Announcements and upcoming events
The next members meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4th.Note the date change (1st Tuesday of the month)
Our September program will feature Dave Off from Waldor Orchids as our speaker.
Topic: Cattleya orchids
Bio: David Off was born into the family orchid business in 1979. He grew up in a home on property adjacent to the greenhouses and was taught in a hands-on environment from an early age. A third/fourth generation orchid grower, he is currently a manager at Waldor Orchids. The Off family has been growing plants since 1925. In addition to his personal collection of several thousand plants, David oversees the care and maintenance of Waldor's renowned classic Cattleya collection.
Speaker selling plants. Members cannot sell plants.
Oct. 9 Speaker
Fred Clarke [Sunset Valley Orchids]
Topic: Cycnoches, Mormodes, Catasetums recent trends
Bio: Fred Clarke has been growing orchids in greenhouses since 1977 and has been hybridizing for 39 of those years. With over 37 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California. He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Catasetinae, Paphiopedilum and Australian Dendrobium hybrids.
His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric breeding has led to the development of many notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. The hybrid genus Fredclarkeara has received an amazing number of awards with a total of 17 FCC’s and over 90 awards worldwide.
Fred is an internationally acclaimed speaker and travels extensively within USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and South America. He is an accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Pacific South region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.
Selling Plants: Yes. Speaker selling plants. Preorders receive a 10% discount and free shipping!. Members cannot sell plants.