Tuesday, August 15, 2017
OSMT Meeting at Cheekwood
7 pm Presentation: Mark Reinke from Marble Branch Farms — “Decoding Dendrobium: The Suprising Orchids You Thought You Knew!”
Orchids 101 will start at 6:30 pm (Also Refreshments)
Location: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens – directions, 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville Tennessee 37205
They will have plants for sale at the meeting, including some of the more recently available Dendrobium species Mark will be talking about in his program. To avoid paying shipping, please email email@example.com with your selections. You can pay by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover card at the meeting.
Why would anyone familiar with orchids be surprised by the genus Dendrobium? Perhaps because the Dendrobium plants most commonly seen for sale are not necessarily what does well under cultivation in our temperate latitudes, but what is easy and inexpensive to mass produce in outdoor orchid ranges at low elevation in Thailand and Indonesia. Yet, these showy plants that prove difficult to rebloom in our collections represent only a tiny sampling of this widespread and diverse genus that comes from many different climate types, and from sea level to more than ten thousand feet above.
Mark’s program offers a comprehensive introduction to the genus, clarifying some of the native climates and cultural needs of the sections you may already have basic familiarity with, and introducing you to some that are only now becoming more available commercially. Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised by how many of these new introductions would do well alongside your Phalaenopsis or Cattleya orchids, offering long lasting, colorful blooms without the need for high heat, high light, or annual starving or chilling.
Mark Reinke, and his partner Gary Collier left Atlanta city life behind a decade ago and now own and operate a small commercial orchid nursery in the extreme western tip of South Carolina called Marble Branch Farms, where they are propagating their own new and unusual hybrids in the Cattleya alliance and other genera as well. Both Mark and Gary have more than four decades of orchid growing experience each.
Orchids 101: Repotting Your Orchids at 6:30 pm by Soraya Parr