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Bromeliad Society of New Zealand Inc
Bromeliad Journal – January 2011 issue

President’s Page – Jocelyn Coyle 4 Bromeliad Society ‘Fiesta’ dinner notice 4 Bromeliad Society November meeting news – Dave Anderson 5 2010 monthly competition and trophy winners 7 Grace Goode… a passion for bromeliads – Andrew Devonshire 8 2011 ‘Fiesta’ show classes and conditions of entry 12 Thames garden visit – John Lambert (Jaga) 14 Society officers, subs and Journal directory 17 Group News 18 Two scrumptious recipes – Jocelyn Coyle 22 Buy & Swap 22 Waiting for a meal – John Mitchell 23 Who lives here? – Peter Waters 23 Attractive and spectacular – Dave Anderson 24
The opinions expressed in articles or letters in this Journal are the contributors’ own views and do not necessarily express the views or the policy of the Bromeliad Society of New Zealand

Please see the Group News section starting on page 18 for details, venues and times of group meetings.
JANUARY 23rd Northland Group meeting. 24th Hawkes Bay Group meeting. 25th Society meeting at Greyfriar’s Hall, corner of Mt Eden and Windmill roads, starting 7.30pm. Monthly Choice competiton: Aechmea nudicaulis and cultivars. Erik Kaihe-Wetting will talk about importing plants – from the MAF perspective.

6th South Auckland Group meeting 9th Bay of Plenty Group meeting 16th Bay of Plenty Group garden visits 19th / 20th Bromeliad Society ‘Fiesta’. (see facing page and page 12 for details) 20th Bromeliad Society dinner at ‘Tusk’ restaurant. See page 4 for details. 20th Eastern Bay of Plenty Group meeting. 22nd Society meeting at Greyfriar’s Hall, corner of Mt Eden and Windmill roads, starting 7.30pm. Monthly Choice competition: Neoregelia concentrica variegated plants.

FRONT COVER: Neoregelia ‘Amazing Grace’ (photo courtesy of Lisa Vinzant). Grace Goode is truly an amazing lady of bromeliads. Read about her on page 8 as Andrew Devonshire continues his series on hybridisers… people with passion.

hope you all have had an enjoyable Christmas and new year. My body is still carrying around the memory of all the lovely food I have eaten. I think I need to change my lifestyle and have a siesta after lunch instead of a nana nap at 4.30pm, these hot humid days just sap the energy out of you. That rain at Christmas was great but, boy did the grass and weeds grow! Now that I am on top of that it is back to sprinklers going eight hours a day.
In November we had our wonderful trip to Thames and on page 22 of this Journal we have included the recipes of the yummy biscuits and slice that we had at morning tea. Thank you ladies! Our last meeting for the year went well and congratulations to all those members who were category or trophy winners. The annual plant auction was a great success with competitive bidding for some of the rare and hard to get plants. The evening ended with a fabulous supper, a big thank you to all who brought along a plate.
Our very pregnant tea lady Jeanene (and Graeme) had a baby daughter on the 6th December. Congratulations.
All plans are in place for our 2011 Fiesta to be held on the 18th – 20th February, I hope you have sorted out plants to enter in the competition. It is always great to have a lot of plants on those tables. Please read the conditions and classes in this Journal and I am sure you will be able to enter something. All those willing to lend a hand on the weekend and sellers that would like a table please put your name down at the meeting or call me 09-416 8272. Anyone with trophies please return them to Dave Anderson.
Erik Kaihe-Wetting has offered to talk to us about importing plants and seeds from a MAF perspective at our January meeting so I am sure you will find it very interesting and informative. See you on the 25th January.


Do You Have A Fiesta Annual Competition Trophy At Home?
Can you please bring it back to our January monthly society meeting so that we can get everything ready to present to the competition winners in February. THANKS!

