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Fred Clarke – “Becoming an 80 Percentile Grower”

Next Meeting: Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

If you missed him in 2016, don’t miss Fred Clarke as he returns to the GROS on November 4th to present “Becoming an 80 Percentile Grower”. Learn about the fundamentals of growing orchids and explore some advanced techniques. Orchid plant culture is explained and techniques on how to maximize growth and flowering are reviewed. Learn how to become an 80 percentile grower.

photo of Fred Clarke with Fredclarkeara orchid

Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 40 years and has been hybridizing for 35 of those years. With over 31 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California. He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Bulbophylum and Paphiopedilum hybrids.

His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed” and received over 90 awards worldwide. Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region.

Fred wil be bringing plants to sell at the meeting, and has also set up a preorder feature: pre-orders receive a 10% discount and no shipping charges for plants to be brought to the meeting. Fred’s instructions on how to pre-order are specific, and you can download a copy of them here. The Sunset Valley Orchids website is the best place to see what Fred has available.

Plans are still in the works for taking Fred to dinner on the meeting night – please check back here for late-breaking news. The Show Table will be back, as usual, so please don’t forget to bring your flowering plants. We’ll see you there!

Our Meeting Place – the JCC

The Louis S. Wolk  J.C.C of Greater Rochester

1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618