October Speaker: Cynthia Hill
Marie Waskow Award
Auction & BBQ - Digital Only
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
My Top 10 Favorite Orchids & How I Grow Them
Tuesday, October 10th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Join us for a fun and light-hearted discussion from one of our local favorites, Cindy Hill. She will give us a personal tour of the orchids that she has found most rewarding to grow over the decades, including species from the genus Coelogyne, Laelia, Dendrobium, Cochlioda, Cleisocentron, Neofinetia and Schoenorchis. If you missed this talk at the Orchid Digest Speaker’s Day at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in June, you will not want to miss it this October 10th!
About Cindy Hill:
So much can be said about Cindy who dedicated her professional life to biotech research, worked for a time at Ocean Park, the marine mammal park in Hong Kong, and made part of the women’s dragonboat team who won the 1994 championship in Victoria Harbor.
She has been growing orchids for pleasure for over 40 years, beginning on a kitchen windowsill in St. Louis with a mail-order plant of Slc. Jewel Box ‘Scheherazade’. Now living in the Bay Area since 2005, she grows around 500 species of orchids in an intermediate greenhouse. She has a special interest in propagating some of the rare and unusual species in her collection. Plants she has cultivated have received the highest cultural and flower quality awards from the American Orchid Society.
Cindy served as Acting Editor of Orchid Digest magazine for five years, and has been a long-time member of the Publication Committee of both ORCHIDS Magazine and Orchid Digest. Her articles have appeared in both magazines, as well as in Die Orchideen.
Come meet Cindy this Oct 10th and leave with her trade growing tricks and hopefully some orchids from her personal collection of desired and rare species.
Speaker's Dinner - Tuesday, October 10th @ 5pm: Join us for dinner with Cindy at Sea Thai Bistro 2350 Midway Drive. Please RSVP by 5pm Monday October 9th.
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Greetings SCOS Members,
This years BBQ & Auction is now in the history books & if you missed it- I’m sorry. Our auctioneer, Alan Koch from Gold Country Orchids, was at the top of his game!
The weather was perfect, the orchids - amazing & the food - wonderful, thanks to all who brought dishes to share. I heard many positive comments & people left with their new treasures & smiling faces. Had it not been for Ann Possinger & Susan Anderson stepping up to co-chair this event, we would not have enjoyed this special day. Also stepping up were Earl & Kathy Rathbun to manage the auction proceedings with assistance from Lynne Paulus and Kris & Jim Foster. Also a big thank you to Lynne Murrel for making the arrangements with Alan!
A very special thank you goes to David & Becky Jackson. Not only do they open their wonderful home to us, they help move & set up tables, chairs & canopies for everyone’s comfort, then they help take everything down, load it up & return it.
In addition to this - David is our Master BBQ Chef! These two do everything!!
Others who pitched in to help set up & take down were Billie MacCarthy & Leticia Caruso. Supplying extra tables &/or canopies were Billie, Lynne Murrell & Dale Martin. Thanks to all who participated in any way!
Now we’re all enjoying Indian Summer & probably thinking about the upcoming holidays. I ask you to also be thinking about your orchids. What do they need now? We will want to see ALL your lovely blooms at the Spring Show – even those that you don’t want judged. We also need to have you volunteer. The show is a team effort & if you are member of SCOS – you are on the team!!
Our speaker in October is Cindy Hill. Come & enjoy her presentation & learn more about the culture & care of these wonderful creations we all enjoy!
Looking forward to seeing you October 10th.
Stay well & happy growing!
Jeanne Van Blarcom
AOS october Webinars
For all of you who found themselves in the path of Hurricane Irma, we hope this finds you safe and sound having survived the catastrophic event. We were fortunate at AOS Headquarters and the AOS Library and Archives, located in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden at Coral Gables, Florida, to suffer no major damage inside the buildings and are now back to business as usual. We are blessed to have a staff that truly cares about the well being of our organization and are grateful for their extraordinary efforts during this terrible event. Unfortunately, the Gardens suffered all the devastating effects of Irma and have a long path to the restoration of many felled trees, damaged collections and grounds.
