Howard Gunn, known as one of the best hobbyist growers within
the orchid world, has been growing orchids since 1965. He has 2
greenhouses, a 24' x 28' intermediate temperature and a 9' x
20' warm temperature. He grows 1900 orchids; about 500 are
paphiopedilums and phragmipediums, 365 are bulbophyllums and
the rest are miscellaneous species. There are about 1500
different species of orchids in his collection. His slides are
all of the plants he once had or currently does have in his
collection, all photographed by Howard. His presentations to
orchid societies have been 10 years strong, doing about 6 to 8
a year. This helps in moving the extra divisions along as he
keeps on potting and dividing his collection. The subjects on
his programs range from Miniature Species, Growing Specimen
Plants, Paphiopedilums, Phragmopediums, Dendrobiums, Leafless
and Other Wierd Orchids, Bulbophyllums, to the Stanhopea Tribe.
Howard and Joan spent a month in Australia a couple of years
ago as the guest of David Banks, editor of the Australian
Orchid Review. He presented 4 programs to the different Orchid
Societies in Australia. He also went on 14 bushwalks, looking
at orchids in the wild. He did the same on two trips to Mexico
and one trip to Ecuador. Howard was granted 28 AOS Awards: 6
CCMs, 2 CBRs, 3 CHMs, 4 AMs and the rest are HCCs.
Raffle Table will be provided by Howard Gunn.
Presently the DVOS is in need of a person or group
of people to act as club Vice President: duties are to
arrange speakers and raffle tables for next year, 2005.
Without speakers there will be no activity at
club meetings except the Show and Tell Table and
will be no Raffle Table.
We are in dire need.