SCOS Members Updates
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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The 22nd World Orchid Conference
by Carol Klonowski
Tuesday, April 10th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
6:45 Skill session - General culture tips for growing orchids.
Carol Klonowski has been growing orchids since the 1980’s when a friend in Berkeley, California, gave her a cattleya, and it bloomed out with three big, dark lavender flowers and an intoxicating fragrance. She built an entire greenhouse in her backyard to accommodate the precious plant, which only led her to buy more orchids. Then another friend gave her a gift membership to the Orchid Society of California, and it’s been a serious hobby and passion ever since.
Her talk on the 22nd World Orchid Conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador, will feature the highlights of this most prestigious orchid event, and include sidelights on how members of our own orchid community contributed to some of the most interesting plants and exhibits. Most importantly, orchid growers in the Bay Area will discover how many of the award winning plants can be easily grown right here in their own orchid collections.
Speaker's Dinner - Tuesday, April 10th @ 5pm: Join us for dinner with Carol at Sea Thai Bistro 2350 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa. Please RSVP by 5pm Monday, April 9th.
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Hello Fellow Orchid Enthusiasts!
It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic loss of Michael Golick’s daughter-in-law in the Yountville shootings. We’re also sorry to learn of the passing of Larry Mead’s father. Best wishes to Ann Conger for a speedy recovery from a recent fall.
Thanks to Dale Martin for the skill session he did on paphiopedilums at the last meeting. The topic was perfect since that was the subject of Dave Sorokowsky’s presentation. I have said it before but I think it's worth repeating - we have so many very knowledgeable people in our society who present the skill sessions and who are more than capable of being our featured speaker. Dale is one of these.
When anyone joins a society such as ours, they must realize that it cannot be successful unless members step up to do the many things it takes to stay both viable and vibrant. There are always a few you can always count on, but even they get tired! How wonderful it would be if everyone saw the necessity and took a turn. This would make it more enjoyable for all. Our annual election is coming up and we need one more member willing to serve on the nominating committee! If I have not already contacted you and you are willing, please let me know!! This is important!!!
The Spring Show "Rainbow of Orchids" is coming up this weekend. Yikes! We still need volunteers, so please contact Cindy Bertino at Secretary@SonomaOrchids.com or sign up online from our website HERE. Accolades to Lynne Murrell for getting us a full slate of vendors.
For the first meeting after the show on April 10th our speaker will cover the basics for new members. I'm sure we can all learn something. It may just be a new way of doing something, but valuable nonetheless.
In closing, please stay well and happy, and keep enjoying life and the beauty orchids bring into our lives.
Happy Spring to all,
Winner of the attendance drawing at our March meeting was Jerry Smith.
Winner of people who brought snacks was Gerry Smith.
Welcome new members Kristin Tanner and Daniel Heller. We have 114 paid members.
IT'S Show Time!
Our much anticipated Spring Show is here!
Saturday show hours are 10:00 - 5:00.
Sunday show hours are 10:00 - 4:00, after which we have to take everything down and clean up so extra help is needed.
The Show Chairs have worked hard for months to get everything ready for our big event! It takes a lot of hard work to make everything run smoothly. Every member of SCOS can volunteer to help! The Spring Show is a team effort.
Calling all members - we need lots and lots of blooming orchids for our display! Please get them to the Vet's Hall by 6pm on 3/30 so we can arrange them properly! We'd love to get as many orchids as possible so we can show off our great growing skills!
We also need boxes for the plant hotel - whatever you can spare.
Come join the fun at our Pasta Party which is a potluck on Saturday night, right after the Show closes at 5pm. We have some fantastic wine donated. There will be yummy food, fun and great conversation!
If anyone has a bit of extra time, please help with set up which is all day on Friday and take down on Sunday starting at 4pm when the show closes. Contact Cindy Bertino at Secretary@SonomaOrchids.com to volunteer.
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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 , membership@SonomaOrchids.com
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Judging Bulbophyllum echinolabium and its Hybrids
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details Page – Registration Page
Join AOS accredited judge and awards registrar Laura Newton as she details what to look for when scoring judging Bulbophyllum echinolabium and its hybrids.
By Krystal Goulart
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Ron McHatton, Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Join Ron McHatton for a Q&A session on orchid culture. Everyone is invited. If you have a question, please submit your questions by
April 21 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Thanks to all who brought snacks to our March meeting.
