published April 24, 2012

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Native Orchids Here and There

Pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava) at the Green Swamp. Photo © G. Allikas

Native Orchid Conference: May 19-23, 2012

After holding our initial conference in Greensboro in 2002, we’re returning to North Carolina 10 years later. This year's conference will follow the typical pattern of a day of talks followed by a day of field trips. The next day of talks will be followed by a travel day to allow for relocation to Brevard in the mountains after which we will have our last day of field trips. One of the coastal areas we will visit is the Nature Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve which is a spectacular botanical area. Research has identified up to 50 plant species per square meter making this one of the richest botanical areas in the world. The areas where we will hike are within sight of highways and have relatively easy access. You should bring good hiking boots, plenty of bug spray and drinking water. It can get extremely hot and muggy, and the ticks are plentiful. Most of the orchids will be found in the open savannahs which are fairly dry, grassy areas of open pine forest. Eleven orchid species along with 14 species of carnivorous plants have been located in the preserve. They begin blooming in early May and some flower as late as November. There are three prime blooming periods during the year; late May, mid-July, and August.

Registration will be limited to the first 150 people. All registration should be done by mail and needs to be received no later than May 7th in order to plan food. A form is provided in the Journal and on the web site. There will not be any registration at the door. Lunch will be served as part of the conference on Saturday and Monday.

7th National Australasian Native Orchid Society Show and Conference

The ANOS (Qld) Kabi Group will host the 7th National ANOS Show and Conference in 2013. The Conference and Show will be held during the period 21 to 25 August 2013. This is a week prior to the Speciosum Spectacular in Kempsey NSW which will allow attendees to participate in both events. The venue is the Community Centre, Strathpine which is in the Moreton Bay Regional Council on the northern boundary of Brisbane.

The venue is well serviced by public transport and has two very large rooms which will be used for the Display Area and Sales Area. The Regional Art Gallery will provide an excellent venue for our guest speakers and this is only 30 metres from the entrance to the Community Centre. Vendors will have easy access to the sales area. There is limited car parking for attendees but they will be able to utilise the Westfield Shopping Centre.

All future information will be displayed on the Kabi Website as it becomes available. We ask for your support to make this Conference and Show not only a success but also a memorable event for each attendee. August in Queensland usually turns on magnificent weather with brilliant sunny days and cool nights so plan ahead and visit us for this great event.

For more information on this event as it emerges, add your email to the conference newsletter list.