Auction fever

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Plant auctions are a favorite way of raising money for sponsoring societies. The funds pay for speakers, show expenses and so forth.

Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Garden House, the Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society will host its auction, complete with refreshments. This group is a spin-off of the old fern society, but organizers opted to include many genera of tropical plants that congenially rub elbows in a garden, from aquatics to terrestrials to epiphytes.

Here are two of the plants that will be up for bids: Philodendron 'McDowell' and an understory small tree, Pentagonia wendlandii.  The philodendron is a creeper, staying for many seasons in its appointed place while exhibiting glorious leaves with white markings (one of its parents is the aptly named Phil. gloriosum). The pentagonia, a sample of which resides in the Garden's Conservatory, is in the coffee family and comes from Central America. Its new leaves emerge in pairs and look like blushing donkey ears. Its long adult leaves have red undersides.


 Pentagonia wendlandii, 



     Philodendron 'McDowell,'