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Bromeliad Show and Sale

April 2 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 2 & Sunday, April 3 

Presented by the Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society

Discover the wonderful diversity of Bromeliads, a unique group of plants with patterned foliage and vividly colored flowers. These plants have evolved in some of nature’s most challenging conditions, from desert to rainforest to cloud forest. Air plants, spanish moss and pineapple are some of the most familiar Bromeliads but there are many more to discover.

Members of Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society will be exhibiting some fabulous specimens as well as offering many plants for sale. Come along with your questions for the experts and take home some plants, tips and inspiration!


Family Activity

Learn how to mount an air plant on a wire stand and take home a cute new Tillandsia to take care of. We will have 100 plants to give away and you can pick up all the tips you need to keep your mini Bromeliad healthy.  Drop-in. Come early!

Talk: Growing Bromeliads in Southern California
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Presented by Cristy Brenner, President of the Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society’ 

Cristy’s talk and demonstration will introduce you to a selection of bromeliads and offer tips on growing them in pots, trees or rock gardens. You will also learn about repotting, separation of pups and mounting Tillandsias (air plants) and other epiphytic Bromeliads.


Cristy is a retired Saddleback College geography teacher who has been addicted to Bromeliads since 1995, when a colleague invited her to a meeting of the Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society in Mission Viejo.  As a geographer, she has visited all of the continents, but in recent years has concentrated on traveling to regions where Bromeliads are located.  In addition to being a member of all of the Southern California societies, she is a Bromeliad Society International board member and judge, and has spoken at several BSI conferences.

Tour of the Sherman Bromeliad Collection 
Saturday, April 2 – only
1 – 2 pm

Sherman Horticulturist Joel Friesen will provide an introductory tour of the bromeliad collection in the Sherman garden. Joel is our resident bromeliad expert and will highlight some of the more eccentric members of the bromeliad family while offering tips on how to successfully grow these fascinating plants in your own garden.

This tour is free with Garden Admission but pre-registration is required. Tour size is limited to ten participants so register early to secure your spot.