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May Member's Meeting
(NOTE DATE CHANGE to 2nd THURSDAY)Ma y14th - @ MRT - 332 Hance Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ NJ 07724Doors open 6:30, 7pm new growers group, Program begins at 7:30pm
SPEAKER - Ron Midgett
Topic “Oncidinae Intergeneric Hybrids”—What Are Theyand How Do I Grow Them?
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, Paphiopedilum, 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 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.
June Member's Meeting
Tuesday June 9th - @ MRT - 332 Hance Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ NJ 07724Doors open 6:30, 7pm new growers group, Program begins at 7:30pm
SPEAKER - Dr. Martin Motes
Topic - “Vanda TheNatural Genus”
Martin motes Topic: "Vandas"- “The Natural Vanda”
Author of Vandas: Their Botany, History, and Culture, Martin Motes is a second generation orchidist who has been growing orchids for nearly 50 years. He is president of Motes Orchids, a major breeder of vandas. He has produced hundreds of new hybrids, for which he has received scores of American Orchid Society awards including three FCC's and three Awards of Quality. He is an accredited A.O.S. judge. He has observed tropical orchids growing in the wild and has spoken at orchid conferences around the world. His articles have appeared in The Fairchild Garden Bulletin, The South Florida Orchidist, The Orchid Digest, The Orchid Review and The American Orchid Society Bulletin.
He has lived most of his life in Miami, Florida, but also spent 6 years in Ohio and 2 years in Yugoslavia as a Fulbright lecturer. He has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean and has observed orchids in Peru, Equador, Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Florida, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Malaya, Thailand, and Australia. Martin has been interviewed by both print and TV journalists in topics ranging from community issues in southern Florida to horticultural therapy and orchids. he gives more than 20 lectures a year.
To get away from the orchid greenhouse, Martin reads and occasionally,writes poetry, tends his vegetable garden, and fishes.