ADDITIONALLY…the storm destroyed or damaged most of the park’s nonnative trees. Thankfully, the garden’s priceless orchid collection weathered the hurricane and the park’s rarer trees still stand, such as the baobab tree, the cannonball tree and the rainbow eucalyptus. THE GARDEN WILL REOPEN THIS WEEKEND DUE TO THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS. THANK YOU!
AOS WEBINAR - Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! - Webinar Details Page - Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton for a Q&A session on orchid culture. Please submit your questions by October 10th to email@example.com
By Krystal Goulart
NEWS FROM THE AOS HEADQUARTERS
AOS WEBINAR - Judging Pleurothallids
Wednesday, October 4h, 2017 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM PST
Members Only - Webinar Details Page - Registration Page
Join Esteban (Steve) Gonzalez and review how to judge those beautiful and diminutive pleurothallids.
Want to WIN a free raffle ticket? Bring a refreshment to share!
Let the folks at the opportunity table know when you bring a refreshment to receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing. Winner gets first choice from the opportunity table as a Thank You for helping out!
Refreshments are based on the first letter of your last name so check the calendar below for the monthly meeting that corresponds with your last name.
Please consider bringing a snack even when "it is not your turn". The more goodies, the better! PLUS you still receive a free raffle ticket and who doesn't want that!
WE NEED HELP!
Like many non-profit organizations, we rely solely on volunteers to accomplish the day-to-day business of running the society in addition to organizing and staffing special events. The SCOS needs your help! It would be greatly appreciated if you can spare just a few hours monthly or help out from time to time during special events. Below is a list of a few upcoming volunteer opportunities:
AOS / Orchid Digest Representative: Requires an active AOS membership and is responsible for obtaining content for the AOS/Digest Corner to be published in the monthly newsletter. Attendance at monthly board meetings is preferred but optional. 2 - 4 hours monthly. Contact Krystal for more details.
Website Updates: Requires some knowledge of WordPress and is responsible for keeping the site updated with fresh content including upcoming events, speaker information, calendar dates, event images and various other information which our members might find useful. 2 - 6 hours monthly. Contact Robyn for more details.
2018 Spring Show: This is the Society's major fund-raiser of the year and we look to our valued members to assist in this endeavor. No orchid knowledge is required for a majority of the open positions and it is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow orchid lovers!
We have several openings for Committee Chairs. If you want more information about the show and the various volunteer opportunities available, please contact Jeanne for more information
Have a special talent or expertise in an area you don't see listed but want to help? Contact Jeanne and let her know your area of interest - we will gladly accept all offers of assistance!
2017 Refreshment Calendar
Have an announcement? Personal story regarding your trials and tribulations growing orchids? Send it to us before the 23rd of the month and we will add it to the newsletter as space allows. Newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com
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SCOS Member's page
The SCOS Family extends their deepest sympathies to long-time member Juanita Spencer's family upon news of her passing on September 1st. Juanita was an orchid enthusiast for over 60 years and an active member of the society for many years. Juanita and her husband Sam were awarded the Marie Waskow Award in 1999 in recognition of their years of service to the society. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
marie wasKow award
Each year members of our Society vote to honor a member who has given outstanding service to the Sonoma County Orchid Society. Please read the ballot on page 11 for more information and instructions. For more info about Marie, read the article on our website. Please take the time to cast your vote, we have a lot of hard working folks in our society who deserve recognition!
We have 94 Memberships
Please Welcome Our Newest Members:
scos facebook page
Don't forget to "Like" the SCOS Facebook Page! Help promote our page by posting pictures of your orchids and "liking" fellow member posts! Also, check our page for event info!
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Don’t forget to wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag!
If you would like to order a permanent name badge, email Lynne Murrell firstname.lastname@example.org
contribute to Mary gerritsen's next book!
Do you grow orchids hydroponically, semi-hydroponically or in a terrarium?
If so, Mary Gerritsen would like to talk to you about your experiences.
She is working on a new basic culture book for the American Orchid Society and would like to get some input from people growing orchids under these conditions. Please contact her at email@example.com.
MEMBERSHIP DUES RENEW EACH JULY
The annual $25 Membership Dues support our society & offer great member benefits! If you have not already done so, please renew your dues!
We accept cash, check or credit card at every General Meeting. Stop by the membership table and Lynne Murrell will be glad to assist.
