Oct 182016

Dan Christensen: ‘How to Grow Award winning vandas in South Florida’

Dan & Margie have been growing orchids first as hobbyists for over 35 years and as Commercial Growers for nearly 20 years. Dan & Margie’s business name is Dan & Margie Orchids located in

Dan Christnsen

Dan Christensen

West Broward just 3 miles west of I-75, approximately ¼ mile north of the intersection of Sheridan Street & 185th Way.

Dan and Margie Orchids have over 12,000 square feet of covered growing space. Currently there are five greenhouses.

The nursery specializes in growing Vanda/Ascda. Crosses, Cattleya hybrids, warm growing Oncidium, Dendrobium, and some species.

Dan & Margie Orchids is a family owned business and cater to the small grower, but is capable of handling wholesale inquiries.

The nursery sells orchids, some supplies and will assist any orchid grower with information and re-potting instruction.

The nursery is currently open by appointment Tuesday thru Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Dan & Margie Orchids can be reached by phone, fax, or e-mail. (damorchid.com)

Dan and Margie have visited with growers in Thailand and have first have first hand experience on how to grow healthy vandaceous orchids.

Dan Christensen has been speaking on general orchid culture, Vanda culture and various subjects related to orchids for over 30 years. He uses the ‘common sense’ approach to growing. He has been guest lecturer at all local orchid societies. Margie runs the day-to-day business and is an accomplished pottery artist.

Together they run the business, participate in local shows from Tampa to Key West.

Dan is a member of the South Florida Orchid Society Board of Directors for over 15 years and has served as the president of SFOS for two consecutive terms. He is the SFOS Show Chairman and Treasurer of South Florida Orchid Society.

He has served as a board member of several local societies, Miramar, Gold Coast & South Florida serving in various capacities. He has also auctioneered at SFOS, North Dade, Gold Coast, Sunrise, Plantation, Coral Springs & Flamingo Orchid societies for several years.

Dan & Margie Orchids will kindly be providing plants for our raffle table and Dan will also have plants to sell!

Sep 222016

70th Miami International Orchid Show "Orchid Celebration"

SFOS Show Lecture Schedule


  • 1 PM — Gail Miller -Miller’s Way Orchids-Subject: “Easy Orchid Growing”
  • 2 PM — Mac Riverbark-Mac’s Orchids-Subject “Mounting Orchids”
  • 3 PM — Carlos Cahiz-OFE International Orchid Supply-Subject “How to Care for your Orchids”

Saturday: Lectures in English/Spanish

  • 1 PM — Axel Cahiz-Amazonia Orchids- “Subject ‘Cattleya Culture”
  • 2 PM — Carlos Cahiz- OFE International Orchid Supply-Subject “How to Care for your Orchids”
  • 3 PM — Luis del Pino-RIO Orchids-Subject “Landscaping with Orchids”



A PDF with clickable links to all the show vendors can be found in the SFOS 2016 Show Vendor List tab above.

Sep 162016
Some Like it Hot (Brazilian Miltonias that WILL grow in the heat).


Brian Monk

Brian Monk

Our September 21st SFOS meeting will feature Brian Monk of Blu Llama Orchids.  Come to our new venue in Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road (57 Ave.), Pinecrest 33156, directly across from CTK church on Killian Parkway (112 St).

Doors open at 7:00, presentation starts at 8:00pm.  Brian will bring his top quality plants for sale, plus provide the plants for our evening’s raffle.  Do not miss what promises to be a great presentation.

Brian Monk was born in Milton, Florida in 1969. Shortly after his birth, Brian’s family moved to Charleston, West Virginia where he spent the next 18 years. As a young man, Brian’s intense passion for nature led to his profession and his many hobbies including bird-watching, orchid growing and photography.

In 1992, Brian received his degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia followed by a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech in 1997. In 2005, while working as a Veterinarian in Orlando, Florida, Brian met the love of his life, Mary-Margaret, in Ft. Lauderdale. Because of Brian’s passion for all things orchid, he and Mary-Margaret formed Blu Llama Orchids, Inc. Brian and Mary-Margaret now reside in Naples, Florida with their cats and their ever expanding orchid collection.

moreliana-monks-sept-2016-talk-on-brazilianBrian started growing orchids at age 14, and started hybridizing orchids in his backyard. This has recently expanded to 3000 square feet of new greenhouse space. He will grow anything green, but focuses on his hybridizing projects, which include the development of multi-floral white and pink Paphiopedilums, warmth-tolerant intergeneric Oncidiinae, and a standard pink Cattleya with an all-white lip.

