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Scott Barrie
"Latest Developments at Barrita Orchids: Cymbidiums and Sarcochilus".
Monday, March 13, 2017
7:30PM
(Doors open 6:30PM)

Meeting Hall, First Christian Church
221 South Sixth Street, Burbank, California


about our speaker

Photo of Scott BarrieScott Barrie is co-owner and manager of Barrita Orchids, an Australian commercial wholesale orchid growing business supplying quality potted plants to retail stores and nurseries as well as flowers and plants to markets and florists. Barrita Orchids has a well established reputation for its cymbidiums with fifty years of operation. Over more than a two decades Scott has established a world class breeding program for varicosum oncidium varieties, gaining many awards and taking this style of Oncidiinae to new heights. In 2013 his Oncidium (Oncidesa) Kulnura Triumph received the coveted Award of Special Recognition.

In addition to the complex breeding programs of cymbidiums and oncidiums, Barrita Orchids has made significant advancements in the commercialization of Sarcochilus. This program has produced outstanding results in the refining of the genus. In 2014 Barrita Orchids achieved 19 Australian Orchid Council (AOC) awards in a single evening, including a First Class Certificate, 5 Awards of Merit, an Award of Distinction, and 5 Awards of Special Merit. Examples may be seen at www.barritaorchids.com and www.facebook.com/BarritaOrchidsKulnura

Scott grew up around the benches and packing shed of his family’s orchid nursery. His entire working life of 25+ years has been spent in the orchid business, and he was an AOC Judge for over twenty years. His presentations aim to bring the experience of modern commercial growing to the amateur orchid enthusiast in a relaxed and enjoyable way.

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news in brief

  • IT WAS A WILD NIGHT: [Submitted by 1st Vice President Carol Beule on November 14, 2016]  It was a WILD night, wasn't it? Our monthly November meeting was certainly not staid, prim or proper. But hey…… the mold needs to be broken every now & again. Who else to break it but the OSSC, the oldest orchid society in Southern California? And we certainly made a great big mess that was easily cleaned up with the help of everyone. Thank you all.

    And additonal thanks to everyone who helped make this experimantal night a smashing success. It was was exciting and vibrant, something orchid meetings are not often found to be. OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn wrote a masterful piece for our website that drew new visitors to our fold last night. I think they will become new members in the future. Krystine Chaparo and Norma Skinner’s help with coordination couldn't have been more generous and positive. I thank all 3 of you again. And lastly, many thanks to Linus, without who's help this never would have happened. I'm sure Linus Bittner will know all about it wherever he happens to be right now! All of his plants have new and happy homes. David Dassey and I have several plants that we have kept to auction off either this winter at one of our monthly meetings when they are in bloom or next June during our annual money making auction for the society.

    Art Mendoza, Harry Sinanian, Donna Ballard and David Lafond all must be given kudos for how they all prepared and executed their participation in last night's meeting. Erin Maxick and Wendy Fischer both contributed a great deal to it's success as well. They also helped to rescue Linus’s plants as did David Dassey who was in New Zealand running another marathon instead of being at our meeting. We met over the weekend at Wendy's house to arrange for items to be delivered and chose what might be needed for the night. Lastly, Alberto Osso stepped in as an additional “orchid expert” to help new members learn how to repot orchids when we realized we needed more help.

    It was loud and raucous, if you can ever consider an Orchid Society meeting to be something of that nature. EVERYONE had a great time I believe and thought it was both a cultural and social success. There were calls for more of this in the future.

    Ben Boco and Donna Ballard both have connections to people who have Phalaenopsis in need of rescuing. I spoke with both and we will need to coordinate another meeting of this nature. Possibly in May of 2017. We will keep you posted.

    My thanks and sincere apologies to any I have forgotten. I doubt last Monday’s meeting can ever be equalled!

  • NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on March 2, 2014]. Starting this month, every new member and their sponsor will each receive a certificate good for one 1-gallon Cymbidium orchid, courtesy of Orchids by Art in North Hills, CA, which is owned and operated by OSSC member Art Mendoza. The society expresses sincere thanks to Art for this generous offer. This offer supercedes the prior offer from Rudvalis Orchids.

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