Cosponsored by: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences
St. Lucie County IFAS Extension Service
American Orchid Society
Odoms Orchids, Inc.
Friday August 8th and Saturday August 9th Indian River Research and Education Center
2199 South Rock Road
Ft. Pierce, FL 34945
Host Hotel Hampton Inn 772-828-4100
1985 Reynolds Drive Ft. Pierce, FL. 3494 5
Participating Hotels Best Western 772-409-1740
Comfort Suites 772-409-1420
- Jeff Bradley-Orchid Historian
- Ken Roberts-AOS Judge
Deadline for sign up is Wednesday morning, August 6 at 9:00am.
We will need the absolute final count by Wednesday morning. Thank you.
Cattleyas- One Royal Family of Orchids!!!
No one has to convince a cattleya grower that cattleyas are queens of the orchid world!! It was clear that from the very first glimpse of the cattleya orchid, that it was an unequalled, superior flower, even among all the other new species of plants being brought back from the new world in the 1800's. Unfortunately, they had no idea how to grow these beautiful treasures, and it is well documented that there were many failures. In those days most orchids were purchased and brought home just to die. They learned that many of their ideas, like the sometimes picturesque, stuffy, stagnant, over-heated stove houses were not the way to go, and that they really didn't know what their orchids needed to grow well and flourish. The study of horticultural science was really beginning to progress, and in the 100+ years since then, we have learned the needs and proper care of these very special plants. Even with the vast knowledge we have aquired, modern day orchid growers, like their counterparts 100 years ago, are still losing plants. Unfortunately, we have forgotton so many of the lessons and stories of the old cattleya growers, and the days of the corsage and cut flower industry, including many of the deceased and living legends from those days.
The Fourth Annual Cattleya Symposium, sponsored by the University of Florida IFAS, American Orchid Society, and Odom's Orchids, Inc., will be held August 8th. and 9th. in Fort Pierce, FL. The conference, organized by John Odom, will explore cattleya collecting, culture, breeding, and judging. The symposium will include an auction of rare and historical plants.
Odom's Orchids, along with our co-sponsors and guest speakers, invite you to join us at this very special "jam-packed, all you can handle" symposium, as we explore the history, present, and future of this very ‘Royal’ family of orchids. The symposium features a terrific line-up of knowledgable speakers. A hearty lunch will be provided on location for both days of the seminar. There will also be an auction of very rare and hard-to-find cattleya hybrids and species. This will be an event that EVERY Cattleya enthusiast won't want to miss.
*The cost for the symposium is $150.00 per person. Unfortunately, seating capacity is limited to 140 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. Just click on the 'Add to Cart' button at the bottom of the page now to reserve your space. Once registered, we will contact you via e-mail with any further symposium updates and information.
*For those of you who will be coming in from out of the area, the nearest airports are West Palm Beach (PBI) and Orlando (MCO). Use the map on the Contact Us page of our website for directions to get to Ft. Pierce. The hotels are located just off State Road 70 between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.
* Special hotel pricing has been arranged for symposium. The hotels listed below are the local hotels that are offering special rates for sympoium guests. Just remember to ask for symposium pricing!
Host Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites 772-828-4100772-828-4100 .
Some evening chats and get togethers will be in the lobby of this hotel. Sales location for select vendors.
Best Western Inn 772-409-1740772-409-1740
Comfort Inn 772-409-1420772-409-1420
All the hotels offer king and queen size beds, some have suites and another allows for smoking. All are located within a short walk of each other.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in August!
Odom's Orchids, Inc.
Thursday August 7
6:30-8:00pm Early Symposium Check in at Hampton Inn--Pizza in lobby
Friday August 8
8:00-8:30 Check in (for those who didn't check in on Thurs.) at University of Florida IFAS
8:45 Welcome IFAS-Ed Skvarch, Odom's Orchids-John Odom
9:30 Jeff Bradley--Cattleya warscewiczii history and breeding
5:00-8:00 End of Day 1--Dinner on your own. Informal gathering at the Hampton Inn
8:00 Cattleya Auction
Saturday August 9
4:00 Q & A / Panel Discussion
**Subject to change
Book Event Cattleya Symposium