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Tim Culbertson
"What Is a Maudiae Paph and Why Should I Grow One?"
Monday, February 9, 2015
7:30PM

(Doors Open 6:30PM)

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


about our speaker

Although he teaches middle school kids for a living, one of Tim’s passions has always been plants. Mr. Culbertson began growing orchids as an offshoot from working at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia just after college.  From the very beginning it was all about Paphs, particularly awarded and select clones of historic importance, of which his collection numbers nearly 3000.  While Tim loves finding old, rare stepping stones in paph breeding, he also does a little hybridizing, and growing up his “own babies” is a blast. Mr. Culbertson is the youngest accredited judge with the American Orchid Society, and has served in various capacities with various orchid societies in California and on the East Coast.

He loves meeting other people who like orchids too, and doing so often finds him traveling to shows, vendors, and peoples’ greenhouses to see the latest and greatest in new hybrids and to get the best orchid gossip. Tim likes to be involved in plants as much as possible; in addition to Longwood, he has worked at the Smithsonian Institution tending to their orchids, and for years for the United States National Arboretum, collecting rare plants and documenting cultivated species and hybrids for their herbarium.  In short, he really likes plants!  For tonight’s meeting, he’ll be sharing a presentation on Maudiae-type paphs.  These plants are easy to grow and flower, are vigorous, and have low demands on light and fertilizer, and as such are wonderful plants!  Tremendous advancements in breeding Maudiae-type paphs have been made recently, and he will share some of these with you, as well as help identify some of the important species in the backgrounds of historically important and modern Maudiae-type paphs.  By the end of this presentation, you will have a new appreciation of what goes into breeding trends for these types of plants, as well as an appreciation of their beautiful flowers and ease-of-growth.  Mr. Culbertson will be providing a plant table of the newest, modern, cutting-edge Maudiae-paph-style breeding, with both blooming and unbloomed plants.

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