Meetings and Events

Our monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (except for July and August) at 7PM in the Auditorium of Mounts Botanical Garden.

At our monthly themed meetings, we learn interesting tips and information about growing tropical hibiscus. Topics include such things as grafting, repotting, pest control, and much more. Members can also bring blooms to compete in our monthly mini shows, with the winners bringing home new tropical hibiscus as prizes. Following the presentation, we enjoy refreshments and socializing.

Visitors are welcome to attend!

Upcoming Meeting:

The Plant Auction is rescheduled for when we know more about the end date of self quarantine. Please check back for updates on when we will host this event. 

For this event, attendees will have the opportunity to bid for a wide assortment of tropical plants, from hibiscus and other flowering plants to bromeliads, palms and clippings donated by expert gardeners from their own private gardens!

The general public is invited to attend and partake in the bidding. Those in attendance will have a unique opportunity to learn critical skills to growing and cultivating a variety of plants from one of the leading experts in South Florida. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their questions with the experts and socialize with other society members to learn more about the activities of the Conrad-Sunrise Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society.

A selection of delicious refreshments will be available, a tradition of the organization at its monthly meetings. Please bring a friend and enjoy a great evening of socialization, fun and learning!

Past Meetings:

February 19th 7:00pm Meeting: “My Favorite Plants” by Dr. Michael Pusin

Dr. Pusin is a retired dentist and snowbird from Baltimore, Maryland.  He is a past President of the Garden Club of Greater Baltimore and is a well known speaker on gardening not just in Florida, but nationally.  This was his second PowerPoint program for the Conrad-Sunrise Hibiscus Society. His presentation covered both northern and southern plant varieties that are inexpensive and require very little maintenance.

January 15th Meeting: Hybridization with Dawn Conrad

Ms. Dawn Conrad was the January 15th, 2020 presenter for the Conrad-Sunrise Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society.  Her presentation on “Hybridization” attracted one of the largest audiences for the Society in the last year.  Dawn offered a hands-on demonstration of the technique she uses to create new hybrids.  Don Bernard also spoke briefly about the process for naming and registering a hew hybrid.  The Society also welcomed several new members that night.  Also a big congratulations to our Mini Show winners:  Andrea Cryer in Amateur, Michael Pusin in Open Collector, Dawn Conrad for  Collector, and Don Bernard for Commercial. Way to show!

December 18, 2019 7:00 PM: Annual Christmas Dinner

The attendance for this year’s Christmas Dinner was the best ever!  The services of food at Arrabbiata’s kept coming:  multiple appetizers, fresh, crisp salads including house-made Caesar salad; entrees of chicken, beef, and several pasta platters…This was all before the desserts of cakes, cookies, Italian tiramisu!  No one went home hungry.  It was a lovely evening to relax, converse with fellow Hibiscus enthusiasts and share ideas for 2020 programs and speakers.

November 20, 2019 Recap: Gardening with David Brach

David Bach’s presentation was much appreciated by the enthusiastic crowd attending the November 20th meeting of the Conrad-Sunrise Hibiscus Chapter. Our President, Mr. Corey Burchfield was correct when he introduced Mr. Bach and said, “There isn’t a flower he can’t identify.” 

Mr.Bach came prepared with dozens of beautiful slides of all sorts of varieties of hardy Florida garden and border plant possibilities, including some rare, extraordinarily beautiful blooming options to consider. 

Those in attendance commented that they were grateful to have a program that provided such. New information and options as well as to know “that there is much more I can do to beautify my property with color and fragrance.” 

Thank you, Mr. Bach for your expertise!

October 16, 2019 7:00pm

October Meeting Recap: Hibiscus Photography with Kathie Comerford

At our October monthly meeting, we had a lovely time with Kathie Comerford who hosted a class on hibiscus photography. She demonstrated all kinds of tips and techniques to really get those outstanding flowers to shine as centerpieces to our photos while maintaining interesting angles, lighting, contrast, and patterns. For example, she showed us how greenery from around our gardens can be used to create diagonals and repetition to draw our eye to the hibiscus flower. Another method involves using a black background and moving in for a close up. With the nice cameras on many of our cellphones today, photography is not reserved for a select few – many people can take unique and beautiful pictures with just one click! Thank you, Kathie, for a wonderful meeting, and for all those that volunteered to help out with refreshments and everything else so we could have  a great time.

