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1255 Navel Place
Vista, CA 92081

fred.clarke@att.net

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Talks Available

“Cycnoches, Mormodes, Catasetums recent trends”
A review of the amazing world of Catasetinae. A lively and entertaining presentation, amazing pictures and the making of Fredclarkeara After Dark ‘the blackest orchid seen.'  Also includes a thorough review of plant culture.

Cycnoches, Mormodes, and Catasetums are three related genera from the Tribe Cymbidieae. Individually, each has been considered an orchid oddity, or “botanical”, of interest mainly to the seriously addicted enthusiast. These plants have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect. These robust orchids are native to lowland tropical forests in Central and South America and are usually grown in warm or intermediate conditions. Commercially, Catasetum, Cycnoches (or ‘Swan’ orchids) and Mormodes (or ‘Goblin’ orchids) have occupied a small market niche on the edge of a sea of Cymbidiums, Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, and so on. Until recently, they have not attracted much attention from hybridizers, but in the past several years some spectacular hybrids have been produced, receiving great acclaim and an increasingly large collection of awards from the American Orchid Society.

The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista. Fred has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.

He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Paphiopedilum and Aussie Dendrobium hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out!

His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received over 100 awards worldwide with nine FCC’s and thirty AM’s from the AOS judges!

Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

 

“Catasetinae Species and their Cultivation”
The species Catasetum is reviewed, learn about the fascinating sexually dimorphic flowers and their plant culture.

Fred Clarke Sunset Valley Orchids “Catasetum Species and their Cultivation” Catasetum and related genera are from the Tribe Cymbidieae. They have been considered an orchid oddity, or “botanical”, of interest mainly to the seriously addicted enthusiast. These plants have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect. These robust orchids are native to lowland tropical forests in Central and South America and are usually grown in warm or intermediate conditions. Commercially, Catasetum have occupied a small market niche on the edge of a sea of Cymbidiums, Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, and so on. This talk will feature some excellent species and hybrids of Catasetum. Learn about the fascinating sexually dimorphic flowers flower by a complete plant culture section

The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista. Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.

He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Paphiopedilum, Australian Dendrobium, and some others to be named if they work out! His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received over 100 awards worldwide.

 Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

 

“Venezuela's National Flower, Cattleya mossiae”
A beautiful expose of C. mossiae in the wild, amazing pictures of thousands of flowers covering the trees. Learn about the habitat and the perils that await C. mossiae.

Cattleya mossiae is the queen of Venezuelan Cattleya's. Once the most popular corsage flowers for Mother’s day, it is now rarely seen in collections and cut flower trade. See the magnificent pictures of C. mossiae in the wild presented in PowerPoint presentation. Learn about it habitat and the perils that await the future for the queen of Venezuelan Cattleya’s.

The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista. Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California. He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Paphiopedilum and Aussie Dendrobium hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out!

His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received over 100 awards worldwide with nine FCC’s and thirty AM’s from the AOS judges!

Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

“Today’s Mini and Compact Cattleya’s”
A detailed look at the species and latest developments in the breeding and growing of these colorful flowers.

Today Mini and Compact growing Cattleya’s come in many colors and shapes. Learn about the small growing Cattleya species, the important breeding plants and what hybrids are available for the orchid enthusiast. In conclusion we cover the ‘best growing practices’ for cultivations these little gems.

 The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista. Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.

 He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Paphiopedilum and Aussie Dendrobium hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out! His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received over 100 awards worldwide with nine FCC’s and thirty AM’s from the AOS judges!

Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society. 

 

“Spotted and Splashed Cattleyas”
What a fascinating group of Orchids! This talks is a detailed look at the latest developments in the breeding and growing of these colorful flowers.

Spotted and splashed Cattleyas come in many colors and shapes. Learn about the important breeding plants and what hybrids are available for the orchid enthusiast. In conclusion we cover the ‘best growing practices’ for cultivation of these colorful and showy Orchids

The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista. Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.

He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Paphiopedilum and Aussie Dendrobium hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out! His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received over 100 awards worldwide with nine FCC’s and thirty AM’s from the AOS judges!

 Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

 

“Aussie Dendrobiums and their Cultivation” 
Our friends down under have been breeding their native Dendrobiums and creating some fantastic flowers; the word is out!   Aussie Dens are easy to grow, tolerant of heat and cold, have fragrant flowers, and re-bloom from the old bulbs!!!  They grow well with Cattleyas and in frost-free areas. They are perfect plants for the shade house.   

Our friends down under have been breeding their native Dendrobiums and creating some fantastic flowers, the word is out! Aussie Dens are easy to grow, tolerant of heat and cold, have fragrant flowers, and re-bloom from the old bulbs!!! They grow well in a wide variety of conditions, they are perfect plants for summering in the shade house and then bring in doors once night are in the low 40’s or stay outside year-round in frost free areas. In conclusion we cover the ‘best growing practices’ for cultivating these remarkable plants.

The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista. Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California. He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Paphiopedilum and Aussie Dendrobium hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out!

His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received over 100 awards worldwide with nine FCC’s and thirty AM’s from the AOS judges!

Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

 

"Becoming an 80 Percentile Grower"
Ever wonder what the most important requirements are for growing the best orchids?

Learn about the underlying reasons of how and why orchids grow as they do. Then explore the fundamentals and advanced growing techniques to best grow them. Orchid plant culture is explained as you have never heard it before. Learn how to become an 80 percentile grower, expect to be wowed by this talk!

The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista. Fred has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.

He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Paphiopedilum and Aussie Dendrobium hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out!

His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received over 100 awards worldwide with nine FCC’s and thirty AM’s from the AOS judges!

Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.

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2020 Speaking and Show Schedule

  • New Port Harbor Orchid Show at West Minster Mall, Los Angeles, Feb. 8-9 
    Preorders accepted via e-mail
  • 68th Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco, Feb. 21-223 
    Preorders accepted via e-mail
  • Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, March 13-15  Canceled
    Preorders accepted via e-mail
  • San Diego County Orchid Show, March 28-29 Canceled
    Preorders accepted via e-mail
  • 5 Cites Orchid Show, California April 10-12 Canceled
    Preorders accepted via e-mail
  • Redland Orchid Festival, Florida, May 15-17 Canceled
    Preorders accepted via e-mail
  • Conejo OS Monday, June 8 at 7:00 PM.  “Becoming an 80% Grower” Zoom Meeting
  • SVO Open House, June 13th Canceled, replaced with a website SALE, June 8th to 11th
  • Oregon Orchid Society in Portland, June 17th   Canceled
  • Memphis Orchid Society, June 28th Zoom Meeting
  • Cincinnati Orchid Seminar, July 11th    Canceled
  • Cincinnati AOS Judging Sunday, July 12th     Canceled
  • Orchid Society of the Ozarks, July 19th Canceled
  • Cattleya Symposium, Florida, July 31 -August 1  Canceled
  • Tide Water Orchid Society, Virginia Aug. 30th  Canceled
  • American Orchid Society Judging Toronto, Canada, Sept. 5th   Canceled
  • Southern Ontario Orchid Society, Canada, Sept. 6th  Canceled
  • Hilo Orchid Society, Sept. 12th   Canceled
  • Maui Orchid Society, Sep.t 15th  Canceled
  • Northwest Orchid Society, Seattle, Oct. 12th  Canceled
  • Sarasota Orchid Society, Florida, Nov. 2nd  Canceled
  • St. Augustine Orchid Society, Florida, Nov. 3rd  Canceled
  • Venice Area Orchid Society, Florida, Nov. 4th  Canceled
  • Naples Orchid Society, Florida, Nov. 5th  Canceled
  • Central Florida Orchid Society, Florida, Nov. 9th  Canceled
  • Jacksonville Orchid Society, Florida, Nov. 10th  Canceled
  • Platinum Coast Orchid Society, Florida, Nov. 11th  Canceled
  • Florida West Coast Orchid Society, Nov. 12th  Canceled
  • New Port Harbor Orchid Society, California Nov. 17th  Canceled
  • Minnesota Orchid Society, Nov. 21st “Catasetum species and hybrids”  Canceled
  • Sunday Amateurs, Nursery visit, Nov. 29th Sunday  Canceled
  • SVO Virtual Open House, December 8th-11th Check out the web site on Dec 5th for details.

 


1255 Navel Place
Vista, CA 92081
(760) 310-0778
fred.clarke@att.net
www.sunsetvalleyorchids.com

 

 

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