VAOS Meeting Wed, May 2nd, 2018

Speaker – Dr. Courtney T. Hackney                                                                                                           

Topic – Growing and Flowering better Cattleyas

Join us for this month’s program as Courtney will be presenting a talk on his favorite genus, Cattleyas. Dr. Hackney is Emeritus Professor of Biology and the former Director of Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Previously he was Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Courtney began growing orchids in the Florida Keys in 1962, while working for a small orchid nursery and has continued his interest in both orchid hybridizing and orchid culture since then. He grows many different genera, but his favorite is the Cattleya Alliance. He has about 500 mature cattleyas and even more seedlings, but his favorites are classic clones, some of which appeared in orchid collections over 100 years ago. He makes 8-10 hybrids and species sib crosses per year in various genera.

Courtney will have Orchids for sale.

Meeting starts 7:00 – Doors open at 6:30.
Venice Community Center

VAOS Meeting Wed, April 4th, 2018

Speaker: Monroe Kokin
Topic: “Orchid Growing Tips for Southwest Florida”

At the Venice Area Orchid Society’s 7 p.m. April 4th meeting
Monroe has a collection of more than 1,100 orchid’s specializing in bulbophyllums.
Monroe was president of the Sarasota Orchid Society for more than nine years and was show chairman for 13. He is also a life member of Central Florida Orchid Society in Orlando and is a member of Central Jersey Orchid Society.

Meeting starts 7:00 – Doors open at 6:30.
Venice Community Center.

Orchid Envy will be selling a variety of orchids and supplies at our april 4th meeting




VAOS Meeting Wed, March 7th, 2018


Our scheduled speaker for our March 7th meeting, Allen Black, had to cancel due to family illness.  We have scheduled Roy Krueger to present “Orchids 101”.  This will cover basic orchid culture and should appeal to our many new members.  Hope to see you Wednesday night!