Pre- Orders for November 2, 2016 Meeting

Pre-order information

Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids, Wednesday, November 2, 2016

We‘re all looking forward to Fred’s return visit to Venice at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. He will be speaking on Mini-Catts and will be bringing his best orchids for sale and will also be accepting pre-orders. Pre-orders may be placed from his website at

Place your order via:  Email: Fred

Mail: Fred Clarke, 1255 Navel Place, Vista, CA 92081


 By preordering, you will avoid the packing/shipping costs and still qualify for the Discount Schedule (See website…Ordering Information)

Preorders must be received by October 26 and payment in full (cash, check, Visa/MC) is due at time of pick-up at the meeting.

Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 -7:00 pm.

Speaker: Roy Tokunaga

Topic: “Dendrobiums – Species, Hybrids and Culture”

Roy Tokunaga grew up on the beautiful island of Maui and earned a Bachelors in Education degree roy-tokunaga-photo-from-honolulu-magazinefrom the University of Hawaii in 1973. While in the honors program, Dr. Yoneo Sagawa, his favorite mentor, introduced him to orchids and the new emerging technology of orchid seed germination and cloning. He was recruited to work at E&R Orchids, where he honed his germination and cloning skills for seven years.  At about the same the time, Harry Akagi was growing bromeliads, and in 1981, Harry and Roy established an orchid lab in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu, giving birth to H&R Nurseries. They have their own laboratory and grow their orchids under two acres of shade houses.

Today, Roy is credited with 40-plus years of experience in hybridization with several thousand hybrids delivered.  He has been refocusing H&R to excel in the culture of species as well as providing outstanding hybrids in the Dendrobium and Cattleya alliances.  He is a long time member of several Hawaiian orchid societies and an accredited American Orchid Society judge since 1990.  He was one of the keynote speakers at the recent Sixth Annual Cattleya Symposium and continues to share his knowledge and love of orchids with society members around the country.

Roy will discuss and illustrate Dendrobium hybridization and culture and will include many of the tips and techniques for our growing requirements that he’s developed over the years. He’s a great speaker and looks forward to answering questions from his audience. He’s promised to bring many of his exceptional plants for sale as well as bringing pre-orders.

Venice Community Center.  Doors open at 6:30.


FEBRUARY 4-5, 2017 — Venice. FL

The Venice Area Orchid Society will present their 51th annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center in Venice, FL on February 4-5, 2017.  Sixteen vendors will exhibit and sell 1000’s of blooming orchid plants as well as orchid floral arrangements, artwork, jewelry, accessories and supplies.  The show is widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida’s west coast and comes just before Valentine’s Day.

This major community event is expected to draw over 4000 attendees.  Nationally recognized growers from as far away as Hawaii will exhibit and sell orchids. They include: Art Stone Orchids, Carmela Orchids, Florida SunCoast Orchids, Krull-Smith, Odom’s Orchids, Palmer Orchids, Phelps Farm, EFG Orchids, Mac’s Orchids and Plantio La Orquidea. More than 20 American Orchid Society (AOS) accredited judges travel from around the country to judge this event. Cash awards and trophies are awarded to the best exhibits and plants in each class.

The Venice Area Orchid Society is one of the largest and most active orchid societies in the U.S. with more than 300 members. Our annual show is our major fund raising event and is always held the first full weekend in February at the Venice Community Center in downtown Venice. The Community Center provides the perfect venue for displaying the orchid exhibits and sales areas. Please plan to join us!

Venice Community Center, 326 So. Nokomis Ave., Venice

Show Hours:  Saturday 10am – 5pm.   Sunday 10am – 4pm

Contact Carol Wood at for more information