Virtual Monthly Meeting through ZOOM
Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 pm
will speak on
"Cattleya eldorado: Searching for
Gold in the Brazilian Amazon"
Our speaker in April will be Ron Kaufmann, chair of the San Diego County Orchid Society
Conservation Committee and a founding director of the Orchid Conservation Alliance.
Ron’s talk titled “Cattleya eldorado: Searching for Gold in the Brazilian Amazon” will
describe an unusual orchid habitat near the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Amazon
River, home to beautiful species like C. eldorado, a delightful orchid that is uncommon in
cultivation outside Brazil but well worth growing.
Ron has been growing orchids for more than 25 years and has travelled extensively to
view orchids in the wild in Asia and South America, particularly Brazil, Ecuador and
Colombia. He is a marine biologist by training; his scientific work includes studies of
Antarctic and deep-sea ecosystems as well as marine communities in coastal Southern
California. He has a long standing interest in orchid conservation and serves on the
boards of the Orchid Conservation Alliance as well as the AOS Conservation Committee.
Ron grows most of his orchids in a 36 x 24 foot greenhouse and several outdoor covered
areas around his house in San Diego. Ron’s orchid collection began with a reed stem,
Epidendrum and now has progressed to a diverse assemblage that contains mostly
For those of you who love arm-chair travelogues to orchid habitats, this will be a not to be
missed presentation. Please mark your calendars to join us through Zoom to hear this
outstanding and highly sought after speaker!
Come join us this month VIRTUALLY to hear this excellent speaker through ZOOM. Instructions on how to access the meeting will be provided to MOS Members just before the meeting.
We are an award winning, volunteer run, 501(c) (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.
During non-Covid times, 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.
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.