Bromeliad Society November Meeting News – Dave Anderson
resident Jocelyn Coyle welcomed over seventy five members and visitors who attended the last meeting of 2010. She thanked all those who had helped at ‘Broms in the Park’ where over $750.00 was raised for the Society and a further $250.00 taken in the raffle for the ‘Cool Broms’ Conference in 2013. The bus trip to Thames on Sunday the 21st was an outstanding success. Everyone who went enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of our hosts and visited six most attractive gardens. Jocelyn asked us to start preparing our plants for the ‘Fiesta’ Show and Sale that will be held on the weekend of February 19th/20th at the Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall. She thanked all those who had exhibited displays in the Christmas Decoration section of the monthly competitions this month – they looked superb. Also, thanks to those members who have sent in some great articles for the Journal over the past few months – please keep them coming.
The annual competition and trophy winners were then presented with their prizes.
The ‘Show and Tell’ followed general business and first up was a most attractive plant with a fully developed flower spike that wanted a name. It was the species Tillandsia pamelae. Next were two species that can be confused, namely Vriesea guttata and capixabae. These small to medium sized red spotted green leafed plants have similar but quite distinct flower spikes. For display was a Neoregelia ‘Red Romance’ – ‘Burbank’ x ‘Dark Delight’ – that had plain red leaves as distinct to the named hybrid whose leaves are variegated with light green and red stripes. Peter said that this did occur not too infrequently with this plant. A twin clump of the flowering Tillandsia foliosa was brought in with Peter explaining that the primary bracts are much longer in this species than Tillandsia chlorophylla that it is often mistaken for. Wanting a name was a large very green Billbergia horrida var tigrina that Peter said would go red in the sun. Peter brought in a rarely seen species Vriesea sparsiflora – in full flower with its thin wiry flower spike that is similar to Vriesea procera. Next the owner wanted to know if a clump of Neoregelia tigrina was correctly named or was it a Neoregelia ampullacea. Peter thought that it was correctly named and looked like the Neoregelia tigrina that he had imported many years ago. For identification were two medium/small tillandsias that looked similar, the first being identified as Tillandsia graomogolensis, (previously known as the species kurt-horstii), and the second a small form of Tillandsia duratii or streptocarpa. They are both noted for the remarkable way in which the long, narrow leaves tightly recurve. Peter brought in for display the most attractive species Nidularium kautskyanum, in flower, that has shiny green leaves with bright colourful red bracts. It is described as one of the tiny jewels of the high altitude Atlantic Forest. Lastly for display was the very colourful Billbergia ‘Brazen’ that
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had been hybridised by Allan Cliffe from the plants Billbergia ‘Domingos Martins’ and Billbergia ‘Afterglow’ some four years ago.
Following ‘Show and Tell’ the monthly competition trophies and prizes for the year were then presented. The annual auction of rare and special plants followed.

Open Flowering: First was Bev Ching with a Hohenbergia correiaaraujoi – a very well grown large clump of this attractive species and second was Peter Coyle with a Neoregelia correia-araujoi. Also in the competition were Aechmea pineliana; Neoregelia ‘Jewellery Shop’, ‘Justins Song’; Vriesea ‘Highway Beauty’ (albomarginated), ‘Carlsbad’ and ‘Little Chief’.  Open Foliage: First was Peter Coyle with Neoregelia ‘Painted Delight’. Second was David Goss with Vriesea ‘Chestnut Wave’ hybrid. In the competition were Neoregelia concentrica ‘John Barbie’, ‘Apricot Nectar’, (carolinae x cruenta) x ‘Silver’, Billbergia amoena var viridis, ‘Hallelujah’ and Vriesea ‘Sunset’. Tillandsia: Dave Anderson was first with Tillandsia xiphioides that had two perfumed flower spikes fully out and second was Win Shorrock with Tillandsia cacticola also with perfumed flowers. In the competition were Tillandsia caput medusae hybrid, rodrigueziana, fasciculata var.
densispica, subteres, ‘Fat Chance’ and ‘Paris Pink’. Neoregelia: Andrew Devonshire was first with Neoregelia ampullacea x ‘Pheasant’ – a hybrid he had made and what a superb plant it was and second was Peter Coyle with a Neoregelia ‘Rise & Shine’ – a lovely small neoregelia made by Grace Goode with one of its parents being ‘Small World’. In the competition were Neoregelia carcharodon ‘Tiger’ x ‘Noble Descent’, zonata x carcharodon ‘Tiger’, ‘Bea Hanson’, ‘Sweet Nellie’, ‘Royal Hawaiian’, ‘Gold Fever’ x 4396, ‘Velox’, ‘Hannibal Lector’ F2, ‘Rosea Striata’ x ‘Marble Throat’ and ‘Lamberts Pride’ x ‘Treasure Chest’. Christmas Decoration: First was Judy Graham with a lovely arrangement
– predominantly yellow and second was David Goss with an attractive arrangement. All of the arrangements in this year’s competition were of a very high standard. As has been the custom in recent years the winner received a special present from our Patron -Patricia Sweeney.
The Plant of the month went to Andrew Devonshire with Neoregelia ampullacea x ‘Pheasant’.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Before Christmas supper Jocelyn distributed lucky dip presents that she and Peter had wrapped for all those in attendance. We then completed a most convivial evening.
NEXT MEETING:  Tues 25th Jan.

PLEASE NOTE: The Bromeliad Society Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd March, 2011 at 7.30pm at Greyfriar’s Hall , corner of Mt Eden and Windmill roads, Mt Eden, Auckland.

