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The Orchid Expo planning committee is in full swing. The theme this year is “Many Faces of Orchids”. Be sure to mark your calendar for February 12-14, 2016. If you’re interested in joining the committee, please let me know. We can always use more enthusiastic, hardworking members on our team.

In September, Brandon Tam joined us from Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to speak on Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums. He shared information on his collection and research with a great slide show presentation and tips on raising these beauties. He also gave an informative culture class on the care of Paphs and Phrags.
We look forward to the Orchid Show at the Huntington Library in October. Be sure to bring your NHOS name badges for free admission.

This month, First Vice President, Alex Allen, has booked Alfredo Manrique, a Peruvian orchid expert! He is traveling all the way from Lima, Peru and will be speaking on “Growing Orchids of the An-des Range”. We are excited to hear his lecture as well as his culture class on Phragmipedium kovachii (an orchid species discovered in 2001 in the Amazon jungle of NE Peru, which is considered to be the most important orchid species to be found in the Neotropics in the last 100 years! – per

If you haven’t had a chance, please take a moment to view our new website at George and Alex Allen have been diligently working on improving the website and adding special features, like a new events page:

Finally, I am excited for the upcoming NHOS Greenhouse and Garden Tour on October 10! Dana Seelig has been organiz-ing a fun day for us! Please see the information in the newsletter on how to signup for the tour. We are going to have a big crowd and space is limited, so sign-up early!

Happy Fall!

Darla Miller

President, Newport Harbor Orchid Society

Alfredo Manrique

Alfredo Manrique

Owner of Centro de Jardineria Manrique (CJM) in Lima, Peru

In 1972 Alfredo Manrique started his nursery business, Centro de Jardineria Manrique (CJM) in Lima, Peru. CJM roughly translates to Manrique’s Garden Center. He also runs the website: His main focus at the time was on Conifers, Azaleas, and Begonias (orchids came later). The first orchid to enter his collection of ornamental plants was in the 1980´s, a Cattleya máxima, which he currently still owns.

In the early 1990´s, Alfredo realized there was a great demand for Peruvian orchid species.

He decided to convert the focus of his nursery, and dedicated 90% of it, to the cultivation of orchids.

In 2002, after the discovery of the Phragmipedium Kovachii, CJM was the first nursery to obtain a permit issued by the Peruvian Goverment, to collect 5 plants of this species. Together with  the help of Glen Decker , Fritz Schomburg and Peter Croezen, the cultivation , propagation and hybridization of this new species was done with excellent results.

Manrique's nursery has continued to work on different species and hybrids of orchids. In 1995 he started his own in vitro laboratory, working mainly on finding new ways to speed up the growing process of the in vitro seedlings.

Alfredo attends different orchid shows and gives lectures on Peruvian orchids species both in the US and internationally. Since 1994 Alfredo has been a member of the Peruvian Orchid Society where he served as President from 2001- 2004. He is also a member of the American Orchid Society.




Dinner with the speaker

Please RSVP Alex Allen by Monday, October 19th if you plan to attend dinner with the speaker. Questions and RSVP

Note: Location may change. Dinner reservations are at 5:30 p.m.  Please be prompt so we can get the speaker to the meeting on time.

See you there,

Alex Allen First Vice President

If you are interested in purchasing plants from Alfredo, he will be taking pre-orders, which can be picked up at either the Huntington Show or at the NHOS meeting. For a list of plants and pictures (scroll to bottom of page) please visit

If you have any questions about plants or would like to order, please contact Alfredo directly at

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NHOS Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Culture Class at 7:00 p.m.

General Meeting at 7:45 p.m 

Costa Mesa Community Center

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Culture Class at 7:00 p.m. General Meeting at 7:45 p.m 

Officers 2015 - 2016

President Darla Miller

First Vice President Alexandra Allen

Second Vice President John Cox

Corporate Secretary Rosemary Krumme

Membership Secretary Laura Perry

Treasurer Richard Hara

Ex-Officio Tom Harrison

Board of Directors

Three-year Term (expires 2018) Joe Rupp, Chitsaya Winmaw, Winn Winmaw

Two-year Term (expires 2017) Nancy Benay,  Bill MacCorkell, Michael Miranda

One-year Term (expires 2016) Earl Hare, Jan Hennessey, Dana Seelig

Wanted: Orchids in Bloom

We need orchids in bloom for our membership booth at The Huntington Library in October.

If you have a plant in bloom and would like the NHOS to showcase it, please contact Ha Bui at

Membership Corner

I just talked with Earl Hare who reports this second new knee is even better than the first new knee and he hopes to be back among us very soon. We do wish him well.

Lloyd and Joy Rein joined at the Orchid Show in August. Lori Yturia, Catherine Petit, Lorraine Ferguson (who won several prizes at the raffle!), joined at the August meeting. Welcome to them all.

Please be sure to wear your name badges and introduce yourself if you see a new face. If anyone needs a new badge, let me know ASAP if you need it for the Huntington show. Replacement badges will be $6.00.

Thanks to all of you who paid your dues, and I hope you enjoy the new roster when you come to a meeting to collect one!

Laura Perry
Membership Chairman


Members from Tim Culbertson to Richard and Sara Hess are asked to provide refreshments for the meeting.

Thank you!


Volunteers Needed

Newsletter Editor

Approximately 1-2 hours a month. Responsibilities include gathering articles, reviewing for typos and content from the president, membership, speaker information, culture class, photos, future events. All the information will be forwarded to our newsletter designer who completes the layout.

Silent Auction Support

Approximately 30-60 minutes per month. Responsibilities include gathering monies from silent auction winners at NHOS monthly meetings and giving the total sales to the treasurer for money distribution.

If you are interested in helping out in either, please contact Darla Miller: We would love to have you as part of the NHOS team!

Orchids Aweigh

Orchids Aweigh is published monthly. News deadline is the 25th of each month.

Editor: TBD / Please consider volunteering

Designer/Editor:  Christine Aschan

Web Designer: George Allen

Orchid photos courtesy of Tina Coombe.

September 2015 meeting pics.



Orchids Ahoy! The NHOS Show Committee gets a treat!Image_010 A sunset cruise of Newport Harbor on the Night Hawk during our Orchid Expo planning meeting on September 22. Orchids Aweigh!


Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, October 10, 2015: NHOS Greenhouse & Garden Tour 2015. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We will be visiting three greenhouses in Orange County, then heading to Sherman Gardens for lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour. RSVP online at Members are free. Guests are $8.00. Space is limited so sign-up soon!

Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 18, 2015: “Beautiful Orchids” International Orchid Show and Sale. Hosted by The Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. More information:

Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 8, 2015: Cal-Orchid’s Open House. 1251 Orchid Dr, San-ta Barbara, CA. More information: or (805) 967-1312.

Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 8, 2015: Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Fall Open House. 1250 Orchid Dr, Santa Barbara, CA. More information: or (800) 553-3387.

Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 22, 2015: “Orchid Obsession” Fall Orchid Show. Hosted by Orchid Society of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2599 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA. Museum admission applies. More information:

Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, 2016: Newport Harbor Orchid Expo and Sale. Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA. Hosted by Newport Harbor Orchid Society. More information:

Be sure to check out our NHOS website for the latest information on orchid and other botanical events happening:


2015 September Judging Results







5 pts

3 pts

1 pt


LC Krull’s Spotted Angel

Ha Bui

Pot. Paradise Beauty

Espie Quinn

C. Mark Jones x Jungle Elf

Bill MacCorkell

Guy Gottschalk


No entry

No entry

No entry


Den Adora Nishii

Nico Goossens

Den prenticei

Nico Goossens

Den lanyaiae

Nancy Benay

Guy Gottschalk


Epi porpax Lynn Wiand

Epi raniferum Espie Quinn

Saraphyta diffusa/Epi diffusum Kay Firebaugh

Guy Gottschalk


Promenaea riograndensis Nancy Benay

No entry

No entry

Roberta Fox


Trichocentrum michrochilum Kayoko Nebrig

Miltonia spectabilis Lynn Wiand

Miltonia Anne Warne Kayoko Nebrig

Nancy Benay


Paph Harold Koopowitz Ha Bui

Paph dianthum Lynn Wiand

Paph liemianum Lynn Wiand

Guy Gottschalk


Phal Unknown Hybrids Michael Miranda

No entry

No entry

Lynn Wiand


Pleurothallis tribuloides Nico Goossens

No entry

Masd. Fuschia Dawn Nico Goossens

Nancy Benay


Vanda falcata Ha Bui

Vanda Kenneth Roberts Michael Miranda

Asco. Suksamran Sunlight “Sunkiss”

Ha Bui

Lynn Wiand



3 pts

2 pts

1 pt


Miltassia Charles M. Fitch Van Anne Pham

Miko Yang


WINNER—7 points

Vanda falcate (formerly Neofinetia falcate)

Grower: Ha Bui

Brandon Tam


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