Spring 2019 Newsletter
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May 2019
Social Reminder

In This Issue

Upcoming Events
May 18 Social
June 8 Show & Sale
Bug Day recap

Upcoming Events!

  • May 18 Social, 2-4pm - Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. 1st St. San Jose
  • June 8 Show & Sale, 12-4pm, Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
  • June 15-16, Sacramento Show & Sale, Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento 95816
May 18 Social, 2-4pm
Forager Tasting Room & Eatery

420 S. 1st Street, San Jose, 95172

Join us next Saturday, May 18th from 2-4pm at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery for a casual afternoon to mingle with fellow plant enthusiasts. Feel free to bring a special plant to show or a few plants to trade but space will be limited due to a shared dining table.

Date:  Saturday, June 8 
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
Program: Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society Annual Show and Sale

Join us for the Annual BACPS Show and Sale! 

We need volunteers!
Volunteers get to be in the center of the action and have a great time!  Please consider helping out for an hour or two if you're going to attend the show. Go to the Volunteers Spreadsheet  and see what times and activities interest you. Then Contact Us with activity and time. There is a delay in updating the spreadsheet so add an alternate.

We still need help with the following:
Public Greeting Table
Club Sales Table
Security For Display Area
Show Plant Registration 
Show Setup
Show Breakdown

Enter your plants!
The show is open to anyone wishing to Display or Sell plants. We encourage all participants to display as many specimens as possible. Prizes include ribbons and gift certificates to California Carnivores.

Entering your plants: Plants must be entered between 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th.  All registrants must fill out a plant registration form for each plant. All show entries are to remain on display until 4:00 p.m. 
Show categories: Venus Flytrap, Sundew, Butterwort, American Pitcher, Asian Pitcher, Other pitcher, Aquatic, Arrangement, Art Work, and Vendor

If you are a new CP enthusiast and this is your first show, you are eligible for a Rookie Award. On the third line of your entry form, print "Rookie." In addition to being eligible for the Rookie Award your entry will be eligible for all other awards and will be judged with the other entries.

Judging criteria: The following criteria, as applicable, will be applied to plants entered in BACPS judged competitions.
Horticultural excellence will be the primary factor in making awards. Entries that are comparably well-grown will be differentiated by quality of presentation.
Difficulty of cultivation will be considered in evaluating horticultural excellence. Rarity by itself is not a consideration.
Horticultural Excellence (70 points)
-Vigor: Maturity, size, form, color
-Health: no diseases or pests; no blemishes from disease, pests, sunburn, etc.
-Attention to details: balance and symmetry, training, spacing, condition of companion plants
Presentation (30 points)
-Overall appearance: aesthetically appealing, eye catching
-Grooming: dead leaves & flowers trimmed, weeds removed, pot clean
-Attention to details: container complementary to plant, unobtrusively staked, top dressed if needed.

Vendor Information
Vendor registration and setup is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. Anyone wishing to sell plants is required to register in advance. Only a few tables are left. Vendors must contact Gina Morimoto (BACPS Vice President) via email at asap. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Include the number of tables desired and indicate whether you are a Pro, Hobby Vendor, or BACPS Member Hobby Vendor. Payment for tables is due by May 15, 2019.  After May 15, an additional fee of $25 will be  charged. Payment can be made via check or PayPal. Payment instructions will be sent when reservation is confirmed. 

Club Sales Table
There will be a club sales table for hobbyists with a few plants to sell.  Plants are to be priced by owner with price tags that identify the owner. Initials are okay, but we need to make sure the sales are credited to the correct person. The club will keep 20% of the sales.

For more information, visit our show web site here
Bug Day 
Submitted by Cara Ching

BACPS participated in Randall Museum's Bug Day on Saturday, April 27th. Curtis Tom, Andy Lee, and I displayed most species and the kids were fascinated! The most popular plant was the Venus Fly Trap and luckily we brought enough to entertain and shock the children when we fed them freshly harvested pill bugs.

The kids used magnifying glasses to get a closer look at the plants, and a few adventurous ones got sticky when they touched the Drosera leaves.

Steve Rubenstein with the SF Chronicle highlighted Andy in his article here.

Membership Dues

According to the bylaws the dues are $12 per calendar year, prorated at $1 per month. The next opportunity for becoming a member in good standing will be at the May Social, at which time the dues will be $6. As a reminder only members in good standing have the ability to vote, access to the library, or access to the club sales table or discounted hobby grower tables at the Show and Sale. If you have questions about your membership dues, please see our BACPS Treasurer at the next meeting.
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