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Membership News - What You Need to Know for Thursday, FEBRUARY 15 Meeting

Updated: Feb 14


From Our Program Chair

AT THIS MEETING WE WELCOME guest speaker, Courtney T. Hackney.

Topic: "My Personal Experience Making Cattleya Hybrids."

Dr. Hackney is Emeritus Professor of Biology and the former Director of Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Previously he was Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Courtney began growing orchids in the Florida Keys in 1962, while working for a small orchid nursery. He has continued his interest in both orchid hybridizing and orchid culture since then. He grows many different genera, but his favorite is the Cattleya Alliance. He has about 500 mature cattleyas and even more seedlings, but his favorites are classic clones, some of which appeared in orchid collections over 100 years ago. He makes 10-15 Cattleya hybrids and species sib crosses per year. His hybrids often incorporate classic cattleyas with more recent clones.

He wrote a Growing Tips column for 20 years, which ended in December 2013. Growing Tips appeared in newsletters around the country. He has also published in the Orchid Digest and Orchids. In 2004, he published “American Cattleyas”, the culmination of a decade of study and interviews with many of the “Orchid Greats”, which summarizes in old photographs and print how all of the modern cattleyas came to be. The book also describes what we know about cattleyas and cattleya hybrids, how to grow them, and what to expect from modern hybrids. During the past decade he has been researching the coerulea (blue) color form of cattleya species and hybrids, which was completed and published in 2018.

He and his wife Rose live in Jacksonville, Florida adjacent to a tidal swamp. Rose retired as a professional artist in 2017 but continues painting for fun. Epi magnoliae (conopseum) grows in trees of the swamp in his backyard. His orchids reside in a shade house adjacent to the swamp.

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From Our Orchid Show Chair


You can pre-order your shirt(s) by sending an email to with your name, phone number, # of shirts, and size(s) for pick up at this monthly meeting.

Purchase at our meeting this THURSDAY, February 15, for $15 cash or check. After the meeting they will be offered at the show for $20 cash or check. (Credit card payments accepted with an additional $2 processing fee).

Show t-shirts are available in two great color options.

Sizes from medium to 3XL in both colors.



Coming Soon - Look for an email to sign-up for volunteer opportunities at our orchid show from Frances Roberts via Sign-up Genius. If you don't see it, PLEASE check your spam folder.

It takes many hands to make this show a success. It's an opportunity to get to know your fellow society members better and share our fascination of orchids with orchid loving public.

There is a place for every ability level to help out at the show.

Look for our show advertising coming soon in the Tampa Bay Times print and online editions. Share our event with your friends and family. Let's Break Show Attendance Records!

FACEBOOK EVENT LINKS - One for each day


From our Auction Chair


It's not too early to make a mental note of the date of the annual orchid auction. Spread the word. We always have a super selection of orchids form our Ad Partners going to the highest bidder.

Auction flyers have been printed. To assist with the auction contact Kathy Cox:



Immediately - IN OTHER NEWS

Retirement Orchid Sale - ONE DAY ONLY - Saturday, February 24

Owners are moving and need to rehome their orchids. Many to choose from. From Cattleyas to Schomburgkias. Most are in good condition. Recently repotted.

Sale takes place Saturday February 24th from noon till 4pm

1829 Nottingham Lane, Clearwater Fl. 33764


For further information @ 727-239-2700


A PLEA VIA OUR FACEBOOK GROUP - Orchid Boarding Request

Here is my predicament - I am a plant breeder for my work and I’m soon to relocate from Tampa for a three-year assignment in the UK. I have a small collection of orchids that I’ve had for quite some time, and it would kill me to get rid of them. Unfortunately, none of my friends or family are capable orchid caretakers and I’m afraid they wouldn’t last long in their care.

I am looking for someone in the Tampa area who may be interested and capable of taking care of my collection of 25-30 orchids while I am away. I would be happy to compensate someone to do so until I return to the USA. I leave Tampa near the end of this month, so hoping to find a solution for my orchids in the next few weeks.

If you are interested, please contact Ray Jacobs via email:

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