Speaker Biographies

Friday, January 28 Saturday, January 29 Sunday, January 30
Don Knipp
Nico Goossens
Paul Gripp
Dr. Merle Robboy
Winn Winmaw
Peter Lin
Everett Stockstill
Paula and John Butler
Ben Machado
Dr. Norito Hasegawa
• Rich Walton
• Paula and John Butler

 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Don Knipp (aka Mr. Fertilizer)

11 am:  "A Brief and Easy To Understand Story Of Fertilizers For Your Orchids and Garden"

A native southern Californian who has been associated with California's garden industry for 55 years, "Mr. Fertilizer" brings a wealth of hands-on knowledge and is a frequent speaker at public garden shows. He worked for the Bandini Fertilizer Company for over thirty years and from 1984-1999, he was Director of Marketing for Bandini. Since 2000, he has been the public spokesperson for Kellogg Garden Products bringing valuable tips to the home gardener.  In addition he has been affiliated with the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers since 1960 and served as president of this group from 1997-1998.


Nico Goossens

Noon:  "Indoor and Outdoor Orchid Growing Structures for Southern California and Beyond"

Nico Goossens is a grower and co-owner of Lico Orchids and Flowers, Encinitas, CA. He has also worked for over 25 years in the construction industry. His first exposure to orchids came in 1978 when he was given custodial care of a shipment of bare root central American orchids that had been questioned by US Agriculture, fumigated, held in quarantine, and warehoused for over two months, and finally refused by the consignee (due to total degradation With time and lots of research on orchid care, Nico managed to bloom some of the plants thus marking the beginning of his passion for orchids. He continued to sparingly and cautiously dabble with orchids until about 1995 when Lisa Humphreys and he started Lico Orchids & Flowers. Nico enjoys growing all kinds of varied orchid genera and especially species and is also very interested in the conservation of Southern California’s local native orchids. He has travelled to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ecuador, and Brazil to see orchids growing in the wild.


Paul Gripp

2 pm:  "Growing Orchids Outdoors"

Revered by his peers for his insatiable interest in all kinds of orchids and once described as “the man” of the orchid industry, Paul Gripp is best known for his association with the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate (SBOE) where he started working in 1957, after earning his BS in horticulture at UCLA. In 1967, he purchased the Estate and built it into one of the foremost orchid nurseries. Though he retired in 1986, he remains active as a Senior Volunteer at the SBOE. Paul and the SBOE are among the world's foremost collectors and propagators of orchid species and hybrids, specializing in outdoor temperature-tolerant varieties.

Paul has held many distinguished offices: President, Cymbidium Society of America; President, Santa Barbara Orchid Show (four times); Member, Research Committee of the American Orchid Society (fifteen years); and a certified American Orchid Society Judge.


Dr. Merle Robboy

4:00 pm:  “My First Orchid”

Merle Robboy

A practicing gynecologist, Dr. Robboy is well known in the Southern California orchid community both as an orchid lecturer for the American Orchid Society (AOS) and his encyclopedic knowledge of orchids. A former president of the Newport Harbor Orchid Society and the Southern California Species Society, Dr. Robboy has been growing orchids for over thirty years. His extensive orchid collection comprises approximately 1500 plants and reflects his strong interest in orchid species. He has traveled and viewed orchids in the wild in Central and South America. In addition to orchids, Dr. Robboy has a wide interest in other tropical plant types and serves as a judge in the American Dahlia Society.

 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winn Winmaw

10 am:  "Vandaceous Orchids and Their Culture"

Winn Winmaw Winn was born in Shan State, eastern Burma, where Cymbidium lowianum, Vanda coerulea and Paphiopedilum charlesworthii are found abundantly in the wild. The first orchid that Winn collected from the forest floor was a dendrobium species when he was 7 years old. With this he began taking care of orchids in his family’s garden. As an undergraduate studying physics at the University of Rangoon, Winn was a member of the Department of Botany’s orchid society. Later he lived in Japan for four years for further study and training.

