moving to Reidsville,
in 1984, Keith worked 19 years for
as the grounds and greenhouse superintendent at Chinqua-Penn
Plantation owned by the university. In
1997, he and his wife
Dixie, adopted their only child, April LeeAndra, for which many of
his best orchids are named. Keith is now retired and looks
after three farms, his greenhouse full of orchids and helps
with a new grandson named Bentley.
In August of 2002, a
disaster struck his orchid collection when the power went off
at the greenhouse he was leasing. The temperature soared to
over 130 degrees and about 90% of his large collection of
mainly cattleya alliance orchids was lost. Thanks to many
friends, the generosity of orchid growers far and wide and
his breeding program, Keith is well on his way back to having
a respectable collection again.
Much information for his
programs comes from personal experience, research, trial and
error, and gleaning from a host of orchid growers through the
years. Keith enjoys the “hunt” for those rare and hard to
find plants and gladly helps other growers out.
Keith’s talk SUPERIOR
CULTURE FOR CATTLEYAS will focus on how to fine tune the basics so that your
culture will become a cut above the normal.
The underlying thread will be on how to grow a massive
root system which is a prerequisite to growing any orchid to
its best potential. The
talk is presented in a common sense approach but shows tips
and tricks that many growers overlook or don’t think about.
It will be fun and interactive.
A handout will be provided detailing products and
ideas mentioned in the talk.