You won't want to miss our speaker at the meeting in May! Courtney T. Hackney is the author of American Cattleyas: Species and Outstanding Clones That Define American Hybridizing. This picture-packed publication chronicles the development of all the major lines of cattleya orchid hybrids in the USA, and explores the contributions of important species to those hybrids.
Courtney was raised on the Florida Keys where leafless vanilla and Encyclia tampensis grew wild. As a teenager he worked for six years at Summerland Orchids where he was introduced to cultivated orchids, including cattleyas. He left the Florida Keys in 1968 to pursue a professional career in Biology, earning a Ph.D. in 1977. He is currently the Director of Coastal Biology and the Chairman of the Biology Department at University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he teaches and conducts research on sea level rise and coastal and wetland communities.
The small number of orchids that were carried with Courtney through college and graduate school have grown into a collection of several thousand orchids with cattleyas and phalaenopsis among his favorites. He has received numerous American Orchid Society awards and makes a small number of new hybrids each year. His prize plants, however, are those old clones that dazzled previous hybridizers and still represent a state of perfection today.
For 20 years Courtney wrote on various aspects of orchid culture and his “Growing Tips” column appeared in numerous orchid club newsletters around the Carolinas and on the web. Archives of these columns appear here.
Friday, May 2, 6:30 pm
Lions Field (Broadway & Mulberry in San Antonio)