Tour of the Thornton Collection
Saturday, July 16, 2016
between 9:30 - 9:55AM)
The Thornton Estate
San Marino, CA
about this event
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS SPECIAL MEETING WILL REPLACE OUR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING!
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
article in Garden Design Magazine. This is a very special event that
1st VP Carol Beule has looked forward to organizing for a long
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
has worked at the Thornton Estate for over 30 years, and currently acts as
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
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
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!
other orchid news
(Most recent articles listed first.)