The CENTRAL IOWA ORCHID SOCIETY
29th ANNUAL SPEAKERS DAY
Saturday, July 29, 2017 (note day change)
Johnston Lions Club Community Center
6401 Merle Hay Road
(For map to location, click "here").
Florida SunCoast Orchids, FL
Florida SunCoast Orchids is led by Jim Roberts, a leader in the growing orchid industry of Florida, operating throughout the state of Florida as well as supporting national market demands.
Dr. Kristen Uthus
It was in the college days of 1979 when he first encountered orchids during a routine doctor's visit. While there, he noticed a large cattleya orchid on his desk. He asked the fateful question: “What kind of flower is that?” To which the physician laughingly replied, "You do NOT want to know!" A short story by the doctor about his all-consuming hobby ensued and within two days he had gotten two orchids of my own.
During those college years in Northfield, Minnesota, he was put in charge of the St. Olaf greenhouse and its repository of orchids. He knew little about the plants but read everything he could get my hands on. After graduating, he moved to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he happened upon a sidewalk sale by the local orchid society. He joined the group, learned much about growing in a tropical arid environment, the native orchid species, and won my first AOS award for Encyclia bifida 'Loves Favor' AM/AOS.
Leaving the island three years later, he found himself trying to take 10 boxes of plants through customs back to Minnesota. Little did he know that the customs encounter would be easiest part. It was a totally new experience trying to grow plants in a cold Midwestern state. Many plants did not survive. Many did, and he learned that orchids actually could be grown quite successfully in the stifling environment of a house surrounded by ice and snow.
During those return years in Minnesota, he worked in the horticulture industry, served in various capacities with orchid organizations and lectured to many garden clubs. He also had the privilege of traveling extensively around the United States, Europe and Hawaii for his career, visiting all of the major orchid nurseries. It was during this time that he started to turn his avid hobby into a small business.
In 2001 he moved to Florida with a small collection of plants and the dream of operating an orchid nursery became a reality. He currently grows his beauties in three gutter connected greenhouses encompassing 10,000 square feet of growing space.
Jim's topics will be “A Few Encyclia to Enjoy” and ”Fertilizing Your Orchids 101”
New World Orchids, MI
Dr. Kristen Uthus studied both plant and animal ecology and evolution at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Ohio State University (OSU). She then taught biology and ecology at several colleges including VCU, OSU, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University. The daughter of a plant fanatic, Kristen has been growing orchids for over 20 years, sometimes more and sometimes less seriously. In April 2013, however, she began working with Dr. Glenn Lehr, the previous owner of New World Orchids, one of the first people to introduce Japanese orchids to the American market. After a short time, he offered her the business, and she fulfilled a lifelong dream of making orchids a full-time commitment by purchasing NWO from Dr. Lehr in January 2014.
Although she enjoys growing many varieties of orchids and other plants, miniatures remain her passion-the weirder the better. New World Orchids specializes in Japanese species including Neofinetia falcata, Dendrobium moniliforme, and Sederia japonica as well as Asian Cymbidium species, but her miniature selection has been expanding to include other small species including Pleurothallids, Bulbophyllums, and Angraecums.
Kristen lives in Manchester, MI, about an hour west of Detroit. She is supported in her orchid pursuits by her husband, Dr. Kevin Wehrly, her two sons, Henry and Gus, and a veritable menagerie of lovable animals.
Kristen's topics will be "Japanese Orchids: The Small and Mighty" and "Miniatures: Honey I Shrunk the Orchids"
AOS Judging will be held at 11:00 A.M.
Everyone is invited to bring or send plants for judging!
Plants must be in place by 10:00 A.M.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:00 a.m.|| ||Continental Breakfast, Plant Sales|
8:00-10:00|| ||Plants registered for AOS Judging|
9:00-11:30|| ||Morning presentations, one by each speaker|
11:00|| ||AOS Judging|
11:30|| ||Buffet Lunch / Plant sales|
1:00 p.m.|| ||First afternoon presentation|
1:45|| ||Afternoon Dessert Bar|
2:30|| ||Second afternoon presentation|
| 3:15|| ||Drawing for Door Prizes / Plant Sales|
|Both speakers will have plants for sale throughout the day.|
|All times are approximate and subject to change at this time.|
Registration fee of $30.00 per person covers all costs. ($35.00 at the door)
For a printable registration form, click "here".
Early reservations would be helpful in planning the event.
For more information, reservations, ect. Please call:
Carson Whitlow at 515-993-4841
For a printable Speakers Day Announcement in Word format, click "here".
|Comfort Suites||I-80/35 Exit 125||11167 Hickman Rd.||515-276-1126|
|Adventureland Inn||I-80 Exit 142||Next to Adventureland||515-265-7321|
|Motel 6||I-80 Exit 142||3225 Adventureland Dr. ||800-466-8356|
|Heartland Inn||I-80 Exit 142A||500 NE56th Street||800-334-3277|
|Red Roof Inns & Suites||I-80/35 Exit 136 ||4950 NE 14th Street||515-266-6800|
|Motel 6||I-80/35 Exit 136||4140 NE 14th Street||800-466-8356|
|Econo Lodge & Suites||I-80/35 Exit 131||4755 Merle Hay Road||515-278-8858|
|Quality Inn & Suites||I-80/35 Exit 131||4995 Merle Hay Road||515-278-2381|
|Days Inn||I-80/35 Exit 131||4845 Merle Hay Road||800-325-2525|
|Best Inns Of America||I-80/35 Exit 131||5050 Merle Hay Road||515-270-1111|
|Ramada Inn||I-80/35 Exit 131||5055 Merle Hay Road||800-643-1197|
|Hilton Garden Inn||I-80/35 Exit 129||8600 Northpark Dr.||515-270-8890|
|Stoney Creek Inn||I-80/35 Exit 129||5291 Stoney Creek Ct.||515-334-9000|
|Econo Lodge||I-80/35 Exit 126||11000 Douglas Ave.||800-55-Econo|
|The Sleep Inn||I-80/35 Exit 125||11211 Hickman Road||877-233-0333|
|Courtyard By Marriott||I-80/35 Exit 124||1520 NW114th Sreet||800-321-3211|
|Heartland Inn||I-80/35 Exit 124||11414 Forest Ave.||800-334-3277|
|Fairfield Inn By Marriott ||I-35 Exit 92||215 NE Delaware Ave.||800-228-2800|
|Heartland Inn||I-35 Exit 92||210 SE Delaware Ave.||800-334-3277|
|Holiday Inn Express||I-35 Exit 90||2602 SE Creekview Dr.||515-965-2400|
|Note: Lodging at I-80/35 Exit 131 is the closest to the facility.|