2013 SAOS Newsletters
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December - Christmas Auction
Auctioneer Bob Schimmel
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!
Rafael talked about Schomburgkias and their hybrids, showing us some of the fine examples of their breeding program, irrestistible!
Courtney gave us lots of orchid growing tips, try to mimic how orchids grow in nature and make sure you have lots and lots of healthy roots.
September - Vandaceous Orchids
Mac Rivenbark, Mac's Orchids
Mac Rivenbark talked about vandas and vandaceous orchids, a fun filled talk peppered with Mac's observations on how to best grow different varieties of monopodial orchids.
Roy's Secret Bloom Booster: Calcium. For beautiful blooms, you need a healthy plant; for a healthy plant, you must have vibrant roots; for vibrant roots, make sure they get enough air and calcium!
July - Summer Orchid Auction
Fred Keefer, Auctioneer Extraordinaire
Fred was our master of ceremonies at the Summer Orchid Auction.
Phillip Hamilton talked about Broughtonias and their hybrids with cattleyas, which ones to look for and how to grow them.
Keith Davis enthralled the crowd with his tips for better growing and happier orchids. His handout
has a lot of great information, the basics of orchid culture, orchid propagation, clothespin etiquette and more.
April - Orchids from the Brazilian Amazon
Francisco Miranda, Miranda Orchids
Francisco Miranda discussed the orchids of the Brazilian Amazon, with details on the various habitats orchids call home.
March - Fragrance in Orchids
Dr. Hal Hills
Hal Hills talked about the fragrances of euglossine bee pollinated orchids, those in the Neotropical subtribes Stanhopeinae and Catasetinae.
Dr. Ruben Sauleda of Ruben in Orchids in Goulds discussed the propagation of orchids. He talked about how orchids are pollinated, the seeds sown in flask and the plantlets deflasked to grow up and flower.
January - Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion with Josh Jones and Sue Bottom
A panel discussion about growing orchids with lots of participation from the audience, who both asked and answered questions.