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

Guillermo Salazar

Guillermo Salazar
Topic: “Best Stanhopeas and related species for Florida””

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, the largest in the country’s capital. Returning to the U.S., he received his degree in Landscape Design and Management and 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 has worked as a professional Landscape Designer in private and governmental areas and is presently the Landscape Superintendent for the city of Miami Lakes.

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. Guillermo will be discussing Stanhopeas and related species, with special emphasis on those suited for Florida growers.This genus is found in Central and South America and is known for the intricate flowers and especially complex structures for pollination. Following his presentation, he will be glad to answer questions and will have a selection of his best orchids for sale.

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.

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.  Additional details to  follow.

The Show will be held at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, FL 34285.

Show schedule:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Display Setup             1pm - 7pm
Sales Area Setup          1pm - 7pm
Plant Entries             1pm - 4pm

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Judging                   8am - 12pm
Public Sales             10am -  5pm
Public Show              11am -  5pm

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Public Sales & Show      10am - 4pm
Take Down                 4pm - 6pm

Carol Wood   941-497-4995

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.