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David Dassey
delivers a presentation by Paul and Ann Tuskes: "Phalaenopsis: The Species And Their Culture"
Monday, March 9, 2015

(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 survive.

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.

about the authors

Paul and Ann Tuskes are members of the San Diego Orchid Society, where they  started the species study group nearly 25 years ago. In addition, Paul has served as 1st Vice President of that society, and Anne has served on its Board of Directors. They are both AOS judges, and have traveled in Central and South America in search of orchids.

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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!

other orchid news

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