Authored by the Late Loren Batchman)
May 9, 2016
(Doors Open 6:30PM)
Meeting Hall, First Christian Church
221 South Sixth Street, Burbank, California
about our speaker
David Dassey has been growing things since he was a Cub
Scout rooting an avocado seed in a jar of water. After moving to California
from his native New Orleans, he collected coleus, bromeliads, pelargoniums,
and begonias. He got his first orchid as a gift -- a cute miniature
cattleya -- in 1986, and promptly killed it by overwatering. While attending
the Cactus and Succulent Show at the County Arboretum in 1992 he met some
orchidists from the OSSC and took them up on their invitation to come to the
next club meeting. Since then he has adopted 665 orchids, of which 112 still
When his small greenhouse imploded due to termites, he decided to focus
on hardy orchids that live outdoors at his home in Los Feliz. His orchid
collection includes species and hybrid laelias, dendrobiums, cattleyas,
epidendrums, encyclias, and cymbidiums. He also hosts dozens of bromeliads,
cacti, aloes and other succulents. He is a retired medical epidemiologist
and 20 year OSSC Librarian.
Loren Batchman, together with his wife Nancy, founded Casa de las
Orquideas in 1976, an orchid nursery in Solana Beach, California. Loren was
acknowledged as one of the leading hybridizers of Cymbidiums in this
country, and has many hundreds of hybrids registered under his name. He was
also the editor of the CSA Journal, the official publication of the
Cymbidium Society of America. Mr. Batchman was also a certified judge of
both the American Orchid Society and the Cymbidium Society of America. Mr.
Batchman passed in 2012, but Casa de las Orquideas continues to be a
thriving family business, now run by his son Carl.
The thrust of their breeding programs is intended to provide new and
different materials for outdoor growing in California for both the amateur
and serious collectors of orchids. They are widely known for their high
color Cymbidiums and are constantly working to develop clear, clean colors
suitable for outdoor growing with no special shade requirements.
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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!
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