A Bromeliad Voyage through Ecuador

Jerry Raack, Past Director and President of Bromeliad Society International
This program presented by the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society and the Cleveland Indoor Gardening Society
Sunday, April 19

In this joint meeting with Botanical Garden Affiliate Clubs, the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society and the Cleveland Indoor Gardening Society, Jerry Raack will present "A Bromeliad Voyage through Ecuador." Jerry is past director and president of Bromeliad Society International and discovered several new species of Bromeliads.  This presentation will explore his trips to Ecuador searching for bromeliads, other interesting plants seen and the culture of the Ecuadorian people.  He will also discuss growing bromeliads in personal collections.

Guests are welcome to join this special guest presentation. Those interested in attending  (or to request more information) - should please email MWCSS Secretary, Karen Snell, at kdsnell@roardunner.com to RSVP for the program.

Jerry Raack was born in Akron, raised in Tallmadge and attended OSU where he graduated with a BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.  He also obtained an MS degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and worked for AT&T and Lucent Technologies for 35 years before retiring in 2001.

Jerry became interested in Bromeliads when his brother gave him a plant for Christmas one year. Through increased interest, he has been the director, then president of the Bromeliad Society International for many years. Jerry has made numerous collecting trips into Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru and discovered several new species of Bromeliads. Tillandsia raackii is named after him.


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