The Society will be purchasing Orchiata bark in early April. Cost will be $25 per bag which includes tax. Orders can be placed with Susan Anderson at email@example.com. Bags will be delivered to the April general meeting if order is received in time. Otherwise they will be delivered to the 5/8 general meeting, or arrangements can be made to pick them up in Petaluma. There is a limited quantity of each size available, so reservations are on a first come first served basis.
They are 40 liter (1.4 cubic foot) bags. The available sizes are:
"CLASSIC - Small" (#9) 3/8"
"POWER - Medium" (#5) 1/2"
"POWER+ - Medium Plus" (#5A) 3/4"
"SUPER - Large" 1"
WE NEED yOUR 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.
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.
2018 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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Highlights of the 3/20/18 Board Meeting
Attending: President, Jeanne Van Blarcom; Secretary, Cindy Bertino; Treasurer, Karen Wofford; Meeting Coordinator, Billie MacCarthy; Director of Media & Communications, Susan Anderson; Vice President, Krystal Goulart; Membership, Lynne Murrell.
Absent: Immediate Past President, Angelique Fry; Ways & Means, Ann Conger
Treasurer's Report: We have $20,799 in checking and savings.
Speaker line up for 2018:
May – Peter T Lin – Mini Cattleyas
June – Mounting Party
July – Bingo & Ice Cream Social
Aug – Ken Jacobsen – Cymbidiums (tentative)
Sept – BBQ & Auction
Oct – Bob Hamilton?
Nov - Dale Martin
Dec – Holiday Party
Decided to work with Dale Martin to purchase Orchiata for members. Cost to members will be $25/bag which includes tax. Dale will order. Susan will coordinate orders.
Additional discussion about SCOS participating in the Healdsburg Garden Club Annual Sale on 4/28. We need SCOS volunteers to collect $5.00 from people who want their plants re-potted. SCOS will get to keep the $5 because we are paying for a table. Good exposure for SCOS. Billie will be selling her garden art there.
Fraud insurance was discussed in depth. Due to recent embezzlements from two Bay Area clubs, it was decided that we would try a two-pronged approach to this concern. The first approach would be to implement an audit committee comprised of the people on the budget committee. The committee would conduct an audit of the treasury records for the year prior while also creating a budget for the next year. Additionally, the treasurer and board will develop a system having a more thorough paper trail of transactions for that audit committee to follow. Emphasis to be placed on checks and balances. The second approach would be to purchase fraud insurance which covers the closest available policy to $25,000 for an amount under $300. This would be a trial purchase for one year to be discussed again at expiration. Karen to obtain final numbers for the cost of this insurance.
Lynne Murrell has 10 new member binders which we will give to new members who do not have internet access. We’ll transition new members to using the internet and our website instead of a binder. Everything about orchids is available online.
We need 2 additional members for the nominating committee for officers who will serve effective 7/1/18.
There are too many orchid shows in April and May to list here. Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing.
Sonoma County Orchid Society "Rainbow of Orchids", March 31 -
April 1, Santa Rosa Veteran's Bldg., 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa, CA
Sacramento Orchid Society Show "The World of Orchids",
April 14 - 15, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H St., Sacramento, CA.
Judging is being held on April 14, at 9:00 AM.
Open Greenhouse April 21-22. Member Cynthia Battershall's Orchids & Gems open greenhouse ,11am - 4 pm, 2520 Acacia Ave, Sonoma. Greenhouse tours at 12 & 2. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 938-2205.
Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale, April 21 - 22, at the Redwood City Community Activities Bldg, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA. Judging is being held on April 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM.
Graton Community Club , Spring Flower Show and Plant Sale,
April 27 - 28, 9am - 4pm, 8896 Graton Rd, Graton. Free Admission. A $10 lunch is served both days from 11-2, with coffee, tea and desserts
available all day. www.gratoncommunityclub.org
Healdsburg Garden Club Spring Plant Sale and Crafts Market,
April 28, 9:00 - 1:00, Healdsburg Senior Living Community, 725 Grove St., Healdsburg, CA. SCOS will be re-potting plants - volunteers needed.
SCOS Potting Party, May 5, 10:30 - 4:00, potluck lunch, location to be announced.