2010 Monthly Competition Winners
Judged over eleven monthly meetings of the Bromeliad Society.
Flowering 1st Peter Coyle 49 Points
2nd John Mitchell 42 3rd David Goss 30

Foliage 1st Peter Coyle 58 Points
2nd John Mitchell 51 3rd = David Goss 15 3rd = Judy Graham 15

Tillandsia 1st Lynette Nash 37 Points
2nd Lester Ching 25 3rd David Anderson 22

Neoregelia 1st Peter Coyle 83 Points
2nd Alan Cliffe 27 3rd David Goss 18

Monthly Choice 1st Peter Coyle 48 Points
2nd John Mitchell 25 3rd = Peter Waters 14 3rd = Andrew Devonshire 14

Best Plant of the Month (Over the 11 months) 1st Peter Coyle 6 Points
2nd John Mitchell 3 3rd = Glenys Guild 1 3rd = Lynette Nash 1 3rd = Andrew Devonshire 1

2010 Trophy Winners
Also judged over eleven monthly meetings of the Bromeliad Society. Centennial Trophy (most points overall) Peter Coyle
Greenough Trophy (plant of the month) Peter Coyle
Dephoff Trophy (most points novice) Not awarded
Bea Hanson Trophy John Mitchell
(most points for person who has not won a trophy before)

Bea Hanson Memorial Trophy David Anderson
(awarded to a member who has given outstanding service to the Society in the last year and who typifies the founding spirit and commitment of Bea Hanson. Judged by President and Patron)

Grace Goode… a lady with a passion for bromeliads – Andrew Devonshire
From a small garden, on the coast of Queensland, in the popular tourist town of Alexandra Headlands, Grace Goode has created more than 800 bromeliad hybrids, and in the process this endearing lady has developed a world-wide reputation and become one of the most recognised bromeliad

race first fell in love with bromeliads back in the 1960s. Her mother had Billbergia pyramidalis var. pyramidalis in full flower, and that plant started her collection. Grace had a dream to build herself a paradise, and what better subjects to use for landscaping than bromeliads? She started with a modest collection of aechmea, billbergia, neoregelia, nidularium, and vriesea, all positioned around a calliandra tree. She had visions of the day when she could landscape with neoregelias, hundreds of them showing off their bright colours in a bed of their own.
At this time there were not many species available. Plant imports were costly, and gassing of imported plants took its toll, so Grace decided the solution was to hybridise. The neoregelias available to her were the likes of concentrica, spectablis, farinosa, marmorata, chorosticta, and ampullacea, as well as some carolinae hybrids. In her initial enthusiasm she pollinated everything that came into flower, but after many failures she developed the patience to study the desired qualities of her plants before selecting which to cross. Grace says she would often lie awake at night and think of all the possibilities of plant size, form, colour, texture, resistance to the heat and to the cold. One of her early crosses that came close to her vision was Neoregelia ‘Charm’. The cross was Neo. marmorata with chlorosticta, Grace wanted the size and the form of marmorata with the colour of chlorosticta. She was so pleased with her ‘Charm’ that she repeated the cross again, but to her disappointment, the entire grex came out with dull colouring and poor form, this lead her to the conclusion that the hybridising process is often a matter of chance. As she says, ‘you can get an Einstein or a moron’.
In 1975 Grace’s love of hybridising motivated her to take her first international flight to America, where she attended the Silver Anniversary of the BSI in Los Angeles. She was able to source many plants that were still rare, and bring them back to Australia. On another trip to the BSI conference in Orlando, Florida, she obtained many more new plants, including Neo. cyanea from George Anderson, and this plant quickly became a preferred plant for hybridising. From it she created ‘Short & Sweet’ ‘Sugar & Spice’ ‘Golden Grace’ and ‘Born of Fire’ which she considered to be one of her favourite plants for landscaping.
Grace has hybridised aechmea,
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Grace Goode… a passion for bromeliads

Grace Goode…

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billbergia, cryptanthus, nidularium, along with a few bigenerics, but she is probably best known for her stunning neoregelia hybrids. Her favourite genus is cryptanthus. Known as the earth stars, Grace refers to them as ‘fallen stars that hug the earth’ and she has created more than 100 new “fallen stars”.
One of Grace’s hybridising rules was to never wander far from the species. She frowned upon crossing hybrids with hybrids, and particularly the practice of selfing hybrids. Her preference was to cross a species with a hybrid, and to use the species, or rather a variety of the species as the mother plant. Her theory was that a variety of the species has the potential for change within its genes and gives the best chance for the progeny to show diversity in form and colour. Grace was a meticulous record keeper, and kept the details of her hybrids, along with the names of the seed mother, and pollen parent.
I had the pleasure of meeting Grace at her Alexandra Headlands home a few years ago. I was staying in Maroochydore for a few days before a family wedding in Brisbane. I arrived at Grace’s home to find her in the process of tying tillandsias together with twisty ties. After a quick greeting she enthusiastically placed one little tillandsia in my hand and said I must smell the flower…I didn’t expect much, as the purple flower was so tiny, but to my surprise, it had a very pleasant fragrance. It was only then that I realised Grace had been tying these tillandsias to a wire netting frame that spanned some ten meters down the side of her house. The thousands of tillandsias acted as her shade cloth, and there were so many that in places they hung down like curtains. The idea appealed to me, so I made a point of getting the name – Tillandsia mallemontii. (However, my mind quickly changed when I discovered the cost of each of these tiny plants!) Grace gave me the full guided tour of her garden, with the highlight for me being the stunning display of her hybrid neos – a sight to behold. I had the feeling that Grace had indeed created her paradise. Her enthusiasm and her passion for these plants was infectious, and she gave me the desire to create my own bromeliad paradise.
‘Bromeliaceae are the aristocrats of the flowering world of plants’, is a quote from Grace’s letter on Neoregelia in Shane Zaghini’s book ‘Bromeliads, A Guide to the Beautiful Neoregelia’. Grace’s closing words are a fitting way to finish this article… ‘So give your heart to the beautiful neoregelias and enjoy a life-long romance, never betraying your love and enhancing the quality of your life’.
BSI Journal January – February 1986;
Bromania, by Grace Goode.
BSI Journal September – October
1987; Grace M. Goode, Honorary
Trustee by Bob D. Whitman.

