November 2017 Newsletter



Wednesday November 15th, 2017 7:00 PM-    NOTE THE DATE!

Social and Culture Question Time 6:30 PM

Cox Arboretum


Speaker: Alek Zaslawski of AWZ Orchids in Brazil.

Topic: Beautiful Brazilian Habitat (Coastal)


From Alek:  I was born and raised in Espirito Santo State and live in Vitória, on the coast. When I was young, I was always surrounded by orchids at my parents' home.  My father, Wladyslaw, started to grow orchids as a hobby in 1953, and took many trips with me to see orchids in nature. These trips were what attracted me most, and I still enjoy viewing orchids in the wild, especially in new locations.

I am a mechanical engineer and never expected to work with orchids. But they always caught my attention, and I admired their beauty and the way they grew in nature.  Around 1990, my father retired, and I quit my job as an engineer to start an orchid business with him. We were aware that orchids were quickly disappearing from the wild, and the original idea was that the orchid production would help to reduce pressure on native populations.

I also noticed that most of the plants that were collected in the past simply disappeared from collections. Typically, these plants were killed or sold to foreign growers. Over the years, my father and I have built a collection that now includes some of the best varieties found within many species, especially those belonging to the Cattleya alliance.


Currently, AWZ has an orchid collection with around 20,000 plants from all over the world. We mainly grow and propagate species from Brazil and other regions of South America, and the plants are sold all over Brazil and also shipped abroad.

AWZ cultivates their orchids in two nurseries, including 5,200 square meters (56,000 square feet) of greenhouses. One property, for cooler-growing plants, is located in Domingos Martins, at an altitude of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet), and the other, for warm growers, is located in Viana at 300 meters (990 feet).


We will meet for dinner at 5:15 at the Thai Kitchen before the meeting.  Please let Eric know if you will be joining the group!



 Mary and Russell Jones have volunteered for food for the meeting. Please let Linda know if you would be willing to help out!



Thanks to Russell Jones who has again organized the Holiday Party.  This year’s party will again be at the Golden Corral in Beavercreek on December 2 at 6 PM.  Please sign up at the meeting or RSVP to Russell Jones at


Cost to attend is simply paying for your meal upon entering the restaurant and is approximately $14 plus drinks.


Please plan to participate in the gift exchange.  Gifts can be of value between $5 and $10 (or more) but can be orchid related or other fun items such as wine, gift cards, stationary, etc.   The gift exchange is a fun tradition of the society.   Simply bring a wrapped gift and you can participate. 

Miami Valley Orchid Society

Dayton’s only place for Orchid Expertise