Meeting – May 8, 2017 – George Hatfield

George Hatfield is current President of American Orchid Society. He will give a presentation on cymbidiums. 

He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor in Science in Plant and Soil Science. He soon thereafter received a Pest Control Advisors License from the state of California in 1985. His last 3 professional careers were Vice President of operations Calavo (CVGW) 1998 – 2003, International Business Consultant (DMFP) 2003 – 2005 and Hatfield Orchids, Owner operator 2005 – current.

Some major accomplishments in the field of orchids include:

  • Board Member Cymbidium Society of America 1994 – 2010
  • President of the Cymbidium Society of America 1998/99
  • Chairman of the CSA Cymbidium Congress from 1998-2001
  • Author of Articles in Awards Quarterly, Orchid Digest and Cymbidium Society Journal
  • Board member of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 1998 – current
  • President of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 2002/2003 and 2015/2016

  • Certified Accredited Judge – American Orchid Society and Cymbidium Society of America
  • American Orchid Society Judging Chair, Pacific South Judging Center 2011 – current
  • Cymbidium Society of America Judging Chair, 1998 – current
  • Key note speaker at the 2009 Australian National Orchid Conference in Melbourne
  • American Orchid Society, Judging Committee National Training Coordinator 2012 – current
  • Chairman of the AOS Nominating Committee 2012/2013
  • Hybridizer of numerous award winning Cymbidiums
  • Orchid Judge Tokyo Dome Show 2003 – 2009
  • Exhibitor Tokyo Dome Show 2008
  • Exhibitor Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 1992 – current


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Meeting – June 13, 2017 – Raphael Romero

Raphael Romero will give a presentation on genus Myrmecophila.

This genus has a strong association with ants, from its very name which was derived from the Greek myrmex, an ant and philos, friend, in reference to its conical, tapering hollow pseudobulbs which provide an inviting home to these garden and household pests. It is in fact, these hollow pseudobulbs, which harbor ant colonies that are said to protect delicate parts of the plants such as root tips that distinguish Mymecophila from Schomburgkia. The genus now consists of the following former Schomburgkia species: M. albopurpurea, M. brysiana, M. christinae, M. exaltata, M. galeottiana, M. grandiflora, M. humboldtii, M. x laguna-guerrerae, M. thomsoniana, M. tibicinis, and M. wendlandii. The most well known species are probably M. tibicinis and M. brysiana. ( ) 

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Meeting – July 11, 2017 – Melana Davison

Melana Davison will give a talk on “The Four Horsemen: mount your nobilor, schilleriana, walkeriana, and aclandiae.” 

You will have better success with these four sometimes-challenging Cattleya species after this talk! 


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May 20, 2017 – Redlands Ramble

Our next ramble will be on April 20, 2017.

We will be visiting the Redland International Orchid Festival!

Bring a lunch and a box or crate for orchids. The bus does fill up!

We will provide water & juice on the bus.


Christ Lutheran Church (parking lot)
1955 East Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306


We leave at 8:15 AM sharp

We return between 4 & 5 PM


Cost is $39.00 per person (Free Admission to show for all bus riders)

Contact Allen Cogar 954-553-1351, or signup at the Society’s monthly meeting, or email

More info at our ramble overview page.