2011 Bromeliad

Saturday February 19th and Sunday February 20th, 2011
Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland.

It’s almost ‘FIESTA’time again! Our major bromeliad event of the year, keenly looked forward to by both bromeliad enthusiasts and the general public. It encompasses our Annual Competitive Show, a major sales opportunity for bromeliad growers and provides a forum for sharing lots of information. It’s also great fun…so plan to get involved!
The Schedule of Classes and Conditions of Entry are printed here. Please read them carefully as we have had a number of cases of people entering plants in wrong classes. Please note there are some changes to the classes from last year. You can get involved in ‘Fiesta’ 2011 by entering plants in the Show; by being a seller of plants, and / or by joining the team of helpers over the weekend. We need people on the door, at the Society information desk and at check out. If you can help out, even for a half day, Saturday or Sunday, please contact Jocelyn Coyle on 416-8272 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Set up: Friday February 18th
Competition plants accepted from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Note for sellers: All sellers are expected to help in some way at ‘Fiesta’
– and also to supply three plants each for the Society display (you get them back afterwards!). Competition entry plants may not be removed from show until after 3pm. on Sunday 20th February.


1.  Aechmea Blooming  18.  Bigeneric or other genus not 
2.  Aechmea Foliage  listed above 
3.  Billbergia  19.  Miniature bromeliad 
4.  Cryptanthus  20.  Variegated bromeliad 
5.  Guzmania 21.  Novice Blooming 
6.  Bromeliad species (any genus)  22  Novice Foliage 
7.  Neoregelia Blooming  23.  Dish or tray garden or novelty 
8.  Neoregelia Foliage  planting 
9.  Nidularium  24.  Bromeliad arrangement 
10.  Tillandsia Small Blooming  25.  Artistic or floral arrangement 
11.  Tillandsia Small Foliage  26.  Decorative container 
14.  Tillandsia Large Blooming  27.  Hanging container 
15.  Tillandsia Large Foliage  28.  New Zealand hybrid 
16.  Vriesea Blooming  29.  Original Bromeliad Art Work 
17.  Vriesea Foliage  30.  Educational display 

Exhibitors must be financial members of the Bromeliad Society of N.Z.

A maximum of two plants may be entered in each class.

Plants must have been grown by exhibitor for at least six months prior to show.

Plants must be clean and healthy, free from scale and insects and drained of water. Pots must be clean and potting mix free of weeds and other plant material. Each plant should be correctly labelled with name, or if unnamed, with parents, and with no abbreviations. (ie. Neoregelia hybrid is unacceptable). This rule does not apply to classes 16, 17 and 28. Labelling not necessary in Classes 23 to 25, and 29.

Plants may be potted only in standard clay, terracotta, green or black plastic or unadorned bonsai pots. Tillandsias may also be mounted on any suitable material.

No commercial leaf shine, cream or milk may be used to enhance the appearance of the plant.

A pot may contain single or multiple plants provided they are attached to a single rootstock.

A plant which has changed in shape or colour because of impending blooming is permitted in blooming classes only. A plant grown primarily for decorative foliage may be entered in the foliage class if it has an immature inflorescence. If the inflorescence shows significant development, it must be placed in the blooming class.

Tillandsias must be firmly attached to mounts and must look established. They may be single or multiple plants within the stated measurements. Fiji Trophy awarded for Best Tillandsia.

Tillandsia  sizes are: Small (up to 20cm (8in)), Large (20cm up (8in plus)). These measurements exclude inflorescence and mount.

Miniature bromeliad may be single or have multiple heads attached to a single rootstock, no plant more than 12.5cm (5in) high excluding inflorescence. Tillandsias are not permitted in this class.

Variegated bromeliad is a plant with white, pink or red longitudinal stripes on leaves.

Novice classes  are for members of less than three years standing and who have not won a prize in a bromeliad show.

Olive Allan Trophy for Best of Show chosen from Classes 1 to 22 and 28 only.

