Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, June 3

Wed, Jun 3rd
Lions Field (Broadway & Mulberry in San Antonio)

Please join us on Wednesday, June 3, at 6:30 to hear Thomas Voytilla discuss his semi-hydroponic method for growing orchids.

Thomas has been raising orchids since 1998. Soon after he discovered his passion for them, he learned of the semi-hydroponic growing method. He has now refined this growing technique with experience to bring its advantages and ease to all orchid lovers, both novice and experienced.

Thomas and his wife live in rural southern Virginia. They have spent the last several years bringing their business to the public. They raise orchids from flasks/plugs and now have a nice variety of mature plants well-established in the semi-hydroponic system.

Thomas truly enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and passion. His presentation details his experience with the semi-hydroponic growing method, with supporting pictures of root growth across the different genre and specimen size plants.

Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, July 1

Wed, Jul 1st
Lions Field (Broadway & Mulberry in San Antonio)

Program to be determined.

Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, August 5

Wed, Aug 5th
Lions Field (Broadway & Mulberry in San Antonio)

Alan Koch is one of the most popular speakers--and hybridizers--in the orchid world.  The owner of Gold Country Orchids, Alan is an internationally known speaker, author, and expert in the cattleya alliance. 

Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with three cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college, he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 300,000 orchids.

Alan is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature cattleya breeding. He has been published in the Orchid Digest and American Orchid Society magazines and in the proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker.

An accredited AOS judge, Alan is a past member of the AOS Research and Judging Committees.  He served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and Board of  Directors, as well as a Trustee for the AOS.

Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, October 7

Wed, Oct 7th
Lions Field (Broadway & Mulberry in San Antonio)

Program to be determined.

Monthly Meeting - Friday, November 4

Wed, Nov 4th
Lions Field (Broadway & Mulberry in San Antonio)

Our speaker this month, Brian Monk (and his wife Mary-Margaret) own Blu Llama Orchids, Inc.   

Brian started growing and hybridizing orchids in his backyard, but this has expanded to 4000 square feet of greenhouse space.  He will grow anything green, but focuses on his hybridizing projects, which include the development of multi-floral white and pink paphiopedilums, warmth-tolerant red Oncidiinae, and a standard pink cattleya with an all-white lip. 

Inspired by his orchids, Brian continues to pursue and perfect his orchid culture and photographic skills.  Brian’s photography has won awards online, in the 2007 Miami International Orchid Show, and at the 2008 World Orchid Conference.  Brian is currently a student judge with the American Orchid Society.