huntington orchid tour
The "second part" of our regular May 2016 OSSC meeting will be on Saturday, May
21, 2016: a "behind the scenes" tour of
the orchid greenhouses at the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens. OSSC members in good standing are invited
to join us in a tour guided by Brandon Tam, the Huntington's
check out Brandon's orchid-oriented blog here.) All members, their
spouses and partners are welcome on this tour.
Members need to meet at the ticket booth at the front entrance of the
Huntington at 9:30am sharp, where a ticket to the grounds will be issued.
Once the administrative work is completed, we will walk to the greenhouses
for the 10:00am tour. (It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the
greenhouses.) The tour will take between 2 and 2.5 hours,
after which members are invited to have lunch at one of the five restaurants
on the Huntington's ground (OSSC webmaster's two cents: while all are
great, the Chinese Garden Tea House rocks!) or bring
your own. Afterwards, members are invited to spend the
rest of the afternoon wandering about the grounds and/or buildings. All
members with OSSC badges should wear them, and don't forget to wear
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is located
at 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA. An interactive map with
directions is found below.
about our host
Photo: Dan Goss
Brandon Tam has been growing orchids since the age of 7 starting with a white
flowering Cymbidium his grandmother gave to him. She has been the source of
his inspiration to further his studies within the botanical world and pursue
a career within that field. She would bring him to their local nursery where
she would let him pick a plant each time they went. Over time, not only did
his orchid collection grow, but his knowledge in that field did too.
At the age of 14, he began volunteering at The Huntington Library, Art
Collections and Botanical Gardens where he helped out among the different
areas of the institution. From tending to the plants of the Conservatory to
database entry of pressed specimens in the Herbarium, there were always
plenty of opportunities to quench his thirst for plant knowledge.
When Brandon turned 16, he graduated from high school and began attending
college. A few months after graduating high school, the Director of the
Botanical Gardens at The Huntington offered Brandon an internship within the
Orchid Department to reorganize and perpetuate the collection. He graduated
from the California State
University, Pomona with a Bachelors in
Plant Science degree.
Currently at the age of 22, Brandon is an Orchid Specialist focusing
mostly in Paphiopedilums since a large chunk of the collection at The
Huntington consists of that specific genus. Overseeing a 16,000 plant
collection is no easy task but Brandon manages to get it done, in addition
to receiving 5 FCCs from the American Orchid Society in the
past 2 years. . From hybridizing new plants to the propagation of rare and
endangered species, it is a high priority for The Huntington to further the
advancements of plants within the Orchid world. At the moment, Brandon is
working on the conservation aspect of the collection while collecting and
adding more rare orchids to The Huntington’s fast growing collection. He
stays active in the orchid world by being a member of 7 different orchid
societies located all over Southern California while being on the Board of
Directors at The San Gabriel Valley Orchid Society. Brandon’s participation
in the orchid world is very limited at the moment due to his busy schedule
working full time.
In 2015, Brandon took on the position of Show Director
of The Huntington Botanical Gardens International Orchid Show. He will be
managing this show again this year and will be hosting the AOS
Members' Meeting in conjunction with the Huntington Botanical
Gardens International Orchid Show.
interactive map to the tour
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