Fair Orchids

I am available for speaking engagements for garden clubs and orchid societies within 5-6 hours driving distance of NJ. 

If 3-4 talks can be planned within a region further afield, I am willing to travel further.

Having gone from commercial grower (1968-1977 in Denmark) to hobby grower (1994-2012) and back (2013 to present), I have considerable experience to draw upon.

You will find capsule descriptions of my orchid presenations below.  And, per demand from the one society, which has heard them all, I am working on additional material.

The first 5 presentations are intended for growers with 1-10 years of experience; in other words, there is considerable focus on cultural requirements, and how to provide those conditions for the plants.

Cymbidiums II was developed for an AOS Judging Center, so the emphasis is on breeding lines, flower characteristics and plant sizes.

The Taxonomy presentation explains why some plants have been moved to another genus (some 4 times or more).  It is of course OK to identify plants under obsolete names at home and on a soceity show table.  However, you must use the correct current name, if you want to:

  • Enter the plant in a show.
  • Present the plant for AOS judging.

The last two presentations are of a more social nature.  One being a family autobiography, and the other a report from the last WOC in Miami. 


Garden Clubs, Master Gardeners & libraries:   $125 + travel expenses

You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again, 
aka A passion for orchids = Growing Orchids in the home & garden
Covers what an orchid is, where they grow, cultural requirements, what you see in stores, what you won't see in stores, and where you can learn more.


Orchid Societies:           Total membership 29 or less  = $175 + travel expenses

         Total membership 30 & up     = $225 + travel expenses

Travel expenses:                 < 75 miles R/T    :  Tolls/Parking only;   

                                              75-249 miles R/T:  Tolls/Parking + fuel + meal

                                              250+ miles R/T   :  Tolls/Parking, fuel, meals & overnight stay (either hotel, or at member house) 

All presentations are in PowerPoint, so a digital projector (or large TV) is required.  I will bring my own laptop, but might need an extension cord.  Following presentations are available (with additional subjects under development):

  • Yes, You Can Grow Vandaceous Orchids = an overview of the primare genera and their cultural requirements, suggestions for the easier groups for the home grower.
  • Slippers - Mostly Paphs = an overview of the 5 genera, in-depth look at Paphiopedilum sub-genera, plus cultural requirements for Paphs, Phrags & Mexipedium.
  • Growing Seedlings from Flask = Propagation methods, why they come in flasks, deflasking and how to care for seedlings from flasks.  Also useful for those who buy small seedlings.
  • Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+months  (Bletilla, Aussie Dendrobiums, Dendrobium nobile hybrids, Cymbidium, Laelia anceps & reedstem Epidendrums).
  • NEW:   Cymbidiums I   = an overview of the more important species, hybrid types and cultural requirements.
  • NEW:   Cymbidiums II  = Breeding trends, 1860-2000, current trends & recent awards in each group.
  • NEW:   Taxonomy, Species name changes + How to research current grex names.                                                                 This presentation works best with access to WiFi.
  • 3 generations of Orchidholics  (a family autobiography, starting with my grandfather living in Malaysia, my fathers orchid nursery in Denmark and my own orchid life in the US).
  • 2008 World Orchid Congress, Miami  (3 Orchidholics in Heaven).

Current speaking schedule:

2020:   January 9th           Rowayton Gardeners, CT                      You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

            January 10            Women Gardeners of Ridgewood, NJ   You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

2019:  February 3rd          Nutmeg State Orchid Society                Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids.

            April 9th                 Greater Westchester Orchid Society     Cymbidiums I

            April 10th               Manhattan Orchid Soceity                     Cymbidiums I

            April 14th               Mid Hudson Orchid Society                   Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids.

