Fair Orchids

I am available for speaking engagements for garden clubs and orchid societies within driving distance in the Northeast (NJ, NYC, eastern PA, southern NY & southern CT).  For events outside of this area, travel arrangements would have to be made.

Travel charges:  < 50 miles:  Tolls/Parking only;   > 50 miles:  Tolls/Parking + fuel + meal 

Garden Clubs, Master Gardeners & libraries:   $100

You bought an orchid.  How to make it bloom again, 
aka A passion for orchids = Growing Orchids in the home & garden


Orchid Societies:           Total membership 39 or less  = $150

         Total membership 40 & up     = $200

All presentations are in PowerPoint, so a digital projector is required.  I will bring my own laptop, but might need an extension cord..  Following presentations are available:

  • 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).
  • 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:


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        TBD

             May 13th               Ocean State Orchid Society, RI           TBD

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

             July 8th                 New Hampshire Orchid Society           TBD

             July 11th               Massachusetts Orchid Society             TBD

             September 6th      Central Jersey Orchid Society             TBD

             September 17th    Virginia Orchid Society                          TBD

             September 18th    National Capitol Orchid Society            TBD

             October 15th         OS of Western Pennsylvania               TBD


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.