2019 SAOS Newsletters

 

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July - Today's Orchid World
Andy Easton, New Horizon Orchids

Guest speaker Andy Easton reflects on influential and colorful characters from the world of orchids. He waxed poetic about some, like Rebecca Tyson Northen and Ernest Hetherington. Others, well, not so much! One thing for certain, Andy knows where all the bodies are buried!
 
 
Allen Black

June - Novelty Brassavola/Cattleya Breeding-Spiders & Stars
Allen Black, Allen Black Orchids

Our featured speaker, Allen Black, wowed the crowd with his 'Spiders and Stars' talk on novelty Brassavola/Cattleya alliance breeding. Allen is a hobbyist orchid grower and breeder who specializes in unusual Brassavola hybrids, often combining nodosa and cucullata with other Cattleya alliance species and hybrids. Beautiful flowers and engaging presentation!
 
 
Vern Bloch

May - Laelia purpurata and Its Hybrids
Vern Bloch, prior owner of Palm Bay Orchid Range

Vern talked about Laelia purpurata, one of the finest of all cultivated orchids. In addition to its large showy flowers, it has one of the widest ranges of color forms. There are probably more named cultivars of L. purpurata than any other Laelia or Cattleya species. This species is used extensively in hybridizing and Vern has amassed a nice collection of the species and hybrids.
 
 
Courtney Hackney

April - Judging Orchids
Courtney Hackney, Hackneau's Art and Orchids

Links to sites of interest, Orchid Society resources, SAOS speakers sites, Orchid Society sites, artwork and photography sites and videos.
 
 
Daryl Venables

March - Tolumnias, the Equitant Oncidiums
Daryl Venables, Tezula Plants

Daryl talked about the key to growing Tolumnias, understanding their natural habitat, growing on twigs where they are exposed to bright light and air movement. Moisture is provided by high humidity and by daily rain showers or heavy dews. Due to constant air movement by the trade winds, plants never remain wet for long.
 
 
Gene Crocker

February - Cattleyas of the Andes
Gene Crocker, Hybridizer at Carter and Holmes Orchids

Gene talked about the Cattleyas of the Andes, taking us on a tour from north to south showing the species and their color forms, giving us tips about their culture and value in hybridizing. A program by a master of hybridizing with cattleyas and other genera.
 
 
Dave Off

January - Cattleya Collecting
Dave Off, Waldor Orchids

Dave talked about different methods and reasoning in building your cattleya collection, with interesting stories about the beautiful orchids in his family's heirloom collection.