Orchid Seminar Series

Whether you are a new orchid grower or have been growing for years, plan to take some time while you are visiting the show to attend a few of the plant culture seminars and workshops. You will be surprised by all that you will learn from some of Southern and Central California’s top commercial growers and hobbyists, each with years of experience with orchids.

The series showcases orchid culture—the elements needed to help you successfully bloom your orchids as well as which orchids grow well in Southern California. 
In addition, we also have some specialized topics such as how to build a shade structure, orchids workshop for kids, and an overview of Schomburgkias, a wonderful genus of Central and South American orchids.

A unique addition to this year’s series is the screening of a new orchid documentary by independent filmmaker, Rich Walton, entitled the Judge, the Hunter, the Thief, and the Black Orchid, which screened for the first time in April 2010 at the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival. Mr. Walton will introduce the film.

Novice growers will want to attend one of the two repotting workshops which are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, January 29th, at 4 pm, and Sunday, January 30th, also at 4 pm. These workshops are free but do require pre-registration. To register, send an e-mail to ndbenay@cox.net or register at the show, if spots are still available.  A maximum of 20 attendees per class.

The Orchid Expo Show Committee wishes to thank Hatfield Orchids and Yamada Co. of Gardena for donating the plants and supplies.


Class Schedule

  Friday, January 28, 2011
  11:00 am Don Knipp
(aka Mr. Fertilizer)
"A Brief and Easy to Understand Story of
Fertilizers for Your Orchids and Your Garden
"
  12:00 Noon Nico Goossens "Designing and Constructing Shade Structures"
  2:00 pm Paul Gripp "Growing Orchids Outdoors"
  4:00 pm Dr. Merle Robboy "My First Orchid"
     
  Saturday, January 29, 2011
  10:00 am Winn Winmaw "Vandaceous Orchids and Their Culture"
  10:00-11:00 Special Program
for Children
"The Wonderful World of Orchids Just for Kids"
In this specially designed workshop, children will learn the basics about orchids - where and how they grow in nature and how to take care of them.  Each child who participates will receive a cymbidium seedling and care instructions. 

Recommended age: 6 and older. Registration is required through the Westminster Mall. Everett Stockstill, President of the Torrance Cymbidium Society and a retired elementary school teacher, will teach this workshop. 

  12:00 Noon Peter Lin "Cattleyas and Their Culture"
(potting demonstration)
  2:00 pm Everett Stockstill "Cymbidiums and Their Culture"
(potting demonstration)
  4:00 pm Paula & John Butler Orchid Potting Workshop: "Learn how to Repot Orchids"
This is an interactive potting workshop in which participants will repot a cymbidium orchid seedling. The class is FREE; however, you must pre-register. Enrollment is limited to the first twenty registrants.

To register via e-mail, contact Nancy Benay at ndbenay@cox.net.  If space is available at show time you may sign up in the show office.

     
  Sunday, January 30, 2011
  12:00 Noon Ben Machado "The Confused World Of Schomburgkias"
  1:30 pm Dr. Norito Hasegawa "Slipper Orchids"
  2:30 pm Rich Walton Screening of "The Judge, the Hunter, the Thief, and the Black Orchid"
(Documentary Film)
  4:00 pm Paula & John Butler Orchid Potting Workshop: "Learn how to Repot Orchids"
This is an interactive potting workshop in which participants will repot a cymbidium orchid seedling. The class is FREE; however, you must pre-register. Enrollment is limited to the first twenty registrants.

To register via e-mail, contact Nancy Benay at ndbenay@cox.net.  If space is available at show time you may sign up in the show office.

The Newport Harbor Orchid Society wishes to thank Hatfield Orchids and Yamada Company for their generous donation of cymbidium seedlings and supplies for the repotting workshops.