August Meeting

Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday August 3rd. Ernie Gemeinhart will be speaking on Paphs. Lunch starts at noon. And meeting starts at 1PM. Ernie will be selling plants, so there will be no farmers market this month.

Ernie, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Biology and Aquaculture from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL. He spent three years of graduate study at the George Washington University and National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC investigating the physiology, evolutionary biology, and taxonomy of freshwater, South American catfishes in the genus Corydoras. After a nine year stint as a lab manager and technician at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Polymer Science Laboratory, he now works as a laboratory manager and safety officer for the NanoScience Technology Center and Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center at the University of Central Florida. Ernie is an accredited AOS judge at the Florida North Central Judging Center, Orlando.

We have been growing orchids since 1997. Plants were grown under fluorescent lights until the summer of 2010 when we relocated to sunny Orlando, Florida. The orchids now grow on a protected porch and throughout the yard. We grow primarily Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis/ Doritis/ Doritaenopsis etc), new world Zygopetalinae (Cochleanthes and relatives), and mini and compact Corsage orchids (Cattleya alliance). In his spare time, aside from maintaining orchids in a lush subtropical environment, Ernie likes to spend time with his wife, son, and cats; bodyboard; brew beer; keep tropical fish; play volleyball and roller hockey; and SCUBA dive.