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February 2016 – Ron Midgett

Ron MidgettRon MidgettWe are pleased to welcome Ron Midgett of New Earth Orchids, NM, as our speaker for February.   Ron is an accomplished orchid hybridizer who will be describing his cattleya hybridizing efforts with a talk entitled   ‘Beyond Sc. Beaufort – A 20 Year Odyssey in Cattleya Breeding’.  Ron’s visit is being co-sponsored by POS and SDCOS, thus he will be talking about his experiences with oncidium hybrids at SDCOS on Tuesday evening with the talk “Oncidinae Intergeneric Hybrids—What Are They and How Do I Grow Them?”.  He also will be providing the POS opportunity table and have some of his novel cattleyas crosses available for purchase.

Ron began growing orchids in 1969 in an orchid-rich environment of Southern California. Since then, he has grown orchids in many different regions of the US and in the Caribbean for 3 years. Currently, Ron resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a breeder with an emphasis on Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, and Oncidinae. Several cultivars from his crosses have received AOS awards.  

In 1990, Ron founded the New England Orchid Company in Franklin, MA. In 2003 he moved his orchid business to New Jersey and changed the name to New Earth Orchid Co., aka, New Earth Orchids. In 2010, New Earth Orchids was moved to Santa Fe, NM.

In addition to Ron’s activities in the orchid business, he has been very active in the local orchid societies wherever he lived. This includes serving as an officer, chairing orchid shows, and running the New England Orchid Fair for 3 years.  Before leaving New Jersey, Ron founded the Jersey Highlands Orchid Society.

Date: 
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

January 2016 – Orchid Culture Class with Alex Nadzan and Jerry Spence

We start out 2016 with a meeting devoted to orchid culture.  This topic will be highly beneficial for many of our newer members who are just entering the wonderful world of orchids. Experienced member will gain some new insights from the presentations as well.  

Alex Nadzan will address the basics of orchid culture, by reviewing the common orchid classes and emphasizing the basic light, temperature and cultural preferences for each class. He will bring in examples of each class and provide suggestions for growing them successfully.  Jerry Spencer, our expert cymbidium grower, will review the basic cultural requirements for cymbidiums and give a timely demonstration on repotting of these wonderful orchids that are well suited to our San Diego growing conditions. Members also are welcome to bring any orchid questions for the speakers.

Our plant table will be comprised of numerous Australian dendrobiums donated by Ruben Colmenares and several of Fred Clarke’s select cattleya divisions given to us at year’s end.

Date: 
Wed, 01/06/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

November 2015 – Phyllis Prestia

Phyllis PrestiaPhyllis PrestiaThis month, our guest speaker is POS member Phyllis Prestia.  She will discuss her trip to the World Orchid Conference, held last year in Johannesburg, South Africa.  

Phyllis will take us on a tour of the displays and orchids at the WOC, including those that received the highest awards at the conference. She will also discuss some of the orchids of the South African and Madagascar regions, which she saw and photographed.  Since Phyllis herself grows many of those species, her presentation will include details and tips on the culture of rainforest and savannah terrestrials.

Phyllis is a retired educator and middle school principal. She received a Doctorate of Education at Rutgers University, where she also served as instructor in the graduate education program.

Originally from New Jersey, she moved to California with her husband to retire in the sunny San Diego area and grow orchids. Her collection includes a variety of species and hybrids across several genera grown both in a small greenhouse as well as three outdoor growing areas under shade cloth.

In her orchid life Phyllis has been the president of the San Diego County Cymbidium Society and she currently serves as the vice-president of the Cymbidium Society of America.  She served as second vice-president for POS, as well as chairman of the annual auction committee for several years. She is active in several other Southern California orchid societies and is currently participating in the orchid judge training programs of both the American Orchid Society and Cymbidium Society of America.

Date: 
Wed, 11/04/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

October 2015 – Satomi Kasahara

Sakomi KasaharaSatomi KasaharaOur guest speaker this month is Satomi Kasahara of Seed Engei.  Her topic is Neofinetia falcata, an orchid native to Japan.   She will discuss the history, culture and special methods that are used to judge this unique orchid. 

The Japanese have been cultivating Neofinetia falcata (now officially named Vanda falcata) for over 400 years.  In Japan, it is called Fūki-ran (富貴蘭), which means the orchid of the rich and noble people, because many years ago, only the rich and royalty could own them.

Satomi’s father, Shigeru, started Seed Engei 35 years ago in Shiuzuoka, Japan.  They specialize in growing Neofinetia falcata as well as other Japanese orchids.   Satomi grew up around Neofinetia falcata and interacted with some of the best growers in Japan. She started working for her father in 2006.  After a visit to Santa Barbara, he declared that the U.S. would be the perfect place to grow Neofinetia falcata.   After that, Satomi started coming to orchid shows in California to expand the business.  

She is the founder of the Fūkiran Society of America, created to promote Fūkiran growing in the United States, Canada and other parts the world.  The Fūkiran Society of America is an offshoot of the Japan Fūkiran Society, which is responsible for registering Neofinetia falcata varieties.  There are over 250 registered varieties, but if you add unregistered varieties to that, the total is 1000.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

September 2015 – Brandon Tam

Brandon TamBrandon TamThis month, our guest speaker is Brandon Tam, Orchid Collection Specialist at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.  The Huntington has one of the largest orchid collections in the United States with 16,000 plants.  Brandon will present an overview of the collection and discuss the Huntington’s involvement in the orchid world.  Then, he will present his 10 favorite orchids in the collection including their origins and growing culture.