Class 24 Bromeliad Arrangement uses bromeliads only and can incorporate only natural materials. Plastic pots are not allowed. Ern Bailey Trophy for Best Arrangement awarded to winner of this class.

Class 25 Artistic or floral arrangement may use other types of plant but must include a significant amount of bromeliad material.

Class 26 Decorative Container and Class 27 Hanging Container may contain more than one plant but of one type only.

Class 29 May be painting, drawing, photograph or needlework, executed by the exhibitor.

Class 30 May be any collection of bromeliads and/or other visual aids designed to educate on any phase of bromeliad horticulture. Maximum size is 1 sq. metre.

Entries may  not be removed from show until after 3pm. on Sunday 20th February.

21 Unless mentioned above other rules as
B.S.I. standard show. Final decision rests with Competition Stewards.
22. Entries will be accepted between 1pm. and 5pm. only on Friday 18th February.

Thames garden visit… November 2010

– Photos and article by Jaga.

t started out wet and windy but by the end of the day, a great time had been had by all. The bus trip took us to six lovely gardens where we were made most welcome by their owners and the members of the Thames group.
Our first stop was at Betty Gaukrodger’s garden. By now the weather had settled and we enjoyed this well crafted garden with a tasteful arrangement of broms and subtropical plants accented by a few quirky garden features. Betty also surprised us with a scrumptious morning tea which we gratefully demolished.
Our next stop was a detour as the road to our planned destination was blocked by a fallen tree which also caused a power outage. But what a wonderful detour. The Peppertree Nurseries garden literally took our breath way! There were no broms to speak of but this was negated by the sheer scale and beauty of this mammoth project with rarely seen flowering plants and foliage set in a wonderful natural backdrop of mountains and rivers.
We returned our attention to bromeliads at the beachfront garden of Judy and Gary Wright. Tucked behind the house lies a hidden gem of tiers of cascading gardens forming a backdrop to a sunny courtyard. This was a work of art with immaculate and colorful broms interspaced with fantastic mosaic work.
We tore ourselves away from this visual feast onto the promise of a gastronomic feast with lunch put on by the Thames group at Kay and Ron Steen’s garden. This was another lovely garden by the sea featuring broms and succulents. There was a good variety of plants many of which were for sale, a fact that several members took advantage of -creating the usual storage issue on our bus.
Next up was Pat and Jim Mercer’s tranquil garden where lush foliage and flowering plants co-existed with well grown bromeliads. There were also large areas of lovely lawn which we felt could be turned into more brom gardens, but Pat insists needs to be kept for croquet tournaments!
Last but not least we trekked to Jill and Pete Hutchinson’s farm where a glorious bromeliad focused garden surrounds their home. This garden was impressive for its sheer scale, bold colours and creative arrangements. What struck us was how well grown the plants were, particularly the wonderful rosette and colours of a grouping of Neoregelia ‘Kiwi Magic’ (an Avon Ryan hybrid) and Neoregelia correia-araujoi
This concluded our outing to Thames and we returned to Auckland with our senses fully satiated.
Many thanks to Peter and Jocelyn Coyle for their impeccable organisation, Robbie Burns for his sound driving and our lovely hosts at Thames for their warm and generous hospitability.
Enjoy these photos taken by John and Agatha Lambert.

Thames garden visit…

Thames garden visit…


Patron:  Patricia Sweeney 
President:  Jocelyn Coyle  09-416 8272 
Vice Presidents: Alan Cliffe  09-479 1451 
Secretary:  Dave Anderson  09-638 8671 
Treasurer:  Peter Waters  09-534 5616 
Librarian:  Noelene Ritson  09-625 8114 
Life Members: Dave Anderson, Patricia Perratt, 
Len Trotman, Patricia Sweeney, 

Peter Waters Scientific Officer: Peter Waters 09-534 5616

Committee: Graeme Barclay 09-835 0358 Don Brown 09-361 6175 David Cowie 09-630 8220 Chris Paterson 09-625 6707
Cultivar Registrar: Barry Uren 09-235 5244 Seed Bank: Bev Ching 09-576 4595 Species Preservation:
Barry Uren 09-235 5244 Editor: Murray Mathieson 09-418 0366 Auditor: Colin Gosse

New Zealand:

Ordinary membership NZ $35.00 ($5.00 discount if paid before the end of February). Dual membership (same household) NZ $45.00 ($5.00 discount also applies as above).


AUD $30.00 Australia, US $30.00 United States and other overseas countries. Send all payments to the Treasurer, Peter Waters, 22 Half Moon Rise, Half Moon Bay, Manukau 2012.


All general correspondence should be sent to the Secretary, Bromeliad Society of New Zealand,
P.O. Box 108-168, Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand. The opinions expressed in letters or articles in the Journal are the contributors’ own views and do not necessarily express the views or policy of the Bromeliad Society of New Zealand Inc.