            May 14th               Deep Cut Orchid Society                       Cymbidiums I

            June 9th                 AOS Cincinnati Judging Center             Cymbidiums II

            July 25th                Sandpiper Orchid Society                      Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids

            September 10th     Greater Westchester Orchid Society     Cymbidiums II

            September 14th     Ocean State Orchid Society                  Cymbidiums I

            September 15th     South Jersey Orchid Society                 Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months

            October 8th            Massachusetts Orchid Society              Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months

            October 12th          New Hampshire Orchid Society             Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months

            October 13th          Cape and Islands Orchid Society          Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months

            October 14th          Maine Orchid Society                            Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months

            October 16th          Connecticut Orchid Society                   Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months


2018:   January 8th            Deep Cut Orchid Society                       Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months

            February 18th        Southern Tier Orchid Society                TBD

            March 13th             Greater Westchester Orchid Society     Cool Orchids, which can be grown outdoors 6+ months

            March 14th             Manhattan Orchid Society                     Growing orchids from flask to bloom

            April 10th                Cape May Garden Club                         You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

            April 15th                South Jersey Orchid Society                 TBD (either Slippers, or Vandas)

            April 20th                Vasa Lodge Linne #429                         You  bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

            June 21st               Westlake Womens Club                         You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

            July 17th                Staten Island Orchid Society                  Cool Growing Orchids (outdoors 6+ months)

            August 9th             Long Island Orchid Society                     Cool Growing Orchids (outdoors 6+ months)

            October 1st            Tenafly Garden Club                               You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

            October 9th            Greater Westchester Orchid Society      The Winding Path, 3 Generations of Paph Growers

            November 28th       Edison Garden Club                               You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.


2017:   January 10th          Deep Cut Orchid Society                    Preparing Plants for Shows + Growing Seedlings from Flask

            January 28th          Paph Forum, Washington DC             The Winding Path, 3 Generations of Paph Growers

             March 8th              Southeastern Pennsylvania OS, PA    Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids

             April 4th                 Greater Westchester, NY                    Growing orchids from flask to bloom

             April 24th               Chatham Library, Chatham, NJ           You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

             May 11th               Nutmeg State Orchid Society, CT        Cool Growing Orchids (outdoors 6+ months)

             May 13th               Ocean State Orchid Society, RI           Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids.

             June 13th              Delaware Orchid Society                      Yes, You Can Grow Vandaceous Orchids

             July 8th                 New Hampshire Orchid Society           Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids

             July 11th               Massachusetts Orchid Society             Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids

             September 6th      Central Jersey Orchid Society             Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids.

             September 10th    Mid Hudson Orchid Society                  Cool Growing Orchids (outdoors 6+ months)

             September 17th    Virginia Orchid Society                         Cool Growing Orchids (outdoors 6+ months)

             September 18th    National Capitol Orchid Society            Cool Growing Orchids (outdoors 6+ months)

             October 7th           Northeastern NY Orchid Society          Cool Growing Orchids (outdoors 6+ months)

             October 15th         OS of Western Pennsylvania               Yes, You can Grow Vandaceous Orchids

             November 13th      Berkeley Heights Garden Club            You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.


2016:   January 26th         Passaic County Master Gardeners          A Passion for Orchids

              March 9th              Manhattan Orchid Society                     Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              March 20th           Southern Tier Orchid Society                  TBD (possibly 'Slippers - Mostly Paphs')

              April 12th              Greater Westchester Orchid Society        Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              April 21st               Bucks County OS, PA                                Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              May 25th                Greater Philadelphia OS, PA                   Growing Vandaceoius in the Northeast

              June 9th                 North Jersey Orchid Society                    Growing Orchids from Flask

              September 18th    South Jersey Orchid Society                      Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              September 20th   Staten Island Orchid Society                     Growing Orchids from Flask

              October 11th          Clifton Garden Club, Clifton, NJ              You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again.

              October 20th         Maryland Orchid Society                          Slippers - Mostly Paphs


2015:  February 12th        Long Island Orchid Society                     Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              February 17th        Staten Island Orchid Society                  Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              April 14th               Greater Westchester Orchid Society     Slippers - Mostly Paphs

              July 9th                  North Jersey Orchid Society                   Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              July 14th                 Deep Cut Orchid Society                        Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              September 17th     Ramapo Orchid Society                           Slippers - Mostly Paphs

              October 20th         Staten Island Orchid Society                  Slippers - Mostly Paphs

              November 8th       Mid-Hudson Orchid Society                   Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast


2014:  March 2nd             Lehigh Valley Orchid Club                      Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              July 16th                Greater New York Orchid Society          Growing Vandaceous in the Northeast

              November 2nd     Lehigh Valley Orchid Club                      Slippers - Mostly Paphs


To discuss a presentation, fees & travel expenses, please call me at 973-495-4863, or send an email to fairorchids@aol.com.