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Cindy Chiang of Singapore visited Triffid Park on Friday 13th June 2014 with her husband Lawrence and daughter Eleanor while on holidays in Melbourne.  Cindy has been a long time customer of Triffid Park, so has fulfilled one of her wishes to finally visit us.

Eleanor from Singapore visited Triffid Park with her parents Cindy and Lawrence Chiang.

In our Nepenthes house on Friday 13th June 2014.

 

STEWART MCPHERSON, AUTHOR OF PITCHER PLANTS OF THE AMERICAS VISITED THE VICTORIAN CARNIVOROUS PLANT SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING TO GIVE A PRESENTATION OF HIS TRIP TO VENEZUELA - 22ND OCTOBER 2008.

Donna and Stewart McPherson at the VCPS meeting.

Stewart McPherson, at the VCPS monthly meeting.

Stewart autographs his books for us.

 

LOIS OCHS OF RACCOON RIDGE NURSERY, U.S.A., VISITS TRIFFID PARK ON 3RD OCTOBER, 2008

Lois Ochs visits Triffid Park after attending the 7th International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference in Sydney.

 

bOB HANRAHAN, ALABAMA, U.S.A., VISITS TRIFFID PARK 4TH OCTOBER 2008.  Bob is one of America's early Carnivorous Plant conservationists and propagators.

Bob and Cathy Hanrahan visit Triffid Park

Bob Hanrahan discusses venus fly traps with Jason.

 

ALLEN LOWRIE - Carnivorous plant specialist, researcher, consultant, writer, author, photographer, artist and illustrator.   Jason and Donna Smith of Triffid Park meet Allen Lowrie at the 7th International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference, in Sydney, Australia, September 2008

Jason and Donna from Triffid Park met Allen Lowrie.

Allen Lowrie, author of Volumes 1, 2, & 3 "Carnivorous Plants of Australia".

 

LARRY MELLICHAMP - PROFESSOR OF BOTANY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE, U.S.A. AND DIRECTOR OF THEIR BOTANICAL GARDENS, VISITS TRIFFID PARK ON 17th SEPTEMBER, 2008

Larry Mellichamp enjoys visiting one of our local carnivorous plant reserves.

Larry Mellichamp takes photos in our propagating house.

Larry Mellichamp and Colin Clayton discuss carnivorous plants.

 

PETER BAK - BAK NURSERY, HOLLAND, visited Triffid Park's nursery in Keysborough, 20th June 2008, with his collegue Ruedy.

Peter Bak from Baks Nursery, Holland, visits Triffid Park (Keysborough).

Peter Bak, Ruedy and Donna Smith at Triffid Park

Jason shows Peter Bak and Ruedy our carnivorous stock.

 

 

WITTAWAT - OUR CUSTOMER FROM THAILAND VISITS TRIFFID PARK

Wittawat visits Triffid Park on the 6th November 2006

Wittawat in our Collectors Sarracenia house

Donna and Wittawat at Triffid Park


JOHN AINSWORTH FROM ENGLAND

John Ainsworth, author of the book "Sarracenia" and his wife Jhansi, visit Triffid Park for our Open Day on Sunday 26th October 2003.

John Ainsworth signing a copy of his book "Sarracenia", at our Open Day.


KONDO FAMILY FROM JAPAN

Mrs Yoko Kondo with Kyle during the Kondo's annual visit to Triffid Park.

Mrs Kondo with Kyle - 14th November 2003.


BEIJING BOTANICAL GARDENS

VISITORS FROM BEIJING BOTANICAL GARDENS, CHINA.

Left to Right - Kathy, Lyn and Rose from Beijing Botanical Gardens, with their friend Laurie from Melbourne.

They visited Triffid Park on the 6th November 2002.

MICKEY URDEA FROM U.S.A.

MICKEY URDEA FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Visited Triffid Park on the 1st April 2002 while on holidays in Australia.

COLIN CLAYTON'S 60TH BIRTHDAY AND TRIFFID PARK OPEN DAY 2001

Colin Clayton receiving a birthday present from the members of the V.C.P.S.

On the 27th October 2001 to celebrate his 60th birthday (29th Oct) at the Triffid Park Open Day

Members of the Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society enjoy Triffid Park's Open Day

Members and customers can bring their lunch and cook it on our BBQ in our lovely pool setting at our Open Day held annually in October.

YUSUKE KONDO AND FAMILY FROM JAPAN

YUSUKE KONDO FROM JAPAN

Kosuke Kondo and family visited Triffid Park on the 14th October 2001

Colin Clayton, owner of Triffid Park with Yusuke, Yoko and Kosuke Kondo and

Lunch with our Japanese friends in Tina's kitchen

DANIEL M. JOEL FROM ISRAEL

DANIEL M. JOEL FROM ISRAEL - author of "The Carnivorous Plants" visited Triffid Park 14th September 2001

Daniel looks through our growing houses.

Daniel looking through our book collection.

Daniel signs our copy of his book "The Carnivorous Plants"

DR. RAMESH SINGH CHOUHAN FROM INDIA

DR. RAMESH SINGH CHOUHAN - Founder of the 1st Carnivorous Plant Society in India.

Dr. Ramesh Singh Chouhan visited Triffid Park on the 12th March 2001.

YUSUKE, YOKO AND KOSUKE KONDO FROM JAPAN

YUSUKE KONDO AND HIS WIFE YOKO AND THEIR SON KOSUKE WITH COLIN AND TINA CLAYTON.

