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Glen Decker of Piping Rock Orchids will present our September program. The program titled “How to Grow Great Slipper Orchids” will provide insight on growing slipper orchids, with an emphasis on culture, including watering, fertilizing, dealing with insects and most importantly repotting. The talk will provide helpful hints for growing in warm climates and some important information on which groups to just stay away from.
Glen Decker began growing orchids at the age of 15 and has an Associate degree in Applied Science in Ornamental Horticulture. Glen is the owner of Piping Rock Orchids in Galway, New York. He has been the Chair of the AOS Publications Committee and the past Director of the Orchid Digest Corporation. He has appeared in Martha Stewart’s Better Living Magazine and on the PBS TV special “Orchid Delirium.” Glen rewrote the Slipper section of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens “The Best Orchids for Indoors” and was the technical editor for the “Orchids for Dummies” book.
Guillermo Salazar will present our August program. Guillermo’s program is titled “Miniatures for South Florida”and will give an overview of the most beautiful, unique and warm loving miniatures suitable to be grown here in our own South Florida backyard. Guillermo will be giving specific tips to grow them as successfully as he does!
Guillermo grew up as a child of a nursery owner father and an interior and floral designer mother and was able to develop his natural creative and professional talents even before attending college. Later he followed his dream of becoming a professional landscape designer; receiving his degree in Landscape Design & Management and later he receiving a Master’s in Science in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida.
As a 9-year-old living in El Salvador, Guillermo found orchids were the most attractive plants in this tropical environment and he started collecting them. He became the youngest member of the Asociacion de Orquideologia de El Salvador the capitals largest orchid society. During his college years back in Florida, he learned the importance of protecting natural resources especially orchids here in Florida. He is an AOS student judge, a board member of several orchid societies here is South Florida and a Florida Master Gardener.
Guillermo has worked for several years as a professional Landscape Designer in private, municipal, and governmental capacities in the South Florida area. He currently works as adjunct faculty professor for the Landscape Technology Department for Miami Dade College. His work entails teaching people how to use Florida friendly principles, as well as appropriate plants and orchids to design successful and environmentally conscious gardens. He has published several articles on home gardening, design, and orchid articles for South Florida design magazines. His credentials include: ISA certified Arborist, Certified Landscape Inspector and Certified Horticulturist. His specialty in orchids is Angraecoids, Bulbophyllums, rare and miniature tropical species. In his spare time, Guillermo is a professional breeder of Persian and Himalayan cats, enjoys gardening, traveling, and works as a landscape designer and consultant.
Dr. Catharine Mannion will present tonight’s program.
Catharine is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist with the University of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center (T.R.E.C). Catharine will present a program on “Insect and mite pests of orchids.”
Catharine is responsible for developing a research and extension program on integrated pest management of ornamental plants with an emphasis on invasive pests. Her research has focused on the biology and management of several introduced pests such as whiteflies, scales, thrips and weevils.
Catharine received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, a M.S. degree in Entomology from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida.
Our June meeting will start with the Installation of our new officers and directors and the presentation of trophies for our award winners.
Then we will have a wonderful program presented by Tom Harper of Stones River Orchids in Tennessee. Tom’s program is titled “12 Most Important Phalaenopsis Species.”
Tom began growing orchids on a windowsill in 1967. By 1975, he had registered his first orchid hybrid and founded Stones River Orchids as a business. A long-time supporter of the Mid-America Orchid Congress, Tom served as its President, Vice-President and Mid-American Editor (the MAOC newsletter). Tom is also a founding member of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance (IPA) in 1989 and has served in many responsible positions including Vice President, President, and IPA Journal contributor on many occasions. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President of theAlliance and is the Southeast Region 13 Representative. He has been an active member in the Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee since 1967 serving as President, Vice President, and Trustee.
Tom assisted in writing and editing the Phalaenopsis species section of the soft cover Ortho book entitled Complete Guide to Orchids. He has written several articles on Phalaenopsis for Orchids, Orchid Digest and the IPA Journal. He has traveled coast to coast and internationally speaking on various aspects of Phalaenopsis. Tom lectured at the 16th World Orchid Conference in 1996 in Brazil and the 19th WOC in January 2008 in Miami. Additionally, he was invited to speak in March 2005 and again in 2007 at the Taiwan International Orchid Show and Symposium in Hsinying, Taiwan, Republic of China. He returned to Taiwan in 2010 and plans to travel there again soon. Most recently, he spoke at the 15th Annual International Phalaenopsis Alliance meeting in theUnited Kingdom in June 2009.
