Meetings, Events, and Shows

Content about NWOS shows and events.

January 2022 Speaker: Theresa Hill – “Paphiopedilum charlesworthii a Giant Among Miniatures”

Theresa Hill is a partner in Hillsview Gardens, growers of fine quality Paphiopedilums, Miltoniopsis, and Masdevallias. Hillsview Gardens supplies a wide variety of hybrids and species – from connoisseur-quality divisions and specimen plants for discriminating hobbyists, cutting-edge hybrids in wholesale quantities for retail nurseries, and outstanding decorator quality plants to chain stores in Portland, Oregon.

December 2021 Speaker: David Edgley: “Novelty Phalaenopsis”

David has been growing Phalaenopsis for decades, introduced them as a teenager living on a Navy base in the Philippines. A hobby grower, David has been active in local societies and shows, spreading the good news about Phalaenopsis. In his small and rather crowded (10’x12′) greenhouse in the Pacific Northwest, David grows hundreds of orchids, primarily Phalaenopsis. In addition, David has made several of his own crosses. He is an accredited American Orchid Society judge, member of the board of trustees of the AOS, serves on various AOS committees, and is treasurer of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance (IPA).

November 2021 Speaker: Ron Parsons: “Rarities and Oddities of the Orchid World”

Ron Parsons has been growing orchids for more than 45 years, and has been interested in the species for most of that time. He loves to photograph orchids and other flowers whenever he can, and does so as often as possible. Ron has more than 90,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and still retains a slide library that exceeds 100,000 botanical images.

October 2021 Speaker: Andy Easton on “Breeding Warmth Tolerant and Mini/Intermidate Cymbidiums”

Professional orchid grower since graduation from Colorado State University in 1972. Accredited as AOS judge in 1978, since retired! Grew orchids in Santa Barbara 1978-1985 then moved back to New Zealand and started Geyserland Orchids. Returned to Florida as AOS Director of Education 2000. Moved back to California in 2007 and operated New Horizon Orchids until 2018 when we moved the business to Colombia. Plants housed at Colomborquideas where l work primarily with Cymbidiums, the Odontoglossum Alliance and a hobby collection of Cattleyas.

September 2021 Speaker: Robert Hamilton on “The Orchid Craze”

I was born in Berkeley, California in 1946 to native parents and educated in the Berkeley School System. I gave up studies in physics to pursue a career as a scientific glassblower specializing in the fabrication of experimental electron tubes, lasers and optics, eventually becoming UC Berkeley’s Principal Scientific Glassblower. As a glassblower I had …

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Scholarship Recipient Update

Piper McCullough is a student in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Skagit Valley College, located in Mount Vernon, WA. Her future goals include earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Conservation, and starting a career in Permaculture Consultation. She chose to include Hydroponics as part of her study focus, in order to contribute to the progression …

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June 2021 Speaker: Jairul Rahaman on “Symbiotic Relationship between Orchids and Fungi.”

At the NWOS June meeting, Jairul’s presentation would provide a general overview of the importance of Fungi on our planet. Without fungi we would not have over 90% of our trees on Earth. The Kingdom of Fungi with its numerous benefits from creating soil on earth, to cleaning up our environment, we need to learn …

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May 2021 Speaker: Tyler Albrecht on “Dendrobium kingianum & hybrids”

At the NWOS April meeting, Tyler will discuss the Dendrobium kingianum and it’s hybrids, and why you should have them in your collection. Tyler Albrecht was born and raised in Silicon Valley but currently resides in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his wife Dana and two children Reece and Reagan. Having always …

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April 2021 Speaker: Jurahame Leyva on “Latouria Dendrobiums”

At the NWOS April meeting, Jurahame Leyva will discuss the secrets to growing the section lautouria Dendrobioums and why they should be in your collection. Jurahame has been sourcing, collecting and growing orchids of all types since he bloomed his very first orchid: Cattleya Mini Purple ‘Carmela’.  His mother brought it home as a gift …

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March 2021 Speaker: Marni Turkel on “Less is More: Small Orchids”

At the NWOS March meeting, Marni Turkel will discuss the joys, benefits, possibilities, and challenges of miniature orchids. The talk covers some basics such as “What makes an orchid an orchid,” growing spaces both indoors and out, a review of cultural needs of orchids in general and small orchids in particular. She will also include …

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