The Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc.
is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Aquatic Gardeners Association 2012 Convention right here in St. Louis on November 1 - 4, 2012.
The convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Airport. See the link to the right to reserve a room. There is a free 24-hour shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
We'll have a great lineup of speakers
--Prof. Niels Jacobsen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, eminent authority on Cryptocoryne
species, will be the keynote speaker. Also featured will be Kris Weinhold
, Brandon McLane of Florida Aquatic Nurseries
, Tom Barr
, and MORE! Speaker talks and bios coming soon!
This year we're going to have a Live Aquascaping Workshop
. Under the guidance of a mentor, you can create your own nano aquascape to take home with you. Includes tank, all equipment, hardscape, and plants. (We're still negotiating the final price on this event, so stay tuned.)
Also new this year will be a Photo Contest
- "Planted Tanks, Plants and Blooms". Winner announced and prize awarded at the Saturday Banquet.
For the first time ever, we've got two days of Field Trips. Come a day early and join us for the Thursday Field Trip
to the St. Louis Zoo
and nearby St. Louis Art Museum
. At the zoo, we are trying to make arrangements for a free "behind the scenes" tour with a zoo employee who is a member of MASI. The Art Museum tour will be led by a docent who will focus on aquatic plant themes and fish/wildlife.
Thursday night, everyone is invited to a locally-sourced wine-and-cheese reception
down the street from the hotel at Jerry Jost's business, Jost Chemical,
including a tour of his spectacular fish room/laboratory with twin 90-gallon tanks that alone are worth the trip.
Friday's Field Trip
will be to the fabulous Missouri Botanical Garden
. Transportation and basic entry fees are included for both Field Trips. Lunch is on your own, but there are plenty of places to choose from.
Friday, November 2th
, the presentations will begin in the evening and continue through Saturday afternoon. Saturday night's banquet will feature Niels Jacobsen
speaking on his "Wanderings in the Great Forests of SE Asia," and of course the 2012 AGA Aquascaping Contest Winners
And finally on Sunday November 4th, there is a huge all-day Plant Auction
. This is certainly the biggest and best plant auction in the US, with plenty of options for the beginner and advanced hobbyist.
There will also be vendors, raffles, t-shirts, etc.
For more info: http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/
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Register by September 1st to be entered in a drawing to win a Tunze CO2 Controller, a $400 value!