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.
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