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 speakerPlease RSVP to Alex Allen by Monday, September 14th if you plan to attend dinner with the speaker. Questions and RSVP: email@example.com. 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
Greenhouse & Garden TourJoin 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 BloomWe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Members in the NewsCongratulations 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 CornerCongratulations 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
RefreshmentsMembers from Ann Wilson to John Cox are asked to provide refreshments for the meeting. Thank you!
Officers 2015 - 2016President 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 NeededNewsletter 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: email@example.com We would love to have you as part of the NHOS team!
NHOS Summer 2015 Exotic Plant and Orchid FestivalThe 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”2016 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: nhosinfo.org More information about the Expo will be available there each month. –Rosemary Krumme
Mark Your CalendarsSaturday, 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: www.southbayorchidsociety.com Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, September 27, 2015: “Fascination of Orchids” Fall Show. South Coast Plaza Village. More information: www.fascinationoforchids.com 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: www.Huntington.org/OrchidShow Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 22, 2015: “Orchid Obsession” Fall Orchid Show. Hosted by Orchid Society of Santa Barbara. More information : firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 August Judging Results
|GENUS||FIRST PLACE||SECOND PLACE||THIRD PLACE||JUDGES|
|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|
The majority got this one correct. It is a Phrag Kovachii. Thanks for participating and keep on the lookout for other polls and quizzes.What is the pictured orchid from the culture class email?Phrag Besseae10%1Phrag Kovachii50%5Phrag Warscewiczianum30%3Just a pretty flower10%1