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If you're serious about plants ... aroids to water lilies.

The image of a specially plant society as a social club is decidedly offbase today.

Though members of these groups do enjoy themselves, the organizations are serious resources for gardeners interested in particular plants. These societies often conduct or sponsor scientific research, collecting expeditions, conservation projects, symposiums, new-variety testing, and similar activities.

If you're fond of a plant or plant family, you may want to join one of these societies. Membership can provide you with detailed how-to-grow information, advice on cultural problems, access to hard-to-find species and varieties, a regular magazine or other publications, and new friends with similar gardening interests. Members include men and women in a wide range of ages and professions; in most groups, botanists, nursery staffers, and advanced amateur growers share their knowledge with other enthusiasts in publications or by letter.

A branch or chapter of a society, if there is one near you, provides the additional advantage of in-person consultation about your plants. When you write about joining, ask where your nearest chapter is.

Then visit a meeting or two before joining. Don't be shy about approaching members and asking questions. A typical meeting might include a guest speaker; a plant sale or giveaway; a lesson on identification, growing, or grooming; and questions and answers on seasonal plant care.

If there's no chapter near you, see if the society provides services such as "round-robin" correspondence groups or the addresses of members living nearby. Plant society members often welcome visits to discuss techniques and to exchange plants or seeds.

These societies vary in size from 100 to 30,000 members. When you write, it's a good idea to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Aroids to water lilies . . .

our guide to 62 plant societies

We list societies devoted to plants that westerners grow outdoors, in summer or all year. Dues and addresses can change.

Aroids (including caladium, calla, dieffenbachia, and philodendron). International Aroid Society. A chapter meets in San Diego. Monthly newsletter, quarterly journal. Dues $12. Box 43-1853, South Miami, fla. 33143.

Azaleas. Azalea Society of America. A chapter meets in Oregon. Quarterly magazine. Dues $15. Alice Holland, Box 6244, Silver Spring, Md. 20906.

Bamboo. American Bamboo Society. Chapters throughout the West. Bimonthly newsletter, journal published two to four times yearly, bamboo source list. Dues $12. Richard Haubrich, 1101 San Leon Court, Solana Beach, Calif. 92075.

Begonias. American Begonia Society. Branches throughout the West. Bimonthly magazine, occasional newsletters for atlarge members, begonia-growing books and leaflets. Dues $10. Pearl Benell, 10331 Colima Rd., Whittier, Calif. 90604.

Bonsai. American Bonsai Society. No chapters. Quarterly journal, newsletter published three times a year. Dues $18. Anne Moyle, Box 358, Keene, N.H. 03431. Bonsai Clubs International. Affiliated clubs across the West. Bimonthly magazine. Dues $15. Virginia Ellermann, 800 W. Virginia St., #501, Tallahassee, Fla. 32304.

Boxwood. American Boxwood Society. No chapters. Quarterly bulletin. Dues $10. Box 85, Boyce, Va. 02260.

Bromeliads. The Bromeliad Society. Several chapters in the West. Bimonthly journal, bromeliad-growing handbook. Dues $15. Write to 2488 E. 49th St., Tulsa, Okla. 74105.

Bulbs (amaryllis and related plants). American Plant Life Society. No chapters. Quarterly newsletter, yearbook. Dues $10. Box 150, La Jolla, Calif. 92038.

Cactus (see Succulents).

Camellias. American Camellia Society. Affiliated local societies throughout the West. Quarterly magazine, yearbook. Dues $12.50. Milton H. Brown, Box 1217, Fort Valley, Ga. 31030.

International Camellia Society. No chapters. Annual newsletter and journal. Dues $9. Thomas Perkins III, 405 Perkins Dr., Brookhaven, Miss. 39601.

Southern California Camellia Society. Quarterly magazine. Dues $15. Box 50525, Pasadena 91105.

Carnivorous plants. International Carnivorous Plant Society. No local chapters. Quarterly magazine. Dues $10. Pat Hansen, fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, Calif. 92635.

Chrysanthemums. National Chrysanthemum Society. Chapters throughout the West. Quarterly magazine, handbooks. Dues $8.50. B.L. Markham, 2612 Beverly Blvd., Roanoke, Va. 24015.

Citrus. Indoor Citrus and Rare Fruit Society. No chapters. Quarterly newsletter, plant source lists. Dues $10. Write to 176 Coronado Ave., Los Altos, Calif. 94022.

