Marie Waskow Award
Holiday Party Flyer
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Spring Orchids of Mallorca, Spain
Tuesday, November 14th - 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, Ron Parsons. “Spring Orchids of Mallorca, Spain”
In the spring of 2013 I traveled with my co-author Mary Gerritsen to the Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain to meet up with my German friends to see the beautiful orchids and other wildflowers there. They have been there many times, and told us it is often considered by Germans the 17th state of their country! The native orchids were often plentiful, with many different species of Bee and Tongue orchids often forming large colonies. There were other beautiful flowers there, including the rarest of Peony species, the endemic Paeonia cambessedessii, and the scenery was reminiscent of a tropical island. It is an amazing destination in itself, but made even more spectacular by the flowers.
Ron Parsons has been growing orchids for more than 40 years, and has been interested in species orchids for most of that time. Ron loves to photograph orchids and most other flowers whenever he can, whether it be on trips to see them in nature or in collections. He loves to travel to see orchids in the wild, and does so as often as possible. Ron has more than 70,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and still retains a slide library that exceeds 100,000 botanical images. He has almost 3500 published photos that have appeared in magazines, periodicals, journals and books. Ron has co-authored three botanical books, all with Mary E. Gerritsen. The first two, published by Timber Press, are Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World and Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives. Most recently, the third book, a large, luxurious, two-volume set, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species was published by Redfern Natural History Productions in January of 2014. The latter has nearly 1200 pages, 1800 photographs, and features more than 500 species.
Speaker's Dinner - Tuesday, November 14th @ 5pm: Join us for dinner with Ron at Sea Thai Bistro 2350 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa. Please RSVP by 5pm Monday, November 13th.
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By Jeanne VanBlarcom
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Dear Orchid Friends.
We have just gone through a devastating & tragic time in Northern California and it is my prayer that you are all safe & well. To lose one’s home is difficult – but hope remains. I love seeing how the community has come together to offer assistance to all in need.
We had a wonderful board meeting of which you will soon be seeing the results.
Billie MacCarthy has finalized the arrangements for the Holiday Party to be held at Foxtail Country Club in Rohnert Park on Dec. 12th in lieu of our regular meeting. The board agreed to charge a reduced amount this year, so cost is $25/person for member and one guest. This is just a very small way of letting you know how much we appreciate and value each one of you. SCOS will also comp any member who lost their home to the fire. See the flyer on page 12 for details.
Earl Rathbun presented a draft of the revised By-Laws following a great deal of thought, time & effort – for which we thank Earl & the entire committee for their contribution. This change should be ready to present to you in January, with a final vote by the membership at the February meeting.
Things are moving forward for the Spring Show. Due to the resignation of the show chair, the board will act as Show Chair. The task of Vendor Contact has been broken out & graciously accepted by Lynne Murrell. This reduces the burden on any one person. Participation should not be a burden –but a joy! If you have not considered volunteering – please do - as it takes many hands to put on this event. If you would like information on any position – we would be happy to share the details.
There will be a kick off meeting in January at which time we will have postcards & fliers for distribution. Stay tuned for more details. The theme chosen for the show is RAINBOW OF ORCHIDS! We will need your blooming plants to make our display wonderful! This includes the ones that may not be up to judging standards but are still beautiful. Many of you may have plants damaged due to smoke from the fires, or lack of watering due to loss of power. It is my hope that your TLC will bring them back to vibrant health.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the society – you are always welcome at the board meetings or you can contact me directly. Either way your concerns will be addressed to the best of my ability. Never forget – this is your society – the entire board is here to do what’s in the best interest of the society as a whole.
Stay well & stay safe!
AOS November Webinars
The AOS has 26 Judging Centers which judge Orchids at 34 sites…and we are fortunate to have three of them nearby. You are welcome to take your plants for judging; plants should be entered in the most presentable condition possible, and must be identified by their specific names. AOS judges evaluate and recognize new and superior forms of orchid species, improved forms of orchid hybrids, and plants exhibiting superior culture.
California Sierra Nevada Judging Center – monthly judging takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the Odd Fellows Hall, 1831 Howe Avenue, Sacramento. Please bring plants for judging between 6:30 & 7pm.
Pacific Central Judging Center – Monthly judging takes place at 2 venues:
- On the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm, at San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Please enter plants for judging between 6:30 and 7pm
- On the third Monday of the month at 7pm, at the Lakeside Garden Center, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
The Centers also provide judging service to AOS-sanctioned shows, including the following:
- Feb 22, 2018 - Pacific Orchid and Garden Expo, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco
- March 3, 2018 - Fresno Home & Garden Show, Fresno Fair Grounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave, Fresno
- March 31, 2018 – Sonoma County Orchid Society’s Show & Sale, Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
- April 7, 2018 – Tropical Plant Society of Modesto Show & Sale, Stanislaus Union School, 1931 Kiernan Ave, Modesto
- April 14, 2018 – Sacramento Orchid Society Show & Sale, Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H Street, Sacramento
- July 28, 2018 – California Sierra Nevada Judging Center’s Speakers Day, Odd Fellow Hall, 1831 Howe Avenue, Sacramento
Please check event websites, to verify the deadline (date and time) to submit Orchid plants for judging.
