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.
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November Speaker: Robert Marsh "Beautiful Barkerias: From A to Z"
Dr. Robert Marsh will be presenting Beautiful Barkerias: From A to Z. His program covers everything you need to know to grow and bloom these wonderful step-sisters of the Cattleyas.
Robert Marsh has 60 years of experience with growing orchids. He was enticed to start growing orchids in his early teen years by articles in popular magazines and the book "Home Orchid Growing" by Rebecca Northern. With encouragement and advice from Craig Foster of Bluegrass Orchids, which was located near Lexington, Kentucky, and orchid enthusiast Katherine Stewart in his hometown, Winchester, Kentucky, Robert's multigeneric collection quickly grew to fill a greenhouse that he and his grandfather built. For a time, the pursuit of a Ph.D. in molecular biology at Vanderbilt University, followed by several years of post-doctoral research in Germany and at Princeton University, put the orchids on a back burner. But, in the early 1980s, after joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Marsh -- at the naive urging of one of his doctoral students -- returned to the avid pursuit of orchids: first of Oncidium species and then Barkerias, after being introduced to them by Jim Balch of North Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1982 he joined the Greater North Texas Orchid Society. Three years later Dr. Marsh's Oncidium enderianum 'Lorenz Marsh' AM/AOS was awarded the AOS Botanical Trophy, called the Nax Trophy at the time. Since then he has written articles and registered a number of Oncidium and Barkeria hybrids, several of which have received AOS quality awards. Twelve years ago Dr. Marsh retired as Associate Head of the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at UT Dallas. Now he teaches biochemistry as a part-time Senior Lecturer and works to popularize Barkerias among orchid hobbyists and establish them as mass-market pot plants. He and Dennis Szeszko, who wrote the recent authoritative work on the orchids of Mexico State, La Orquideoflora Mexiquense, have founded MAS Orchids LLC, which is working with Floracultura in Holland to commercialize Barkerias.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about the Barkerias from the most knowledgeable expert of Barkerias on Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 7:30 PM at the First Christian Church & School, 1601 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005.
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