October 2005
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Next Meeting: Thursday 13th October 7:30pm
Carson Withlow"A History of Blue Cattleya Breeding"
Carson's work with blue Cattleyas and Laelias in the 1960's laid the groundwork for many of today's hybridizing efforts.  This presentation takes you through the breeding program, showing the parental stock used and some of the hybrids produced.

Carson became interested in orchids in 1958 when he was a sophomore in college.  The following years he worked on the weekends and summers repotting orchids for a firm in Springfield, Illinois.  After graduating, Carson went to Santa Ana, California to work for the prestigious firm of B.O. Bracey and Company.  A year later, he changed his direction and entered upon a career in government service with the Orange County (California) Health Department.  Career-wise, he has been an administrator in public health since that time, changing in 1988 to highway safety, and retiring from government service on May 31st, 2005.  

After leaving Bracey in 1961, he established his own collection, mostly of blue Cattleyas, with which he undertook hybridizing in association with Fred A. Stewart, Orchids.  From 1964 thru 1969, he produced in excess of 60 blue cattleya hybrids, many of which are still in collections, arising from the original seedlings or as mericlones.  Many are still used as basic parents in blue Cattleya breeding.  

In 1973, Carson took a distinct change in direction, working with the hardy terrestrial orchids, primarily the Cypripediums and Calopogons.  His work resulted in the first registered artificial Cypripedium hybrid in 1987 and first Calopogon hybrid in 1991.  He continues to hybridize these genera and is building a small business, Cyp. Haven, as retail outlet for his work.  

In 1995, Carson's interest in the internet and an easier means of finding orchid related sites on the world wide web brought about the birth of "The Orchid Mall," which today has become the definitive link site for orchids on the internet.  Carson's hybrid work is recognized throughout the world.  He has published over 30 articles in U.S. and European journals.  He has been giving presentations on his breeding and propagation for over 25 years, throughout the United States, and in Scotland at the 14th World Orchid Congress in 1993.  He is truly a world-class hybridizer, author and speaker.

Plant table provided by Highland Tropicals/D & D Flowers.

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.

Website Note
I'll be away for the next couple of weeks and haven't had a chance to add the September winners, so we'll have to wait until I get back.  I'll try and put up the newsletter when it's ready but I can't make any promises.

Our provider has changed the server where this website is located.  For most people this should not be an issue, however it is possible that the shortcut in your favorites might be something like: in which case you get a message saying our account has been suspended.  The solution is to change the shortcut to www.diabloviewos.org or www.dvos.org.  Thanks Barbara for noticing the problem.

Websites of the Month

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

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