Yusuke Kondo with Donna Clayton. Yusuke's brother is Professor Katsuhiko Kondo, author of the book "Carnivorous Plants of the World in Color".

Yusuke Kondo with Donna and Tina look through Triffid Park's growing houses.

Yusuke, Yoko and Koske Kondo visited Triffid Park on the 14th October 2000.

TONY CAMILLERI FROM DARWIN

TONY CAMILLERI, AUTHOR OF "CARNIVOROUS PLANTS".

Tony visits the VCPS annual show.

Tony visited Triffid Park on November 15, 1998 to take photos of our sarracenias for his book "Carnivorous Plants".

 

OUR JAPANESE VISITORS

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November 1996 we were host at our nursery Dingley Home and Garden to the Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society's annual show.  We advertised world wide for anyone interested to come and join us for this occasion, and were very pleased to have many interstate guest from around Australia, and also four international guests from Japan.
Our Japanese visitors arrived Saturday 16th November around lunchtime, by taxi from Tullamarine airport.  Before they had even put their bags down they started producing many presents and photos for Colin and Tina, as is their custom.  After finally putting down their bags they headed straight for the show benches of the V.C.P.S. to gaze in wonder (and take many photos) of all the spectacular carnivorous plants.
They toured our growing houses, staring wide eyed in fascination and taking many more photos, until hearing the water coming through the
pipes, I yelled "RUN" but not in time for the sprinklers to give them and their cameras a light shower!  Afterwards we took them to Colin and Tina's house for a rest and they informed us that they were looking for "Big Beer Party"!
Saturday night had been organised with a spit roast for all the V.C.P.S. members to enjoy.  The evening went off well and the spit roast was delicious.  But the evening was dampened a bit by the heavens opening up and dropping golf ball sized hail stones on the root of the nursery.  This just happened to be right in the middle of David Bond's speech, and was so loud that nobody could hear him.  David who is the president of the society presented the four Japanese guests, Yukio Koshikawa, Makoto Miyamoto, Naoki Tanabe and Tsutomu Inoue with gift cards and V.C.P.S.
caps, which they didn't take off all weekend.  He then presented Colin, Tina and myself with a brilliant hand drawn picture of a Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea.  Our Japanese friends had a lovely night with much "VB" drinking.
Sunday morning we tried to educate them with traditional Aussie Vegemite on toast.  They weren't too keen on it until we mentioned that it was made from the dead yeast from the beer vats ("BEER" they all said at once) and the toast was soon eaten up!
Their aim for the weekend was to see as much natural carnivorous plant "habitat" as possible.  Even if it was dormant, they wanted to see, and photograph, the areas.  So Colin spend Sunday morning and all day Monday driving them to see "habitat".  Sunday afternoon, Colin dropped the four Japanese off at another nursery, pointing out the coffee shop where they could buy lunch.  After about four hours they arrived back at Dingley very hungry.  They had had such a good time they had forgotten to eat, so the V.C.P.S. sausage sizzle was relit and they enjoyed a very late lunch of sausages in bread.
Sunday evening we took them to Colin and Tina's new property in Keysborough (which is now "Triffid Park") and with the help of drawing pictures of houses and arrows, I managed to explain that this is where we were moving to.
Later that evening we had a family tea at Colin and Tina's, with their eldest daughter Sharon, her husband Crain and 14 month old daughter Jessica, and my husband Jason.  Jason and I have been studying Japanese for 12 months, so we tried to practice with our new friends, while they tried to practice their English.
After dinner, Naoki brought out his bag of magic tricks.  He did many fascinating things including joining two rings together, making a silk hanky disappear, and some great coin tricks.  We found out that as well as being a high school teacher of tax and a collector of carnivorous plants, he is also a magician, having studied magic in high school.  Naoki is 33 years old and has a 26 year old wife and baby daughter Hanae born on January 10th 1996.  (In Japan, it is not considered rude to ask how old someone is).  Naoki met Yukio about three years ago when Yukio was trying to start the Japanese Carnivorous Plant Society.
Yukio Koshikawa, 64 years old, is building the Nansow Carnivorous Plants Botanical Gardens in Japan, funding mainly by selling carnivorous plants.  The land he is using is approximately one hectare and will consist of bunkhouses, a library and a bath house (Japanese don't have bathrooms in their houses, they only have toilets.  They must go down the street to a bath house where they can wash and meet up with other Japanese, so it is considered a very special place.)  The gardens will be opened in the year 2000.  Yukio is very famous in Japan for his carnivorous plants.
We did not get to find out very much about Tsutomu (or Tom, as we called him), as his English was not very good and our Japanese was no better.  But Tom is a very keen collector of carnivorous plants and this is his second trip to Australia this year (having stayed with Tina and Colin earlier in the year with Yukio and his daughter) to look at the plants in their natural environment.
Makoto is also a mad collector of carnivorous plants.  He enjoys going out into the "habitat" and discovering new varieties of carnivorous plants.  He told us that the Carnivorous Plant Society meets four times per year in Tokyo for their meetings.  He also helped us with some Japanese words:
Carnivorous = shokutsu
Plants = buts
Carnivorous plants = shokubuts
Well Tuesday morning came and our Japanese visitors had to leave us and fly on to Cairns where they were going to inspect more "habitat" of carnivorous plants.

Written by Donna Clayton.

 

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