Brandon has been with the Huntington for over 8 years.  He began volunteering at the institution at the age of 14.  There were always plenty of opportunities to quench his thirst for plant knowledge, from tending plants in the Conservatory to database entry of pressed specimens in the Herbarium. 

Brandon credits his grandmother for inspiring him to further his studies within the botanical world and pursue a career within that field.  She bought him his first orchid at age 7, a white flowering cymbidium. She would take him to their local nursery and let him pick out a plant on every visit.  Over time, his orchid collection grew, and his knowledge of orchids grew also.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

August 2015 – Alek Zaslawski

Alek ZaslawskiAlek ZaslawskiOur gust speaker this month is Alek Zaslawski of AWZ Orchids in Brazil. The topic of his presentation is the species Cattleya violacea and he will show plants in their natural habitat as well as flowers with different color forms. His talk will also include many cultivation tips.

Alek was born and raised in the state of Espirito Santo, in Southeastern Brazil. His father, Wladyslaw, grew orchids as a hobby, and Alek was always surrounded by orchids at his parents’ home.  His father enjoyed taking trips to see orchids in the wild and would take Alek with him.

Alek became a mechanical engineer and never expected to work with orchids, however, orchids would always catch his attention. He admired their beauty and the way they grew in nature. When his father retired, Alek quit his job to start an orchid business with him and in 1994 they opened AWZ Orchids.

Alek and his father were aware that orchids were quickly disappearing from the wild and their original idea was to reproduce plants in their nursery to help reduce the pressure on native populations. They also noticed that most of the plants that had been collected in the past had simply disappeared from collections. Typically, they had been killed or sold to foreign growers. Over the years, AWZ has tried to bring back some of the best varieties found within many species, especially those belonging to the Cattleya alliance.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 08/05/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

July 2015 – David Brown

David BrownDavid BrownThis month we welcome David Brown as our guest speaker. David will present on "A Year at the San Diego Zoo Orchid Greenhouse" in which he will highlight those plants that typically flower in each month. 

The greenhouse at the San Diego Zoo is open to the public every third Friday of the month as part of the zoo's "Orchid Odyssey". David first attended that event in 1999, and became fascinated with the orchids in the zoo’s collection. "There was so much diversity in shape, size, color and form." he remembers. David came to see the greenhouse as one of the hidden jewel of the zoo and he returned every month after that. Eventually, he met Janette Gerrity, who is in charge of the orchid collection at the zoo. Janette began to mentor him in his new orchid obsession and David also came to know the volunteers who worked there and who shared their information and knowledge with him. After a few years, he knew enough about the orchid collection to become a volunteer himself. Upon a suggestion by other volunteers, he began to attend the meetings of the San Diego County Orchid Society and soon became an active member, later serving as a member of the board and, eventually, as President.

The orchid collection at the Zoo consists of about 3000 plants in 300 genera and 800 species. David especially favors the large species collection: "As pretty and intriguing as hybrids are, there is just something about species," he said. During his talk, he will share some of the zoo’s "impressive plants."

Date: 
Wed, 07/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

June 2015 – Francisco Miranda

Francisco MirandaFrancisco Miranda

We welcome Francisco Miranda as our guest speaker this month. Francisco’s presentation will focus on cattleya species and their habitats and his talk is titled "The genus Cattleya in Brazil".  Cattleya species can be found throughout Brazil and Francisco will show examples from most of the major regions where they occur.  

Francisco was born in Rio de Janeiro and he has been growing orchids since 1979, the same year he received his degree in Biology.  He began his taxonomic studies of the orchid family in 1981. In 1985, he completed a Master’s Degree and his thesis “Section Cattleyodes of the genus Laelia”.  

Francisco has made frequent field trips to study the habitats of Brazilian orchids, resulting in many new described species.  He has authored two books and several scientific papers.  In 1996, he served as the Program Chairman for the 15th World Orchid Conference in Rio de Janiero.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 06/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

May 2015 - Fred Clarke

Fred ClarkeFred Clarke

We welcome back Fred Clarke as our guest speaker this month. Fred will discuss the fundamentals of growing orchids and explore some advanced techniques.  Orchid plant culture will be explained and techniques on how to maximize growth and flowering will be reviewed.  Fred says If you do 80% of what you’re supposed to do correctly, you will be a good grower.

Fred is a long time, generous supporter of the Palomar Orchid Society and one of our most favorite speakers. Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 35 years and has been hybridizing for 32 of those years. With over 28 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery, Sunset Valley Orchids, located in Vista, California, just north of San Diego. His nursery’s website has considerable information, plants for sale and many beautiful pics of his award winning orchids.

He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Bulbophylum and Paphiopedilum hybrids.    Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

April 2015 – Peter Lin

Peter Lin’s presentation "12 Months of Orchids" is a fast-paced PowerPoint presentation will show you how to build an orchid collection to have blooming plants for each month of the year. 

Peter started growing orchids over 30 years ago, but stopped to focus on school and starting a career.  It wasn’t until 11 years ago that the orchid “bug” came back, and he is now heavily involved again.  He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society and a hybridizer of mini-Cattleyas.  He enjoys interacting with other orchid enthusiasts and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country.  

Due to limited growing space, Peter specializes in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards.  His other interests in orchids include Dendrobiums,  and Neofenetias.  He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in three small greenhouses, as well as in an offsite greenhouse.  

Peter has hundreds of photos of his orchids that he maintains on Flickr. Peter also maintains a personal web site including a small catalog of orchids available for purchase at www.diamondorchids.com

Peter will also provide plants for the opportunity table.

Date: 
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm