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Nov. 15 , 2014 - General Meeting 1:40 pm
First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. Birmingham MI 48009

Do you need an Orchidarium to grow small delicate orchid species?

Member Nikki Klutz will explain how she grows small orchid species in small glass bubbles.
Nikki grows orchids in her solarium and is mainly interested in species. Nikki will demonstrate how to create a terrarium in a glass bubble.


Nov. 15, 2014 - General Meeting 2:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. Birmingham MI 48009

Mario Ferrusi: Orchids A to Z

Mario Ferrusi of Canada’s Marsh Hollow Orchids credits his wife Conni with cultivating his interest in orchids. “I had cacti and African violets growing on the kitchen windowsill where she also kept her garlic. Conni got tired of the thorny cacti attacking every time she got garlic and suggested I try orchids like her aunt grew in Santa Barbara along with her African violets. The gauntlet was dropped! I purchased my first phalaenopsis seedling followed a mere month later with a complete set up, including lights, fans, a stand, and 23 more plants that had been listed for sale in our local paper.” He was hooked!

Mario then became involved almost immediately in groups of fellow orchid addicts. Mario and Conni have both held various positions in their local orchid society, and Mario is a past president of the Southern Ontario Orchid Society. In addition, he has been a fully accredited AOS judge since 1998 and served as chairperson, vice-chairperson, and currently treasurer of the Toronto Judging Centre.

Orchids have enriched Mario’s life in so many ways that he says cannot begin to count them. His interests are primarily Masdevallias, Odontoglossums, Draculas, Lycastes, Brassias, Restrepias, Zootrophions, Pleurothallids, Bifrenaria, and Dendrobium cuthbertsonii. As you can see from that listing, Mario’s talk “Orchids A to Z” is appropriately named.

Orchids are a family affair for the Ferrusis. Daughter Ilia has several plants of her own that she flowers regularly while working on her PhD. Son Jared helps with displays at shows and occasionally minds the greenhouse when Mario and Conni travel. Not to be outdone, youngest son Rhys has won five AOS Show trophies for his own displays. While Mario is the speaker and presenter, Conni is the “people person” and ultimate hostess who can feed a group of 20 at a moment’s notice!

We look forward to what promises to be an interesting and entertaining presentation at the next MOS meeting on November 15. And, Mario will be bringing plants for sale as well!

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