SFOS will host its annual Speakers Day Event on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at University of Miami BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL. We have a wonderful panel of highly respected speakers and Speakers’ Day has AOS approval for judging seminar credits. Several of our speakers will be participating in the SFOS Show as well.
This year’s speakers are:
Dr. Ruben Sauleda – will present a program titled “Orchid Adventures in Colombia.” Columbia has over 5,000 species of orchids and this presentation will take you on a trip through Columbia to visit various orchid nurseries and sites where these orchids grow. Dr. Sauleda has a Ph.D. in orchid taxonomy. He has written several books on orchid culture and published over a hundred articles in scientific journals. His specialty is flasking and he is presently the leader in reproducing Encyclia, Cattleya, Schomburgia and Tolumnia species and hybrids.
Dr. Clair Ossian – will present a program titled “How to Judge Dendrobiums: Using their Heritage and Impact on Today’s Hybrids.” The core of the presentation will consider species that have been the major contributors to modern hybrids and points to consider when judging Dendrobium flowers. Dr. Ossian is a Life Member and Accredited Senior Judge in the AOS. He has published forty-one papers on orchids. The core of his research has focused on the genus Dendrobium.
Tom Kuligowski – will present a program titled “Angraecums.” Tom is an avid orchid grower who specializes in Angraecums. His presentation will provide both the hobbyists and serious growers with fundamental guidelines to grow these beautiful plants successfully and in turn, grace you with years of enjoyment. Tom is also an award-winning photographer and most of the photos in his presentation are plants from his collections.
Marc Hachadourian – will present a program titled “Growing Great Slipper Orchids: A Taxonomic Approach to Paphiopedilum Culture.” His talk will present information about culture in the genus, growing specimen plants, and how to judge them. Marc Hachadourian is Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections and Curator of the Orchid Collection at The New York Botanical Garden. As an AOS Judge and Horticultural Educator he has lectured in the U.S. and abroad and is part of the faculty of The New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture.
Dr. Wes Higgins – will present a program titled “Phalaenopsis: Judgment Day.” His program will examine the history of how changing standards are reflected in awards, the market place, and hybrid breeding. Wes has worked at Missouri Botanical Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Marie Selby Botanical Garden, and Lakes Park Botanic Garden. Wesley is an accredited AOS judge, approved AOS taxonomic authority, and serves on the AOS Publications Committee where he edits the monthly column Nomenclatural Notes.
Tickets for Speakers Day are $45.00 per person. The price includes morning coffee and tea, lunch, and admission to the SFOS Orchid Show on Saturday. This is one of the major orchid events held annually in South Florida and tickets are limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not available at the door. To register, please send your check to the SFOS office: 10801 S.W. 124 St., Miami, FL 33176. For more information call (305) 255-3656.
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