The New Hampshire
Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting - Barry Woolf

  • July 14, 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Bedford Old Town Hall, 3 Meetinghouse Rd, Bedford NH

NHOS monthly meeting with Barry Woolf as our speaker and vendor.


With a background as an educator and photographer, Barry is a long time orchid grower and a long-time member of several Orchid Societies. In these societies he has worn many hats: Membership Chair, Show Chair, Treasurer, Publicity, & President.


Barry currently represents Ten Shin Gardens of Taiwan. The Ten Shin mission is to grow and provide line bred orchid species, and select hybrids, to the orchid collector. Their goals: 1. To produce easier to grow species with better and longer lasting flowers; 2. To perpetuate species that are endangered or lost in nature due to habitat destruction and/or poaching. 3. To do all of this while providing orchids to collectors at sensible prices. His job entails speaking and selling at Orchid Societies and Shows in the U.S. and Canada.


In this presentation, he will discuss the culture and diversity of variegated and peloric Chinese Cymbidiums native to Taiwan. He will share how he grows these showy yet surprisingly easy to grow orchids. Much of what he has learned has been by “trial & error.” Armed with this knowledge, even novice growers will succeed with these fragrant plants. He recently traveled to Taiwan to photograph them in nature.


Barry jokes that he probably would not have gone out of his way to listen to a talk on Chinese Cymbidiums until he started studying them. These are definitely NOT your grandmother’s old style west coast cymbidiums!


Time permitting, he will showcase a few of his favorite orchid species & varieties that are new to the trade. Most of which are easy to grow and flower on windowsills, under lights or in greenhouses. This discussion will facilitate success with any species by showing how to quickly find culture information.


Uncomfortable selling varieties and species that he has not grown and flowered, Barry’s only claim to orchid fame is that while trying to discover the limits to the physical conditions under which the various species survive in the US, he has probably killed more orchids than anyone in the area.


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