Carolyn Bolton, Demetria Marsh & Mike Lyse will discuss what to do to safely bring in your orchids from their summer outside. I will provide a checklist for what to do for your orchids in Sept & Oct. Arlene Ricker..if you have any suggestions for topics for the mini class please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whoa! I am really stoked! Our guest speaker this month is Peter T. Lin, owner of Diamond Orchids, orchid grower, orchid hybridizer and AOS Judge. He’ll be talking to us about MiniCattleya species and hybrids. Peter has the feature article in the August 2012 issue of Orchids magazine, where he reviews Neofinetia and its hybrids with Vandaceous species. In addition to these mini-orchids, Peter grows many other kinds of amazing orchids. Please be sure to visit his website, www.diamondorchids.com, and study the sale catalogue. I think you might find some things that have been on your wish list. Email Peter in advance of our meeting so that he will be sure to bring the plants you are interested in. He will give a discount for any pre-orders.
We won’t have any society member plants for sale at this September meeting, but you can look forward to society plant sales at our November meeting. Remember, our Orchid Festival will be on Sunday, October 21st, so please consider volunteering to help out. Here are some photos and information from Diamond Orchids. I’ll see you at the meeting,
Don Bell, First VP
Peter T. Lin will be presenting a talk on one of his favorite topics: Mini-Catts, also known as miniature Cattleyas. Peter will be sharing a fast-paced Powerpoint presentation on these charming orchids. The journey will begin with a review of the miniature species, early hybrids, and then to some of the relevant hybrids of today. He will also review how to grow these wonderful plants.
Peter started growing orchids over 30 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career. It wasn't until about 9 years ago that the orchid "bug" came back and he is now heavily involved once again. He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society and a hybridizer of mini-catts. His orchid interests include: Mini-Catts, Sophronitis, Dendrobiums, Angraecoids and miniature species. He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts, and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country. He also has thousands of photos of his orchids that he maintains on Flickr. You can view them by typing this address into the internet: www.flickr.com/photos/minicatt/collections/ Due to limited growing space, Peter likes to specialize in miniature orchids, both species and hybrids, and has received numerous AOS awards. His other interests in orchids include Dendrobiums, Angraecoids, and Neofinetias. He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids at his home in Southern California in 3 small greenhouses, as well as in the house under fluorescent lights.
Peter will be bringing an assortment of plants for sale. Members are welcome to order from a catalog off his website: www.diamondorchids.com. Pre-orders will qualify for a 10% discount