Meeting Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Guillermo Salazar

Guillermo Salazar
Topic: “Rare and Endangered Orchids and Unusual Species”

Guillermo Salazar was born in Miami and grew up in El Salvador in Central America where he found that orchids were the most attractive plants in this environment. He began collecting orchids at the age of nine and became the youngest member of the San Salvador Orchid Society. He received a Master’s degree in Science in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, where he learned the importance of protecting natural resources, particularly orchids, in Florida.

Guillermo is an AOS student judge, board member of several orchid societies and a Florida Master Gardener and has spoken at several local and regional orchid societies. He has published several orchid articles for S. Florida and international magazines and his specialties in orchids are Angraecoids, Bulbophyllum, and rare and miniature tropical species. In his spare time, Guillermo is a breeder of pedigree Persian and Himalayan cats (felines, not catts), enjoys gardening and exploring the world’s tropical regions. He will have a selection of his best orchids for sale.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

2016 VAOS Orchid Show – Feb. 6 – 7, 2016

Please join us the first weekend in February 2016 for our 50th Orchid Show.  Details to  follow.

Meeting THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Speaker: Michael Polen

Topic: “Repotting Orchids Without Pots”Michael Polen photo

We’re fortunate to have Michael Polen, the owner of Art Stone Orchids in St. Petersburg, a premium supplier of orchids and potting supplies since 1986, back to speak on one of his favorite topics. He has twice been past president of the West Coast Orchid Society and speaks at many societies. He continues to participate in numerous orchid shows, including several appearances at our Venice Show. Art Stone Orchids/Palmer Orchids have previously won many AOS and society show trophies for their outstanding displays and orchids.

Michael will be discussing and demonstrating various techniques for repotting orchids without pots, including baskets, tree fern columns, cypress slabs and various other unusual mounts. He always has yet a few more tricks up his sleeves and the show is one you don’t want to miss.

Michael will have supplies, mounts and orchids for sale and will be happy to answer your questions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.