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Old 04-18-2008, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Des View Post
I developed an interest in growing plants at a very young age , so I tend to think that plant people are just born that way Oh and by the way you 30 year old folk, you know how quickly it seems to be that you got to be 30 it takes the same time to get to be 60
"We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?"

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Old 04-18-2008, 05:10 PM
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Actually it takes less time
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Old 04-20-2008, 03:36 AM
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Hello, 'tis I. I left a comment on your blog. It looks really cool: I'll explore some more in the coming weeks. Erm, I'm 27 now, but I caught orchid fever when I was 20. So that's seven years suffering this gorgeous disease!
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:13 PM
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My first orchids were purchased when I was 20. I progressed from windowsills to florescent lights to a small greenhouse, then to a larger greenhouse over several years. I subscribed to AOS early on but didn't join an orchid society until I had grown plants for 20 years.

I decided to enter plants in an orchid show out of curiousity, I think it was 5 plants and 2 of them received HCC/AOS awards. That prompted the locals to ask me to join their society, so I did. A year later, I became President of the society and did so for 3 years.

Soon thereafter I got curious about the regional Judging and would attend just to see the procedures and interactions. Of course that led to being asked to become a judge and after 7 years I became accredited.

It's not over yet....Now I'm the Chair of the Judging Region and my ability to say no hasn't achieved any progress.

Just a short lesson in being interested in orchids at a young age! Over time, I have met and learned from several legends in the orchid world, and I cherish the friendships that have developed. It isn't an elite club, but a progression of a lifetime of curiousity and learning.

There is always more to learn, and the deeper you get, the more you realize how much you don't know!
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:49 PM
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Thanks for sharing that Phantasm! I have met some of the most interesting people due to my love of orchids.
Your last sentence is profoundly true! Amen to that.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:15 PM
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Letter to AOS Female

I'm 18 going on 19 right now and have been fascinated with orchids since I was about 9 or 10. Been growing orchids when money permits since I was about 12. (God I love my mom for putting up with my addiction.) But A LOT of my friends wouldn't even give them a passing by. It's just like RoyalOrchids said a lot of younger people just don't have the patience to enjoy this great hobby. And a lot of younger people are the hurry it along kind. But I am proud to be a young orchid grower!
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:13 AM
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hi everyone,
im 15 turning 16, and i started growing orchids when i was 13. i think it would be really good to get more young people interested in orchids, but there is that ideology and look on you, especially for young men, when you grow them. also, like someone eles mentioned, with the amount of homework, chores, and other things to do, young people want to hang out with there friends, not go looking for orchids, or caring for them. and i agree with Des, it seems you have to be born with a passion for gardening and flowers to really appreciate orchids.


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Old 04-22-2008, 06:00 AM
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Letter to AOS Male

I'm a 30 year old male and I started trying to grow orchids in high school. My mother and grandfather were avid gardeners so I suppose I inherited my green thumb from them. My first botanical interest as a kid was in carnivorous plants which were "neat" because they ate bugs, followed by cacti and succulents which were "neat" because of the wide variety of weird shapes, followed by bonsais which were "neat" because they were small trees, followed by orchids which were "neat" because they grow on trees.

So in my case, and as others have already mentioned, it was an "easy sell" to make the transition to orchids from other plants. But most youngsters, green thumbs or not, have some level of curiosity about the unusual...the "neat" factor so to speak. On those occasions when young family members visit, they are infinitely more curious about the plants growing on branches than they are about the ones growing in pots.

Practically speaking, the AOS could create large educational posters, brochures, etc. specifically designed with students in mind and send the material to the various orchid societies. The orchid societies could set up the educational materials along with orchid trees at local botanical gardens and schools.

On a slightly different tangent...to put it delicately, I've found the AOS to be a less than useful resource for orchid information. Which is surprising given that information dissemination is supposedly one of their top missions. On the off chance they should happen to read this... here are a couple suggestions..

First, they should digitize and make available their orchid magazine articles...starting with their most recent (which should already be digitized) and working their way back. The digitized collection should be searchable and I would have no problem paying a dollar or two to download a pdf document of an interesting article.

Second, they should embrace and endorse Orchids Wiki or start their own wikipedia type website dedicated to orchids. The other day I read an interesting statistic that the Encyclopedia Britannica website receives 21 million hits per month while Wikipedia receives nearly 4 billion hits per month.

The information dissemination model of the AOS is obsolete and they should take cues from websites such as orchidculture.com and orchidspecies.com to become more relevant in our "information on demand" society.
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:15 AM
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I concur with the lack of young people... At least in my country. I live in Mexico and I've been going to some AMO (Mexican Orchideology Association) shows and i'm pretty sure i'm the youngest guy over there. Sometimes I feel awkward as i see that he youngest one must have at least 30...
I've introduced some of my friends to this very fascinating orchid world, but it kinda feels weird to be the youngest ones over there with a somewhat serious interest for 'chids.
About what Orchidphile said, i dont find it so hard due to social perception, but due to the lack of promotion that events recieve. Sometimes i think they can be very imited to the public they are aimed, since at least over here in my experience they are mostly announced to AMO members and one or two yahoo orchid groups. I think if they were more public focused it may help in bringing more young people to the world of orchids.
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Old 05-04-2008, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Ross View Post
So I'm 64, is that old! Where's the line?
There is no line. Of course I can say that because I am at what some would consider a line. But is all about spirit and heart.
This is a good thread and great job blondie. The best way to get anyone involve is through action which I see happing with blondie's letter to AOS and this thread.
We live in such a fast pace world these days, everyone could learn something from slowing down a little and what better way then to grow...anything really.
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