Ken and Judy Russ
Ken an Judy have been growing orchids for about 17 years. They are growing about 900 orchids in a shade house, a lanai and a shaded "pine forest". Since 2004, their orchid shave received 30 AOS awards and on two occasions, Ken has won the AOS Show Trophy for the best orchid display in an orchid show. Ken has prepared a PowerPoint presentation about specimen plants in order to share how he and Judy grow their orchids, including tips they have found to be successful through the years. Join us for his informative and entertaining presentation. You will be sure to find it helpful in growing your own plants.
Thanh Nguyen of Springwater Orchids
Thanh is an owner-operator of Springwater Orchids in Melbourne, Florida. Thanh is an engineer by trade, and has been collecting and growing orchids for over 30 years. He began his orchid business in 2001 first selling on the Internet and more recently has expanded to orchid shows. Although Than grows and sells all orchid genera, his forte has always been Paphiopedilums. He is particularly enamored of species plants. His passion for Paphiopedilums has resulted in numerous award winning plants and an ongoing Paphiopedilum breeding program using local lab work and a local growing environment. His goals are to bring the excellence of a Paphiopedilum breeding program back to America , and augment the enthusiasm of Paphiopedilums growing by way of sharing his growing experience and educational programs via shows and society speeches. Thanh's program will provide you with all the information that you will need to make growing Paphiopedilums a joyful experience. Join us for a truly enjoyable talk.
Bill Thoms is an internationally recognized speaker, orchid hunter, breeder and grower extraordinaire. He will be presenting a talk on Bulbophyllums. This program covers everything you need to know to grow and bloom these fascinating plants. BIll Thoms and his wife 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. Thoms is the only person to receive Awards of Quality for Bulbophyllum hybrids. The AOS has recently added a yearly award named for him for the best Bulbophyllum exhibited. His talks are peppered with funny stories and funny associations which result in a very entertaining and informative event. This is not to be missed!!!