Online renewal is available using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
Present: Jeanne VanBlarcom; President, Cindy Bertino; Secretary, Fran Miller; Treasurer, Billie MacCarthy; Meetings, Karen Wofford; Ways & Means, Lynne Murrell; Membership, Robyn Chosy; Newsletter / Web
Absent: Krystal Goulart; Vice President & Angelique Fry; Past President
Visitors: Susan Anderson, Ann Conger, Earl Rathbun & Ben Snow
Minutes approved after corrections
Rack was set-up in storage unit
No Report; Absent - Earl to perform VP duties during October General Meeting
Checking: $1,315.54 - Savings: $28,001.56
Current Membership - 151; 94 Paid (including 3 new members) & 57 Unpaid
Newsletter / Web / Communication:
Switch Website Host Provider: Robyn recommended GoDaddy with long term contract (2-3 years). Cost will be within budget.
Bylaws and Constitution: Committee approval pending due to scheduling conflicts.
Spring Show 2018: A few Committee Chairs were filled and Jeanne will continue to solicit for volunteers.
BBQ: Recommend we book 2018 event location and request Alan to return well in advance. Re-brand event as "Orchid Auction & BBQ" to focus on auction vs. BBQ.
Budget: 2017 -2018 Fiscal Year Budget was approved.
Holiday Party: Foxtail Country Club is under new management and has not responded to requests for a quote. Committee Chair Billie will follow-up with vendor and research possible alternative locations. Event date is scheduled for Tuesday December 12th.
2018 Bus Trip: Susan Anderson & Lynne Murrell to Co-Chair. Ann Conger will be on the committee.
Orchid Supplies: Orchiata price jumped significantly to $25 per bag. Possible price break on larger orders. Unable to secure a storage location if large quantity ordered. Jeanne to continue to investigate options.
Marie Waskow Award: Ballot & award information to be included in October Newsletter.
Next Board Meeting: October 19th at Jeanne VanBlarcom's home
If you are planning to vacation, or need a caretaker, I am available to care for your home, garden and/or greenhouse. I also provide piano concerts in the home or for organizations. Contact Nixy Rickles, 415.336.9446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
GARDEN ART SUNCATCHERS:
Dazzling, colorful glass and porcelain flowers make a great addition to any garden, if not for yourself, as a one-of-a-kind gift, (made from re-purposed plates). To see pictures of individual pieces, contact Billie MacCarthy at any SCOS meeting, Email or call 707.303.6867
The Society has purchased for our library, "Bulbophyllums; An Incomplete Guide; From A to Why" written by July's Speaker, Bill Thoms. To check-out this book, please see our Librarian, Helen Orgill.
A whimsical book on Bulbophyllums, the largest genus in the orchid family. This covers every aspect of growing and hybridizing with plenty of no-nonsense tips to help the grower overcome any obstacle and produce the most flowers and the largest growth possible in the shortest time.
Also included are chapters unraveling some of the identification mysteries that have been problems to growers for decades. With over 380 photos of species, new hybrids and culture, this book should help the grower of any genus, especially BULBOPHYLLUMS.
This volume is available for purchase through Amazon if you want your own personal copy. Don't forget to use the special link when you purchase so the Society receives a percentage of the sale. Link to purchase HERE
A New Addition to the scos Library!
Milo Baker Chapter 46th Annual California Native Plant Sale
Saturday, October 14th 9am - 1pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
1351 Maple Avenue Santa Rosa CA (across from fairgrounds)
Shrubs, Perennials, Bulbs, and Seeds. Expert gardeners present to answer questions. Cards, Books, Posters, and T-Shirts
Free Parking - Free Admission - Credits Cards Accepted
For more information: Visit milobaker.cnps.org
2017 Plant Sale Species List (PDF)
10/7: Diablo View Show & Sale
10/14: Native Plant Sale
10/20 - 22: Huntington International Show & Sale
10/21: Fall Native Plant Sale
10/21: Plant Exchange
11/4: Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Open House & Auction
11/10 - 11: Carmel Orchid Festival
12/12: SCOS Holiday Dinner
SAVE THE DATE
Huntington Botanical Gardens 3rd Annual International Orchid Show
Friday - Sunday, October 20th - 22nd 10am – 5pm
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Brody Botanical Center
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Theme: Orchid Artistry
Celebrate the amazing diversity of orchids—a vast family of more than 22,000 species in 880 genera—as hundreds of exotic blooms compete for honors at The Huntington’s 3rd annual International Orchid Show and Sale. The event will showcase lush displays by local and regional orchid societies and international growers, and vendors will have a wide range of orchid plants and related merchandise for sale.