Orchid Society of California "Mothers' Day Weekend Orchid Show & Sale 2018", May 12 - 13, Lakeside Park Garden Center Nursery, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
March 31-April 1, Sonoma County Orchid Society "Rainbow of Orchids" Show & Sale
April 14-15, Sacramento Orchid Society Show "The World of Orchids"
April 21-22, Cynthia Battershall open greenhouse in Sonoma
April 21-22, Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale
April 27-28, Graton Spring Flower Show & Plant Sale
April 28, Healdsburg Garden Club Spring Plant Sale and Crafts Market - SCOS will be re-potting plants for a fee
May 5 - SCOS potting party
May 12-13, Orchid Society of California Mothers' Day Weekend Show & Sale
June 2 - SCOS bus trip - details to follow next month
Paph Joyce Hasegawa 'Sierra Nevada' by Dale Martin
Dendrobium delicatum by Karen Wofford
Click link to see all show & tell photos from our March meeting: https://photos.app.goo.gl/NNxKNk1xxXVIbzvO2
Cynthia Battershall's Sonoma Open Greenhouse
Don't miss this opportunity for a guided walk through Cynthia Battershall's vast orchid collection. She will host 2 tours and have a wide variety of orchids for sale. Bring a box to transport your newly purchased orchids home safely as well as questions regarding how you can improve your own orchid growing experience.
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 last of the spring-flowering types -- those that flower from a ripened hard pseudobulb -- will be finishing, while the first summer-blooming types will be showing buds on their rapidly growing, soft pseudobulbs. Both may need potting, as signaled by deteriorating mix, this month. The spring bloomers present no problems, as you will be dealing with fully ripe, well-hardened pseudobulbs. They will be ready to root on the mature front pseudobulb and will establish quickly. The summer bloomers, will be brittle and may be in bud. Nonetheless, experienced growers know that unless potted now, they may not root later, as this type tends to be seasonal in its rooting behavior. Stake the lead growth to avoid breakage. May can still present some changing light conditions that can lead to burning of the foliage if the plants have not been properly acclimatized. Allow them to build up their tolerance to higher light gradually. Changing light and temperatures can also be the source of some frustration when trying to determine when plants need watering. While cattleyas will be entering into a period of rapid growth starting this month, they have still not built up sufficient momentum to be significantly slowed by your missing a day or two of watering owing to dark weather. As always, it is safer to err on the dry side than on the wet. It is important, though, especially to the summer bloomers. Too much shade will cause rapidly developing inflorescences to droop unattractively.
Cattleya purpurata © G. Allikas
The Paphiopedilum Maudiae types will be well into their season now, so a careful eye should be used toward staking. Do not be too anxious to stake, however. Many of this type, if staked too soon, will develop nodding flowers that do not face the observer. It is better to allow the flowers to ripen naturally, then support the spike right below the ovary for best display. This is especially common in Paphiopedilum fairrieanum-derived hybrids. If you have to do something when you first see the emerging spikes, just put the stake in the pot next to the spiking growth. Not only will this help you, but you will be able to see where the spikes are, so you can continue to pay attention to their development. The multifloral types will be entering their most active growth phase, so lots of light, water and fertilizer are called for to mature their large growths. Many will be spiking in the next couple of months, so be on the lookout for the emerging inflorescences. These may benefit from earlier staking than most, as the inflorescences grow so quickly in some cases that they can be quite soft. Again, best support is right below the ovary of the first flower. This will allow the most natural presentation of the blooms.
Except for the latest-spiking plants, all phalaenopsis should be ready for potting or already potted. Because phalaenopsis are tropical plants, they tend to be seasonal in their rooting behavior. The critical point for potting is when new roots emerge from the base of the plant. This is absolutely the best time to repot a phalaenopsis. The summer-flowering types, based on Doritis background, have ideally already been potted and are becoming freshly established, ready to support their soon-to-emerge spikes for the summer season. Phalaenopsis potted at the right point in their growth cycle will reestablish almost immediately, with fresh roots growing into the new medium nearly uninterrupted. As soon as the flush of new root growth is seen, begin regular watering and fertilizing to make maximum use of the major growing season. Do not get over-exuberant with your watering, though, allowing water to splash between plants. This can be a source of infection for both water-borne pathogens and viral contamination. Phalaenopsis are much more susceptible to virus than was previously thought. Take extra care to keep your collection free of bacterial and viral problems, which you can accomplish by maintaining a clean growing area.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
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