Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting - Miniature Vanda

  • 09 Jun 2015
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St, Winchester, MA

Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Coffee and plant sales start at 7 p.m.

Dr. Martin Motes of Motes Orchids will be speaking on miniature Vanda and will have plants for sale. He is the author of 
Vandas: Their Botany, History, and Culture, Florida Orchid Growing: Month by Month, Florida Vanda Growing.

To preorder plants and receive a 15% discount, please go to and download his exclusive list of plants available for pre-order here: MOTES Seedlings for Summer pre-salesPlease email your preorders to and include the plant number(s) and your name and mention the June 9th MOS meeting. 

Please bring a snack to share.

Martin Motes is a second generation orchidist who has been growing orchids for 60 years. He is president of Motes Orchids, a major producer of vandas. He has bred hundreds of new hybrids, for which he has received scores of American Orchid Society awards including three FCC’s and three Awards of Quality. His hybrids received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the 18th World Orchid conference in Dijon, March 2005. One hybrid garnered the trophy as “Best Vanda in Show”. Other hybrids have won medals in previous WOCs as well as at the European Orchid Conference. Additionally numerous of his hybrids have been recognized by the Royal Horticultural Society and in other international judging venues. He is an accredited American Orchid Society judge.

Martin’s frequent articles have appeared in The Fairchild Garden BulletinThe Kew Bulletin, The South Florida OrchidistThe Orchid DigestThe Orchid Review, The Malayan Orchid Review and Orchids.

Martin was an assistant professor of English at WrightStateUniversity for several years and has taught at the University of Miami and Miami-DadeCommunity   College. He spent nine years as the director of horticulture therapy at GrantCenterHospital and was a consultant on horticulture therapy for the Hospital Corporation of America.

A native Floridian, Martin has lived most of his life in Miami, Florida, but also spent 6 years in Ohio and 2 years in Yugoslavia as a Senior Fulbright lecturer at the University of Kosova. He has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean and has observed wild orchids in Ambon, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Britain, the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Florida, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Java, Malaya, Moluccas, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands and Yugoslavia.

Martin has been interviewed by both print and TV journalists on topics ranging from community issues in southern Florida to horticultural therapy and orchids. He is an appointed member of the Miami-Dade Agricultural Advisory Board. He is a research Fellow at FairchildTropicalBotanic Garden.

Martin has twice taught Vanda Production and other topics at the University of Florida Orchid Short Course in Gainesville. He has worked as a consultant in various capacities to the extensive orchid industry in South Florida. He teaches classes at FairchildTropicalGardens which in addition to Orchids include Growing Asiatic Vegetables, and Great Tasting Tomatoes for South Florida.

As many as 20 lectures a year fills Martin’s busy schedule. In the past this has included national orchid conferences in the US, Britain and Australia. He was a featured speaker at the World Orchid Conferences in Rio, Dijon, Kuala Lumpur, where he chaired the Hybridizer’s Forum and was a panel member at the Commercial Grower’s Forum and in Singapore. He is scheduled as Key Note Speaker at the South African National Orchid Conference in September 2012. He publishes a monthly news letter “ This Month in Your Orchid Collection” geared to the special needs of orchid growers in South Florida and other tropical regions.

He initiated the Redland and Tamiami International Orchid Festivals, South Florida’s two largest Orchid events.

He is currently working on a monograph of the genus Vanda with David Roberts and Lauren Gardener of Kew, with whom he has described several new species and a new genus.

To get away from the orchid greenhouse, Martin reads and occasionally, writes poetry, tends his vegetable garden, and fishes.

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