Speaker October 15, 2015

Louise Odom

Speaking on

"The Power of Fragrance"

  I attended St. Mary College in Maryland and the University of Maryland as an art major.  I grew roses while raising four children (which included a set of twin boys).  I applied to be a rose judge and became the youngest woman rose judge on the east coast.  Later, I was asked to be on the panel of the research team of Jackson & Perkins roses.

  Moving to Florida I found out rose bushes were not easy to grow here.  My first love was always orchids, so I started growing them as a hobby in my screened in porch located in Ocean Ridge.  I met John Odom through my doctor who was one of his customers.  The "orchid addiction" sat in, and I became a "volunteer" at John's greenhouse helping with shows, customers and repotting orchids.  I became his business partner for 10 years and we married in the year 2000.  I was officially in the "orchid business".

  I taught beginners orchid classes for about 15 years at the greenhouse. and have found over the years there is an intense desire with many people to learn about orchid culture.  Orchids are loved and admired by many, but they are most intimating to most people.  My hobbies include raising Swans, Rottweiler's, Orchids, and a perfume bottle collector.  I belong to the International Perfume Bottle Association, which has contributed to my love of fragrances.  My most prized accomplish is when I received my Doctorate degree in Theology in May 2012.


Louise will be furnishing the Raffle table and will be bringing plants to sell.

Members selling table closed


 Speaker November 19, 2015

Rafael Romero

Speaking on

"Orchid Tales"


"Orchid Tales" are orchids that have interesting stories or history such as Neofinetia falcate, Brassavola digbyana, Brassavola nodosa, Vanilla planifolia, etc.

  Rafael Romero was born in Caracas, Venezuela and graduated as a biologist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar.  He began working with orchids in 1986 with his father-in-law, Henrique Graf, owner of Plantio La Orquidea, the largest orchid nursery in Venezuela. 

  Together with his wife, Rafael started the laboratory at Plantio la Orchidea in 1986 where they produce the species and hybrids for which they are known.  They moved to Sarasota in 2003 and started their nursery, approximately 10,000 sq. ft., where they established a good sample of the species and hybrids produced in Venezuela as well as adding interesting species and hybrids from around the world.

  Rafael will be sharing his knowledge and experiences as well as answering questions and will have a fine selection of his orchids available for sale. Plantio La Orquidea is one of our fine local growers and is located at 3480 Tallevast Road in Sarasota, Florida.  Rafael has also been a vendor in the annual Vero Beach Orchid Show since 2006.

Rafael will be furnishing the Raffle table and will bringing plants to sell.

Members selling table closed.




At the Vero Beach Orchid Society we are dedicated to the continuing education of orchids and the sharing of our collective knowledge with the community. 


Through monthly meetings and great speakers, creating table displays at various show, and sharing everything you need to know to grow big beautiful orchids we try to help you every step of the way. Please join us at our next monthly meeting or sit in and see what a great group of orchid growers you will be getting to know and what a great time we have at our monthly meetings.