2018 RSBCOS MEETING POGRAMS
UPCOMING EVENTS & ORCHID SHOWS / SALES
Our speaker, Peter Tobias, first started growing orchids in Chicago in the early 1970s but his hobby only “...really got out of control” when he moved to Encinitas, a coastal town just north of San Diego, CA, in 1980. His collection is primarily species orchids, most of which are grown outdoors in a rainforest of two large backyard avocado trees. The rain for this forest has to be provided from a hose. Peter was a founding member of the San Diego County Orchid Society’s Conservation Committee. The success of that endeavor in San Diego led to the idea that orchid lovers nationwide, and even internationally, might support an organization devoted to orchid habitat protection. In 2006, with several friends, the Orchid Conservation Alliance was founded. The Alliance now has over 300 members, currently supports projects in Ecuador, and is looking to develop projects in Colombia and Brazil as well.