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The Exotic Plant and Orchid Festival was a great success! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped support the event and BIG thanks to Ha Bui and Richard Hara for heading up the committee. There were also beautiful bonsai displays, floral arrangements, orchid displays, paintings and photos. Our own Tina Coombe had some beautiful photographs on display and Ha put together a beautiful orchid display. With the profits from this show and the February expo, we are able to invite exciting speakers to our monthly society meetings. In August, we had Phyllis Prestia, a NHOS member, present an entertaining slideshow and talk on her trek through the rainforests in Madagascar and the World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg. Nancy Benay was in attendance (looking great after her hip surgery!) and added some fun tidbits about the trip, too! This month, First Vice President Alex Allen has booked Brandon Tam from Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. We are excited to have Brandon, another NHOS member, speak on his experiences with his vast orchid collection at the Huntington. Be sure to check out his impressive bio! The Orchid Expo planning committee is already in full swing. The theme this year is “Many Faces of Orchids.” We will have more information coming, but be sure to mark your calendar for February 12-14, 2016. If you are interested in helping out in the planning, we are always happy to have extra help and fresh ideas! Plus, we always have GREAT food and lots of FUN! Keep cool and see you on September 15th. Darla Miller

President, Newport Harbor Orchid Society

Brandon Tam

Brandon Tam

Huntington Orchid Collection Specialist

Brandon Tam has been growing orchids since the age of seven, starting with a white flowering Cymbidium his grandmother gave to him. She has been the source of his inspiration to further his studies within the botanical world and pursue a career within that field.

At the age of 14, Brandon began volunteering at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. When Brandon turned 16, he graduated from high school and began attending college. A few months after graduating high school, the Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington offered Brandon an internship within the Orchid Department to reorganize and perpetuate the collection. Brandon earned his Bachelor of Science in Plant Science at the California State University, Pomona, by the age of 21.

Brandon has been with the institution over eight years in total, but over five years with the Orchid Collection specifically. Currently, at the age of 22, Brandon is the Orchid Collection Specialist, focusing mostly in Paphiopedilums as a large portion of the collection at The Huntington consists of that specific genus.

Brandon oversees one of the largest Orchid Collections in the United States’ of about 16,000 plants. Which involves hybridizing new plants, to the propagation of rare and endangered species.  It is a high priority for The Huntington to further the advancements of plants within the orchid world.

Brandon also maintains the Amorphophallus titanum collection, better known as the Corpse Flower. He manages and oversees 50 titanums and has successfully bloomed one flower during his tenure there in August of 2014.

Currently, Brandon is working on the conservation aspect of the collection while acquiring and adding more rare orchids to The Huntington’s collection. He belongs to several orchid societies in Southern California. Brandon plans to travel the world orchid hunting on behalf of The Huntington Botanical Gardens.


Dinner with the speaker

Please RSVP to Alex Allen by Monday, September 14th if you plan to attend dinner with the speaker. Questions and RSVP: Note: Location may change. See you there, Alex Allen First Vice President

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 

Greenhouse & Garden Tour

Join your fellow Orchidistas for a Greenhouse and Garden Tour on Saturday, October 10th. Lunch will be at Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar with a behind-the -scenes tour of the Greenhouse, Conservatory and orchid collection. If you’d like more information or to offer your greenhouse for our tour, please contact Dana Seelig at 714-865-6165.

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 714-893-2214 or

Members in the News

Congratulations to NHOS member, Phyllis Prestia, for her promotion in August from student judge to probationary judge In the AOS judging system. Phyllis participates regularly in judging in San Diego and the Huntington in addition to national and international orchid shows, including the World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2014.

Membership Corner

Congratulations to all of you who have paid your dues. We still have a few left and if we work diligently, the roster will be ready in September. If any questions, my email is Also, I have had some requests for new name badges, especially for the Huntington Show offering free admission to  their big event in October. If you can’t find your badge and want a replacement, please let me know right away. We encourage everyone to wear their badges at all NHOS meetings by giving an extra raffle ticket when you where them. Replacements are $6.00. Please let me know ASAP: Member update: I have talked with Bill Fogarty only to find he has been very ill with pneumonia. Happy to report he is doing well and working on building up his stamina. Best wishes to him. Laura Perry Membership Chairman


Members from Ann Wilson to John Cox are asked to provide refreshments for the meeting. Thank you!

