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LIOS September Speaker - Michael Sinn from Canaima Orchids
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Author:  LIOS [ Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:30 am ]
Post subject:  LIOS September Speaker - Michael Sinn from Canaima Orchids

Michael Sinn from Canaima Orchid will be accepting pre-orders for the September meeting:


Born in Venezuela to German parents, Michael Sinn became fascinated with orchids when at the age of twelve he took over the care and culture of his mother’s extensive collection of Cattleyas and Oncidiums. He grew up hiking the jungles of South America whenever possible in search of Cattleyas in their natural habitats.

Using his degree in civil engineering from Universidad Metropilitana in Caracas, Michael worked as a contractor for four years in the Venezuelan Amazon State. The work afforded him opportunities to further observe habitats but, more important, he came to understand the urgency for conservation. He spent much personal time teaching local people how to pollinate the orchids, impressing upon them the need to let the plants remain in their natural habitat.

Michael’s instincts drew him toward breeding Cattleyas and Laelias, eventually starting his own nursery. By 2003, Michael and his growing family moved to Florida where he opened and continues to develop his nursery business known as Canaima Orchids. Through his excursions over the years to habitats in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, Michael’s vision remains constant: to conserve native species by producing the finest cultivars of Cattleya species possible. Orchid connoisseurs turn to him for superior seedlings and divisions.

Michael Sinn is a widely recognized top-quality breeder, honored with numerous international awards. A writer, popular lecturer, and a Judge with the American Orchid Society, he serves as Judging Chairman for the Venezuelan Orchid Association (A.V.O.).

CANAIMA ORCHIDS, 6635 Sim Barco Road, Palmetto, FL 34221

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