Our Speaker for the month of May was Bill Goldner from Woodstream Orchids. Hist topic was “New Looks for Miniature Phragmipedium Hybrids and Other New Lines of Breeding”. He compared many crosses and their parents and showed the outcomes of the various breeding attempts. He showed many breakthroughs in breeding and in particular with mini phragmipediums. Some of the results included amazing new colors.
The speaker for April is Kelly McCracken of High Desert Orchids. Kelly will be speaking to us about artificial lighting. Many of us have discovered that as our hobby grows sometimes, we run out of window spaces, or we don’t have a good window to begin with. Artificial lighting can provide our plants with the light they need to thrive. Many growers have discovered the opportunities that the recent drop in price and increase in availability of LED lights has provided. But there is relatively little information about how much artificial light orchids need and what kinds of lights are best.
February was our culture clinic month. Our member, Andy Wright, presented us with the important points of good orchid growing. Andy started by asking us to understand what our specific plants need and what we can provide for them. He encouraged us to know what the natural growing conditions are for the various genera as well as for more complex hybrids. He also gave us an understanding of the basics of Orchid Culture: potting media, water, light, blooming, roots, growing container, fertilizer and pests. It was a well presented, enjoyable, and thorough review of all the best points for good growing and blooming. After his talk, Andy took many questions from the audience. He reminded us that our Library is a great resource. The conversation included a general chat about culture as well as specific issues and problems.
The speaker for the month of November was Ron Parsons, he spoke to us via Zoom on the “Rarities and Oddities of the Orchid World”. Ron proceeded to show a marvelous array of amazing blooms. He began with the terrestrials like Habenaria medusa. He included species from around the world. There were bee orchids, sun orchids, beard orchids, hammer orchids and lady slippers. The monopodial group had ghost orchids & spider orchids to name just a few. The list was amazingly long with images of these special flowers, some of which are very rare. It was a treat to see the incredible variety of flower forms and colors exhibited across the world of orchids.
We kicked off the very busy month of September with our first in-person meeting in over a year. Our Speaker was Bob Hamilton and he spoke to us on the discovery of the natural work and how that has led to the Victorian craze for growing orchids and the hobby that we have today. As it was summarized, “From the conservatory to Costco.”