Brian’s photography has won awards online, in the 2007 Miami International Orchid Show, and at the 2008 World Orchid Conference. His work has been displayed in solo shows at the American Orchid Society headquarters in Delray, and at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando. Brian has been published in the journal of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, online, and in the American Orchid Society journal Orchids, where he won the Gordon-Dillon essay prize in 2010.  You can view his work at www.BluLlamaOrchids.com and read his writings on orchids at his blog at www.Wordpress.com.

Encouraged by his wife and inspired by his orchids, Brian continues to pursue and perfect his orchid culture and photographic skills.



New SFOS Meeting Location!

New SFOS Meeting Location!

70th Miami International Orchid Show "Orchid Celebration"


Aug 112016
Peter Kouchalakos

Peter Kouchalakos

Peter Kouchalakos, along with his wife Clara, are the owners of PCK Orchids and Exotic Plants.

Peter is a law school graduate who found his true calling in growing and teaching others to successfully grow orchids and other exotic plants.

Peter Kouchalakos likes to call himself the Johnny Appleseed of orchids.

As he told a Miami Herold reporter, “I just want to spread the joy. I’m lucky to get to do what I love and get paid for it.”

We should all be so lucky!

Learn how easy it is to add these orchids to your landscape. With proper care, you too can introduce fabulous ground-growing orchids that add just the right touch to your tropical garden or your pool patio.

Peter will talk about the types of garden habitats these orchids require and what you can expect in the way of performance.

This group of garden orchids includes members of the Phaius, Spathoglottis, Epidendron and Oncidium genera.

Meeting is this Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 pm. (Presentation starts at 8:00pm) at CTK Lutheran church in Red Road and Killian Parkway.

A variety of orchids will be available for sale after the presentation.

Peter will also provide the plants for our raffle table.

We will also have a silent auction.

70th Miami International Orchid Show "Orchid Celebration"

Holiday Inn of Coral Gables has traditionally been the preferred hotel for our out of town participants. Once again this year they will be providing special rates for the show period (September 30 – October 02, 2016). Those rates are $99.00 plus tax, which includes a 50% ($5.00) discount for parking. If any guests are IHG Rewards members, parking is free. Anyone can sign up.


Above is the booking link so that participants can to make their reservations on-line. Just click on the Holiday Inn logo and then on the Holiday Inn Coral Gables web page select your dates and click on “Check Availability”. The block code “ORC” will show up. Use that code. If you would rather make your reservations via telephone to the hotel directly or by calling 1 800-HOLIDAY, use the same code “ORC”.

Jul 092016
John Odom — Odom’s Orchids

John Odom graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in agriculture. John worked in citrus management for Cassens Grove Service in the Indian River area for twelve years and then went to work for Rohm and Haas in agricultural sales for twelve years.  He then joined Ocean Spray Cranberries and retired after twenty years.

What started as a small back yard business grew to more than 90,000 square feet of greenhouse. Odom’s Orchids, Inc.is one of the top retail shippers in the United States. Odom’s has many types of orchids, but the Cattleya orchid is John’s absolute favorite! He has a lab and do many of our own crosses, always looking for that special flower that no one else owns!

For years, John was involved in teaching beginners orchid classes and various talks at orchid societies, and garden clubs. John’s enjoys orchids so much that he wanted to share knowledge with other growers; that started the annual Odom’s Cattleya Symposium. The symposium, which is now in it’s sixth year, is recognized as one of the premier events in the orchid world.

Odom Orchids has been a supporter of our Annual Shows for many years. Odom Orchids is only a 2 1/2 hours drive north of the Miami area and is very easy to find

John’s topic tonight is “Best Catts of 2013 from each Judging Center.”

Odom Orchids will kindly be providing plants for our raffle table
and will also have plants for sale!


There will be no silent auction this month.


  • 7:00PM Doors open. Plant judging registration begins.
  • 7:30PM Plant registration ends. Plant judging begins.
  • 8:00PM Program begins.

If you are bringing plants for judging, please have them registered by 7:30PM. No plants will be accepted for judging after that time. This allows our judges time to properly evaluate your plants and also allows them to enjoy the main program with you.

Remember to have your plants cleaned and properly presented. They should be free of debris, insects, spider webs, etc. Although not absolutely necessary, leaves should be wiped with either Leafshine or a little milk and water solution. This makes for a much better presentation and will show when the plants are photographed.


Jun 122016


South Florida Orchid Society’s Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony

This month we take time out to honor our members who have been the most successful growers during the past year.
We’ll also be swearing in our Officers and Board of Directors for the coming year.

There will be no plant judging this month!

However, we will be having our usual monthly plant raffle with plants courtesy of Dan & Margie Orchids. A big THANK YOU to Dan Christensen for providing raffle plants this month and for being such a great president and show director!

And, of course we’ll have plenty of food and refreshments!

