Sunday, January 13, 2008

11th World Orchid Conference - Miami, Florida January 23-27

"Robert Fuchs...
In 1984, the third generation orchidist won the Grand Champion award at the 11th World Orchid Conference in Miami with his Vanda Deva 'Robert.'
... Fuchs, president of R.F. Orchids in Homestead and one of the... vandal breeders in the United States.

Fuchs is now president of the 19th World Orchid Conference set for Jan. 23-27 at the Exhibition Center of the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel &
Convention Center in Miami... Sponsors are the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society and the South Florida Orchid Society.
... there will be more than 100 displays from the world's leading orchid houses. More than 50 countries will be represented...

the Quilt Guild of America and the Cake Decorators of South Florida (smile...) will sponsor competitions and demonstrations.

The United States Postal Service is offering five orchid design cancellations for collectors.

Conference organizers estimate the show will attract 200,000 attendees.

Gordon Dillon, former executive secretary of the American Orchid Society, is credited with the idea of creating an international, weeklong event that
would attract the best amateurs, professionals and botanists in the orchid world. His idea grew into the first World Orchid Conference that was held
in October 1954 in St. Louis. Since then, the conferences have been held in locations as varied as Honolulu, London, Singapore, Sydney, Medellin,
Frankfurt, Bangkok, Durban, Miami, Tokyo, Auckland, Glasgow, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, Shah Alam, Dijon and Long Beach, Calif."


Steve Peralta


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