Our December issue features a beautifully illustrated article on breeding miniature blue cattleyas by Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids. Featured as a spotlight is hot-off-the-press Award of Quality for Cycnoches cooperi developed by Ben Oliveros at Orchid Eros and superbly photographed by Glen Barfield. Joseph Arditti takes us through the origin of Papilionanthe (then Vanda) Miss Joaquim and all its intrigue and controversy and rounding out the December issue, Peter R. Schuster tells us about his experiences with Paphiopedilum gigantifolium and how to grow it.
Also in this issue
Book Review - The Natural Genus Vanda
Collector's Item - Acineta erythroxantha
Conservation Update - Diversity of Orchid Species in Antioquia - Colombia
For the Novice - Winter Care Tips
Genus of the Month - Bletilla
GREATIdeas - A Super Hook for Pot Hangers
Judges' Corner - Orchid Societies and Judging Centers: The Golden Relationship
Mini Blue Cattleyas - The Influence of Cattleya Mini Purple, Love Knot and Cornelia
New Education Grants
Orchids Illustrated - Leochilus
Paphiopedilum gigantifolium - The Species with Curiously Deflexed Petals
Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim - How did it Originate?