January 2022 we met virtually. Members shared their plants that were blooming at home with us. Hopefully some of these plants will still be in bloom for the February Flower and Garden Festival.
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.
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).
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.
The month of September was busy for the society and for some of us our plants had a real workout. They had trips to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup and then onto the NWOS Fall show at Volunteer Park. In spite of all that travel we had a bountiful plant table for October. Thank you everyone for brining your plants in for our enjoyment.