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January 21 @ 7:30 pm
We are excited to have as our January 21st speakers – Jim and Melana Davison! Jim made the 4 Horseman presentation because of their large collection of walkeriana, aclandiae, nobilior, and schilleriana orchids. He found they truly prefer to be mounted, and we want to pass this knowledge on to the orchid hobbyists we meet. We are also starting to raise our own hybrids using these species, although they will not be available for a couple of years for sale. Both Melana & Jim are AOS Accredited Judges. They have an extensive and diverse orchid collection that seems to be continuously growing. Not only involved in caring for their orchids, they are actively involved in several South Florida orchid societies. Melana is the current President of the Orchid Society of Coral Gables and past President of the South Dade Amateur Orchid Club. Jim is the past President of the Orchid Society of Coral Gables and the East Everglades Orchid Society.
Jim’s appreciation for orchids stems from his scientific background. Until his recent retirement, he worked as a Nuclear Chemistry Manager at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. Melana is more interested in the aesthetic qualities of orchids, especially the ones that look strange and other worldly. She owns her own Orchid Maintenance business and is known as “The Orchidiva.” Now that Jim is retired, they have opened their own retail nursery, Jim-N-I Orchids. They have been actively hitting the show circuit and will also be at both Tamiami and the Redland Show this year. Together, Jim and Melana have 7 grown children and five grandchildren. They live in Homestead with their 4 dogs, four of the five grandchildren and 3,000 plus orchids in their personal collection, many thousands in the nursery. The meeting will be held at the Nob Hill Soccer Club Park, 10200 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, FL 33322 at 7:30pm. Guests are welcome. In addition to our raffle table, Melana & Jim will have orchids for sale.