Manuel Aybar works in the Technology Industry. He is originally from the Dominican Republic (A grower’s paradise, as he describes it). He has been growing orchids for more than 25 years. The genus that got him started was Dendrobium in which he specializes (phalaenopsis-type).
Member of the American Orchid Society since 1997 and the Greater North Texas Orchid Society since 2000. Manuel Aybar is an Accredited Judge of the American Orchid Society Judging program. His current research includes the orchids of the Dominican Republic, for which he has gone in numerous orchid collecting trips back to his home country. He has been extensively involved in the judging of many shows around the US, including the Miami International Orchid Show, Redlands Show, Pacific Orchid Exhibition, and most of the southwest region (SWROGA) shows (New Orleans OS, Baton Rouge OS, Shreveport OS, Greater North Texas OS, Fort Worth OS, Oklahoma OS, and Arkansas OS). He has also served as an international judge for Orchid Shows in Taiwan (TOGA 2010,2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), Peru(2009), Costa Rica (2010, Colombia (2015), as well as the World Orchid Conference (WOC) in Singapore (2011), WOC South Africa (2014).
He is affiliated with the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association (SWROGA), and within this association he belongs to the publications committee and serves as the Webmaster for the organization’s web site. He has given several Orchid Seminars and Potting classes at Smith and Hawkins, North Haven Gardens, and other popular gardening stores. He offered a series of orchid workshops for Range Rover, US as a part of the Land Rover Destination Tour. He is a regular lecturer for the local orchid societies and visiting speaker for societies around the country.
Program Fees & Requirements
Honorariums from the societies apply and will be estimated by the society. There are some costs that the Orchid Society needs to cover.
- The orchid society needs to cover my transportation costs (roundtrip flight).
- As far as lodging, I can either be hosted by an Orchid Society member or placed in a hotel. Staying with a member makes the stay much more enjoyable and it saves significant hotel costs to the society.
As an Accredited Judge for AOS, we are encouraged to speak to local/national societies about the research that we have undergone as students of the AOS Judging System. All these programs are very colorful and delivered with high resolution pictures projected via computer with DLP(R) Digital Computer Projector.