The CENTRAL IOWA ORCHID SOCIETY
Saturday, July 22, 2023
Johnston Lions Club Community Center
Sunset Valley Orchids, CA
Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for over 40 years and has been hybridizing for 35 of those years. With over 35 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, CA. He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Australian Dendrobium and Paphiopedilum hybrids. His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced "the blackest flower ever witnessed". This grex has received nine FCC's, four AM's and the coveted 'Award of Distinction' on the first flowers shown for judging! Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His hybrids have received hundreds of quality awards for orchid enthusiasts from the American Orchid Society and other orchid societies worldwide.
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. He is currently the First Vice President for the International Phalaenopsis Alliance.
AOS Judging will be held at 11:00 A.M.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULESaturday, July 22, 2023