OSGKC March 11, 2012, meeting: Ken Cameron talks about his book, Vanilla Orchids Natural History and Cultivation

[The following is from Susie Hanna, OSGKC Program Chair.]

  • Mid-America Show Planning Meeting: 12:30 Upstairs in the Cafe
  • Beginner’s Group*: Fellowship Hall (downstairs) 1:00 p.m.
  • Regular Meeting: 2:00 p.m.

Our guest speaker for the March 11 meeting will be Ken Cameron, Associate Professor of Botany and the Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium. Dr. Cameron’s primary research is on the evolution, structure, conservation and cultivation of orchids, particularly the Vanilla orchid.

He has done fieldwork in Central and South America, China, Tasmania, Borneo, New Caledonea and various parts of the U.S. He is the author of the book, Vanilla Orchids, Natural History and Cultivation. The book covers the natural history of the world’s most popular flavor and fragrance. Vanilla Orchids also features how-to directions for bean harvest, curing, and processing for those who want to try it at home.

Vanilla orchid plants will not be available for sale, but Dr. Cameron’s book will have copies of his book to sale.

*Julie Morrison, Beginners Group Chair, writes, “Former President and Beginner’s Group coordinator Beth Martin and her helper husband Doug Martin will be speaking to the Beginner’s Group for the upcoming March meeting.  Beth will be leading conversation about Spring Orchid Care.  There will be no Beginner’s Group in April in lieu of the Annual Auction.”

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