We are absolutely thrilled to announce another AOS Award of Quality (AQ/AOS) to one of our hybrids. Last month, judges at the West Palm Beach Judging Center granted this very prestigious honor to our cross Vanda Barbara Walker. At the same meeting, six individual cultivars of this hybrid received flower quality awards (we now have a total of seven awarded cultivars).

Recognized for flower quality were V. Barbara Walker ’Crownfox Samba’ AM/AOS, ‘Crownfox Peach Parfait’ AM/AOS, ‘Crownfox Pink Glow’ AM/AOS, ‘Crownfox Spotted Cat’ AM/AOS, ‘Crownfox Leopard’ AM/AOS, and ‘Crownfox Raspberry’ AM/AOS.

And while they were at it, judges granted an HCC/AOS to Den. Lee Chang Yi Miriam ‘Cutie Pie’. We just love this gorgeous Dendrobium!

V. Barbara Walker ‘CF Spotted Cat’

Thanks to Tom Kuligowski for the award images!

Don’t forget, if you get any awards on the orchids you purchase from us, let us know about it so we can announce it here. We just love to brag on the awards our customers receive! Send us all the award details and a photo we can use here on the site (we always credit the photographer!), and we’ll brag on you, too!

Fall Orchid Camp Announced

We’re pleased to announce a Fall series of orchid care classes, our popular “Orchid Camp”, beginning in October. Download the schedule brochure here and sign up!

AOS Fall Members Meeting

Mark your calendar for Oct. 16 – 19, that’s when the East Everglades Orchid Society will be hosting the AOS’s Fall Members Meeting here in Homestead, in conjunction with their annual show in the gardens at R.F. Orchids. Registration and hotel deals are open, check it all out! You can register and book your hotel on the EEOS website. They’ve negotiated special rates for attendees and there are plenty of activities planned.

Important Garden Tour Update

Our weekend garden tours have always been “weather permitting”, which generally means we don’t do them if it’s raining. Well, we’ve decided that the heat index is a “weather” issue, too, and in excessive heat conditions, it simply isn’t wise or safe to be walking around outdoors for an hour. Not safe for visitors, not safe for staff (recently we’ve had some folks nearly overcome with heat-related issues, including staff). So, during the warmer months here, we reserve the right to cancel a garden tour if we think the heat index is too high for everyone’s safety. We have had days with temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s, and heat indices well over 100F. On those days, we won’t imperil anyone’s health.

On The Road

Bob and Mike will be traveling to Guatemala with some other AOS judges in September, for the Asociación Guatemalteca de Orquideología’s fall show in Guatemala City. This is a smaller show than the winter event (in February), but they have an incredible selection of orchids that flower at this time of year. A very different collection of orchids, but just as gorgeous.