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 NHOS Website: Orchid photos courtesy of Tina Coombe.

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)

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!

NHOS Summer 2015 Exotic Plant and Orchid Festival

Image_008The NHOS Summer 2015 Exotic Plant and Orchid Festival was a huge success. Thanks to the hard work of the Festival Committee and all the many people who volunteered to work at the festival. Thank you also to our many regular vendors and some new ones. This year we invited several nurseries to join us and hope they liked being a part of our festival. Again thank you to our many volunteers, vendors and everyone who attended the 2015 Exotic Plant and Orchid Festival. Rosemary Krumme

2016 NHOS Winter Orchid Expo: ”The Many Faces of Orchids”

Image_0102016 NHOS Winter Orchid Expo:”The Many Faces of Orchids” Please mark your calendars for February 13, 14, and 15, as these are the dates of the 2016 NHOS Winter Orchid Expo: ”The Many Faces of Orchids.” It will again be at Westminster Mall (in the Macy’s wing) in Westminster, Orange County, CA. Plans are already underway, and the committee is working hard to make the Expo even better in 2016. Check out our NHOS website, newly redesigned by NHOS member George Allen, at: More information about the Expo will be available there each month. –Rosemary Krumme

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, September 20, 2015: “Orchid Show and Sale.” Hosted by South Bay Orchid Society. Orchids-R-Easy Classes all weekend. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes. Admission: $9 Adults, $6 Seniors. More information: Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, September 27, 2015: “Fascination of Orchids” Fall Show. South Coast Plaza Village. More information: 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 21 to Sunday, November 22, 2015:  “Orchid Obsession” Fall Orchid Show. Hosted by Orchid Society of Santa Barbara. More information :

2015 August Judging Results

POINTS 5 pts 3 pts 1 pt
CATTLEYA C. Chocolate Drop X BLC Ryo Iwata Espie Quinn C. Leopoldii Merle Robboy L. Mini Purple Jan Hennessey Winn Winmaw
EPIDENDRUM Enc. Prismatocarpum Merle Robboy Encyclia radiate Espie Quinn Encyclia cochleata Tina Coombe Barbara Livingston
DENDROBIUM Den. mohlianum Ha Bui Den uniflorum Espie Quinn Den. Laeviflolium Nancy Benay Guy Gottschalk
MAXILLARIEAE Maxillaria marginata Nico Goossens Guy Gottschalk
ONCIDIUM Brsdm Henry Melczer ‘Fangstastic’Joe Rupp Oncidium unknown Tina Coombe Psychopsis papilio Gen Gundersen Kayoko Nebrig
PAPHIOPEDILUM Paph parishii Lynn Wiand Phrag calurum Joe Rupp Paph Mrs. Coburn Rosemary Krumme Winn Winmaw
PHALAENOPSIS Phal unknown Kenton Boettcher Phal unknown Kenton Boettcher NA Lisa Humphreys
PLEUROTHALLID Masd. Fuschia Dawn Lisa Humphreys Peurothallis tribuloides Lynn Wiand Pleurothallis aveniformis Laura Perry Guy Gottschalk
VANDA Neofinetia falcate Nico Goossens Vanda Rothschildianum Nico Goossens Aerangis luteoalba rhodosticta Lynn Wiand Guy Gottschalk
MISCELLANEOUS Coelogyne massangeana Winn Winmaw Habenaria rhodecheila Richard Hess Dendrochilum filiforme Merle Robboy Roberta Fox
POINTS 3 pts 2 pts 1 pt
NOVICE Cattleya Caudebec HybridVan Anne Phan
CULTURAL AWARDWINNER—7 points Phrag calurum Joe Rupp Phyllis Prestia

What is the pictured orchid from the culture class email?
Phrag Besseae
Phrag Kovachii
Phrag Warscewiczianum
Just a pretty flower
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