For more information:
Diablo View Orchid Society Show & Sale - Orchid Extravaganza
Saturday, October 7th 10am - 5pm
First Lutheran Church
4000 Concord Blvd. Concord, CA 94519
- Orchid Workshops
- Repotting Service ($5 up to 5" pot)
For more information:
The Fall Plant Exchange
Saturday, October 21st 12pm - 4pm
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland
The Plant Exchange, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, is a community and a celebration that encourages resource sharing, reuse, recycling, and organic living. Our mission is to encourage green practices and support Oakland’s designation as one of the greenest cities in the country.
The premier program of The Plant Exchange is its semi-annual, free, one-day event where gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, educators, and enthusiasts all come together to exchange plants, equipment, tools, and information about ways to make our urban environment more sustainable, aesthetic, and healthy.
The event also features gardening demos, food trucks, a live band, raffle prizes, and more! And, it is all free to everyone.
For more information:
Call: (510) 866-8482
Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
23rd Annual Fall Native Plant Sale
Saturday, October 21st 1pm - 5pm
Miraloma Park Improvement Club,
350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, California 94127
To take advantage of the Winter rains, Fall is the time for planting! This sale is an opportunity to find a variety of native plant species that aren’t readily available at garden centers. These are species already adapted to our area’s climate, soils, habitats and important to our local wildlife.
Growing locally native plants in your garden is an important way to:
Attract pollinators, including native bees, butterflies, moths, and birds
Provide for endangered species
Enhance corridors for native wildlife
Use less water (thereby less energy pumping that water)
Save money on utility bills
Reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides
Have a beautiful, colorful, lively garden
Inspire your neighbors to do the same!
Free Parking, and the 44-O'Shaughnessy Muni bus stops out front.
For more information, visit: cnps-yerbabuena.org
Carmel Orchid Society Fall Orchid Festival
Friday & Saturday, November 10th - 11th 9am - 4pm
Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula
4590 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA
Orchid Care Classes & Demonstrations
For more information:
Orchid Conservatory Alliance “Orchids in the Wild”
November 13th - 28th, 2017
16 Day Trip to Ecuador after the World Orchid Conference
For details & registration, Visit www.orchidconservationalliance.org/guided-trips
2017 Travel Tours
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Fall Open House & Annual Silent Auction
Saturday, November 4th 8am - 5pm & Sunday, November 5th 9am – 4pm
1250 Orchid Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
The Annual Silent Auction is held every year in conjunction with the Fall Open House giving an opportunity to bid on first-releases of select and newly awarded cultivars, rare plants, and glorious specimens.
The auction list should become available the beginning of October, so make sure you are signed up ahead of time - see www.sborchid.com/auction.php.
For more information:
22nd World Orchid Conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador
November 8th - 12th, 2017
Time to plan your Ecuador trip to the WOC featuring one of largest exhibitions held in the world, plus 4 days of speakers, tours, and social events.
For more information, Visit: www.woc22.com
For more world wide orchid tours, visit the Travel Tours page on our website.
marie waskow award
Remember, ALL members can vote for this honor, not just one vote per household.
Votes can be cast by:
Dropping in the Ballot Box at the November General Meeting
Email the name of your candidate to MarieWascow@SonomaOrchids.com by Noon, November 14th
Mail your ballot to SCOS P.O. Box 11195, Santa Rosa, CA 95406 to be received by November 11th
All ballots must be received by November 14th in order to be counted. The award will be presented at the Holiday Party on December 12th.
2017 ballot - marie waskow award
My Vote for the 2017 Marie Waskow Award is:
Yosh & Shiz Sugioka
Austin & Judy Carney
Robert & Claudia Pike
Jim & Kris Foster
Jerry & Gerry Smith
Mitch & Gail McAlpin
Sam & Juanita Spencer
Bob & Juanita Breckwoldt
Each year members of our Society vote to honor a member who has given outstanding service to the Sonoma County Orchid Society. This is for an individual or couple who exemplify the ideals of generosity and service to the organization in spreading the joy of growing orchids as practiced by Marie Waskow, a founding member of our Society. The Award will be presented at the Holiday Party.
