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April Monthly Meeting

On the heels of our wonderful annual Asheville Orchid Festival, we’re happy to announce our April guest speaker is bulbophyllum expert Bill Thomas, 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.

    Be prepared to learn more about this fascinating group of plants than you ever dreamed!  Bill Thoms and Doris Dukes have been growing orchids around Central Florida for more than 45 years and have received almost every award granted by the AOS as well as more Awards for Culture than anyone else in the world, (105 in over 29 genera, including 48 in the Bulbophyllum alliance and 13 CCEs plus 4 others 90 points or above before they had the Cultural Excellence award.

Many of his crosses are winning awards around the country and the AOS has recently added a yearly award named for him for the best Bulbophyllum exhibited.

The talks are spiced with funny stories and funny associations so whether you grow thousands of orchids, only a few, or none at all, you will have a wonderfully entertaining time and be able to grow anything better.  Many of the most important requirements for growing world class plants are made easy to understand and remember.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to grow these fascinating plants and to hear one of the most knowledgeable, interesting and funny speakers in the orchid world.

His book, Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? is available for purchase ($45).