NEXT MONTHLY MEETING:
6:15 pm Orchid doctor and Beginners corner
Beginners Corner Pam Larocco–humidity for your orchid
Orchid Doctor Pam Larocco-bring your sick orchid for diagnosis/treatment plan
6:30-7:00 Social hour
7:00-7:30 Business meeting
7:30-8:30 Featured presentation:
Orchid conservation afar: from Illinois cornfields to remote sites in Madagascar, Palau and Cuba by Dr. Larry Zettler
Dr. Lawrence (Larry) W. Zettler is a Hitchcock Professor of Biology at Illinois College, where he has worked since 1996. A Florida native, he earned his B.S. degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. His research specialty is growing rare orchids from seed using fungi. Over the years, he has travelled to places such as Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Hawaii, Ecuador, Palau (Pacific) and Cuba. During 2012-2016, he was invited to join a team of scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England, to study rare orchids in Madagascar. He is currently collaborating with researchers from the Smithsonian to study orchids in Palau (S Pacific). He has published 50+ scientific papers, three book chapters, and illustrated two books in color including “Dragonflies of North America”. He enjoys coaching soccer, gardening, and traveling with his wife and daughter. He is married to Dr. Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler who is also a professor at Illinois College in the Psychology Department.
Snacks for the meeting:
Sweet Pam Larocco
Surprise Joan Masters
March 13 “Orchid Speed Dating”–learn from our local experts how to grow several types of orchids in an informal setting with time for questions and answers.
Paphiopedilums (Dick Humpke), Oncidiums (Pam Larocco), Cattleyas (Carla Cates), and others to be decided
March 1-3 visit our booth at the Home and Garden Show!
May11-13 visit our booth at the Locust Grove Spring Garden Show!