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Important note

Due to the Coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) outbreak in the USA, including Florida and the fact that the Florida Governor has declared a state of emergency, the World Bromeliad Conference from June 9-13, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida has been rescheduled to June 8-12, 2021.  The host hotel will still be the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sarasota. You will have to change your reservation dates with the hotel.  The registration that you paid for the conference will apply to the rescheduled conference with no changes in the rate.  The bus tours will not change. We are in the process of verifying all the speakers. We hope that you still plan to attend the rescheduled conference.  All the BSI board members voted unanimously to reschedule the conference since the safety of our members was more important than attempting to continue with the conference this year.

If you are unable to attend your registration will be refunded following our conference refund policy.  Up to the year the conference is to be held you get a 100% refund, once the year of the conference begins you get a 50% refund, and within 30 days of the conference there is no refund.  Since the date of the conference was moved by one year, you can get a 100% refund until January 1, 2021.

Again, we are sorry for any inconvenience that this change may have created for you and appreciate your patience. We look forward to seeing you in 2021 and having a wonderful and safe time in Sarasota.


The World Bromeliad Conference 2021 will be held in Sarasota, Florida, USA from Tuesday, June 8, 2021 through Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. We will celebrate the 24th World Bromeliad Conference! Events will include tours of two of the world’s leading Bromeliad nurseries (Michael’s Bromeliads and Tropiflora), a visit to the renowned Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (with free admission for conference registrants), a number of notable speakers, an opening conference reception and welcome address, a banquet with a rare plant sale and auction, a plant sale with numerous sellers, a fantastic judged plant show, and more.

Sunset on a Sarasota Beach

 

The BSI has arranged for a special $149 room rate at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota (with no resort fees, normally $24+ daily) with free parking for hotel guests and conference visitors. All the rooms at the Hyatt provide water views and the hotel has a central downtown location with easy access to gardens, restaurants, museums, shopping, cultural activities, and world-renowned beaches. In order to catch all the planned events for WBC 2021, you would check into the hotel on Tuesday night, June 8th and stay through Saturday night, June 12th (checking out on Sunday). Of course, with all there is do in Sarasota and other nearby areas in Florida, you may want to extend your stay.

BSI Members may register for the hotel and conference by going to the members section. Others may sign-up for memberships and registration at the registration page. We recommend reserving your hotel room early since a limited number of rooms at the special rate will be available. Hotel registration will begin in April 2020.

BSI Members may register for the hotel and conference by going to the members section. We recommend reserving your hotel room as soon as possible since a limited number of rooms at the special rate are available.

 
Hyatt Regency Scenes

 

Although the rainy season tends to start in parts of Florida as early as late May, Sarasota typically sees the rains delayed until late June or July because of the cooling breezes coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. Florida has the type of weather Bromeliads love, so it will be on the warm side and we will schedule our outdoor activities for the mornings.

Michael’s Bromeliads

 

Tropiflora

 

We are hard at work planning for World Bromeliad Conference 2021 and will be posting additional information on the WBC Menu on the BSI homepage as it becomes available. To contact the Conference Co-Chairs with any questions, you may email them at TheWBC2021@gmail.com
Selby Gardens (Guzmania monostachia on the right)

 

This is just a few of the many attractions in Sarasota and nearby:

 

Museums:

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Ca’ d’Zan Mansion
Sarasota Classic Car Museum
South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium

 

Shopping and Restaurants:

St. Armand’s Circle
Towles Court Art District
Pinecraft Amish Area (Yoder’s, Der Dutchman)

 

Outdoor Activities:

Lido Public Beach (complimentary beach shuttle from the hotel)
Siesta Beach on Siesta Key (heralded as “the finest, whitest sand beach in the world” and the best beach in the USA)
Sarasota Jungle Gardens

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