World-renown orchid grower and accredited American Orchid Society (AOS) judge, Robert Fuchs, will make a rare appearance to speak in southwest Florida at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on Nov. 20, at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples, 6:30–8:30 PM.
Orchid lovers are invited (at no charge) to come hear Fuchs’ presentation about name changes in the vandaceous alliance and what that means for current hybrid genera. His presentation, “What’s In a Name?”, was the keynote address at the 21st World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September. During that event, Fuchs received a Gold Medal from the South African Orchid Council for his achievements and for bringing AOS judging to South Africa.
In 1970, Fuchs opened R.F. Orchids on the grounds of his grandparents’ nursery in Homestead, Florida. When the 11th World Orchid Conference came to Miami in 1984 with its prestigious orchid show, Bob entered plants that subsequently won 12 individual medals along with a “Best in Class” trophy for an exhibit. Most importantly, R.F. Orchids’ plant Vanda Deva “Robert” was honored as the “Grand Champion,” an award that catapultedR.F. Orchids into international recognition and acceptance as one of the leading vandaceous orchid firms in the world.
R.F. Orchids participates in several dozen orchid shows each year, many of which are international shows outside the United States. Fuchs has written numerous articles for publication in “Orchids,” the prestigious magazine of the American Orchid Society, and in other distinguished international publications. As an accredited American Orchid Society judge, he travels extensively throughout the world to attend orchid shows, and to present lectures and programs to orchid groups. He is the author of the section on vanda culture in the “American Orchid Society’s Handbook on Orchid Culture.”
Another highlight of the evening will be the Monthly Exhibition Judging, where Alliance members participate as exhibitors as well as judges, winning accolades for beautifully grown plants. An orchid raffle will be held, and orchids from R. F. Orchids will be available for sale.
The 501(c)(3) non-profit Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance was formed in 2012 to promote interest in orchids, focusing on orchid education, community outreach and orchid conservation; and brings people together in an enjoyable, inclusive atmosphere.
Please mark your calendar for November 20! For information, call 239-498-9741.