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Group News
Far North Bromeliad Group
– Erin Titmus
Our November meeting was at the home of Alistair and Bevlyn Bibby overlooking picturesque Waipapa Landing. This sunny garden was a delight – 44 members enjoyed colourful borders, an inviting bromeliad courtyard, miniatures displayed in the new shade house and raised, overflowing vege plots.
Rex welcomed Pauline Sutherland back from Hawkes Bay and six new members, including Liz Clark who had won our show raffle. We debriefed our very successful show and Rex presented the engraved trophies to the winners of nine categories. He reported on the group’s successful display at the recent Waimate North P&I Show. David Brewer gave a demonstration on how to remove bromeliad pups:
the easy ones using long pointy-nosed flower snips

the prickly ones requiring good cover-up with old socks on the arms and leather gloves before removing pups with a long-handled chisel and mallet

and the really tricky guzmanias having their leaves removed from the base to expose pups to be separated first with an undercut, followed by a sharp downward cut toward the mother plant to ensure good rooting material on the pup. The mother may be sacrificed in the process or she may produce more pups higher up the stem if repotted.

‘Show and Tell’ featured genera from the letter A: examples of acanthostachys, aechmea, alcantarea and ananas all provided plenty of discussion and some plants that members will add to their ‘want’ lists included Aechmea fasciata ‘Kiwi’, Aechmea ‘Pie in the Sky’, Alcantarea nahoumii and Ananas lucida, the dwarf pink pineapple. The multi-draw raffle was popular, as always, and the meeting closed with a lively auction.

Northland Bromeliad Group
– Lois Going
Our November meeting took the form of a bus trip to Auckland with 29 people.
First we visited Peter and Jeanette Waters and their mind-boggling collection. The shade houses, stepping down a sloping site are crammed with so many beautiful multicoloured and unusual bromeliads. The front garden, with a wonderful view over Half Moon Bay is filled with many large, colourful plants, some in pots, while several metal tiered ‘trees’ showcased many smaller potted varieties. We all came away with considerable ‘wish lists’. Then we were on to Lester and Bev Ching’s for a delicious alfresco lunch. They have an extensive collection of tillandsias and members made the most of this purchasing opportunity. Lester showed us around the garden which included ponga trunks displaying tillandsias. The last visit was to Pat Lawson, one of the very early collectors of bromeliads, who has an attractive garden on the Tamaki inlet. A cuppa and a wander round King’s Plant Barn at Silverdale concluded a most enjoyable trip. The group’s Christmas luncheon was held at the Northland Club in Porowini Ave on Sunday 12th December.
Next Meeting: January 23rd at Colin and Iris Symonds home at Kamo at 1.30pm.

South Auckland Bromeliad Group
– Marion Morton
Our wind-up meeting in December can only be described as awesome.
A record number of 102 members attended. Margaret and Robert Flanagan kindly offered their magnificent garden at Drury as our venue – and it is a real credit to them both. We had our usual fun auction run by Roy Morton and Marie Healey. The choice plants drew spirited bidding and all the plants and pottery pieces went. A lavish spread was laid on by members. Special mention for the bangers which were gourmet quality and went fast. Thanks to the kitchen staff and to Graham Thompson for his freshly caught and smoked whole fish fillets.
Graham West welcomed Margaret Stansfield as a visitor, and it was great to catch up and see her looking so well. Graham has received favourable comments about our weekend in Whangarei and said that Hawi’s photos are available to members at $10 per CD. Margaret Kitcher has been doing pottery at Pukekohe High School. She showed some of her work to see if any members would like to join the fun group.
In response to an invitation from the Eastern Bay of Plenty group, we’re planning a weekend in Whakatane – 12th to 13th March. Margaret Kitcher has booked the motel. If you’re interested please see her at our February meeting. The raffles were won by Jill Marshall, Deanne Oliver and Pat Johnstone.
Next Meeting: No meeting in January. Next meeting, Sunday 6th February at the home of John Mitchell and Birgit Rhode
– 18 Albion Place, Papakura.

Hawkes Bay Bromeliad Group
– Judy Newman
We had a beautiful day for our final 2010 meeting at The Thirsty Whale in Ahuriri, overlooking the Inner Harbour and Yacht Club. An almost a full muster of club members, including our youngest member baby Zane Carston in his Santa suit looking very cute and so well behaved, enjoyed a great lunch. After lunch we retired to Sandy Lewins’ lovely garden for our meeting, an auction and afternoon tea. Every member received a prettily wrapped Christmas plant. Zane appropriately receiving a pup of Neoregelia lilliputiana, a tiny plant for a tiny person! Julie had brought along samples of woven hanging baskets and hanging pots (made from coconuts) which the local orchid growers use. Much ordering was done on the spot. Sandy’s garden was looking lovely with roses and bromeliads everywhere. We hope the coming year will be a healthy and happy one for all our fellow ‘bromephiles’.
Next Meeting: 24th January. Visits to members’ gardens.

