THE CROTON SOCIETY
The Croton Society is devoted to the education, propagation, research, and of course, the vibrant colors of this remarkably diverse plant to tropical and sub-tropical gardeners globally. Originally established in Florida, the Society is growing with memberships, meetings, sales, newsletters, calendars, and now this Wiki Web Site and future forum to help members communicate worldwide. Please support the Society by becoming a member simply by clicking the link above for an application.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE CROTON SOCIETY
The Croton Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the introduction, propagation and distribution of new species, improved varieties, and sports of Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) plants. Through our meetings, seminars and field trips, we collect and share information regarding propagation techniques, growth characteristics, cold and salt tolerances, and other environmental requirements. The objectives of this Society are to promote interest through education, research and development of the plant Codiaeum vareigatum of the Euphorbia family (Croton).
The popularity of Crotons indoor and out is increasing at a phenomenal rate and the Croton Society is in a unique position to boost the current popularity. The individual collections of the Croton Society membership, if taken together as a whole, may contain more different varieties of Crotons than any other group in the world. Each new member brings with them their own skills and circle of contacts. With membership in the Society you can share in the experience and expertise, both horticultural and historical, and can benefit new members and the Croton-loving public.
Croton Society Members already benefit from access to this huge inventory and the depth of knowledge we each have in our gardens. The meetings and events expand our collections and contact with other Croton lovers. New ideas, knowledge and research on locating, propagation and distribution of Crotons, will not only enhance our experiences, but the experience of all who have an interest in Codiaeum Variegatum!
Officers and Directors:
- President - Harold Lee, Tampa, Florida - Croton1@tampabay.rr.com <html><a href="mailto:Harold Lee <Croton1@tampabay.rr.com>">Email Lee</a></html>
- Vice President - Ray Hernandez, Tampa, Florida - SubtropicofCancer@hotmail.com <html><a href="mailto:Ray Hernandez <SubtropicofCancer@hotmail.com>">Email Ray</a></html>
- Secretary/Treasurer - Connie Hoerstgen Tampa, Florida - Choerstgen@tampabay.rr.com <html><a href="mailto:Connie Hoerstgen <CorneliaHoerstgen@tampabay.rr.com>">Email Connie</a></html>
- WiKiWeb/Forum Designer/Editor - Rick Leitner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida - FitnessUSA@aol.com <html><a href="mailto:Rick Leitner <FitnessUSA@aol.com>">Email Rick</a></html>
MEETINGS AND SALES
Mid Summer Meeting - Saturday, August 15, 2009
Many thanks goes to Joann Woods who hosted the wonderful croton meeting in Lakeland. Her garden and hospitality were much appreciated! Thanks again, Joann!!! If you would like to thank her personally, you can email her at snoods2003@yahoo.
Photos of the meeting to be posted here soon. Does anyone have any quality photographs of this meeting and/or crotons in Joann's garden or ones that were sold at auction??? Please contact TikiRick if you do.
Early Summer Meeting - Saturday, June 20th, 2009
Another successful meeting and sale was held at TikiRick's fabulous garden in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. About 50 members enjoyed food, cold beverages, and a tour of over 100 cultivars of crotons. This was all followed by an auction of some very rare and unusual crotons. John Bender, Mosaic, Magnificent, Irene Kingsley, and Caribbean Star were a few of the over 100 donated crotons up for auction. Many of these came from members' collections and are not commonly seen. It was hot and humid (hey, it is summer in South Florida!), but everyone left with at least a smile. Most left with at least a new croton for their collections. There were many free cuttings given away just for attending. Please sign up and become a member of the International Croton Society so you don't miss another great meeting and auction! Aside, from meetings, all members also receive a quarterly newsletter and annual wall calendar. Don't delay!
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Next Meeting Dates and Locations
Tentative Meeting/Garden Tours for Remaining 2009
Ricky & Karen Ginsburg's Garden in Boca Raton on Saturday, October 17th, 2009
The meeting will be hosted by Rickey & Karen Ginsburg at their home in Boca Raton, FL Address: 11161 Sandyshell Way, Boca Raton, FL 33498 Time: 11AM—1PM Cold beverages and a light lunch will be served following the garden tour. After lunch a plant auction/sale will take place, with all proceeds to benefit the Croton Society. Please bring at least one plant for this event. RSVP to Ricky and Karen by Saturday, October 10th - 561-488-4815 or email: Fawnridge@Bellsouth.net
Phil Stager's Garden in St. Pete, FL on Saturday, December 5th, 2009
The meeting will be hosted by Phil Stager at his home in St Pete, FL Address: 4184 51st Avenue South, St. Pete, FL 33711 Time: 11AM—1PM Cold beverages and a light lunch will be served following the garden tour. After lunch a plant auction/sale will take place, with all proceeds to benefit the Croton Society. Please bring at least one plant for this event. RSVP to Phil by Saturday, November 28th - 727-864-1588 or email: PStager@tampabay.rr.com.
Stay tuned for the SUMMER 2009 Newsletter!