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May 162017
 

Allen Black was exposed to the pleasures of horticulture at a very young age in central Pennsylvania.

Allen Black photo

Allen Black

Early exposure to houseplants, flowerbeds, and vegetable gardening was common for Allen in his formative years.

Currently, he is a hobbyist orchid grower and breeder (i.e., non-commercial) living in Richmond, VA.

Allen has been growing and breeding orchids for over 20 years.

His main breeding efforts have been directed at Brassavola-Cattleya alliance novelty hybrids.

He has registered over 70 of his orchid hybrids.and has also “dabbled” in daylily breeding, producing 12 registered daylily hybrids.

Please join us for what I’m sure will be a most informative and enjoyable program!

Remember. Guests are always welcome at our meetings!

Dan & Margie Orchids will be providing plants for our raffle!

Apr 132017
 
Larry Cox

Larry Cox

Larry Cox: Multifloral Paphs

Larry Cox acquired his first orchid, a cattleya, over forty years ago. His second was a paphiopedilum, Paph. Maudiae ‘Magnificum.’  The cattleya is long gone, but he still has a piece of the paph.   When he began with paphs, he commonly heard, “You can’t grow those in South Florida,” but the first one lived and bloomed, and the paphiopedilum collection continued to grow. In the mid 1980’s most of the other orchids were sold or given away, all for the love of paphs.  In 1989 he moved from his South Miami residence to a more spacious property in the farming district of southern Miami-Dade County where he built his dream greenhouse of  3000 square feet.  He has suffered setbacks, such as hurricane Andrew in 1992, but with perseverance and with the discovery of new paph species ,and the consequent new hybrids, Larry’s  love of paphiopedilums has been renewed over and over again.  In 1983 Larry won his first AOS award for Paph. Maudiae coloratum ‘Elektra’ AM/AOS, one of the first vinicolors.  Since then his orchids have earned over fifty AOS awards, including four FCC’s.

Ten years ago, Larry retired from thirty-seven years as a teacher, the last fifteen teaching Advanced Placement high school English .  He now spends his time reading, traveling, maintaining his property and, of course, growing paphs.  Larry has experimented with other orchid genera and has found success with lycastes, phragmipediums, and pescatoreas.  He has even rediscovered the wonder of cattleyas, particularly species.

Larry will be selling a selection of plants at the meeting.
Dan & Margie Orchids will be providing plants for our raffle. We will also be having our popular silent auction this month!
Also, be sure to bring your prized orchids for our team of judges to evaluate for ribbons and medals!
And, of course there will be plenty of snacks and refreshments!
Remember! Visitors are always welcome at our meetings!
Mar 032017
 
Dennis Giardina

Dennis Giardina

Our guest speaker for March will be Dennis Giardina, regional biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

He will talk about the on going Experimental Restoration of Rare and Extirpated Orchids in the Everglades and Big Cypress Basin and his recent adventures in Cuba. Besides being involved with the Florida panthers his career has focused on endangered species recovery and exotic species control, beginning with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at St. Mark, Florida Panther and 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuges. He was the park manager of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park before accepting his current position of Everglades Region Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Since 2008 , he also been the Co. Chair of Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA) and from 2012 to 2014 he was the Chair of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Let’s give a big SFOS welcome to Dennis.


OFE International will be providing plants for our raffle.

Jan 132017
 
Sheldon Takasaki

Sheldon Takasaki

Sheldon Takasaki, the owner of Carmela Orchids in Hawaii, will present our January program. His program is titled “Hawaii’s Favorite Orchids”. If you have never heard Sheldon speak you are in for a treat!

Sheldon is no stranger to SFOS. He was a vendor at the 11 WOC, held in Miami in 1984 and has been a vendor at most of our orchid Shows since 1985. It has been a couple of years since Sheldon has presented a program for SFOS, so we are thrilled to have him back to present the first program of the New Year.

As a young Hawaiian boy, Sheldon grew up picking “field orchids”, the flowers used to make Leis and to put in the drinks of tourists in Hawaii.

Carmela Orchids is located in Hakalau, Hawaii. The nursery was founded in 1960 and has grown over the years from a small collection of orchids grown on top of a bomb shelter to a multi greenhouse operation with an in-house lab. Carmela Orchids is well known for their high standards of quality.

 

 

Carmela Orchids will be providing plants for our raffle table as well as our special raffle plants but they will not be selling plants at our meeting.
We well, however, be having our popular silent auction!

 

We hope you will join us for this great program.
Remember, Guests are always welcome at our meetings!
Dec 012016
 

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SFOS Members are requested to bring a canned food item or unwrapped toy which will be donated to those less fortunate in our community this holiday season!

Nov 112016
 

Growing Catasetums, featuring Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis, Brooklyn born in 1951.  Received my Bachelor of Science at University of Wisconsin. Masters degree at Barry University. Taught Science in Dade County Public schools for over 30 years. Married for 20 years and counting, I have a daughter, Caroline, 14 years old. I was introduced to orchids by Phylis Lerner, who made the famous cross Catasetum Raymond Lerner. And while touring Jones & Scully, fell in love with the Catasetum group. 36 years later I am still in love with the group. I am a backyard grower in Kendall and I have received over 80 awards for my plants.  Still hoping for more.

Mark will share his passion and extensive knowledge of his favorite orchids with us in our next meeting, November 16th. He will bring some of his plants for private sales.

The raffle plants will be provided by OFE Orchid Supplies. And they will try to bring some catasetums in the mix.

We will have a silent auction, so bring your plant for sale.

 

 

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!