Klonowski has been growing orchids since the 1980's when a
friend in Berkeley, California, gave her a cattleya and it
bloomed out with three big, dark lavender flowers and an
She built an entire greenhouse in her
backyard to accommodate the precious plant, which only led her
to buy more orchids. Then another friend gave her a gift
membership to the Orchid Society of California and it's been a
serious passion ever since.
can recall going to monthly meetings at OSC and DVOS where
orchid legends such as the late Frank Fordyce and Dick Emory
would be available to answer the many questions an eager
hobbyist could ask.
has served as Director, Vice President, and President of the
Orchid Society of California for most of the past two decades
and is currently an Accredited Judge with the American Orchid
Society, California Sierra Nevada Judging Center.
talk covers the recent 21st World Orchid Conference in
Johannesburg, South Africa, and gives an overview of this most
unique country's orchids. From the well-known Disas to rarer but
no less interesting Bartholinas, and from fynbo, mountainside
and savannah habitats. We will explore why South Africa was
chosen as the host nation for this prestigious event.
addition, Carol will offer a preview of the next WOC in
Guayaquil, Ecuador, and offer reasons why everyone should plan