May 14, 2018


7:00pm — 10:00pm


Free admission and parking.


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

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UW Botantic Gardens

"Disas of the Western Cape, South Africa"

Join us for a talk on these rare gems that should be relatively easy to grow in our climate.

Our May speaker, Walter Orchard, will delight us with the fantastic Disas from South Africa. He will have some Disa plants for sale at the meeting, so get ready to learn about something different. Walter Orchard hails originally from South Africa. He became interested in Disas through his father, who grew them successfully near Cape Town. In 1992 he and his wife Christine left South Africa and settled in the state of Washington. In 2007 they retired to Yachats on the central Oregon coast where the local climate and water supply are ideal for Disa growing. Walter’s Disa collection is hosted by Jim Rassmann, in nearby Florence. When not tending to his orchids he can be found fixing trails around Yachats, pulling invasive weeds, playing bridge or baking artisan bread.

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The society also provides refreshments, members bring plants for a show table, and the society holds a plant raffle.