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David Dassey
"Orchid Diseases"

(A Presentation Authored by the Late Loren Batchman)
Monday, May 9, 2016
(Doors Open 6:30PM)
Meeting Hall, First Christian Church
221 South Sixth Street, Burbank, California

about our speaker

David Dassey has been growing things since he was a Cub Scout rooting an avocado seed in a jar of water. After moving to California from his native New Orleans, he collected coleus, bromeliads, pelargoniums, and  begonias. He got his first orchid as a gift -- a cute miniature cattleya -- in 1986, and promptly killed it by overwatering. While attending the Cactus and Succulent Show at the County Arboretum in 1992 he met some orchidists from the OSSC and took them up on their invitation to come to the next club meeting. Since then he has adopted 665 orchids, of which 112 still survive.

When his small greenhouse imploded due to termites, he decided to focus on hardy orchids that live outdoors at his home in Los Feliz. His orchid collection includes species and hybrid laelias, dendrobiums, cattleyas, epidendrums, encyclias, and cymbidiums. He also hosts dozens of bromeliads, cacti, aloes and other succulents. He is a retired medical epidemiologist and 20 year OSSC Librarian.

about the author

Loren Batchman, together with his wife Nancy, founded Casa de las Orquideas in 1976, an orchid nursery in Solana Beach, California. Loren was acknowledged as one of the leading hybridizers of Cymbidiums in this country, and has many hundreds of hybrids registered under his name. He was also the editor of the CSA Journal, the official publication of the Cymbidium Society of America. Mr. Batchman was also a certified judge of both the American Orchid Society and the Cymbidium Society of America. Mr. Batchman passed in 2012, but Casa de las Orquideas continues to be a thriving family business, now run by his son Carl.

The thrust of their breeding programs is intended to provide new and different materials for outdoor growing in California for both the amateur and serious collectors of orchids. They are widely known for their high color Cymbidiums and are constantly working to develop clear, clean colors suitable for outdoor growing with no special shade requirements. 

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news in brief

  • 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.
  • WE'VE GOT A NEW LOOK!: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on April 18, 2012] As of March 30, anyone visiting the OSSC Facebook page saw a new look, brought about by a new format standard introduced by Facebook. The new look features a beautiful, page-wide photo of a Cattleya taken by OSSC Member Charles B. Boco. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/orchidssc . In a related development, OSSC now has over 200 "likes" on Facebook. If you haven't already done so, you can add to that number by clicking the "Like " button found to the right of this story. Thanks!

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