Our Next Meeting: - Monday, February 5, 2024 - On Zoom !
Brandon Tam - The Huntington Orchid Collection
Zoom meeting starts at 6:00 p.m.
February 5, 2024 Virtual Zoom Meeting 6:00 p.m. – Brandon Tam: The Huntington Orchid Collection
There’s nothing like seeing orchids in person – and having the opportunity to socialize with your fellow GROS members. But as the frigid temperatures have finally arrived, it’s also nice to be able to watch an orchid program from the comfort of your home, without having to bear the ordeal of icy winter travel.
As the Associate Curator of the Orchid Collection, Brandon Tam curates one of the largest and most diverse orchid species collections in the world, including over 1,500 unique species and 3,600 different varieties across 280 orchid genera. He oversees day-to-day horticultural operations, including acquisitions, propagation, conservation, and supervision of over 40 orchid volunteers. Under Brandon’s stewardship, The Huntington has won over 100 awards from the American Orchid Society, including six First Class Certificates and four Certificates of Cultural Excellence.
He supervises numerous public education events, such as orchid shows, judgings, symposiums and conferences.
Brandon holds accreditation as a judge from the American Orchid Society and has a history of active involvement, having previously served on the society’s conservation committee and as a trustee. He currently holds positions on the Board of Directors and the editorial committee for Orchid Digest Publication. He is a frequent contributing author to the American Orchid Society, Orchid Digest, and Cymbidium Society of America, and has presented with over 50 national and international orchid organizations.
For those of you who would like to contribute photos of your blooming orchids to a virtual Show Table, please send the files to Carol Butcher in the usual manner. She must receive them by February 4, 2024, in order to have enough time to put together the presentation. Her email address appears below – it is not a link.
The Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) is a 501(c) non-profit organization based in Rochester, NY.
Our regular meeting night is the first Monday following the first Sunday of each month. We occasionally change the meeting date as our schedule requires, but we always list the correct date well in advance both on this website and in our monthly newsletter. Our meetings are open to everyone without charge – feel free to attend and find out what our Society is all about!
Meetings typically consist of a brief business meeting to conduct our club’s routine activities, a special presentation on an orchid subject, an orchid raffle (2 tickets for $1), and a Show Table where members can display their flowering plants for everyone to see. For more information, please contact any of our officers.
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