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July 21, 2016

7:00 PM - Ribbon Judging
7:30 PM - General Meeting


Our general meetings are held
 on the third Thursday
of each month at the
Los Angeles Arboretum
&
 Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, California

General Meeting: Curtis Gean

“The Lengths We Grow To”

I am a semi-retired photographer/videographer that has had a long time interest in Orchids. After dabbling in Hybrid Roses, I was introduced to Orchids in 1970 because of my need to use some plants and flowers in a photo shoot.  The gentleman that provided my introduction, and later became my mentor was Homer C. Dodson.

Homer invited me to attend with him, a meeting of the local Orchid Society. I bought some raffle tickets, and won two plants.  One of those plants, Den. Petite Jewels-[Midnight x bigibbum]-is still alive and doing well.

Needless to say, I was hooked.  It has been a wonderful time the past 46 years, studying species and their cultural requirements, researching hybrids, and even learning to be an Orchid Judge.

I entered the AOS Judges Training Program in 1973, was elevated to Certified Judge in 1983. In 1996, following the break-up of my marriage, I moved to Mexico, where I spent the better part of the next 10 years learning how to survive on next-to nothing.  It was a real challenge, but I think I have become a better person as a result of it.

I have prepared for your group a program called “The Lengths We Grow To”… all about various methods of Orchid culture from the basic windowsill grower… all the way to a sophisticated greenhouse complex. I also will be talking and demonstrating various aspects of the OrchidWiz Encyclopedia… and how to use them…

In 2007, I returned stateside to care for aging parents, and re-entered the AOS Judging Program.  Because of my long absence, I was required to “start over” and was re-certified in 2013.

Orchiditis is a compelling and insidious disease, it takes over your life if you let it, and becomes all-consuming.  I love it, and every day I find something new to explore. While in Mexico, I had the chance to look for Orchids in the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero.  I was able to find many epiphytes and semi-terrestrial species, and because of some established contacts there, was given the opportunity to re-locate many plants slated for destruction. Because of road improvement projects and the like, many plants would have been destroyed, but were able to be re-located to a nearby area and saved.

I have prepared for your group a program called “The Lengths We Grow To”… all about various methods of Orchid culture from the basic windowsill grower… all the way to a sophisticated greenhouse complex. I also will be talking and demonstrating various aspects of the OrchidWiz Encyclopedia… and how to use them…

Plant Opportunity Table

The plant table for this month will be provided by Curtis Gean. Don’t forget to purchases your tickets!

 

2016 Membership

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Late Updated: 07/04/2016