Virtual Monthly Meeting through ZOOM
SATURDAY, MAY 22 at 11:00 am
Dr. Martin Motes
will speak on
"The Natural Genus Vanda"
We are especially honored to present Dr. Martin Motes who will speak to us on “The
Natural Genus Vanda” in which the 86 species are divided into 13 Sections based on
DNA and plant morphology. His presentation will be a first view of all the known species.
Martin Motes, Ph.D. is a second generation orchidist who has been growing orchids for
over 60 years. He is president of Motes Orchids, a major producer of Vandas. He has
bred hundreds of new hybrids, for which he has received scores of AOS awards including
three FCC’s and three Awards of Quality. His hybrids received Gold, Silver, and Bronze
medals at the 18th World Orchid Conference in Dijon, March 2005. One hybrid garnered
the trophy ”Best Vanda in Show.”
A native Floridian, Martin has lived most of his life in Miami. He has, however, traveled
extensively to observe orchids growing in their tropical habitats and has spoken at orchid
conferences around the world. He initiated the Redlands and Tamiami International
Orchid Festivals, America’s two largest Orchid events. He has been interviewed widely by
print and TV journalists and is featured in The Orchid Thief. He also served as consultant
on the film version of this book, Adaptation.
As many as 20 lectures a year fill Martin’s busy schedule. He is also an accredited AOS
judge and author of three books: Vandas: Their History, Botany, and Culture, Florida
Orchid Growing, and Florida Vanda Growing plus articles in Orchid Digest, The Orchid
Review, Orchids and elsewhere. Motes, in collaboration with David Roberts, Ph.D., of the
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, is completing a monograph of the genus Vanda that will
soon be released in which he describes several new species. To get away from the orchid
greenhouse, Martin reads and occasionally writes poetry, tends his vegetable garden, and
Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear from one of the world's most renown
Vanda hybridizer and grower.
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.