July 2012 - Arthur Pinkers

Arthur PinkersArthur PinkersWe are delighted to welcome Arthur Pinkers as speaker for our July 11 (please note the date change!) meeting. Arthur’s talk is entitled “Miltoniopsis, Pansy’s of the Orchid World: where they started and where we are now”.  The genus Miltoniopsis (Mltps. or Mps.) consists of six species native to Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador and Columbia. They are cool to intermediate growers and like moist conditions.  Hybridizers have produced many magnificent and very colorful hybrids for orchid hobbyists and the general consumer. Arthur’s talk should be very informative on a subject that we have not had in recent history. Arthur will provide the plant table, which will feature plants from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and Orchids Royal, including some Miltoniopsis.

Arthur has been an orchid enthusiast for almost 40 years when, as a 16 year-old, he acquired a plant of Slc. Glittering Jewel (Sl. Gratrixiae x Slc. Hermes) and was infected by the orchid bug.  He and his wife Margie of over 23 years have two adult children who recently graduated from high school and are attending College of the Canyons.  Arthur grew up in the Seattle area and attended Western Washington University graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology. He and his wife currently live in Santa Clarita, California where Arthur is learning to grow orchids under extreme conditions, very different than those in his native Pacific Northwest.  Arthur worked for many years as a chemist and also had the fortune of holding his dream job as the Lab Director for Beall Orchid Company until shortly before its close in 1990.  Arthur’s interest in orchids covers a broad range of types with botanicals being a special draw.  Arthur has served on most executive positions on the Board of the Northwest Orchid Society and is a Past President.  He is a veteran Accredited Orchid Judge and serves as a photographer and as Chair of Information for the Pacific South Judging region. Previously he served as center photographer for the Pacific Northwest Judging region.

Culture Class

Alex Nadzan will conduct the July culture class and give an introduction to OrchidWiz Encyclopedia.  OrchidWiz is a very valuable orchid database for novices and advanced hobbyists alike.  This is a very timely presentation, since a copy of OrchidWiz will be auctioned off at our upcoming auction in August.

Alex will cover OrchidWiz basics as well as give a couple of examples how it can be used to produce ideas for new orchid hybrids.

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm