8th International Color Conference

8th International Color Conference

Friday, Jun 10, 2016 - Saturday, Jun 11, 2016

6:00pm - 6:00pm

8th International Color Conference, at the Kampong, sponsored by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society

June 10th – June 11th


FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Cocktail reception at The Kampong


Opening Session
Mrs. Cynthia Bobson,
President TFTS

7:00–8:00 p.m.

Color and the Diversification of the Amazonian Flora
Dr. Christopher Baraloto
Director International Center for Tropical Botany FIU/NTBG


7:45–8:30 a.m.

Late Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Conservation of East African Trees
Dr. Mike Maunder
Interim Director, The Kampong of the NTBG & Associate Dean, Research Engagement, FIU

9:30–10:30 a.m.

In the Tradition—Tropical Flowering Research at the U.S.D.A.
Dr. Alan Meerow
Research Geneticist and Systematist
U.S.D.A. Chapman Field

10:30–11:00 a.m.

Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 a.m.—Noon

New Plants from Southeast Asia
Dr. Chad Husby
Botanical Horticulturist, FTBG

Noon—1:00 p.m.

Exotic and Colorful: The National Plumeria Collection at the
Naples Botanical Garden
Mrs. Hetty Ford
Curator, Plumeria Collection
Naples Botanical Garden

1:00–2:00 p.m.


2:00–3:00 p.m.

Hunting for Plants from Around the
World that are Florida Friendly
Mr. Jesse Durko
Tarpon Enterprises and Nursery

3:00–4:00 p.m.

Therapy Through Horticulture: Color and Aromatherapy
Dr. Ron Mossman
Consultant in Ecological Restoration and Horticulture

4:00–4:30 p.m.

Coffee/Tea Break

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Restoring a Grand Old Lady—respecting the past and improving the future with color, texture, fragrance, and style
Mr. Craig Morell
Curator of Living Collections
The Kampong of the NTBG

6:00 p.m.

Conclusion of Color Conference

How to Register

Please fill out our registration form (click on the link below to download). It is a Microsoft Word document allowing you to fill in your information on the computer and e-mail it back to us without printing. Included in the registration form is the itinerary for the conference.

If you are paying with a check, mail your registration form in with your check.

If you wish to pay by credit card, please e-mail TFTSMiami@yahoo.com with your registration form completed, and we will send you an invoice via PayPal (you do not need to be a PayPal user to pay this invoice) OR call Jessica 786-478-9028 to process a credit card over the phone.

For more information regarding the conference, please contact Larry Schokman at 305-445-5107 or Schokman@bellsouth.net

  • Early Registration—$70 per person

  • Late Registration (on Saturday)—$80 per person

  • Student rate 50% off—$40 per person

The Conference

The Tropical Flowering Tree Society (TFTS) will be hosting an event that is geared toward plant enthusiasts. The Conference will host 8 speakers that are renowned in the plant world.

The Conference will be held at The Kampong 4013 Douglas Rd, Miami, FL 33133

Friday, June 10th will be the cocktail party and initial registration (unless you register early via our website). Our first speaker will also give a wonderful presentation on Amazonian plants.

Saturday, June 11th, 7 speakers will make presentations on a wide selection of topics such as “Hunting for plants from around the world that are Florida friendly”, “New plants from Southeast Asia”, and “Therapy through horticulture: Color and Aromatherapy.”

This year’s speakers include: Dr. Mike Maunder, Dr. Christopher Baralato, Dr. Alan Meerow, Dr. Chad Husby,  Hetty Ford,  Jesse Durko,  Dr. Ron Mossman, and Craig Morell.

The Color Conference is referred to as the International Color Conference because we have held this event on three continents. We have also had many internationally-recognized botanists/horticulturists who have made presentations at this Conference.

Among the speakers were Dr. Kiat Tan and Anton van der Schans of Gardens by the Bay (Singapore), author Don Ellison and Director of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Ross McKinnon (Australia), Plant Hunter Michael Ferrero (Nong Nooch Gardens, Thailand) and Landscape Architect Martin Palleros (Singapore, Thailand).

The primary objective of this Conference is the dissemination of information about new species/cultivars of tropical flowering trees, shrubs and vines in the environment of the tropics and warm subtropics. Many of these “new” plants are now being cultivated in South Florida, especially in Miami-Dade County.

The TFTS motto is “Color the Horizon,” and one of our ambitious goals is to make Miami-Dade County the “Flowering Tree Capital of the World!” With the help and expertise of our local Botanical Gardens, Plant Societies, Garden Clubs and horticulturally-oriented individuals, this goal is a distinct possibility. We have planted almost 20,000 trees, shrubs and vines in Miami-Dade County during the past 20 years, at little or no cost to the taxpayers!

The Conference will be $70.00 for early registration(before June 10th), and $80.00 at the door. Students receive a discounted price of $40.00. For information on how to register, visit our website, www.TFTS.org

Event Location

The Kampong
Coral Gables, Florida, 33133

Event Fees

Single Admission
$ 70.00
Student Ticket
$ 40.00

To pay by check, please see the registration form below:

Registration Form


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