The CENTRAL IOWA ORCHID SOCIETY
32nd ANNUAL SPEAKERS DAY
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Johnston Lions Club Community Center
6401 Merle Hay Road
(For map to location, click "here").
Gold Country Orchids, CA)
Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleya's. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 250,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature compact and Cattleya breeding. Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, the American Orchid Society magazine, as well as many International Publications. He has also been published in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as an Accredited Judge and is Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and 3 terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS.
Alan's topics will be "A New Look at Intergeneric Phalaenopsis" and "Cattleyas and the Golden Age of Orchid Fashion"
Paph Paradise, CA
After receiving his degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Dave opted to step outside his chosen field and operated a tropical fish import business for eight years. Upon returning to school Dave received a degree in Enology and Viticulture from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. While attending Brock Dave began acquiring orchids one 2” pot at a time and before he graduated, Dave had over 100 orchids. Winemaking and a passion for orchids prompted Dave to seek a warmer climate in California about one year later. Dave has been growing paphiopedilums for about 15 years and seriously hybridizing for the past 10 years. He is an accredited AOS judge and his paphiopedilums have received close to 100 awards to date from the AOS and CSA. Many of those awarded plants playing important roles in his breeding program.
Dave's topics will be “Novelty Paphs” and "Multifloral Paphs".
AOS Judging will be held at 11:00 A.M.
Everyone is invited to bring or send plants for judging!
Plants must be in place by 10:00 A.M.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
8:00 a.m.|| ||Continental Breakfast, Plant Sales|
8:00-10:00|| ||Plants registered for AOS Judging|
9:00-11:30|| ||Morning presentations, one by each speaker|
11:00|| ||AOS Judging|
11:30|| ||Buffet Lunch / Plant sales|
1:00 p.m.|| ||First afternoon presentation|
1:45|| ||Afternoon Dessert Bar|
2:30|| ||Second afternoon presentation|
| 3:15|| ||Drawing for Door Prizes / Plant Sales|
|Both speakers will have plants for sale throughout the day.|
|All times are approximate and subject to change at this time.|
Registration fee of $30.00 per person covers all costs. ($35.00 at the door)
For a printable registration form, click "here".
Early reservations would be helpful in planning the event.
For more information, reservations, ect. Please call:
Carson Whitlow at (515) 993-4841
|Comfort Suites||I-80/35 Exit 125||11167 Hickman Rd.||515-276-1126|
|Adventureland Inn||I-80 Exit 142||Next to Adventureland||515-265-7321|
|Motel 6||I-80 Exit 142||3225 Adventureland Dr. ||800-466-8356|
|Heartland Inn||I-80 Exit 142A||500 NE56th Street||800-334-3277|
|Red Roof Inns & Suites||I-80/35 Exit 136 ||4950 NE 14th Street||515-266-6800|
|Motel 6||I-80/35 Exit 136||4140 NE 14th Street||800-466-8356|
|Econo Lodge & Suites||I-80/35 Exit 131||4755 Merle Hay Road||515-278-8858|
|Quality Inn & Suites||I-80/35 Exit 131||4995 Merle Hay Road||515-278-2381|
|Days Inn||I-80/35 Exit 131||4845 Merle Hay Road||800-325-2525|
|Best Inns Of America||I-80/35 Exit 131||5050 Merle Hay Road||515-270-1111|
|Ramada Inn||I-80/35 Exit 131||5055 Merle Hay Road||800-643-1197|
|Hilton Garden Inn||I-80/35 Exit 129||8600 Northpark Dr.||515-270-8890|
|Stoney Creek Inn||I-80/35 Exit 129||5291 Stoney Creek Ct.||515-334-9000|
|Econo Lodge||I-80/35 Exit 126||11000 Douglas Ave.||800-55-Econo|
|The Sleep Inn||I-80/35 Exit 125||11211 Hickman Road||877-233-0333|
|Courtyard By Marriott||I-80/35 Exit 124||1520 NW114th Sreet||800-321-3211|
|Heartland Inn||I-80/35 Exit 124||11414 Forest Ave.||800-334-3277|
|Fairfield Inn By Marriott ||I-35 Exit 92||215 NE Delaware Ave.||800-228-2800|
|Heartland Inn||I-35 Exit 92||210 SE Delaware Ave.||800-334-3277|
|Holiday Inn Express||I-35 Exit 90||2602 SE Creekview Dr.||515-965-2400|
|Note: Lodging at I-80/35 Exit 131 is the closest to the facility.|