Summer Workshop

The 2019 Houston Orchid Society 40th Consecutive Summer Workshop

August 2 and 3, 2019


The cost is ONLY $45 per person, including meals (light breakfast & lunch), all lectures, all sessions and all the fun.


LOCATION: First Christian Church, 1600 Sunset Blvd., Houston, TX 77025

This workshop will address timely topics on Catasetinae in a series of lectures.


Mark your calendar now and send your registration to attend this extraordinary weekend dedicated to your favorite plant, orchids. Church parking is free. Medical Clinic of Houston parking garage (1701 Sunset Blvd.) is an alternative.


The workshop is a must whether you are a novice, intermediate or advanced grower. You will:

• Learn about catasetums and their allied genera

• Get the answers to Orchid culture questions

• Have the opportunity to meet with top growers and purchase new plants


You will see orchids for sale in the vendor area, the auction tables and for judging. Everyone attending is invited to enter plants for AOS judging. Plant entry is Friday, Aug, 2, till 5:30 PM, judging starting at 6:00 PM


Attend the Friday evening to have the first opportunity to meet our speakers and to purchase plants. After judging, enjoy dinner at a nearby fine restaurant with the speakers, at your expense. A dinner reservation must be made via the registration form.


Come and hear the lectures on Saturday, Aug. 3 starting at 9:00 AM


Fred Clarke  - Fred Clarke, an accredited American Orchid Society Judge, has been growing orchids since 1977 and has been hybridizing for 39 of those years. Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.


He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Catasetinae, Paphiopedilum and Australian Dendrobium hybrids.


His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric breeding has led to the development of many notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”.  The hybrid genus Fredclarkeara has received an amazing number of awards with a total of 17 FCC’s and 42 AM’s worldwide. He has received a total of 433 AOS awards to date.


Fr. Ted Baenziger - Fr. Ted Baenziger has been an AOS judge for ten years, growing orchids seriously since 1991. He is training coordinator for the Houston Judging Center, past president of the Houston Orchid and the Galveston Bay Orchid Societies and writes articles for the “Happenings”. He earned a Doctorate in French from the Sorbonne, is Professor emeritus of French at the University of St. Thomas, pastor of the French-speaking parish of Saint-Basile at the University, and an active member of the Priests of St. Basil. He is presently leading a team of Univ. of Saint Thomas Biology Department researchers in studying the genetics of various orchid genera.


Stephen Moffit - Stephen Moffit has been growing orchids in the Houston area for over forty-five years. He is a member of the Houston Orchid Society. He has grown just about every type of orchid at one time or the other. Catasetums and their hybrids have become his favorite orchids. Ninety percent of his collection is devoted to these fascinating plants. Their ease of culture and huge diversity is a big factor in his decision to concentrate on this group of orchids. His plants have received 36 AOS awards to date.


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