As a reminder, the next General Meeting of the Jacksonville Orchid Society is scheduled for 14 August 2018.

This month’s speaker will be Francisco Miranda, discussing Orchids from Brazil (see http://mirandaorchids.com and http://www.mirandaorchids.net). Francisco will bring orchids for sale and we expect an interesting selection will be available.  A short Bio on Francisco follows, but it is important to note Francisco truly is an expert, and has served as a Taxonomic Authority for the American Orchid Society since 2001.

Francisco Miranda was born in Rio de Janeiro on February 6, 1956. He got his degree in Biology and begun his taxonomic studies in the orchid family in 1981. During the next 4 years, he lived most of the time in Manaus where he studied Amazon orchids and began his Master’s degree. Shortly after returning to Rio de Janeiro, the Master’s was completed on “section Cattleyodes of the genus Laelia”. Since then, his main interest has been on the Brazilian laelias and cattleyas. He is the author of several papers ranging from species descriptions to subjects of growers’ interest in Brazilian, German and U.S. publications. He is also author of two books. Since 2000, he has lived in Haines City, Florida, where he operates Miranda Orchids, an orchid nursery specializing on Brazilian species and the Cattleya alliance. He also guides trips to Brazil and frequently visits Brazilian habitats to find new and/or interesting orchid species.

Members are also invited to bring plants for a silent auction. The JOS receives 20% of auction receipts and the grower receives 80%. Here is the Plant Auction Silent Auction Form:

The Jacksonville Orchid Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except in May and December) at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204. The doors open at 7 pm. Guests and visitors are always welcome! If you decide to join after coming to a few meetings, membership is $25.00 for a family and $20.00 for individuals.

We conduct an Orchid Culture Class for beginner and new growers needing assistance beginning at 7 pm. This is a good time to ask questions from an expert grower and get tips for what to do when there is a problem. The class covers a wide variety of topics including species and hybrids that are good to grow in this area, identification of pests and diseases, watering and fertilizing, and where to grow your orchids.

Members are welcome to bring blooming plants for a friendly judging at the Show Table. Here are the Show Table Instructions and a link to the interactive Show Table Forms: