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Monday, February 5, 2018

A Tropical Trip to Hawaii – Part Two

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Jeffrey Newman (l) with Fran Murphy in Hawaii

Here in Western New York, we get some really strange climate swings: one day, it’s below zero, and the next, it’s fifty degrees. Whatever this is, it’s definately NOT a tropical paradise. Except maybe for polar bears. Or maybe meteorologists.
Most orchids don’t like it much, either, whether they’re sitting on a bright windowsill, basking in an expensively warm greenhouse, or sitting under an array of lights.
But that tropical paradise is only a few steps away in February, as our own Fran Murphy takes us on the second edition of his Tropical Trip to Hawaii.

Fran will welcome us all to the Big Island of Hawaii, with his discussion of the different growing zones, orchid nurseries, and a focus on his friends at Newman’s Orchids, a wholesale orchid nursery founded in 1987. Newman’s is on the east, or Hilo side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Newman’s Nursery Inc. consists of seven acres of greenhouses at an elevation of 150 feet. It is one of the largest orchid growers in Hawaii, specializing in Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, Cymbidiums, Intergeneric Oncidiums, Paphiopedilum, Grammatophyllum, Phalaenopsis, Tolumnia (Equitant),Catasetum/Cycnodes, Vandaceous, and, of course, Cattleyas.

Fran Murphy has been growing and killing orchids for 50 years, beginning with working as a helper in a long-defunct orchid nursery in the Rochester suburbs. He is one of the earliest members of the GROS – since the 70’s. His current growing setup includes a 28’ x 48’ Gothic Arch greenhouse, and a 40’ × 50’ shade house for the summer months.

Fran will be selling orchids at the meeting – so other members are NOT permitted to bring in their own plants for sale or trade. But as a special bonus, members who wear a Hawaiian Shirt to the meeting will be included in a FREE raffle for a blooming orchid plant!

The Beginner’s Meeting will start at 6:00 p.m., the main meeting begins at 7:15pm.

Orchids 101 – February 5th, 2018

Topic: “Identifying & Getting Rid of Critters.” The Beginners’ Meeting (a/k/a Orchids 101) will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Yiddish Center Room at the JCC.

Map to the JCC