In 1988, he moved to the United States and settled in Orange County. Eventually he began collecting and growing orchids here, and today he has a large orchid collection, many of which are vandaceous orchids, that he grows in a shade house and greenhouse. He has been a member of the Newport Harbor Orchid Society since 1995. Recently Winn has made several trips back to Burma and has explored orchids in nature. He shares his orchid experiences by giving presentation to orchid societies.


Peter Lin

Noon:  "Cattleya Orchids and Their Culture" (includes potting demonstration)

An avid orchid hobbyist, hybridizer, and AOS judge, Peter’s involvement with orchids goes back about 25 years. He maintains a collection of a thousand or more orchids that he grows in three small greenhouses. He has a reputation for being a very meticulous grower who successfully blooms many hard-to-grow plants. We know him as a grower of quality mini-catts, but his collection also includes Dendrobiums and numerous miniature species. Currently First Vice-President of the Orange County Orchid Society, he is a frequent speaker at various orchid societies throughout the United States. Not included in his orchid bio is the fact that he is an accomplished landscaper and gardener whose home garden has been featured in area garden tours.


Everett Stockstill

2 pm:  "Cymbidiums and Their Culture" (includes potting demonstration)

Everett Stockstill Everett Stockstill is the long-time President of the Torrance Branch of the Cymbidium Society. A retired elementary school teacher, Everett is well known in local orchid circles as a dedicated cymbidium grower and active volunteer in his community. The Torrance Cymbidium Society has over 350 active members and sponsors several scholarships for the Torrance Unified School District and the South Bay Youth Orchestra.


Paula and John Butler

4 pm:  Repotting Workshop

The Butler Paula and John Butler have been growing and enjoying orchids for 30+ years. To quote Paula, “It’s a hobby that has gotten out of hand.” John is originally from Australia, and his mother introduced him to orchids. Their collection consists mainly of cymbidums, paphiopedilums and dendrobiums. They are active members of several orchid societies.

Note: Pre-registration is required for the repotting workshop. Pre-register by e-mailing ndbenay@cox.net or during the show in the show office.

 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ben Machado

Noon:  "The Confused World of Schomburgkias"

A member of the San Diego County Orchid Society, Ben Machado has been growing orchids going on twenty years. He has traveled extensively in SE Asia and Latin America to view orchids growing in their natural habitat. Among his favorite orchids is the Schomburgkia which is a genus of about 21 or 22 species depending on the taxonomist. Schomburgkias range from Mexico and the West Indies to Bolivia and Brazil. Ben is the local San Diego area supplier of orchid supplies and orchids. He runs Calavo Gardens with his wife Susie Machado. He is a former Vice-President of the San Diego County Orchid Society and is the Show Director for the San Diego International Orchid Fair held annually at the San Diego Botanic Gardens.


Dr. Norito Hasegawa

1:30 pm:  "Slipper Orchids"

Norito Hasegawa, a retired dentist, an overextended hobbyist (considered commercial for tax purposes), a 3 million miler travelling to many foreign countries talking and/or judging in places such as Japan, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Taiwan, England, France, Switzerland and many cities in the USA. He is primarily a hybridizer of Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum) although his in- terests and collection of 15,000 orchids includes miniature cattleyas, phalaenopsis, cymbidiums and variegated orchids of all sorts.

Norito first became interested in orchids after seeing orchids in mass at the World Orchid Conference held in Long Beach in 1966. After he bought his first orchids, he failed miserably, but persisted in trying to grow them outdoors, and in no time he had hundreds. Now, he can’t imagine his life without orchids. Orchids are an endeavor of science, taxonomy, hybridizing, art, sociability, and quiet reflections,and mad parties—join the fun. He is owner of Paphanatics, unLimited; a judge in both the American Orchid Society and the Cymbidium Society of America for over 35 years.


2:30 pm:  Screening of the Judge, the Hunter, the Thief, and the Black Orchid by independent film maker, Rich Walton

For all Southern California orchid lovers. This film, which runs about 70 minutes, focuses on various issues current to the orchid world. Rich Walton will introduce the film.


4 pm:  Repotting Workshop

Note: Pre-registration is required for the repotting workshop. Pre-register by e-mailing ndbenay@cox.net or during the show in the show office.