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North Jersey Orchid Society July 10 Meeting with Featured Speaker Tom Mirenda

North Jersey Orchid Society

Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

North Jersey Orchid Society July 10 Meeting with...

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Dinner and Presentation
This free ticket is for a reservation to attend dinner and the presentation by Tom Mirenda. A reservation is required to ensure that we have adequate seating for this event. Deadline for registration is July 5. Cost of dinner is $14 per person (cash only) and is served buffet style. Includes salad, bread, entrees, coffee or tea, fresh fruit and dessert. Dinner starts at 7:00 pm. Money for dinner will be collected at the door. Seating is limited, please register early.
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Presentation Only
This free ticket is for a reservation to attend the presentation only. A reservation is required to ensure that we have adequate seating for this event. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm. Please arrive no later than 7:45 pm. Seating is limited, please register early. Deadline for registration is July 5.
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**** THIS IS A FREE EVENT ****

The North Jersey Orchid Society is proud to present Tom Mirenda as its speaker for the July 10, 2014 meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend the event but must register in advance. Seating is limited, please register early. Registration deadline is July 5. Cost of optional dinner is $14 per person. See details in Registration section. NJOS members do not need to register.

Tom Mirenda has been the Orchid Collection Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution for the last 10 years, where he cares for and curates an extremely diverse collection of orchid species and hybrids from all over the world. His position includes developing and producing huge educational exhibits using the collection plants that last up to 4 months. and visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Trained originally as a Marine Biologist, Tom made the switch to plants and orchids in his late 20s while living in Hawaii. Since then he has worked with orchids at NY Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and an extensive private collection at Greentree Estate in Long Island. Tom was also the floor manager at the New York International orchid Show for many years  during this period. For the last 6 years, Tom has contributed two columns each month for the American Orchid Society's publication, ORCHIDS magazine, and is developing a new book based on those writings. Tom travels frequently around the US and internationally, making presentations to diverse audiences, from scientists to the general public, about orchid ecology, pollination biology, strategies for orchid conservation. He is passionate about seeking collaboration between the worlds of Botanic Gardens, the hobbyist community, commercial growers and scientists to work together toward the goal of protecting orchids and their habitats. Currently working on a project to coordinate and centralize North American orchid conservation efforts, Tom hopes to extend the influence to other parts of the world where orchids are imperiled. 

Tom's presentation will be on The Mysteries of Orchid Pollination (a.k.a. the orchid porno show). This talk discusses the various adaptations orchids have developed as pollination strategies, including food, brood site, pollen, and mating deceptions, pseudo-copulation, co-evolution with pollinators, and other methods of species isolation.



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Hanover Manor
16 Eagle Rock Ave
East Hanover, NJ 07936

Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)


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North Jersey Orchid Society

North Jersey Orchid Society is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of orchids and to fostering the art of orchid growing. www.njorchids.org

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