Saturday, April 30, 2016

May Monthly Meeting Announcement

Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Cathedral Village, Philadelphia. gporchids@gmail.com

Growing Vandaceous Orchids (in the Northeast)
This presentation provides an overview of the major genera in the Vanda group (Asian only). Primary focus on Vanda, Ascocentrum & Neofinetia falcata (all ‘Vandas’ now), but also touches on Aerides, Holcoglossum, Renanthera, Rhynchostylis, Trichoglottis and a few others. Includes growing recommendations for both greenhouse and home environment.
Kim Feddersen
Maplewood, NJ
I grew up in Denmark, where my dad had a retail orchid nursery (Orkidé Kultur). I started working in his nursery after school when I was 15, and continued till I left for the US 9 years later. My dad’s first love was Paphiopedilums (Cypripediums to him), and that bug turned out to be infectious. Those were the days of wild collected plants, but my dad did some hybridizing also, including in Vandas, which kindled my second orchid passion.
I have grown Orchids as a hobby grower for about 20 years, starting in windows, moving to lights in the basement, and finally into a greenhouse, where my collection today numbers some 800+ plants, mostly Paphiopedilum and Vandaceous, but also ranging into Cattleyas, Aussie Dendrobiums, pendulous Cymbidiums & Lycastes. I do a little breeding in Paphs (complex & tea cup types) and miniature Vandaceous, with emphasis on Neofinetia falcata & Ascocentrum hybrids.
I am a member of both North Jersey & Deep Cut Orchid Societies, and have served on the board of NJOS for a number of years. I have started to exhibit at the NJ shows, where I enter as Fair Orchids.
I live in Maplewood NJ with my wife, 5 felines who can’t keep teeth and paws out of the orchids, some 100+ daylilies, a couple of hardy orchids and an assortment of other botanical oddities. I do speaking engagements for garden clubs and orchid societies.

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