October Meeting Recap: Hibiscus Photography with Kathie


The Society’s Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7PM in the Auditorium of Mounts Botanical Garden.

During these meetings we plan upcoming meetings & events, make decisions regarding various aspects of the Chapter, and vote on the best use of Chapter funds. 

Members are welcome to attend these meetings and provide their opinions to the Board regarding the topics being discussed.

Upcoming Events:
Please note: these events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates on when events will be resumed. 

May16th American Hibiscus Society Show hosted by the Conrad-Hibiscus Chapter

Bloom drop off for the show is before 11:30 at the show building at Mounts Botanical Gardens.

The luncheon for participants will start at 11:30, be sure to bring a dish to share.

Please note that this will be taking place during Mounts Botanical Garden’s Plant-a-Palooza Sale. The entrance fee to the show and sale is $15 at the Mounts gate.

Prepare your plants now and bring your best blooms. Best of luck to all our participants!

Bi-Annual Hibiscus Sale at the Plant-a-Palooza hosted by Mounts Botanical Gardens 9:00am-4:00pm May 16th and 17th 2020

We will have a vendor booth set up to sell over 200  new and old favorite tropical hibiscus plants. These are registered cultivars with the American Hibiscus Society. Be sure to stop by and meet with our members while buying some plants, and feel free to sign up to become a member of our Chapter for some great member benefits. Please note that it is a $15 entrance fee to Mounts Botanical Gardens during the sale for the general public. 

Mounts Botanical Gardens 
531 N Military Trl,
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Phone: (561) 233-1757

Here are some of our past events:


Garden Ramble with the Comerfords

Dr. Daniel and Kathy Comerford hosted a walk through their beautiful hibiscus and tropical garden on their estate property. The Comerfords are long-time members of the Conrad-Sunrise Chapter and are always volunteering at the sales booth for our Chapter, among many other good deeds they do for our Chapter and community at large. Their garden has been  featured twice in Mounts Botanical Garden’s Connoisseur Tour. They have over 130 hibiscus and 400 species of plants. Everyone had a wonderful time socializing in the garden and over lunch. A huge thank you to the Comerfords for sharing your tropical paradise home with us!

October 26th – Saturday Triple White Fences Garden Tour in Loxahatchee
The Conrad-Sunrise Hibiscus Society joined the Palm Beach Palm & Cycad Society, Palm Beach Begonia Society, and the Tropical Fruit Tree Society in touring 3 gardens in Loxahatchee, Florida. Two of the gardens are next door to each other and the third is just a mile away. Following the tour, there was a potluck lunch at White Fences Equestrian Center & Arboretum.

  • Tropical Way Farm15-acre horse farm beautifully landscaped with flowering trees, palms, bromeliads, open vistas, and more.
  • Lavell Farm: 12.5-acre horse farm with a collection of rare palms, native plants, bromeliads, flowering trees, and more.
  • White Fences Arboretum26-acre arboretum overlying White Fences Equestrian Center – a dressage horse show facility established in 1983. The first arboretum plantings began in 2014. There is now a large collection of flowering trees, palms, crotons, and more. 

Here are some pictures from the beautiful gardens:


Bi-Annual Hibiscus Sale
Our bi-annual plant sale is always a huge hit!

Every April and November the Conrad-Sunrise Chapter has a vendor booth with tropical hibiscus for sale during the Mounts Botanical Garden’s Plant-A-Palooza sale. This amazing event is filled with vendors selling all types of tropical plants.

We hope everyone had an opportunity to attend the Plant-a-Palooza this past November 2nd and 3rd at Mounts Botanical Gardens. It was so nice to see so many of you at our vendor booth. Thank you to all the volunteers who made the event so successful despite the Sunday rain! We especially want to thank Don Bernard for driving to Sarasota and back with all our hibiscus that were put up for sale, and also Kathie Comerford for her excellent salesmanship. The Conrad-Sunrise Chapter’s success is because of the dedication of its members!

cherry snow hibiscus flower
Visitors and new members always welcome!

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