Bay of Plenty Bromeliad Group
– Jo Elder
President Lynley welcomed members and we discussed the very successful sales and display day held in October. A very happy load of members visited gardens in the Whakatane, Ohope and Ohiwa areas in November. The day was fine and sunny, the gardens a delight and the bromeliad members in those areas made us all most welcome. Many thanks.
We have a library book missing - a copy of the ‘Tillandsia Book’ by Hiroyuki Takizawa, with a deep green cover.

Cont’d P20 19 Cont’d from P19 – Group News
Please look amongst your books, it may be tucked away somewhere. Roger Allen was our speaker of the day; his topic was noxious weeds and undesirable garden plants. This was the second part of a talk Roger gave us last year. Some of the plants that we fall in love with and pay good money for in the garden centres can be a real pest. In our climate they grow rapidly and soon take over your nice neat garden. Beware!
The raffle winners were Brian Simmonds, Margaret Schroeder and Gloria Petersen.
Plant of the Month: Members who were at Totara Waters ‘Broms in the Park’2009 brought along plants they had purchased there to demonstrate how well they had grown. Neoregelia ‘De Rolf’, Neoregelia ‘Jewellery Shop’, Vriesea ‘Coconut Ice’, ‘Cherry Snow’,’Vistarella’, fenestralis and ‘Vista’ were on display.

Competition Plants:
1st Neoregelia ‘Milagro’ – Barbara Nalder; 2nd Neoregelia ‘Crimson Nest’
– Margaret Mangos and 3rd Neoregelia ‘Scarlet Charlotte’ – Cushla Chudleigh.

Tillandsia Competition:
1st Tillandsia aeranthos – Audrey Hewson; 2nd Tillandsia ionantha ‘Druid’
– Bertha Schollum; 3rd Tillandsia complanata – Natalie and Brian Simmonds.

Show & Tell:
Quesnelia lateralis and xNeophytum ‘Gary Hendrix’ – Barbara Nalder.
Next Meeting: Wednesday 9th February. This is an open day for visitors and New Members. We would like all members to assist please.
Garden visits: Wednesday 16th February: 10am Audrey Hewson, 5 Marshalls Way, Greerton. 2nd Natalie and Brian Simmonds, 130 Pyes Pa Road, Pyes Pa.
Eastern Bay of Plenty Bromeliad andOrchid Group – Eunice Silvester
A festive crowd of over 35 members and visitors from the Bay of Plenty Bromeliad group gathered at Sue and Ken Laurent’s garden for our Christmas luncheon, which was followed by our last meeting of the year.
‘Show and Tell’ included a wide variety of members’ interests, ranging through tillandsia, alcantarea, orchids, furcraea, lacuma (used for flavouring icecream in South America), and strangest of all, a gigantic, wickedly beautiful, but foul-smelling, amorphophallus bloom known as the ‘Corpse Flower’.
Several members wore very fetching sunhats lavishly decorated for Christmas. Our Christmas displays featuring broms were down in numbers this year, the highlight was a very large wreath featuring Spanish Moss draped round a circular novoflo drainpipe, and decorated with small red bromeliads and a flashing red light! Gifts were exchanged, and the well-stocked and colourful sales table was popular.
Our 5-day bus trip during October to the Far North was fabulous. We are planning a visit to Auckland this year, hopefully to include ‘Broms In The Park’ in November.
Earlier this month we enjoyed a visit from the Bay of Plenty group and we are expecting a visit from the South Auckland group in March. Our local bromeliad enthusiasts really enjoy these visits.
Next Meeting: February 20th. We will begin midday with lunch at Ross and Gail Ferguson’s, Wainui, followed by Opotiki gardens. Bring your own packed lunch. For information on further 2011 meetings contact Sue 07-3071323, Ross 07-3125487 or Maureen 07-3222276

Wellington Tillandsia Group
– Andrew Flower
Six members met at Dianne O’Neil’s in November. A tray with 12 different forms of Tillandsia ionantha was passed round including a clump of a Mexican form with leaves twisting in different directions, a deep fiery-red ‘Fuego,’ a tiny ‘Peanut’ 40mm high, a pale-pink var. van-hyningii, plus 7 or 8 flowering forms ranging from bright pink to deep orange – one of which had dark red seed pods instead of the usual olive-green pods.
There were a lot of ‘small green Mexicans’ present. T. plumosa with three inflorescences was grown from seed brought to one of our 1993 meetings by Morris Tarr. A perfectly round T. atroviridipetala var. atroviridipetala was the favourite, preferred to its var. tonala with leaves all curving up in the same direction (secund). A T. lepidosepala, seed sown in 1989, was flowering for the first time with tiny green flowers 3mm long. All of these grow and flower better down here in a moderately heated greenhouse (min. 10º C) and grown quite high up about a metre beneath the roof.
Other flowering tillandsias were ‘Iggy’ (circinnatoides x scaposa); T. seideliana in a nice big clump with multiple inflorescences, a T. vicentina hybrid with pendant green-flowered inflorescence reminiscent of T. erubescens (large form). Another seedling that was supposed to be T. streptocarpa actually had a stem (rachis) 40cm long and a twice-compound inflorescence with beetroot-coloured bracts and blue and white flowers. Decided to register this plant as ‘Typical Norman’ in honour of its perpetrator, who is notorious for not keeping records of his crosses!
A T.‘Viceroy’(vicentinaxrodrigueziana) was a medium-large plant in flower, plus there was a large number of hybrids involving Tillandsia cacticola, purpurea and straminea which are going to add to the confusion. Two pink hybrids with reverse-crossed parents were named ‘Paris Pink’ and ‘Naughty Nicole.’
Phyllis brought in a nice clump of self-fertile T. butzii, and T. kirchhoffiana with long tubular purple petals.
Next Meeting: January at home of
A. Flower.

