Our speaker at the August meeting is Fred Clarke, owner of Sunset Valley Orchids.
SVO is a “boutique” style of nursery that breeds superior orchid hybrids. Fred's efforts are focused in the development of new and interesting lines in Cattleya, Catasetinae, Paphiopedilum, Australian Native Dendrobium, and a few others in limited numbers like Sarcochilus, Zygopetalum and Stanhopea. All of his plant offerings are produced in his laboratory and grown from seed at the nursery. The lab processes over 200 new hybrids annually, resulting in 2000 re-plate flasks.
Orchids from SVO have received hundreds of AOS awards, including eight that have received the highest honor, the First Class Certificate.
Fred is a popular speaker on many orchid subjects and travels extensively around the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin and South America. He is also an accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region.