In 2008, Tom received his first FCC/AOS on Dtps. Brother Success, ‘Laura’ (The highest award given by the American Orchid Society) at the Heart of Dixie Show inHuntsville,Alabama. He has been an accredited American Orchid Society judge since 1984 and is based in theAtlantaJudgingCenter.
Andrea Niessen will present our program tonight entitled “The Pacific Coast from Colombia and its Orchids.” Andrea states, “The Colombian Pacific Coast is one of the Biodiversity Hotspots of the world. The variety of Orchids is tremendous and many are still undescribed. I am going to show various aspects of this rain forest, how the orchids grow in nature and how they have adapted to this area including the island Gorgona which use to be a Prison Island and is now a National Park.”
Andrea Niessen was born in Cali, Colombia to a German family. She received her high school degree from the Cali German School and was an exchange student in Claremont, California where she graduated again at the St. Lucy´s Priory High School. She went on to earn a Biology degree with an emphasis in Botany at the Universidad del Valle, Cali. Andrea then earned a Master´s of Science with a major in Electron Microscopy and minor in Virology from the University of Florida in Gainesville USA. She worked as a research associate at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in the Pastures Entomology Department and later in the Virology Unit. She has been a dedicated hobby Orchid grower all of her life. Andrea has served as a board member and president (1992-1997) of the local orchid Society, Asociación Vallecaucana de Orquideología and judge of the Colombian Orchid Committee.
Andrea has lectured about Colombian Orchids in Colombia, USA, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Nederland, Singapore and Germany. With her husband Juan Carlos Uribe, she has maintained her own orchid nursery since 1989. ORQUIDEAS DEL VALLE LTDA, which has grown to include two retail shops, one in downtown Cali and the other in the town of Ginebra, two nurseries, one warm growing and the other for cool growing plants and laboratory facilities for seed flasking. ORQUIDEAS DEL VALLE LTDA has attended many National and International Shows and also six World Orchid Conferences and European Orchid Conferences exhibiting and selling the beautiful and diverse orchid species from Colombia.
Our April Program will be presented by George Carr and is titled “The Genus Catasetum – weird and wonderful.” George is an accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Florida North Central Judging Center in Tampa, Florida and has been growing orchids for 35 years. His interest in the genus Cycnoches began in 1993 when he requested to do his research paper on the genus for his Student Judge requirement. His paper, Cycnoches – One Hundred Sixty-five Years of Confusion was completed and presented in 1995 and in 1996 the paper was awarded the first American Orchid Society Education Certificate of Appreciation. In 2003, George was named as an accepted American Orchid Society taxonomic authority on the Catasetinae specializing in Cycnoches.
George has published some 35 articles in the United States in Orchids and the Orchid Digest, Brazil, France in Richardiana, England in the Orchid Reviewand Colombia. His most recent paper on Cycnoches and hybrids of the genus was published in a supplement to the October 2012 issue of the American Orchid Society magazine Orchids.
George is retired but stays busy with his research and writings about the Catasetinae and other orchids. He has a blog on the Catasetinae, http://catasetinae5.blogspot.com, where, from time to time, he publishes articles with photographs of plants and flowers which interest him and which he hopes will interest others. We hope you will join us for this very interesting presentation.
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Roger Hammer will present our March program, which is titled, “Wild Orchids of Florida”. Roger retired in 2010 from Miami Dade Parks Department where he was the senior naturalist. He is a part-time instructor and fieldtrip leader for Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens and serves on the Board of Directors for Tropical Audubon Society. Roger also has an Honorary Doctor of Science from Florida International University.
Roger was the Keynote Speaker at the 19th World Orchid Conference in 2008 and the Opening Ceremony Speaker at the 11th World Orchid Conference in 1984, both held in Miami. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 2009 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden annual meeting. Roger has received numerous awards including the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award, Charles Brookfield Medal, Green Palmetto Award in Education and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dade Chapter- Florida Native Plant Society, Tropical Audubon Society, & Miami Blue Chapter – North American Butterfly Association.
Roger is also a prolific author and will have his books at the meeting to sell (cash or checks only). We hope you will join us for this very special program.
Please bring your friends; guests are always welcome at our meetings.