The July DVOS monthly meeting will be held in a “virtual” (Zoom) format once again.

Our July meeting will feature Scott A. McGregor, who in addition to having a notable career in the computer software and hardware industries, has been growing orchids since he was 12, when a neighbor gave him a plant. That plant had a short life, but the hook was set. Scott studied books on orchids and sought out sources for orchid species while growing up in St. Louis, MO. Having lived in different locations around the world, his collection evolved over time, but has always centered around more “unusual” species.  Scott grows all his plants outdoors, without a greenhouse, just “subtracting some sunlight and adding some water” to what nature provides at his current home in Orange County, CA.

He especially enjoys finding new species that grow well in our Mediterranean climate (many are far more adaptable than most people would believe), and now grows over 500 different orchid species, along with cloud forest companion plants such as Heliamphora and epiphytic Utricularia. He rarely uses chemical insecticides or fungicides, preferring fresh air, beneficial insects, and our native tree frogs.

Scott retired from the corporate world a few years ago but stays active on various corporate boards and working with non-profit organizations that promote science education for kids.

Ophrys tenthredinifera

Ophrys tenthredinifera

Diuris magnifica

DVOS meetings are open to everyone.  DVOS members are automatically sent the Zoom login link via e-mail.  Non-members of DVOS who wish to attend should RSVP to: before 7/13/22 and you will be sent the login information for the meeting.

DVOS members who “attend” the meeting and who have paid their 2022 dues are automatically entered into the monthly drawing for one of two $50 gift certificates, good towards a purchase of an orchid or supplies from a recognized orchid vendor.