Meeting April 2, 2014

Next Meeting: Wednesday

April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Rafael Romero

Topic: “Orchid Tales”

Rafael Romero, Plantion La Orquidea, was born in Caracas, Venezuela and graduated as a biologist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar. He began working with orchids in 1986 with his father in law, Henrique Graf, owner of Plantio La Orquidea, the largest orchid nursery in Venezuela.

Together with his wife, Rafael started the laboratory at Plantio La Orquidea in 1986 where they produce the species and hybrids for which they are known. They moved to Sarasota in 2003 and started their small nursery, approximately 10000 sq. ft., where they established a good sample of the species and hybrids produced in Venezuela as well as adding interesting species and hybrids from around the world.

Rafael will be sharing his knowledge and experiences as well as answering questions and will have a great selection of his orchids available for sale. Plantio La Orquidea is one of our fine local growers and is located at 3480 Tallevast Road in Sarasota.

Rafael Romero photo

Growers Clinic Feb. 13, 2014

Thurs, Feb, 13,  7PM Growers Clinic: Topic “Dendrobiums 101”.  Richard Amos and Renee Brynum, expert dendrobium growers will present.  Also bring in any problem orchid plant for advice from Dr. Jimmy! Location: Here – VCC, back room.

Tailgate Party Feb 13th

Thurs, Feb 13,  5:30 Tailgate Party before Growers Clinic Bring munchies to share, soft drink and your chair. An informal time for our members to share and talk.  Location: Here — Venice Community Center parking lot, south side.

Venice Area Orchid Society Show & Sale: February 1-2, 2014 Venice Community Center

Orchid Show & Sale – February 1-2, 2014

Presented by the Venice Area Orchid Society

The Venice Area Orchid Society will present their 48th annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, FL the first weekend of February. Show hours: 11am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Sales begin at 10am on both days. Admission is $5.00, children under 10 free.

Thousands of blooming orchids will be for sale and on display in 15 artistically designed exhibits. Orchid art, accessories and supplies will also be for sale. Widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida’s west coast, the theme this year is “Orchid Paradise’.

Meeting: February 5th, Speaker: Mike Owens Topic: Orchids of the Fakahatchee

Mike Owen has been Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park biologist since 1994. His primary focus is collecting data relating to the survival, distribution and reproductive habits of the native and exotic animals, as well as plants like the ferns, orchids, peperomia and bromeliads (some, such as the ghost orchid, which are extremely rare).  Mike will be sharing his experiences and insights as well as photos of this beautiful and unique environment.

With help from park staff and other supporters, he documents and studies fluctuations of water levels, fire and weather events, the effects of exotic species invasions, topography and the importance of maintaining the biological diversity of this area, which includes the greater Everglades and Big Cypress ecosystems. He continues to contribute greatly to the scientific knowledge of the area, most of which had never been documented before. He offers visitors an introduction to the many wonders of the region and is famous for his guided swamp walks which delight visitors from around the world. Mike Owen photo