Jean Ikeson

Phone: 905-627-5938 Email:

SpecialtiesJudging, Oncidiums, Sarcochilus and more
FormatOnline and in-person
Provides plants for sale?No


Jean Allen-Ikeson grows a mixed collection in a greenhouse and Phalaenopsis in a sunroom in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys discovering why great orchids became so successful with growers and analyzing the allure of color in hybrids. Jean has written numerous articles for Orchids on topics ranging from building and designing greenhouses to exploring the orchids that keep her an enthusiastic grower. When she wanted to know more, she joined judging and has written numerous articles on judging topics besides giving many original presentations at the Judges Forum at Members’ Meetings or for AOS webinars.

Talks and Abstracts


What Do Judges Look For?

Understand what AOS judging is all about, AOS awards explained and what judges consider when judging orchids. This talk demystifies judging without putting you to sleep!

Oncidium fuscatum and its popular offspring

This is a rags-to-riches story about a species that is an ugly duckling that went on to be one of the premier species in the Oncidium Alliance for producing stunning color. This talk explains why!

Cattleya Chocolate Drop and its colorful hybrids

It is successful in crosses with a wide range of parents and genera in the Cattleya Alliance, displaying its versatility. Indeed, it ranks #1 for hybrids having the most awarded offspring. From its humble beginnings in 1965 to why it is still one of the most used parents of hybrids by today’s breeders is illustrated.

Sarcochilus: colorful species and hybrids

From the author of the Sarocochilus Supplement to Orchids. . .this talk covers the major species, interesting historical stories and how this diminutive genus became such a powerhouse of color and variety and how to grow and flower it.

Story of White Cattleyas

I have always loved white cattleyas. How were these consistently beautiful flowers came about and why they became so popular that they were often seen as the face of orchids in the ‘mid-century’ is explained. My most popular talk.