yard? Lol. I hope nobody ask for the id's......
     

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