Speaker: Jamie Lawson
Topic: “Orchids in Love”
Jamie and Jackie Lawson with their kids, Brian and Lanie, settled in Central Florida in 1990 after a year traveling through Mexico and Central America in their motorhome. Having their interest piqued by the orchids they saw in the wild, they immediately bought a couple of orchids, took out the ugly white tags and went to their first orchid society meeting and immediately realized they had a lot to learn.
Although Jamie doesn’t claim to be an expert, he has traveled extensively to various growers, both commercial and backyard, and picked their brains. He is also a member of four orchid societies which he regularly attends and is the past Moderator of the Slipper Orchid Study Group of Florida.
Jamie has an orchid flasking lab in Micco, Florida, Hummingbird Highway Orchid Lab, where he does seed flasking and mericloning. Everyone is invited to visit the lab and learn about orchid propagation techniques.
Jamie’s talk will be on “Orchids in Love” and will feature pictures and videos of Orchids and bugs doing it. A review of his previous presentations calls “Orchids in Love” a triple X-Rated romp through the steamy jungle bedrooms of the exotic and sensuous world of orchids!
Jamie Lawson in his Lab
Jamie will have orchid seedlings and flasks for sale.
Speaker: Bill Thoms
Topic: Orchid Collecting in the Phillipines
Bill Thoms, renowned orchid grower, internationally recognized speaker and world traveler, will be discussing his experiences collecting orchids in the Phillipines.
Bill and his wife, Doris Dukes, have been growing orchids in Central Florida for more than 40 years and have received almost every award granted by the AOS. They received more Awards for Culture than anyone else in the world, (93 in over 29 genera, including 42 in the bulbophyllum alliance), capped off with a 97 point Certificate of Cultural Excellence for Bulb. Sue Blackmore.
Bill has collected orchids in various parts of the world and has spoken throughout the United States and internationally on a wide range of orchid topics. His presentations are spiced with funny stories and great slides so whether you grow thousands of orchids, only a few, or none at all, you will have a wonderfully entertaining time and benefit from Bill’s long experience.He makes many of the most important requirements for growing world class plants easy to understand and remember.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to grow these fascinating plants and to hear one of the most knowledgeable, interesting and funny speakers in the orchid world. Bill will have plants from his collection, supplies, and other orchid related items for sale.
VAOS EVENTS CALENDAR
February 13. Growers clinic (7:00) and Tailgate (5:30) Venice Community Center.
February 28 – March 1. Englewood Area Orchid Society Annual Show & Sale. Set up Thursday February 27th.
March 22- Saturday. VAOS Picnic 12-4PM, Caspersen Beach
Mentor Program: help for beginning growers, contact Peg Fahrenback, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AOS Orchid Judging takes place at Christ the King Catholic Church, McLoughlin Center – Room C, 821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33609 at 6:30pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month (in February 2014 Judging is on Saturday Feb 22 at 4:00 at the same location). Info: http://www.fncjc.shutterfly.com/
August 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Roy Tokunaga
Topic: “Orchid culture and strategies for more flowers”
Roy Tokunaga earned a Bachelors in Education degree from the University of Hawaii in 1973, with a major in high school biology. He never used that teaching certificate as he was immediately recruited by Ernest Iwanaga to set up an orchid lab, where he spent the next seven years primarily honing his skills at cloning and germinating orchids. At about the same the time, Harry Akagi was growing bromeliads, and in 1981, Harry and Roy established an orchid lab in Waimanalo, giving birth to H&R Nurseries. Today, Roy is credited with 30-plus years of experience in hybridization with several thousand hybrids delivered. Most of his work has been in the Dendrobium and Cattleya alliances. He is a long time member of the Honolulu Orchid Society and an accredited American Orchid Society judge since 1990. Roy confesses to having one vice, the game of golf.
His presentation will focus on orchid culture and strategies for more flowers and he will have orchids for sale as well as bringing pre-orders.
Am I the only one who has noticed that my orchids are looking GREAT with all of the rain we’ve had in these last 2 weeks of June and 1st week of July? Roots are bursting out all over, the leaves seem more succulent than ever. New shoots/canes are growing like mad.
FYI: I have about 40 orchids (Cats, Dendrobiums and a couple of Oncidiums) all out under the lanai screen so they are getting drenched. All have been fertilized with the Red Can Dynamite.