Past recipients of the award are:
Despite the shortening days and lowering angle of the sun, September can still be one of the hottest months. Water and fertilizer need to be in balance with heat and light. The alert grower will notice, however, that his or her plants are beginning to slow down a bit. Growths are maturing, and the sheaths are giving the promise of the next six-months' bloom.
Check plants for potting needs for the last time this season. Any in dire need should be potted, even some that may be on the cusp, as there is just enough of the growing season left to allow the plants to establish before the days start to get really short and cold.
This is the month for purples derived from Cattleya labiata breeding to flower. If you are short on flowers, look into this group. There is nothing that can quite match this type for beauty and fragrance. They are easy to grow, too.
Plants summered outdoors should begin to be prepared to be brought back into the winter growing area. Clean the plants up and be on the lookout for any pests they may have picked up during the summer. Treat as necessary.
This little-known and under-appreciated genus, which can have male or female flowers, is at its best in the autumn. Two of the spectacular varieties are Cycnoches loddigesii, with its large brown flowers resembling a prehistoric bird, and Cycnoches chlorochilon, the swan orchid. This last one has large, fragrant green flowers. The biggest problem, culturally, will be red spider mite infestations that require immediate attention. Plants are quite seasonal, requiring heavy watering in the growing season and then a drier dormant winter season.
Summer can be the most rewarding season for cymbidiums. Growths should be coming strong now. The leaves of the new growths are best when they are broad and fairly stiff. The color should be a light green to nearly yellow. Early flowering varieties should be showing flower spikes, so move the plants into a cooler area with lower light. For mid-season varieties, lower the dosage of nitrogen to assist in spike initiation.
This is a good season for hybrids of the Dendrobium phalaenopsis and Dendrobium canaliculatum types. Both are capable of putting on tremendous shows of long-lasting flowers. Fertilize with a low-nitrogen formula to promote the best flowers. Dendrobium phalaenopsis can get tall and top heavy, suggesting an attractive and heavy container would be appropriate for this type.
Standard, green-leaved paphiopedilums begin to show their bloom sheaths this month. Late-season heat waves can blast these early sheaths, so be observant about proper cooling and air circulation. As with the rest of your plants that may have been summered outdoors, it is time to prepare for their move inside. Clean each plant and implement pest-control practices. Repotting, if necessary, is appropriate.
The bulk of this season's growth is being ripened this month, with growers in cooler climates seeing the first emerging inflorescences. Some night heating may be necessary in the cooler areas. Begin to watch watering more carefully, and reduce feeding proportionately with reduced watering needs. An extra dose of phosphorus and potassium, such as a bloom-booster or high-acid-type fertilizer, is beneficial.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
monthly checklist September & October
bbq & Auction
The SCOS BBQ & Auction was a great success! We not only had a great fundraiser, with an income of about $2,275, but we also had tons of fun! We even had a few newcomers who had not been to our event before say what a nice time they had!
Becky and Dave Jackson were superb hosts! They have a perfect location to hold our event! They worked hard to get everything ready for the nearly 50 of us that attended. Dave did a masterful job as BBQ guru! It was so yummy!
We had a great selection of delicious food that was brought by members for our potluck!
Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids was in rare form entertaining us with his vast and amusing knowledge of all things orchids! Lynne Murrell made all the arrangements with Alan.
Earl and Kathy Rathbun handled the live and silent auction details like the experts they are! Their helpers Lynne Paulus, Kris and Jim Foster, and Ann Possinger were terrific!
Billie MacCarthy, Jeanne Van Blarcom, Lynne Murrell, Dale Martin, Ann Possinger and Karen Wofford brought tables. We also really appreciate St John's Church for loaning us their tables and chairs! Also, much needed canopies were brought by these people, too.
Thank you to everyone who helped with set up and take down.
Ann Possinger, Head Chair Person, did a fantastic job with all of the many details! Her organization skills made this event run very smooth! We really appreciate her hard work!
Great job everyone! Thank you for coming and supporting this great Society! It was an event to remember!