Alamo Judging Center Wants Your Plants! You (your plants) can support our members studying to become Certified AOS Judges! Read to see how you can help.
We have 4 members that are part of the Alamo Judging Center, which meets monthly to judge flowers/plants for AOS awards. We are asking members to allow us to take their plants to San Antonio to be judged (and possibly awarded).
Alamo JC typically meets the last Saturday of each month at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. We will be posting a calendar with the dates on the HOTOS website. Some dates move to accommodate workshops and holidays.
Members need to arrange with Chris Aiena 512-619-2428 (Chris@lteal.net); Sallie Delahoussaye 512-444-9845 (firstname.lastname@example.org); Alison Gallaway 512-695-4479 (email@example.com); or Stephen Van Kampen-Lewis 808-896-3387 (Isurus09@gmail.com) to meet and deliver plants.
All of us live in South Austin. Although Alison also spends time in Marble Falls. Chris and Alison have greenhouses if you need to drop off plants early. We leave for San Antonio by 10 am on Saturdays, so would need the plants at least the day before. We can bring them to the HOTOS meeting the Tuesday following most judgings.
News & Announcements Mark your calendars for upcoming events. . . .
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Orchid Growers' Gathering! Join us for the next Gathering from 2-4 pm at the home of Stephen Van Kampen-Lewis. Check out details on our Events page. Open to members and their guests.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - Monthly Meeting - Our guest speaker this month is Fransisco Miranda. A taxonomist, naturalist and orchid grower, Francisco travels extensively in the U.S. and internationally speaking at orchid-related events and meetings. He has been doing this since 1988, while still living in Brazil. The presentations reflect Francisco's extensive travels to study orchids in their natural environments. Miranda Orchids started in 1999 when he and his wife moved to the United States and is a nursery specializing in growing mainly selected Cattleya alliance species.
Monica Gaylord Reports on Austin Area Garden CouncilMeeting
Regarding the March 2015 Zilker Garden Festival, each club has been asked to volunteer for some aspect of the event. We have been asked to come up with some volunteers to collect tickets at the front gate at Zilker Garden Fest the last weekend in March. Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, we need to provide 6 people per 4-hour shift. One AM and one PM shift per day. If you can volunteer 4 hours either day (or more), please send an email with preferred day and shift to me. We need 24 volunteers. Please help! AAGC has also suggested each club build one Faerie House for the Faerie Trails Event March 14th weekend. It can have our orchid related items on it to entice more people to give HOTOS a try. Anyone interested in building the Faerie House for the club? You can get a little wooden birdhouse from Hobby Lobby and decorate it, or whatever you would like to do on behalf of HOTOS. Entry forms must be submitted by Feb. 28th and the house must be ready to place Friday, March 13th. There is a $25 entry fee which will be covered by the club treasury with prior approval of the President. Please contact me if you are interested.
The Alamo Judging Center is looking for volunteer orchid entries for their monthly judging meetings. Check out the details above and consider sharing your blooming plants for the benefit of our student judges!
Garden Club Volunteers Needed - Spring will be upon us soon and volunteers are needed for the Zilker Garden Fest in March. Monica outlines the needs above so please consider how you can help!
Growers Group Gatherings . . . Our first gathering at Monica's Greenhouse was well attended and the folks who attended indicated it was fun and relevant to their orchid growing needs. 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 and share orchid knowledge. If you are interested in hosting one of these gatherings please just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or catch me at the next meeting! Thanks!