WNCOS is proud to present the 21st annual Asheville Orchid Festival, April 6-7, 2019 at the North Carolina Arboretum! The festival will feature many exhibitors and vendors from around North Carolina, the United States, and the world, many educational presentations and award winning orchids on display throughout the festival. The theme for the 2019 festival is “An Orchid Expedition,” where we hope to visually explore the early Victorian era orchid obsession that took enthusiasts around the globe in search of these special plants. We hope you come explore them with us!
On the heels of our wonderful annual Asheville Orchid Festival, we’re happy to announce our April guest speaker is bulbophyllum expert Bill Thoms, and internationally recognized speaker, orchid hunter, breeder, and grower! This program covers everything you need to know to grow and bloom these fascinating plants, including super pictures of easy-to-grow species and the latest hybrids.
Join us for a great talk by Rob Halgren of Little Frog Farms on orchid growing with lights! Rob Halgren has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, after a B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State and used his formal training in cancer biology and research. Rob is currently a long serving accredited judge in the American Orchid Society . Although he has been selling and showing orchids since near the very beginning, the business, Littlefrog Farm, did not become formal until approximately 2003. They don’t grow greenhouse orchids—they grow orchids that fit in your window, terrarium, or light garden. They grow almost entirely under lights, and they can teach you how!
Linda Wilhelm of Woodland Orchids will be visiting WNCOS to present a program on Oncidiums and their culture. Linda is an accomplished speaker, an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society, and recipient of the American Orchid Society’s Certificate of Education. Woodstream Orchids is a wonderful source for unique orchid hybrids and species plants located in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina.
The 2018 WNCOS Holiday Party will take place on Sunday, December 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm—drop in as you’re able! The party will take place at Axel and Catherine Graumann’s home. For specific details on location, please see the most recent emails from WNCOS or contact us via the Contact page.
How exciting! This meeting the Society will take a field trip to one of our favorite orchid growers' greenhouses at Looking Glass Orchids. Russ Bolt, owner of Looking Glass Orchids, is an amazing orchid grower and breeder and his greenhouses are absolutely beautiful. Russ specializes in paphiopedilum orchids and other varieties of orchid rarely found in big box stores.
Jim France is an orchid enthusiast and grower based on Dayton, Ohio. At Oakwood Orchids, France specializes in more unique and rare varieties of orchids, such as a wide variety of Bulbophyllum and Lycaste. France also especially enjoys supporting the needs of individuals who wish to grow orchids without a greenhouse. WNCOS is very excited about his visit. Details on his presentation subject TBA!
This August WNCOS will have the immense pleasure of again hosting Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids. Clarke has over 40 years experience growing orchids and is a world-renowned specialist in hybridizing, perhaps best-known for his pioneering work with Catasetum intergeneric hybrids resulting in "the blackest flower ever witnessed," Fredclarkeara After Dark. More details on Clarke's presentation topic to come!
The July meeting will feature Paul Storm of Meke Aloha Orchids in Sarasota, Florida. Storm is considered throughout the world as a leading expert on Schomburgkia orchids, which have recently been reclassified as Laelia and Myrmecophila orchids based on genetic data and morphological characteristics. Storm will be discussing these fascinating plants and their changing classifications with our members!
Paul will be bringing some "First Release' Schom Hybrid easy-to-grow and bloom seedlings but they will only be set up to accept cash or checks.
Sergio Garcia from Olompali Orchids in Bolinas, California will be guest speaker at the June meeting. Garcia is a lifelong orchid enthusiast and an expert on cattleya orchids who dedicates his time (and business) to improving species and creating hybrids with the objective of creating the future's award winning orchids. Garcia will be sharing his knowledge with us with a special presentation on Laelia purpurata and its varieties.
The May meeting will take place early in lieu of Mothers' Day and will feature guest speaker Art Chadwick from Chadwick & Sons Orchids of Richmond, Virginia. Chadwick is a respected Cattleya expert and will be giving a very special presentation on First Ladies and their Cattleyas!