21st AUSTRALIAN ORCHID COUNCIL CONFERENCE 18-22 JULY 2018
ROSS MAIDMENT (Aranbeem Orchid Nursery, Brisbane Qld): 'AUSTRALIAN CATTLEYA BREEDING'
Ross Maidment is the proprietor of Aranbeem Orchid Nursery originated by his parents in the 70's and so is one of the longest established nurseries in the country. The nursery sells a fairly comprehensive selection of fine, mostly warmer growing, emphasising large flowered types such as Vandas, Dendrobium but with special focus on Cattleya Alliance for which it has had long established breeding credentials. It has had a long association with H&R Nursery in Hawaii but these days it also carries extensive stock from Thailand and elsewhere, including highly improved species. More recently, Ross has been breeding unique exhibition-style multifloral types which have been yielding very exciting results. His talk will feature the impressive results of his breeding program.
Greg Bryant is the proprietor of Bryant's Nursery which is famed throughout the country for its development of some of the finest cymbidiums for over 40 years. No nursery can claim to be more responsible for the development of high quality, early-flowering standard cymbidiums through the precise breeding program first established by Alvin Bryant which was then greatly expanded and brought to its current perfection by his son, Greg. Amongst the innovations developed by both Alvin and Greg are early types, high-production quality, repeat flowering, compact types and pure-colour types suitable for floristry and exhibition, mostly in the standard sizes. Greg's talk will take you through some of the history of this most influential nursery as well as the current state of Cymbidium Breeding in these styles.
GREG BRYANT (Bryant's Orchids, Sydney NSW): 'AUSTRALIAN CYMBIDIUM BREEDING IN THE CLASSIC STYLE'
KEVIN BUTLER (Ezi-Gro Nursery, Perth WA): 'THE NOVELTY CYMBIDIUMS'
Ezi-Gro Nursery is the largest nursery in WA and has been supplying Perth and beyond with a huge variety of orchids, many of which are extremely difficult to obtain, encompassing Cattleya, Oncidiinae, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, unusual Vandaceous hybrids, many of which are garnered through Kevin's extensive travelling to orchid destinations and overseas connections. His special breeding of unusual cymbidium styles, however, is a feature of Ezi-Gro Nursery, which maintains a repository of famed classical types as well as rare and unusual modern clones. The novelty and non-standard types encompass late season Australian species hybrids, the peloric types, species influence hybrids and unusual coloured and patterned styles such as spots and splatters and many combinations of unique features.
Cym. Al Bryant
Cym. Butterfly Magic 'Eureka'
RSc. Adelaide 'Queen'
SCOTT TAN (Engineer and Orchid Species Specialist, Sydney NSW): 'EXTENDING GROWING CONDITIONS WITH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY'
Scott Tan will describe the use of new or recently emerged technology which will help the hobbyist create new growing environments for plants which might not have been thought feasible to grow otherwise such as alpine orchids. The use of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting, ultrasonic fogging, bottom heating and cooling all at minimal cost for the hobbyist.
Alpine Orchid - O. purpurea