Fort Worth Orchid Society


September meeting is the second Monday in September (11th) at 7PM not the normal 1st Monday.

Allen Campbell is the speaker for the September meeting. The title is ‘Drip Irrigation – How I Learned to Love the Drip’.  Allen will share with us how he uses ¼ inch drip irrigation tubing to water his orchids and other plants. Dotty Woodson will also share with us her ideas about using drip.

Allen Campbell was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. In 1965, he moved to Abilene, Texas to attend Abilene Cristian College where he met my wife Barbara. In 1967, he serviced with the Navy, spending 4 years traveling the Pacific.  After completing his service in 1971, we moved to Arlington where I completed my college at UTA with a BBA in Management and Economics.

Allen worked in high tech, mostly in Telecommunication, for 35 years and 8 years in Prescription drug benefit programs with CVS/Caremark.

In 1989, Allen started a model trains business. He travels to 10 to 15 train shows a year; that’s about 6,000 miles a year. Most of the shows are concentrated from September through February (Christmas market). 

Allen’s mother-in-law started him on the road to growing plants. She has a greenhouse and was willing to share her plants. He purchased my first Orchid about 15 years ago and still have it. About three years ago he attended the Fort Worth Orchid Society show and became a member shortly after that show.

He currently has about 60 Orchids and a host of other potted plants, some over 40 years old.

Dotty Woodson has been growing orchids since 1973. She started with a 120 sq. ft. and now has a 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse on one acre garden at D & B Orchids, 5608 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth, TX.


Dotty has presented orchid programs to orchid growers and gardeners in many states and countries. She has written articles about orchid culture for many newspapers and magazines, appeared on television and radio shows, produced orchid videos and contributed orchid material and photographs for several books. Woodson’s DVD “Growing Orchids Made Easy with Dotty” is available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Bookstore.


Woodson is an Extension Program Specialist for Water Resources for Texas A&M Extension. Woodson started with Extension in May 1995 as a County Extension Agent in Tarrant County. Woodson has B. S. and M.S. horticulture degrees and a doctoral degree in Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership. She is a Certified Nursery Professional, Licensed Irrigator, Certified Pesticide Applicator and a Rainwater Harvesting Professional and Inspector.


Dotty appears weekly on NBC DFW Sunday Morning News to discuss water and landscape issues and of course orchids.Type your paragraph here.