August 2005
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Next Meeting: Thursday 11th August 7:30pm
Dan Newman "The Genus Pleurothallis"

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Like every genus in the Orchid Family, there are warm, intermediate and cool growing species.  Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens will introduce you to this wonderful and rewarding Pleurothallis Alliance of the Orchid World.

In 1982, he bought his first plant, a tiny Dendrobium phalaenopsis seedling hybrid, at the Honolulu airport.  Thriving in a west-facing bay window, it bloomed a year or two later.  Dan, with his new love for orchids, began to acquire more seedlings or out-of-bloom divisions, and read all the orchid books he could find.  

He joining the American Orchid Society and San Francisco Orchid Society in 1987.  Dan served as vice president of the SFOS in 1994 and president from 1995 to mid-96.  He is still a member of the AOS and SFOS, Orchid Digest Corporation, Orchid Society of California, Peninsula Orchid Society, Carmel Orchid Society, and the Pleurothallid Alliance.

In 1996, he moved his 350 orchid collection from a one-bedroom apartment to a small commercial greenhouse in San Francisco.  Friend and orchid mentor, Walter Teague, also brought in his amazing, much larger collection of rare and unusual species acquired from around the world.  He then started the nursery, Hanging Gardens and purchased Walter's collection a few years later.  Growing orchids fulltime since 2000 and moving into a 3,600-sq. ft. greenhouse in Pacifica at the end of 2002, the collection expanded very quickly.  In spring 1992, he had the opportunity to see a number of the blooming native terrestrial species in Greece.  First real orchid trip was an expedition to Costa Rica and Belize led by Mort Block in October that same year.  In 1994, He went on another of Mort's trips, this time to Ecuador.  He visited orchid habitats near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and later near Machu Picchu in Peru.

Plant table provided by Hanging Garden.  Dan will also bring plants to sell.

New Monthly Program: ICU

During the general meetings each month, we will start a new program call the ICU - Doctor on Duty.  During the brake session (only 15 minutes) while most of you will be enjoying the refreshments, one can bring in a plant to have it looked at by the ICU Doctor on duty. Remember to place the plant you bring in into a clear plastic container.  Please do not bring in more than one plant to each meeting.

The Diablo View Annual Show and Sale 

The Diablo View Annual Show and Sale will be on held on October 22-23, 2005.  

Orchid Displays, Orchid Sales & Raffles, Plant Doctor, Potting & Culture Demonstrations.

Click here to get the fliers, please print and distribute.


Websites of the Month

Check out the Orchidmania site.  Lots of cultural information FAQs and pictures. 

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