Nov 042017
Greg Hamra

Greg Hamra

Greg Hamra, founder of The Hamra Group, is a ‘climate solutionist’ whose mission is to enable society to mitigate the impacts of climate change.  To fulfill his mission, he focuses on education and advocacy.

Greg’s passion is education, primarily focusing on educating academia, business leaders, and policy-makers. He teaches climate literacy, corporate sustainability, and LEED green building on behalf of the US Green Building Council and at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.  A frequent lecturer at universities, professional organizations and industry trade shows, Greg delves into a myriad of topics at the nexus of energy, environment and society.

Greg is very active in climate advocacy, on the local and national stage. As the leader of the Miami Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Greg is committed to bridging the partisan divide on climate while promoting a solution to the climate crisis that has the endorsement of leading economists, top scientists, and most respected thought-leaders in the energy and climate policy space.


Greg Hamra will give a basic discussion of Climate 101 to help us understand effects Climate Change & Sea Level Rise is having on the world population, with a specific emphasis on those of us who live & grow orchids in South Florida. The increasing temperature index & changes in weather patterns will affect decisions that growers will need to make in the near future

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Seating is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible. Call (305) 256-0483 to make your reservation!

The party begins at 7:00 P.M. on December 20th (our regular meeting night).

Hope to see you there!


Sep 062017

Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel our September Members Meeting!

Pinecrest Gardens is closed until further notice because of the cleanup they have to do from Hurricane Irma.

Our Miami International Orchid Show is still on.

The Watsco Center is fully operational.

We look forward to seeing everybody this October 13th through the 15th.


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Aug 142017
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Axel Cahiz

Cattleya Cultivation in South Florida.

Axel Cahiz is the co-founder of Amazonia Orchids, a Homestead Orchid Nursery located at 17899 SW. 280th Street, Homestead, 33013, specializing in fragrant Cattleya orchids.

After studying at Clemson University, Axel dedicated his efforts to the hybridizing and propagation of cattleyas in his business.

In addition to cultivating his award winning cattleyas, Axel operates his own hybridizing laboratory where he does seed flasking and tissue culture.

Amazonia Orchids produces and cultivates most of its own orchid inventory in its 22,500 sq. ft. growing facilities.

Among the numerous national and international awards from major orchid shows, Axel won the Reserve Grand Champion Award at the 19th World Orchid Conference held in Miami in 2008.

Amazonia Orchids will be generously providing plants for our raffle table!
Remember, guests are always welcome at our meetings!

Jun 192017

SFOS Annual Awards Ceremony

This month we celebrate the achievements in orchid growing of our members
during the past year and install our new directors and board for the coming year.

Erna Maxwell, our judging chair, will also be giving a presentation on the proper way to groom our plants for presentation.

Those little things like properly staking and cleaning debris from your plants can make your prized orchid stand out from the crowd.

We can all learn a trick or two here.

OFE International Orchid Supplies will be providing plants for our raffles
Remember! Guests are always welcome at our meetings!



May 162017

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

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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.