Cycads. Cycad Society. No Chapters. Quarterly newsletter. Dues $10. David Mayo, 1161 Phyllis Court, Mountain View, Calif. 94040.

Dahlias. American Dahlia Society. Affiliated local societies throughout the West. Quarterly bulletin. Dues $8. Michael Martinolich, 159 Pine St., New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11040.

Daylilies. American Hemerocallis Society. No chapters. Quarterly journal, regional newsletters. Dues $12.50. Sandy Goembel, Route 5, Box 6874, Palatka, Fla. 32077.

Ferns. American Fern Society. No Chapters. Bimonthly newsletter, quarterly journal. Dues $5 ($8 including journal). James Caponetti, Dept. of Botany, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. 37996.

Los Angeles International Fern Society. Monthly journal. Dues $20. Write to 14895 Gardenhill Dr., La Mirada, Calif. 90638.

San Diego Fern Society. Monthly newsletter. Dues $5. Marvin Haworth, 10453 Fairhill Dr., Spring Valley, Calif. 92077.

fuchsias. American Fuchsia Society. Branches in northern California and Oregon. Monthly magazine, fuchsia-growing handbook. Dues $9. Hall of Flowers, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way, San Francisco 94122.

National Fuchsia Society. Branches in Southern California and Washington. Monthly magazine, fuchsia-growing handbook. Dues $12. Jean Albright, 11019 Benfield Ave., Downey, Calif. 90241.

Gardenias. Gardenia Society of America. No Chapters. Quarterly bulletin. Dues $5. Lyman Duncan, Box 879, Atwater, Calif. 95301.

Geraniums. International Geranium Society. Branches throughout California. Quarterly magazine, geranium-growing guide. Dues $7.50. Robin Schultz, 5861 Walnut Dr., Eureka, Calif. 95501.

Gesneriads (Africa violets, gloxinias). African Violet Society of America. Affiliated clubs throughout the West. Magazine published five times a year. Dues $9. Box 3609, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society. Chapters throughout the West. Bimonthly magazine; gesneriad-growing leaflets. Dues $10. Ellen Todd, Box 493, Beverly Farms, Mass. 01915.

Gesneriad Hybridizers Association. No chapters. Bulletin three times a year. Dues $5. Meg Stephenson, 4115 Pillar Dr., Route 1, Whitmore Lake, Mich. 48189.

Gesneriad Society International and Saintpaulia International. Join one or both; both have affiliated local clubs throughout the West. Bimonthly magazine published jointly. Dues $8.75 ($9.25 to join both). Box 549, knoxville, Tenn. 37901.

Gladiolus. North American Gladiolus Council. Affiliated societies throughout the West. Quarterly bulletin. Dues $7.50. Reinhold Vogt. 9338 Manzanita Dr., Sun City, Ariz. 85373. Gourds. American Gourd Society. No Chapters. Newsletter published three times a year; also gourd-growing bulletins. Dues $2.50. John Stevens, Box 274, Mount gilead, Ohio 43338.

Heaths and heathers. North American Heather Society. No chapters. Quarterly newsletter. Dues $5. Alice Knight, 62 Elma-Monte Rd., Elma, Wash. 98541.

Hibiscus. American Hibiscus Society. Chapters in California and Hawaii. Quarterly magazine, catalog of varieties. Dues $15. Sue Schloss, Drawer 5430, Pompano Beach, Fla. 33064.

Hollies. Holly Society of America. A chapter covers the Pacific Northwest. Quarterly magazine, holly-growing bulletins. Dues $10. Write: 304 N. Wind Rd., Baltimore, Md. 21204.

Hostas. American Hosta Society. No chapters. Annual journal, newsletter three times a year, hosta-growing fact sheets. Dues $12.50. Olive Langdon, 5605 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, Ala. 35222.

Hoyas. Hoya Society International. No chapters. Quarterly bulletin. Dues $13.50. Box 54271, Atlanta, Ga. 30308.

Iris. American Iris Society. Affiliated local societies across the West. Quarterly bulletin. Dues $9.50. Carol Ramsey, 6518 Beachy Ave., Wichita, Kans. 67206.

Aril Society International. Affiliated societies in California and New Mexico. Quarterly newsletter, yearbook. Dues $4. Robin Kleinz, Box 2278, Payson, Ariz. 85547.

