Our Tuesday, June 8th members' meeting will be online via Zoom. Members can view and participate in the meeting from a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Participants can join the meeting beginning at 6:45pm to socialize and ask orchid culture questions of other members. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30pm. The Zoom meeting invitation, including the link and instructions to join, will be emailed several days in advance to all paid DCOS members. Contact email@example.com if you do not receive the email by May 7th. (If you are new to Zoom, you can use the following link to find beginners’ videos and other basic instructions: Quick start guide for new users
DIGITAL SHOW TABLE: Please email a few pictures of orchids in bloom that you would have otherwise brought to the monthly members meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9pm June 7th.
Guest speaker: Ron Midgett
Topic: Oncidinae Intergeneric Hybrids—What Are They and How Do I Grow Them?
This is a diverse group of fascinating orchids with something to fit nearly anyone’s growing space and an array of interesting flower colors and shapes. This program focuses on how to recognize the cultural requirements so growers can make choices to fit their growing conditions. The program does also discuss some important hybrids that have resulted in the production of greater temperature tolerance.
Ron is offering a 15% discount to DCOS members for items in “The Plant Store” category found at the following link on his website:
https://newearthorchids.com/shop/ols/categories/the-plant-store. When placing orders, use coupon discount code DCOS621, which expires one week after our meeting.
SPEAKER BIO: Ron Midgett began growing orchids in 1969 in the orchid-rich environment of Southern California. Since then, he has grown orchids in many different regions of the US and in the Caribbean for 3 years. Currently, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a breeder with an emphasis on Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, and Oncidinae. Several cultivars from his crosses have received AOS awards. In 1990, Ron founded the New England Orchid Company in Franklin, MA. In 2003, he moved his orchid business to New Jersey and changed the name to New Earth Orchid Co., aka New Earth Orchids. In 2010, New Earth Orchids was moved to Santa Fe, NM.
In addition to Ron’s activities in the orchid business, he has been very active in the local orchid societies wherever he lived. This includes serving as an officer, chairing orchid shows, and running the New England Orchid Fair for 3 years. Before leaving New Jersey, Ron founded the Jersey Highlands Orchid Society.
Ron is an accredited AOS judge currently serving in the Rocky Mountain Region. He has served as chairperson for AOS judging for the 2011 and 2012 New Mexico Orchid Guild Shows. In 2011, Ron was invited to participate in judging the Taiwan International Orchid Show. Ron has authored articles published in Orchids magazine and most recently in the Orchid Digest. He was given the prestigious Ernest Heatherington award from the Orchid Digest for his article, “Beyond Sc. Beaufort—A 25 Year Odyssey in Cattleya Breeding”. Ron feels a special honor in receiving this award because Ernest was one of his first mentors.
Ron has spoken in many venues across the country. He has twice been an invited speaker to the prestigious Cattleya Symposium held each summer in Florida. He has done speaking tours in New England, Central Florida, Mid’ Florida, California, and The Texas Circuit.