If you're an avid TICTALK reader, you will know that one of our TIC colleagues, Matt Riesz, is an orchid enthusiast.
Recently, Nature Coast Orchid Society in Spring Hill, FL held its annual show and two of Matt's orchids won very prestigious awards
The first plant, a species Cattleya orchid named Cattleya intermedia var. amethystina won a trophy for Best in Show, and also won the coveted Award of Merit from the American Orchid Society. This award allows Matt to add a varietal name to the plant which follows the plant and any divisions or clones of it that are made in the future.
The full plant name, ‘Emma’s Delight’ is the name Matt gave it, and the designation AM/AOS represents the award.
The other plant that received a trophy for Best Cattleya Alliance and also won an AM/AOS award is named Cattleytonia Jamaica Joy ‘Goldilocks’ AM/AOS.
To see more of Matt's beautiful orchids, click the link below