With Ron Parsons Our October speaker will be Ron Parsons, world renown orchid photographer and orchid grower par excellence! Ron has been growing orchids for more than 40 years and has been interested in species orchids for most of that time. Ron’s passion is to photograph orchids in their native habitats or in orchid collections. Ron loves to travel to see orchids in the wild and has published close to 3,500 photos that have appeared in magazines, periodical, journals and books.
This month he will share photos of his amazing trip in search of orchids in southeastern Australia. For five weeks of the austral spring of 2011, from early October to mid-early November, Ron traveled through southeastern Australia. His trip started on the island state of Tasmania (the north and northwest part) where friends took him out to see and photograph orchids that he would not have found on his own. From there he traveled to Victoria to Grampians National Park in the west, the Anglesea Peninsula west of Melbourne, and Wilson’s Promontory to the southeast of Melbourne, where again he found many exceptionally beautiful orchids. Next stop was Canberra for a few days, then to areas both north and south of Sydney in New South Wales where he discovered many fantastic ground, lithophytic and epiphytic orchids. His incredible trip ended with several days spent on the beautiful isle of Bruny Island, southeast of the capitol of Hobart, an island off an island off an island!
Many of the orchids that Ron will show us from this area can be grown in Southern California, so be sure not to miss this exciting program.
We are an award winning, volunteer run, 501c(3) non-profit organization formed in the spring of 1963 to develop interest in orchids; to aid and assist members with orchid growing and culture; and to provide educational information, which shall benefit its members and the community.
We meet at 7pm on the third Tuesday of every month (except for December and August when no meetings are held), at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, 901 Haverford Ave. In March and October, when the Society participates in annual orchid exhibitions, the meetings are typically on the second Tuesday or as announced.
At each meeting members benefit from expert speakers who present illustrated talks on various orchid genera and their culture. Members display orchids for ribbon judging each month and share tips on how their plants are grown. The Society also holds a silent plant auction as well as a raffle table for orchids. Upcoming events are announced and fellow orchid enthusiasts consult with each other on the culture of various orchid species. Light refreshments are provided and all are welcome to attend.