Scrumptious recipes enjoyed on our Thames trip in November…

n November our Society members had a wonderful day out in Thames and you can read and see about the great bromeliad gardens we visited in this Journal. We also had some fabulous food and by popular demand, President Jocelyn Coyle tracked down a couple of the yummy recipes. ENJOY!
(This recipe is from Mark McDonough’s book, ‘Zarbo: Recipes from a New Zealand Deli’, published by Random House)
100g butter, melted 250g malt biscuits crushed 2 cups walnut pieces, roughly chopped and lightly toasted 1½ cups dark chocolate buttons, chopped 1 cup sultanas 3 cups long-thread coconut 500g sweetened condensed milk
Preheat the oven to 160°C. Lightly grease a 23cm x 33cm slice pan and line it with baking paper. Combine the butter and biscuit crumbs and press them into the pan. Mix together the remaining ingredients and roughly press over the base. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned. Don’t overcook. The finished product should be moist and sticky. If the slice starts to brown too quickly, cover it with baking paper until the cooking time is up. Cut when cold.
Makes 18 slices CRANBERRY ANZACS

1 cup flour 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup coconut 1 cup sugar 1 cup dried cranberries ½ cup of pumpkin seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds 125g butter ¼ cup Chelsea honey, maple or maple flavoured syrup 1 tsp baking soda 2 tbsp boiling water
Preheat oven to 175°C. In a large bowl combine flour, rolled oats, coconut, sugar, cranberries and seeds. Melt butter and syrup together and cool for 5 minutes. Dissolve soda in boiling water and add to the butter (mixture will foam up). Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Roll into walnut sized balls and place on baking paper lined baking trays. Flatten slightly with a fork and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.
Makes approx. 30 small biscuits

A brand new copy of Andrew Steens’ book ‘Bromeliads,
the connoisseur’s guide’ (a duplicated Christmas present) for
a Vr. ‘Galaxy’ or Neo. ‘Jewellery Shop’ hybrid or Neo. pauciflora
or Quesnelia ‘Tim Plowman’ (will pay the difference).
Please email Tim McGowan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will publish Buy or Swap notices from members of the Society. Maximum 30 words.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to: 14 Matanui St, Northcote, North Shore City.

Waiting for a meal – Notes from John Mitchell

October 2010, friends of ours, Mathias and Catrin Jaschhof, were
invited to visit the scientific research reserve of Panguana situated at
the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru. They sent us these pictures of Aechmea magdalenae which they found growing in the jungle there. When they regularly visited the plant at night they found it was always guarded by a large spider sitting in approximately the same place, waiting to make a meal of night visitors to the inflorescence. The spider had also made its daytime accommodation on the aechmea by binding several leaves together to form a tunnel retreat. Unfortunately, Mathias and Catrin had to leave Panguana before the inflorescence of Aechmea magdalenae fully burst into bloom and so the identity of the spider’s intended victims remain a mystery!?

Who lives here?

t looks as if these two characters of the wild are both laying claim to lodgings in Billbergia ‘Arribella’ – a Don Beadle hybrid. A photograph from Peter Waters’ shadehouse.

Attractive and spectacular…
– Notes and photos from Dave Anderson
Tillandsia jaliscomonticola
The name comes from Jalisco, a state in Mexico on the central pacific coast and ‘monticola’ meaning lover of mountains. This is one of the most spectacular of all tillandsias when in bloom. The plant is very large for an epiphytic with the floral bracts retaining their beautiful colours for up to 12 months. It is native to Mexico where it grows from sea level to 800 metres as an epiphyte in the deciduous forests.

Neoregelia burle-marxii ssp. meeana
Neoregelia burle-marxii
is found in the mountains above Sao Paulo in Brazil. It was named by Robert Read in 1996 in honour of the late horticulturist, Roberto Burle Marx. This is a smallish species – up to 25cm diameter, endemic to Brazil. The most attractive leaf colouration requires ample light to bring out this intense mauve/purple colour. Growing in an Auckland garden the plant looks just stunning – why would you bother with hybrids?

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