2011 SAOS Newsletters
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December - Christmas Auction
Auctioneer Fred Keefer
Our annual Christmas auction featured great food, great company and great flowers. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad and a very Happy New Year to all!
November - OrchidWiz
Marv Ragan, MAJ Orchids
Marv Ragan discusses the capabilities of the OrchidWiz Encyclopedia program, the fine orchid database program that contains a raft of information, including orchid genealogy, orchid culture sheets, over 75,000 photographs and a journal where you can track your orchids and orchid photographs.
Linda Wilhelm of Woodland Orchids in Charlotte, North Carolina shares some of the basic and more advanced methods of 'How to Kill Your Orchids'.
Courtney Hackney answered all our questions during his 'Ask the Professor' presentation. He makes it all simple addressing why orchid roots are different from your other houseplants roots, how to select an orchid and more.
Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids describes the building blocks of miniature cattleya breeding for warm climates, talking about the different species along with their cultural likes and dislikes, finishing with pictures of the hardier beautiful hybrids.
July - Summer Orchid Auction
Fred Keefer, Auctioneer Extraordinaire
Fred Keefer of Orchids by Del-Rei was our master of ceremonies at the Summer Members Orchid Auction. We had almost 30 plants from different SAOS growers to auction.
Dr. Ruben Sauleda of Ruben in Orchids in Goulds returns to St. Aug to talk about the orchids in Colombia, where orchids grow and bloom in nature as well as along roadsides and in town squares...often with a higher flower quality than we see on AOS judging tables.
Brian Monk of Blu Llama Orchids in Fort Lauderdale discusses orchid culture in his presentation titled "What Do You Mean It Won't Grow".
Greg Allikas of Orchid Works in West Palm Beach discusses Pedilonum Section dendrobiums, characterized by clusters of flowers produced from leafless canes. This group differs from other species in the genus because they have adapted to bird pollination.
Ernie Gemeinhart of Enlightened Orchids in Orlando discusses semihydroponic orchid culture. The advantages of semihydroponic orchid culture along with how to get started with semihydroponics are discussed.
Prem Subrahmanyam of Florida Native Orchids in the Orlando area discusses the "Orchids in Our Back Yards": how, where and when to find native and naturalized orchids in Florida.
January - Orchids of Mexico
Ed Bugbee, Featherstone Orchids
Ed Bugbee of Featherstone Orchides in Crystal River talks about orchids in Mexico.