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BSI Membership… A Bargain!
Eloise Beach, Tom Wolfe & Bruce Holst
Being a member of the BSI is more than any one thing. Think of it as being part
of an extended international family, bringing together people from all walks of
life who share a common interest in this fabulous plant family. BSI membership allows
you to expand your bromeliad knowledge in many directions, contact and visit collectors
in distant lands, witness amazing displays of stunning hybrids and unusual species
at world conferences and regional shows, and gives you the opportunity to contribute
to the conservation of a fascinating and important group of plants.
In nature, bromeliads are sometimes referred to as keystone species, that is, they
provide an important source of food and shelter for many of the creatures of the
tropical and subtropical forest canopies. In our yards and public places, they provide
a source of beauty and tropical imagery, and in our minds, they remind us of nature's
beauty and intricacy.
When you are a member of the Bromeliad Society International, you will…
- Receive this Journal of the Bromeliad Society, six times per year. The Journal is
the flagship publication of the BSI and is intended for the amateur and professional
grower as well as the bromeliad scientist and conservationist. The Journal is well
illustrated in color and black and white and contains information and advice for
- Obtain Online Members-Only Benefits (www.bsi.org), which include having access to:
- FREE BSI Journal back issues. View and search Journal volumes 1-27, years 1951-1977
(more coming). This is a phenomenal way to enjoy the early years of the BSI and
peruse hundreds of informative articles on bromeliads and bromeliad personalities.
- FREE 50-year index (1951-2000). This index, painstakingly compiled by former editor
Chet Blackburn, lists plants, authors, and topics, and can save many hours of research
time. Non-members pay $30 plus shipping.
- FREE BSI Directories. A current membership directory allows for seeking the contact
information of bromeliad hobbyists, affiliate groups, scientists, and conservationists
worldwide. Travelers will appreciate the additional listing of members by geographical
region. You can also find contact information for BSI officers, directors, committee
chairs, and accredited judges. This document is available in Adobe PDF format.
- FREE: An Alphabetical List of Bromeliad Binomials. You would have to pay $12 at
the BSI store for this up-to-date listing of all known species of bromeliads by
renowned expert Harry Luther of the Bromeliad Identification Center. This listing
is essential for newsletter editors who wish to spell names correctly and for anyone
wishing to know the current thinking on bromeliad nomenclature.
- FREE: Seed Fund Listing. The seed fund, managed by Harvey Beltz, contains a listing
of bromeliad seed available for sale or exchange. Enrich your collection and help
support the BSI by purchasing or exchanging seed.
- (Small Fee) Media Programs Listing. Visit this area if your local society needs a quick
- Besides the above membership perks, all members and the general public can learn
much more. The BSI web site provides the following:
- Events Calendar. Find out what is happening in your area or travel to another
region to meet like-minded bromeliad folk.
- Bromeliad Cultural Information. Want to know more about growing bromeliads?
Visit this area for some expert information and download or print a useful guide.
- Bromeliad Taxonomic Information. Bromeliad nomenclature is changing. Keep
up with the latest revisions by visiting this area of the web site.
- Bromeliad Hybrid/Cultivar Information. All visitors can search the BSI Bromeliad
Cultivar Registry Online Database for information on plants, hybrids, hybridizers,
as well as link to other Bromeliad Databases.
- Images. See photos of many of your favorite bromeliads or use this area to
identify that unknown plant in your collection.
- Join BSI or Renew Memberships Online. Fast, easy, secure.
- Online Store. Buy bromeliad books and related items via the secure online
store, such as the Cultural Manual, Bromeliad Glossary, Bromeliad Cultivar Registry,
and Handbook for Judges, Exhibitors, & Affiliates. Here you will also find CDs,
Journal binders, BSI pins, and more.
- Plant Sources. Find out where to get those interesting species you saw in
the photographic gallery. (USA and international sources)
- Directories. This useful section lists all BSI affiliated societies and includes
contact information, meeting times and more. Find also the listing of BSI officers,
directors, committee chairs, and accredited judges.
- Talk Amongst Yourselves. Join an online discussion focusing on bromeliads,
held through four different groups:
- Bromeliads-for-beginners Yahoo Group
- Bromeliads.net (available in seven languages)
- The Bromeliad Taxonomists and Growers Discussion List (brom-L)
- Competitive Show Information - Judging and BSI Awards. Look here for information
about types of BSI sanctioned shows, lists of accredited judges by region, and explanations
of various awards the BSI offers to recognize exhibitors' outstanding competitive
entries, breeders' new creations, and overall contributions to the bromeliad world
made by individuals.
- BSI Bylaws. Once you are hooked on growing bromeliads, lend your talent to
the organization by helping to govern the society. Download a copy of the bylaws,
which provides the operating guidelines used by, and frequently consulted by, the
- BSI History. The honorary trustees of the BSI are those people who have contributed
above and beyond. See more information about them on the web site.
- Support the BSI. Anyone can make a tax deductible donation online through
the secure website to help support the Bromeliad Identification Center, Journal
Color Fund, BSI World Headquarters Fund, & the BSI General Fund.
- Don't Have a Computer or Internet Access? The BSI also supports many activities
throughout the year:
- Competitive Shows & Exhibitions featuring bromeliads. Standard shows may
award the prestigious Mulford B. Foster Best of Show Horticulture Award and the
Morris Henry Hobbs Best of Show Artistic Award. The BSI offers medallion show awards
to affiliates for a nominal fee.
- Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center at Marie Selby Botanical
Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, where you can send your unidentified species for identification
at a nominal cost of $5 per plant.
- Registry of Cultivars and Hybrids maintained by the BSI provides a clearinghouse
for the registration of new cultivated bromeliads.
- World Bromeliad Conference & Auctions. The WBC is staged every two years
and offers discount registration to BSI members. Auctions sponsored by the BSI have
become one of the most exciting aspects of the conference as attendees try to outbid
one another in an effort to secure a rare plant or item for their collection while
raising thousands of dollars to support the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification
Center located at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
- Bromeliad Cultural Manuals in full color may be purchased to be used as an
educational tool and for attracting new members.
- Victoria Padilla Memorial Bromeliad Research Grant Fund promotes research
and conservation of bromeliads.
- Internationally Accredited Bromeliad Judges are trained by BSI instructors
and are required to attend continuing education courses and maintain high standards
for judging competitive shows.
You can download an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file containing the benefits of being a
BSI member listed above by clicking the icon below. This document fits on two pages
and can be printed double-sided for use as a handout.
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