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July members' meeting Tuesday, July 9th
We are very fortunate to have one of the world's premier hybridizers for our July meeting, Sam Tsui of OrhidInn!
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Speaker - Sam Tsui
Topic: Multi-floral Paphs and their culture
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Speaker bio - Sam Tsui
Sam was born in Hong Kong on November 23, 1952. He traveled to the United States at the age of 22. He attended Illinois State University graduating with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a minor in accounting. He has since completed his MBA. While still an undergraduate student, Sam was employed by Country Insurance and Financial Services based in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He retired January, 2008 from Country Insurance and Financial Services as a Senior Software Developer in their Information Systems Division. Sam is now concentrating, full time, on his orchid growing business.
Sam met Jeanie Ting while studying at the university. Jeanie is also from Hong Kong. They were married in May, 1983.
He began growing orchids in the early 1980's. After trying many types of orchids, he became a serious Paphiopedilum grower in 1985. In 1990, he began hybridizing with Paphiopedilums and continues that work today. As he became more involved with Paphiopedilums, he started selling commercially in 1995 as the Orchid Inn. He grew orchids in his basement and greenhouses attached to his house. As the business grew, in 2004, he purchased six acres of property and built his first commercial 6,000 square feet greenhouse. Currently he makes over 300 crosses, produces 4,000 to 5,000 flasks or approximately 100.000 seedlings annually.
In the past 27 years, Sam has been very active in the orchid world by traveling to shows, promoting sales, and lecturing. Sam currently fills orders from around the world and attends over 20 orchid shows/conferences a year. He also does approximately 25 Paphiopedilum programs/lectures to orchid conferences, societies and groups annually in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe. Over the past 22 years, he has judged at the Japan Grand Prix, the world's largest orchid show.
Hybridizing is Sam’s passion. He emphasizes Paphiopedilum species, Brachypetalum, Parvisepalum and Multifloral hybrids. He only selects the best, most vigorous parent plants in his collection for breeding/hybridizing. He continues to improve his breeding stock by selecting plants or flasks from his fellow orchid growers that he believes are outstanding examples of their type.
As a result of Sam’s breeding program, his orchids have been honored with approximately three hundreds and sixteen awards (as of March 16, 2019) from the American Orchid Society, Cymbidium Society of America and European Orchid Congress. His most prestigious awards include Seventeen First Class Certificate (FCC/AOS) awards; six Cultural awards including an 93 points Certificate of Cultural Excellence (CCE/AOS) award; and seven breeder Award of Quality (AQ/AOS) awards. All these awards are from American Orchid Society. Two of our recent Paphiopedilum rothschildianum sibling cross have been awarded with two GM/DOG and also the Grand Champion at the Dresden International Orchid Show in Germany both in March 2017. And another our Paphiopedilum charlesworthii fma. album has been awarded GM/DOG in January, 2018. Last but not the least, we did it again at the Dresden International Orchid Show in Germany March 2018, one of our Paphiopedilum lowii fma. album have been awarded with GM/DOG and also the Grand Champion of the show again.
For the traveling orchid enthusiast...
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September members' meeting Tuesday, September 10th
Speaker: Arthur Chadwick of Chadwick Orchids
Topic: Large Flowered Cattleya Species
Speaker is selling plants Members cannot sell plants , For pre-orders – www.chadwickorchids.com for Cattleyas.Call Greenhouse for orders of Phal, Oncidium, Dend & Paphs
Speaker bio - Art Chadwick
Art holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State and an MBA from James Madison University. He founded Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc in 1989 with his father who has been growing orchids since 1943. ‘The Classic Cattleyas’ is widely considered to be the definitive book on large-flowered Cattleya species and was written by Art and his father. Martha Stewart favorably reviewed the book and had both Chadwick’s on her TV Show. Art has the distinction of naming Cattleya hybrids after the wives of the last five U.S. Presidents and personally presenting the flowers to most of the honored recipients. He is a 'regular' on the orchid society speaker's circuit and has spoken internationally at the Western Australian Orchid Conference as well as two World Orchid Conferences - France 2005 and Ecuador 2017). Each month since 2002, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has published Art’s orchid advice column. The Winston-Salem Journal as well as several other newspapers around the country now also run the popular column. Chadwick operates 11 greenhouses in rural Powhatan County, a retail store in Richmond, and boards over 13,000 orchids for local clients. The company was recently featured in Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times, and Richmond Magazine.