This month’s speaker is none other than Newport Orchid Society member Winn Winmaw. Winn and his wife, Chitsaya, are on the Board of Directors for the NHOS. Winn was born in Shan State, Eastern Burma, where Cymbidiums, Vandas, Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilums are found abundantly in the wild. Winn began collecting orchids at the age of 7 and has been fascinated with them ever since.
As an undergraduate of physics at the University of Rangoon, Winn was a member of the Department of Botany’s Orchid Society. Winn also lived in Japan for four years for further study and training. He moved to the United States in 1998 and settled in Orange County.
Winn recently made several trips back to Burma to study orchids in their native habitat. He made an expedition to the Shan Plateau, which will be the subject of his talk on Wednesday night. Winn will talk about his adventurous and treacherous journey and bring us photographs of the orchids he encountered along the way. Don’t miss this exciting presentation at the San Fernando Valley Orchid Society’s next regular meeting on July 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm.