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.
If you have plants you wish to enter for judging they must be registered no later than 7:30PM! This gives our judges enough time to properly judge your plants and present them for award photography if necessary. It also allows our judges to finish their tasks in time to enjoy our program which starts at 8:00PM.