Society for Louisiana Irises. No branches. Quarterly newsletter. Dues $5. Brenda Koshiba, Box 40175, Lafayette, La. 70504.

Ivy. American Ivy Society. A chapter meets in Southern California. Journal three times a year; ivy care leaflets. Dues $15. Elizabeth Carrick, Box 520, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449.

Lilacs. International Lilac Society. No Chapters. Monthly newsletter, Lilacs annual. Dues $10. Walter Oakes, Box 315, Rumford, Maine 04276.

Lilies. North American Lily Society. Affiliated regional society meets in Portland. Quarterly bulletin, yearbook. Dues $12.50. Dorothy Schaefer, Box 476, Waukee, Iowa 50263.

Magnolias. American Magnolia Society. No chapters. Semiannual journal. Dues $12. Richard Figlar, Box 129, Nanuet, N.Y. 10954.

Marigolds. Marigold Society of America. No chapters. Quarterly newsletter, marigold-growing sheet. Dues $7.50. Box 112, New Britain, Pa. 18901.

Oleanders. National Oleander Society. No chapters. Quarterly newsletter. Dues $5. Ethel May Koehler, Box 3431, Galveston, Texas 77552.

Orchids. American Orchid Society. Affiliated regional societies throughout the West. Monthly magazine, quarterly awards, orchid-growing handbooks. Membership $20. Write to 6000 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla. 33405.

Cymbidium Society of America. Four branches in Southern California. Bimonthly Magazine. Dues $12.50. Mrs. Richard Johnston, 6881 Wheeler Ave., Westminster, Calif. 92683.

Palms. The Palm Society. Several chapters in the West. Quarterly journal. Dues $15. Paul Drummond, Box 368, Lawrence, Kans. 66044.

Penstemons. American Penstemon Society. Regional meetings, field trips. Bulletin twice yearly. Dues $7.50. Orville Steward, Box 33, Plymouth, Vt. 05056.

Peonies. American Peony Society. No chapters. Quarterly bulletin, handbooks. Dues $7.50. Greta Kessenich, 250 Interlachen Rd., Hopkins, Minn. 55343.

Peperomias. Peperomia and Exotic Plant Society. No chapters. Quarterly newsletter. Dues $5. Joni Vines, 311 E. 11th St., Hutchinson, Kans. 67501.

Plumerias. Plumeria Society of America. No chapters. Thrice-yearly newsletter. Dues $10. Betty Andrews, 3733 Meadow Lake, Houston 77020.

Primroses. American Primrose Society. Chapters throughout the West. Quarterly magazine. Dues $10. Brian Skidmore, 6730 W. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Wash. 98040. Rhododendrons. American Rhododendron Society. Chapters across the West. Quarterly journal. Dues $20. Write: 14635 S.W. Bull Mountain Rd., Tigard, Ore. 97224. Rock garden plants. American Rock Garden Society. Chapters across the West. Quarterly bulletin, yearly seed list. Dues $15. Norman Singer, Norfolk Rd., Sandisfield, Mass. 01255.

Roses. American Rose Society. Affiliated local societies throughout the West. Monthly magazine, quarterly rose-growing bulletins, Rose Annual. Dues $20. Box 30,000, Shreveport, La. 71130.

Solana (potatoes, tomatoes, other edibles in the Solanaceace family). Solanaceace Enthusiasts. No chapters. Quarterly journal. Dues $3. John M. Riley, 3370 Princeton Court, Santa Clara, Calif. 95051

Succulents. Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Local societies across the West. Bimonthly journal and newsletter. Dues $26. Annual show and plant sale July 6 and 7 at Los Angeles State and County Arboretum; national convention July 7 through 12 at San Diego State University. Virginia Martin, 2631 Fairgreen Ave., Arcadia, Calif. 91006.

Epiphyllum Society of America. The society meets in Arcadia, California; a branch meets in San Diego. Bimonthly bulletin. Dues $6. Box 1395, Monrovia, Calif. 91016.

Sempervivum Fancies Association Newsletter. Association planned but not yet organized. Association planned but not yet organized. Quarterly newsletter subscription $12. Dr. William Nixon, 37 Ox Bow Lane, Randolph, Mass. 02368.

Water lilies. The Water-Lily Society. No chapters. Quarterly newsletter. Dues $12.50. Box 104, Buckeystown, Md. 21717.
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