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by Scott Sandel, WBC Affiliate Host Committee Co-Chair

Keynote and Seminar Speakers are inked!

Bienvenido a San Diego! The conference host committee here at the San Diego Bromeliad Society is happy to share with you developments on next year’s conference. We would like to announce our list of speakers for next year’s conference in sunny San Diego, California. We have been hard at work, assembling an international gathering of speakers. Seminar topics will be a balance of science discussions, brom-centric travel, cultivation perspectives and other topics of interest to the advanced bromeliad enthusiast. Our tentative list of speakers is as follows:

• Dennis Cathcart, Florida
• Pam Koide Hyatt, California
• Paul Isley, California
• Jeffery Kent, California
• Jose Manzanares, Ecuador
• Li Ping, China
• Peter Waters, New Zealand

Scott Sandel from the San Diego host affiliate society will give the opening remarks on opening day, Wednesday, along with Lyn Wegner, president of BSI, who will address BSI’s current programs. For 2018, we are pleased to have Dennis Cathcart of Tropiflora, in Sarasota, Florida to address us at the banquet. Known to many of us in the bromeliad world, Dennis has let’s-just-say several years of experiences to share with us. He has been on many, many adventures in bromeliad habitat and has a few stories to tell about his experiences running their Florida-based bromeliad nursery with his wife Linda and their team. For 2018, we are pleased to have Li Ping come to us and tell us about what it’s like growing bromeliads in the East. The presentation will include imagery of bromeliads growing in Asia. Our other well-known speakers, from other points of the globe, will speak on a varied range of topics. In addition, Southern California local Jeffery Kent, from Kent’s Bromeliad Nursery will be here. His nursery provides more than 100 commercial varieties year-round from their 840,000 square-foot nursery, and he will share his love of adventure and his extensive knowledge of bromeliads collected from the jungles of Central and South America. Additionally, he will speak on topics of relevance to hybridists and those of us interested in knowing how our favorites are created.

Please Send Your Conference Enquiries!

We can’t do this without BSI support.
Firstly, check out Conference Corner on the BSI webpage for registration. While there, see the link for accommodations at our venue, Paradise Point Resort. At Paradise Point, we get BSI-discount rates automatically when you follow the link at Conference Corner. Please contact Paradise Point Resort directly with any issues, but please copy one of the WBC co-chairs if you experience any problems. (I don’t foresee any issues of course, and I hope that it will be an easy experience for everyone!)
We will have over 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of sales area on Mission Bay. All prospective vendors should contact us as soon as possible. We’ve heard from some of you already.
To be in our full-color conference program, contact Scott Sandel (email address below) for advertising spec’s and details; again, the sooner the better please so it doesn’t all come down to the last month. With that in mind, please consider the end of March, 2018 as the publication deadline. For enquires regarding the show and judging, contact Robert Kopfstein, the Show Chair. For any other enquiries, go to the local affiliate website at where you will find our World Conference tab for information and our Join Us tab for a contact-us form.

We will have over 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of sales area on Mission Bay. All prospective vendors should contact us as soon as possible. We’ve heard from some of you already.  Email Bill Tweet, the Plant Sales Chair, if you would like to sell plants or bromeliad-related items at the conference.  His email is

Key Conference Contacts:
Co-Chair: Nancy Groves,
Co-Chair: Scott Sandel,
Show Chair: Robert Kopfstein,
Plant Sales Chair:  Bill Tweet,

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