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February Member's Meeting - February 14th, 2023

NEW MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS WELCOME
Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Doors open  6:30 pm - Meeting begins promptly at 7:30 pm
Speaker: Bill Bodei
Topic: Orchids - Back to Basics

Abstract - This talk is really about the basics of growing orchids, but told from the hobbyist point of view of someone who went from a single cymbidium in a windowsill to more than 1,000 plants spread across three greenhouses. It will cover a range of topics from culture to repotting, as well as tips on buying. Even if you're an experienced grower there should be some useful tidbits or funny stories to make this an entertaining program. 


Speaker BIO

Bill Bodei is a long time DeepCut member, past Technology Chair, and current president. Bill is also an active volunteer for the American Orchid Society serving on The Board of Trustees for the past 6 years, as well as chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee. Bill received the AOS President's award in 2020, and helped the AOS manage through the pandemic with a number of programs an initiatives, including launching orchidmarketplace.com and The Orchid DealWire. Bill's wife Deb also volunteers for the American Orchid Society, serving as Chair of the Judging Committee IT Task Force chair, and is an active judge in the AOS Northeast Judging Center. Where Bill minds after infrastructure and culture, Deb is the resident expert on taxonomy, parentage, plant quality and genera specific culture. 

According to Bill... "It all started with a Cymbidium I bought from Tony Silva at the DeepCut Show in 2009. We rebloomed it the following year."  Everyone said "Wow you must be a good grower!"

I said "Not really, I just did exactly what Tony told me to do! Since then I've been an aspiring to improve my ability to grow orchids. I have probably made every rookie mistake along the way, and hope that sharing some of my experiences with others will help them become better growers too.

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