May 072016
Carlos A. Cahiz

Carlos A. Cahiz

Carlos A. Cahiz is the oldest son of Carlos and Teresa Cahiz. Carlos was born in Valencia, Venezuela. He went to the University of Kansas where he graduated in 1989.

Carlos joined the family business, OFE Orchid Supplies in 1990, and has been with the company since. One of his first test as manager was to deal with the devastation from Hurricane Andrew.

OFE showroom

OFE Orchid Supplies Showroom

He has recently been more involved with the local orchid community, and has been on the board of the South Florida Orchid Society for the last 6 years.

Carlos shares his West Kendall Miami home with his wife Amanda and their son. They share their home with various adopted dogs, birds, and turtles.

With a small orchid collection of around 300 plants, Carlos favors any plant that produces a nice fragrance, or has unusual characteristics.

His growing philosophy can be distilled into two thoughts: (KISS) Keep It Simple Son. And,
Learn to look and listen to your plants. They will tell you, and show you what they like.

Carlos’ lecture will be “A brief explanation of the more popular orchid products and other choices available for South Florida orchid growing.”

OFE International Orchid Supplies will be providing plants for our raffle table this month

We will also be voting on our proposed slate of officers and board members for the upcoming year. It’s important that all members attend and cast their vote.

In addition our SFOS judges will be present to look your plants over for ribbons and possibly other awards. And, of course, we’ll have plenty of refreshments.

Remember, guests are always welcome at our meetings!

Apr 082016

Ramnarine John Budree –“Bulbophyllums”

Ramnarine John Budree, was born in Trinidad and migrated to Florida about fourteen some years ago. In Trinidad he grew many different types of orchids and took part in collecting and showing at many shows, but there was always something more. He wanted to learn more about orchids, wanted more of a challenge. He wanted to grow and flower them, of course.  So when he came to Florida, he got involved with orchids on a different level. Here he was able to grow all of those types of plants he could only read about and even meet all of those people that grew and wrote the articles that he had read in AOS magazines.

Carmella FLOS 2016 a

So he started on his journey/adventure. He started to go to many of the shows and what you do when you go to a show, YOU BUY ORCHIDS, which you know nothing about, in the hope you can grow or flower it [yea right]. He always liked Paphiopedilum but he was told he couldn’t grow them. This became a challenge to John and he found these plants very interesting as well. He met some of the biggest and the best at growing orchids, Jack Schendowich, Warren Kelly {Orchid World}, Bob Skully {Jones & Skully}, Mr. Frank Smith {Krull-Smith} and Sheldon Takasaki {Carmela Orchids}. These people really know how to grow orchids but not just orchids, Paphiopedilum, Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, and Oncidium, e.g.. Krull Smith has more AOS awards than any other orchid grower past or present.

At the 19 WOC., in Miami, in 2008,  John had an opportunity to work with Frank Smith, a excellent grower and very experienced Paph. grower. He tried to absorb as much of Frank Smith’s knowledge as possible, and did an exhibit on his own. After that, he started to grow many types of Paphs. and today he owns over 1750 as well as about 2000 other types of orchids. Of course, he says, he has also lost count of the ones he killed. In short he have been growing Orchids for about 30 years, from flask to flower and has accumulated about 36 AOS awards.

RF Orchids will be providing plants for our raffle table this month.


Mar 122016
Paul and Mary Storm, “The Fantastic Variety of Schom Hybrids”

Paul & Mary Strong

Paul and Mary Storm are hobbyists who have a passion for anything “SCHOMBO” and their nursery in Sarasota, Florida holds what is believed to be the largest collection of Schombo-Laelia and Myrmecophila species and hybrids anywhere.

Paul and Mary are proud that they have been at the forefront of the increasing popularity of Schoms and Schom-Hybrids for almost twenty years. Paul and Mary intend that their programs are entertaining as well as informational and they invite the audience to interact with them.

Paul was a featured presenter at the Mid-America Winter Orchid Conference in Ohio a few years ago, as well as at the Symposium on Orchid Species sponsored by the Coalition on Species at Fairchild Gardens in Miami, the Merritt Huntington Symposium, and the Orchid Extravaganza in Aruba/Curacao.

Paul is the botanical author of several RHS accepted nothogenera and the RHS Registrar has created Stormara, Paulstormara , and Marystormara as new orchid genera. In addition, a few orchid nurseries and hybridizers have registered schombo-hybrids after Paul in honor of Meke Aloha’s “Schombo-Mission”


The Storms will provide plants for our raffle table as well as having plants to sell.
(There will be no members auction this month)
Visit their website at (www.mekealohaorchids.com) to see photos of their plants and to pre-order.
(Please note: Cash and checks only, No credit cards.)