Our Tuesday, March 9th 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 7:00pm to socialize. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30pm. The Zoom meeting invitation, including the link and instructions to join, will be emailed to all DCOS members several days ahead of time. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive the email by March 5th. (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 email@example.com no later than 9pm March 8th.
Guest speaker: Kim Feddersen
Topic: Cattleya, from Seed to Bloom
A little history, some taxonomy & propagation, and a detailed look at Cattleya cultural requirements.
SPEAKER BIO: I am a third generation orchidholic. I am a member of the AOS, and both North Jersey & Deep Cut Orchid Societies. My grandfather spent 8 years in Malaysia, where he indulged his botanical interests. My dad had a retail orchid nursery (Orkidé Kultur) in Denmark. I started working in his nursery after school when I was 15, and continued till I left for the US 9 years later. My dad’s first love was Paphiopedilums (Cypripediums to him), and that bug turned out to be infectious. Those were the days of wild collected plants, but my dad did some hybridizing also, including in Vandas, which kindled my second orchid passion.
I have grown Orchids as a hobby grower for about 20 years, starting in windows, moving to lights in the basement, and finally into a shared greenhouse, where my collection numbered some 1500+ plants, mostly Paphiopedilum and Vandaceous, but also ranging into Cattleyas, Aussie Dendrobiums, pendulous Cymbidiums & Lycastes. I do a little breeding in Paphs, miniature Vandaceous and more recently also Cattleyas.
A December 2017 a freeze at the old Tewkesbury Orchids wiped out my entire intermediate/warm collection. Due to space constraints, I had moved my cool growing plants to a different location, so my Cymbidiums, Laelia anceps & Aussie Dendrobiums were not affected. I now have a full 2500 sq.ft. greenhouse at my disposal at Flemington Orchids, so my collection has somehow grown accordingly.
I started to exhibit at NJ shows in 2013. Following the end of my corporate career, I have expanded my orchid activities significantly, participating in regional shows in NJ, PA, NY, CT & MA under the Fair Orchids identity.
I live in Maplewood NJ with my wife, 3 felines who can’t keep teeth and paws out of the orchids, some 100+ daylilies, a couple of hardy orchids and an assortment of other botanical oddities. I do speaking engagements for garden clubs, master gardeners and orchid societies on a variety of subjects.