Houston Orchid Societies meetings are held at the First Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM at the First Christian Church/School, 1601 Sunset Boulevard, Houston TX  77005.

January 4

February 1

March 1

April 5

May 3

June 7

July 5

August 2

September 6

October 4

November 1

December 7

Rick Hepler

Ron Midgett

Francisco Miranda

George Hatfield

Bill Thoms

Jay Balchan

Lisa Li

Nile Dusdieker

Jason Singhurst

Winn Minmaw

Robert Marsh

Holiday Party - No Speaker

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October Speaker:  Winn Minmaw "Orchids of Burma; Mt. Victoria, Mt. Popa & Shan Plateau"


Our featured speaker for the October meeting is Winn Winmaw.  His presentation Orchids of Burma; Mt. Victoria, Mt. Popa & Shan Plateau will illustrate the different regional locations and climate zones of Burma (Myanmar) where orchids are found.


Winn was born in Shan State, eastern Burma, where Cymbidium lowianum, Vanda coerulea and Paphiopedilum charlesworthii are found abundantly in the wild.  The first orchid that Winn collected from the forest floor was a dendrobium species. He was 7 years old.  With this he began taking care of orchids in his family’s garden.


 As an undergraduate studying physics at the University of Rangoon, Winn was a member of the Department of Botany’s orchid society. Later he lived in Japan for four years for further study and training. In 1988, he moved to the United States and settled in Orange County. Eventually he began collecting and growing orchids here.


Today he has a large orchid collection, many of which are vandaceous orchids.  He grows his plants in a shade house and greenhouse.  Winn and his wife, Chitsaya, are members of the Newport Harbor, California Orchid Society.


Recently Winn has made several trips back to Burma and has explored orchids in nature.  Last December Winn made another orchid expedition to the Shan Plateau the eastern part of Burma.  The Shan Plateau can reach an altitude of over 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) with beautiful landscapes and humid subtropical climate.  It is pleasantly warm during the day time and cool at night.  He shares his orchid experiences by giving presentation to orchid societies.


Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a glimpse of the fascinating, relatively unknown country of Myanmar and the people and the orchids that live there on Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 7:30 PM at the First Christian Church & School, 1601 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005.

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