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Tour of the Thornton Collection
Saturday, July 16, 2016
10:00AM Sharp

(Arrive between 9:30 - 9:55AM)
The Thornton Estate
San Marino, CA

about this event


OSSC members have recieved a very special invitation to a private tour of the incredible orchid house that contains the Thornton Collection, as well as the beautiful adjoining gardens and grounds and maybe even some of the main residence. Information about the history of the house and gardens can be found in this article in Garden Design Magazine. This is a very special event that 1st VP Carol Beule has looked forward to organizing for a long time.

Our tour will be co-hosted by Thornton Estate Manager Dan Johnson and Thorton Collection Orchid Specialist Doug Overstreet.

Members need to convene at the front gate of the estate between 9:30 - 9:55AM. The gates will open at 10:00AM SHARP and will close when all members assembled there have entered. No last minute members will be allowed entrance as this is private property. As there is limited parking in this exclusive area of San Marino, try to carpool if possible. Parking may be as much as 2 blocks away, so leave adequate time to meet the deadline for entry.

The tour should last around two hours. Wear comfortable shoes, as the estate is quite large. The temperature can be toasty in mid-July in San Marino, so members are encouraged to bring a bottle of water to maintain hydration. And of course feel free to bring a camera!

about our host

Dan Johnson has worked at the Thornton Estate for over 30 years, and currently acts as Estate Manager.

Douglas Overstreet was born and raised in southeastern New Mexico.  Mr. Overstreet comes by his interest in plants and animals naturally.  His family has been American farmers since 1684.  He began growing orchids at the age of 10.  The first orchid he purchased in 1972 was Cattleya Trimos, a primary hybrid between C. trianaei and C. mossiae.  The first orchid he flowered was a phalaenopsis hybrid.

Doug moved to California in 1975 and continued his love affair with orchids.  In 1984, his collection began to grow by leaps and bounds with his first professional job.  He also became an active participant in the local orchid community.  Over the years, Doug has served on the Board of the Orchid Society of Southern California, is a Past President and active board member of the Southland Orchid Show Committee.  He is a former Ribbon Judging Chair for OSSC and is an Accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Pacific South Region.  Doug has written several articles for Orchid Digest and has served on the Editorial Committee of that publication as Assistant Editor.  In 1998, he wrote, produced and hosted Anyone Can Grow Orchids…Even You!, a how-to video about growing orchids in the home.  Currently, he is the orchid specialist in charge of the Thornton Conservatory of the Huntington Botanical Gardens.

When not having a special event like this tour, OSSC convenes for a regular monthly meeting. Click to see more information on OSSC's regular monthly meetings.

news in brief

  • NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on March 2, 2014]. Starting this month, every new member and their sponsor will each receive a certificate good for one 1-gallon Cymbidium orchid, courtesy of Orchids by Art in North Hills, CA, which is owned and operated by OSSC member Art Mendoza. The society expresses sincere thanks to Art for this generous offer. This offer supercedes the prior offer from Rudvalis Orchids.
  • WE'VE GOT A NEW LOOK!: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on April 18, 2012] As of March 30, anyone visiting the OSSC Facebook page saw a new look, brought about by a new format standard introduced by Facebook. The new look features a beautiful, page-wide photo of a Cattleya taken by OSSC Member Charles B. Boco. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/orchidssc . In a related development, OSSC now has over 200 "likes" on Facebook. If you haven't already done so, you can add to that number by clicking the "Like " button found to the right of this story. Thanks!

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