"Decoding Dendrobrium: The Surprising Orchids You Thought You Knew!" will be presented by Mark Reineke at our November 4th Meeting
Mark Reinke had a passion for plants from the time he was a child growing up in a small town outside of Chicago. When his family moved to Florida in the 1960’s he got his first orchid plant as back bulbs while helping out a neighborhood lady who had a large orchid and bromeliad collection. Since then, orchids have always been one of his major interests.
Mark will have plants for sale at the meeting. If you would like to pre-order, check his online store at www.marblebranchfarms.com to see many of the plants he offers. You should NOT try to place an online order as it will automatically add in a real time UPS shipping charge. Instead, make a list of what you would like and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark will email back an acknowledgement and bring the plants with him. You can pay with cash, check, Visa, Mastercard or Discover at the actual meeting. He will add a bonus plant or two to pre-orders depending on the size of the purchase. He will also be bringing some plants that are not listed on the website because they are in short supply or special one of a kind items. He mainly carries Cattleya, Encyclia and intergeneric Cattleya Alliance, unusual Dendrobiums and miniature Vandaceous types.
Heart O' Texas Orchid Society announces its first Growers Group Gathering!
Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Monica's Greenhouse 5703 Oakclaire Dr. Austin, Tx 78735
in the Heart O' Texas Orchid Society range from novices to experienced
growers. As a group we specialize in a wide diversity of orchids, and
we utilize different growing methods--under lights, in greenhouses, on
windowsills, and outdoors.
an effort to share share personal knowledge with each other in a casual
setting outside our monthly meetings, we are going to try a new model
borrowed from the Alamo Orchid Society of having a Growers Group meeting
on a regular basis. We believe it will provide an excellent
opportunity for members to learn even more about orchids and share
personal growing successes with fellow members. These informal
meetings will be held at members' homes (greenhouses) to help new members meet and get
to know their fellow members, and let the more experienced growers
share their experience, expertise and advice with novice growers. A
tour of the host's greenhouse is followed by an informal presentation
on varied orchid topics, with plenty of time for questions and
answers. All members and their guests are welcome.
News & Announcements Mark your calendars for upcoming events. . . .
October 31- November 2, 2014 - Kansas Orchid Society Show in Witchita, KS. See our Events page for more details.
November 4, 2014- Monthly Meeting - Our guest speaker this month is Mark Reineke and his program is entitled “Decoding Dendrobium: The Suprising Orchids You Thought You Knew!” Why would anyone familiar with orchids be surprised by the genus Dendrobium? Perhaps because the Dendrobium plants most commonly seen for sale are not necessarily what does well under cultivation in our temperate latitudes, but what is easy and inexpensive to mass produce in outdoor orchid ranges at low elevation in Thailand and Indonesia. Yet, these showy plants that prove difficult to re-bloom in our collections represent only a tiny sampling of this widespread and diverse genus that comes from many different climate types, and from sea level to more than ten thousand feet above. Mark’s program offers a comprehensive introduction to the genus, clarifying some of the native climates and cultural needs of the sections you may already have basic familiarity with, and introducing you to some that are only now becoming more available commercially. Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised by how many of these new introductions would do well alongside your Phalaenopsis or Cattleya orchids, offering long lasting, colorful blooms without the need for high heat, high light, or annual starving or chilling.
November 9, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 Grower's Group Meeting - This is the first informal gathering of members to share information with each other about growing our orchid collections. Novice and experienced growers alike are invited to attend this get together! It will be held at Monica Gaylord's Greenhouse, 5703 Oakclaire Dr. Austin Tx 78735.
The Chrysalis Gift Shop at Zilker Botanical Garden Center hosts its 2nd Annual Evening Hours Store Opening
Please support the AAGC by shopping at the Chrysalis Gift Shop for all your holiday needs. They will be holding extended evening hours to accommodate the night meeting clubs throughout the month of October and November. Remember as an AAGC member, you get 20% your entire purchase (excludes purchases under $5.00 or clearance). The Gift Shop has a great selection of gifts for the entire family. If you have any questions or are looking for a particular item, you can call the Gift Shop at 512-477-8672 x14.
The Heart O' Texas Orchid Society won Best Tabletop Exhibit Trophy, (in addition to numerous plant awards) at the Alamo Orchid Show held in San Antonio September 26-27, 2014. Thanks to Melinda Poss, Mary Cash, Alison Gallaway and Monica Gaylord for setting up the exhibit and to members who sent plant entries. Our support of the show was very much appreciated by the Alamo Orchid Society.
The Annual Orchid Auction held at our October 7th meeting was a fabulous opportunity to increase your collections at very little cost and if you were not there you missed out on some great deals! Thanks to everyone who donated plants for the auction and several of our members made out like bandits purchasing donated plants at discounted prices! We made over $1600!
Growers Group Gatherings . . . Based on some feedback from members, we are introducing a regular Growers Group meeting to be held at member greenhouses to discuss and share orchid growing topics and tips. We plan to hold these gatherings at different locations approximately 6 times a year. This is an opportunity to get to know fellow society members in a casual setting. You will see them announced here on the website and all are invited to attend! If you are interested in hosting one of these gatherings please just drop me an email at email@example.com or catch me at the next meeting! Thanks!
Please join us at our next meeting Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm at Zilker Botanical Garden Center 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746 Hope to see you there!