At Plantation Orchid Society, we strive to bring you the best talent each month.  Each speaker brings a different skill and topic whether you're a beginner or an experienced hobbyist.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 7p.m.
our guest speaker will be John Budree,
presenting “Bulbophyllum”

Romnarine John Budree was born in Trinidad and he migrated to Florida some 20 years ago. Back then he grew many different types of orchids and took part in collecting, growing and showing at many shows, but there was always something more, as you know. He wanted to learn more about orchids, wanted more of a challenge. He wanted to study and grow and flower them, of course. So when he came to Florida, he got involved with orchids at a different level. Now he was able to grow all of those types of orchids that he could only read about and even meet all of those people that grew and wrote the articles that he had read in AOS magazines. So he started out on his journey/ adventure. He started to go to many of the orchid shows and what do you do when you go to a show – you buy orchids which you know nothing about, in the hope that you can grow or flower it (yea right). He always liked Bulbophyllums & Paphiopedilums but he was told he couldn’t grow them. This became a challenge to him and he found these orchids very interesting as well. He met some of the biggest and the best of growers in the orchid business, Jack Schendowich, Warren Kelly (Orchid World), Bob Skully (Jones & Skully), Mr. Frank Smith (Krull-Smith) and grow all types of orchids – Paphiopedilum, Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, and Oncidium.

At the 19 WOC in Miami in 2008, he was the only hobbyist to do a table top display and also had an opportunity to work with Frank Smith on the Krull-Smith display and he tried to absorb as much of Frank Smith’s knowledge as possible.

Because this he started to grow many different types of orchids, Bulbophyllums, of
course, and today he has grown over 2000 of these as well as about 4000 other types of orchids. Of course, he says, he has also lost count for the ones he killed. In short, he has been growing Orchids for about 40 years, from flask to flower and has accumulated about 75 AOS awards.

John will have a nice selection of orchids for sale (Cash Only), and will be supplying the raffle table!! 

 You won’t want to miss John’s presentation on Bulbophyllum.

This meeting will be helpful for all levels of experience. 

We look forward to seeing you!!

**Bring a friend to the meeting, everyone is welcome**

And don't forget the raffle ... the more raffle tickets you buy the more you win!
Participating in the raffle is a great way to increase your orchid collection!

Hope to see you there!! 



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