Date

April 8, 2019

Hours

7:00pm — 10:00pm

Admission

Free admission and parking.

Location

UW Botantic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle WA, 98105

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Ron's topic for tonight is “Oncidinae Intergeneric Hybrids—What Are They and How Do I Grow Them?”

This is a diverse group of fascinating orchids with something to fit nearly anyone’s growing space and an array of interesting flower colors and shapes. This program focuses on some of the newer hybrids and a discussion of the cultural requirements.

Ron Midgett began growing orchids in 1969 in the orchid-rich environment of Southern California. Since then, he has grown orchids in many different regions of the US and in the Caribbean for 3 years. Currently, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a breeder with an emphasis on Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, and Oncidinae. Several cultivars from his crosses have received AOS awards.

In 1990, Ron founded the New England Orchid Company in Franklin, MA. In 2003, he moved his orchid business to New Jersey and changed the name to New Earth Orchid Co., aka New Earth Orchids. In 2010, New Earth Orchids was moved to Santa Fe, NM.

In addition to Ron’s activities in the orchid business, he has been very active in the local orchid societies wherever he lived. This includes serving as an officer, chairing orchid shows, and running the New England Orchid Fair for 3 years. Before leaving New Jersey, Ron founded the Jersey Highlands Orchid Society.

Ron is an accredited AOS judge currently serving in the Rocky Mountain Region. He has served as chairperson for AOS judging for the 2011 and 2012 New Mexico Orchid Guild Shows. In 2011, Ron was invited to participate in judging the Taiwan International Orchid Show.

Ron has authored articles published in Orchids and most recently in the Orchid Digest. He was given the prestigious Ernest Heatherington award from the Orchid Digest for his article, “Beyond Sc. Beaufort—A 25 Year Odyssey in Cattleya Breeding”. Ron feels a special honor in receiving this award because Ernest was one of his first mentors.

Ron has spoken in many venues across the country. He has twice been an invited speaker to the prestigious Cattleya Symposium held each summer in Florida. He has done speaking tours in New England, Central Florida, Mid’ Florida, California, and The Texas Circuit.

Orchid Basics:

This month, Steve Dorsey will talk about "LED Lights for Your Orchids."

We will be accepting nominations for the Gary Baker Service Award. This is your chance to see one of your favorite, hard-working volunteers recognized for their outstanding service to the Society. Please see George Grantham, or fill out one of the nomination slips, if you have someone in mind for this prestigious award.

Display Table:   Bring in your blooming plants to share and show off.  An educational and entertaining discussion will be lead by one of our more knowledgeable members.

Sales Table:   Members may bring up to 10 plants to sell. Include an extra tag with your name and the price in the plant. The society receives a 15% commission.

Raffle:   The raffle will be held as usual.   Win a new orchid for your collection while supporting the Scholarship Fund.

The society also provides refreshments

Vendor

  • New Earth Orchids
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Ron Midgett began growing orchids in 1969 in the orchid-rich environment of Southern California. Since then, he has grown orchids in many different regions of the US and in the Caribbean for 3 years. Currently, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a breeder with an emphasis on Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, and Oncidinae. <p> In 1990, Ron founded the New England Orchid Company in Franklin, MA. In 2003, he moved his orchid business to New Jersey and changed the name to New Earth Orchid Co., aka New Earth Orchids. In 2010, New Earth Orchids was moved to Santa Fe, NM.

    Ron will be bringing plants for sale, and is also offering pre-sales. Visit his website.