Thursday, October 15, 2009

Russ Vernon to Speak on Orchid Art and Conservation at Library Friends Program

In conjunction with the Bracker Orchid Photographs exhibit, internationally recognized orchid horticulturalist Mr. Russ Vernon will present a program on “Orchid Art and Conservation” on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in Bracken Library BL-104. Sponsored by the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Mr. Vernon is a 1972 graduate of the Ohio State University where he majored in horticulture/floriculture. He has worked for Orchids by Hausermann, A & P Orchids, and Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield the cat. In 2004, he and his wife Anita started New Vision Orchids, a company specializing in Phalaenopsis, Odontoglossums and their intergenerics, Miltoniopsis and Lycastes. Their focus is on hybridizing and wholesale and retail sales. He is a judge for the American Orchid Society (AOS) and is currently the president of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance.

Earlier in the day on October 20, free tours of the Wheeler Orchid Collection at the Greenhouse in Christy Woods will be offered from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. From 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., University Libraries personnel will present a demonstration of the Bracker Orchid Photographs Digital Collection in the Helen B. and Martin D. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex on the first floor of Bracken Library.

University Development will provide free shuttle service from the Wheeler Collection to Bracken Library between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. Tours of the Charles E. Bracker Orchid Photographs Exhibit in the Archives and Special Collections will be offered prior to, and immediately following, all of the events.

For more information on the Friends program or any of these events, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, and Executive Secretary of the Friends of Bracken Library,, 765-285-5078.

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