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Next Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 – Claudio Rossi

“Easy Oddballs” – Brighton Town Hall, 7:15 p.m.

claudio rossi portraitSome of the strange members of the orchid family that are very easy to grow in the average home. These are the weirdos that will intrigue and make great conversation topics for your visitors. Follow up with your orchid questions!

Claudio Rossi has been growing orchids since 1974. He has a strong background in botany, taxonomy, genetics, statistics, computers and horticulture. He has had a wide spectrum of experience such as a rose judge, horticulturist at the University of Windsor, owner of an art gallery and Computer Analyst with IBM. Claudio founded Cloud’s Orchids in 1990, providing locally flask-raised orchids to other nurseries and the general public worldwide.

Claudio is currently an orchid judge with senior status from the AOS (American Orchid Society), and has maintained his passion for gardening.

Members may pre-order plants for delivery to the talk using the order form on the Cloud’s Orchids website (orders must be placed before Monday August 29th). Claudio will be bringing some plants for sale at the meeting.

There will be NO member plant sales at this meeting, please note.

We’re taking Claudio to dinner at Beale Street, 689 South Avenue, at 5:15 p.m. prior to the meeting. Please let Kim know if you’re planning to attend. Asusual, everyone pays for his or her own meal.

Before the Main Meeting: Orchids 101

The Genesee Region Orchid Society, Inc. has always been an advocate of orchid education; our Orchids 101 program is an ongoing series of informal group discussions/demonstrations on many different orchid topics.

  • Topic: ‘Roots’
  • Location: Brighton Town Hall, downstairs conference room
  • The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the “formal” Orchids 101 meeting begins at 6:15 p.m.
  • Following a 30-minute presentation on an orchid topic, the group will discuss any plants, problems, topics, or questions that growers might have.
  • Orchids 101 will conclude at 7:00 p.m., which will allow plenty of time to socialize or purchase plants/raffle tickets prior to the main orchid meeting that begins at 7:15 p.m.

You don’t have to be new to orchids to come to Orchids 101! We can all learn something new – and a refresher course is never a bad idea. We would love to have more advanced growers at Orchids 101 to contribute their comments and experience. All are welcome.