February 3 Monthly Meeting

Our speaker for February’s program will be Manuel Aybar. His topic will be “Taiwan Phalaenopsis Breeding Trends”. Manuel works in the Technology Industry and is originally from the Dominican Republic (a grower’s paradise!). He has been growing orchids for over 25 years, starting with dendrobiums, in which he specializes (phalaenopsis-type). He has been a member of GNTOS since 2000 and is an Accredited Judge with AOS, serving currently as Chair for the Dallas Judging Center. His current research includes the orchids of the Dominican Republic, to which he has gone on numerous orchid collecting trips. He is an often-requested speaker for orchids and attends many US and overseas orchid shows yearly as a judge.

Orchids 101 will begin at 2pm in the greenhouse. Lorna will be talking on recording your orchid collection.

January 6 Monthly Meeting

Our first program of the new year will be on “Laelia anceps”, presented by Society member and American Orchid Society Associate Judge Tim Carr. Tim moved to Texas 26 years ago and has retired from the Dept. of Defense after 34 years. He has been growing orchids for only the last seven years, now growing in a greenhouse since spring of 2017. He will be serving the Society as Vice-President for 2019.

Laelia anceps, a native of Mexico, is one of the most common, yet one of the most satisfying orchids to grow, being very cold hardy as well.  It’s ease of care makes it an ideal plant for the beginner as well as the expert. Come at 2:30pm to hear from Tim how to grow and enjoy this beautiful species!

Orchids 101 will be in the greenhouse at 2pm.  Kathi will be leading the discussion.