Town Hall Meeting from Ecuador
Wednesday, November 8th 2017 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! - Webinar Details Page - Registration Page
AOS Town Hall Meeting and Board Meeting from the WOC22,
By Krystal Goulart
American Orchid Society Judging
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
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
Sad news for SCOS members- Frank Carney, husband of Judy Carney, passed away September 30th. Frank was a wonderful man. When you first met Frank, he appeared to be just another 'good ole boy' hanging out in his garage- enjoying life with this buddies. You would not suspect that he was so talented. He was a master mechanic, a master plumber and a master gardener. He also was a renowned fisherman. He was also completely devoted to his wife Judy. When anything broke, Frank always knew how to fix it.
From humble beginnings, Frank became a incredibly loved and admired man. This was evident by the number of his friends and family who will miss him dearly. He touched many lives and was a proud member of SCOS for many years.
We will miss you Frank.
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 106 paid 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at October 19th meeting: Jeanne VanBlarcom; President, Cindy Bertino; Secretary, Billie MacCarthy; Meetings, Karen Wofford; Ways & Means, Lynne Murrell; Membership,
Absent: Robyn Chosy; Newsletter / Web, Krystal Goulart; Vice President & Angelique Fry; Past President
Visitors: Susan Anderson, Earl Rathbun, Ann Conger & Ben Snow
Membership:106 paid members and 45 not paid
Robyn resigned but will help with newsletter for November. Ann Possinger volunteered to do newsletter with training by Robyn.
Fran Miller resigned as treasurer. Jeanne nominated Karen Wofford, to fill vacancy. Billie seconded.
Website provider change from Sonic to Go-Daddy on hold for now until communication with Robyn.
Holiday Party: Billie reported there will be 2 green salads, 2 pasta, roasted potatoes, salmon and tri-tip, and no corkage fee. It was suggested by Krystal & others that we do something to give back to our members. Billie moved that the Society subsidize the price so that members and 1 guest pay only $25/person with the Society picking up the difference between that and actual cost of $35. Any additional guests will be charged $35.00/person. Any member who lost their home to the fires will be comped.
By-laws: Earl made a presentation on the history of our society followed by a presentation of the revised By-Laws. A committee was appointed to review & revise the documents. Members are Earl and Kathy Rathbun, Larry Mead, Kathie Hile, Jeanne VanBlarcom, with Jim Foster as advisor. Determined the Constitution was not needed to meet requirements of non-profit status. The by-laws were updated and presented to the board for review. Returned to Committee for minor revisions. Once approved by the board, the by-laws will be presented to the membership for final approval.
Board Opening: We now have an opening on the board for Ways & Means.
Spring Show: Due to the resignation of the show chair & co-chair, the board will act as show chair. The task of vendor contact was broken out and Lynne Murrell volunteered to do it.
The theme was discussed by the board, four ideas were considered and voted upon. The winner is “Rainbow of Orchids”.
There will be a kick off meeting in January at which time we will have postcards & fliers for distribution. Location TBD.
Show dates are March 30 for set up, with actual show on March 31 and April 1.
Business cards need to be ordered: 1,000 for $50.00
Could find no record of OCA donation having been made last fiscal year.
Karen and Jeanne have PO Box keys.
Next Board meeting, November 16th, 7PM, Jeanne’s home.
Please remember to bring snacks to the meeting.
January will be the First meeting for Show Chairs. Location TBD
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 email@example.com. 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
CYMBIDIUMS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Named Red and Dark Pink cymbidiums for holiday color and gifts will be available from Cynthia
Battershall's collection at the November meeting. These are vigorous plants in one and two gallon pots with elongating and budding spikes for early winter bloom. Priced for members.
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
11/4: Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Open House & Auction
11/10 - 11: Carmel Orchid Festival
12/12: SCOS Holiday Dinner
See flyer at end. 6-10 pm.
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:
Growers of just about every level of expertise will have begun to notice autumn conditions by now. Days are becoming shorter, hence cooler; the sunlight has less intensity as a result of the sun's lowering angle, nights are longer and generally cooler. Plants are responding by slowing and ripening their growth in preparation for winter.
The first cultural change noticed should be a reduced frequency of watering, as the plants dry out more slowly. This is a function of both the reduced day length and lower temperatures, as well as the plants' slowing growth rate. Reduced water needs signal a reduced need for fertilization. Note that the key word is reduced, not eliminated. Feed less frequently and at lower dosage, but feed. Growths, made during summer's heat, and relatively soft and green, will be ripening -- hardening -- in preparation for a brief period of rest (in many cases).
Many of these ripening growths will have a sheath, presaging the coming winter or spring flowering season. In some cases, these sheaths will have been evident since as early as July. (Early sheath development does not mean early flowering on plants with winter-spring seasons.) You may notice that some of these sheaths are showing signs of yellowing. This is not abnormal. Autumn's more pronounced temperature fluctuation can lead to water condensation inside the sheath, hastening the normal process of senescence, so yellowing sheaths can be left on the plant only so long before they must be carefully removed to preserve the bud primordia within. Water condensation left unchecked can rot the bud primordia. The sheaths can be safely removed by slitting open and peeling down toward the pseudobulb.
One can almost hear a sigh of relief from all of the cool-growers, from masdevallias to odontoglossums. As day temperatures decline, one can see a noticeable improvement in these plants. Shorter days and lower light levels do not seem to bother them. Repot before winter arrives.The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
Finally we begin in earnest the main cymbidium season.Cymbidium ensifoliumcan give some early and fragrant hybrids, but it is now that the bulk of the crop will be flowering. The season lasts for about seven months, adding color to any collection. Miniature varieties will peak for the next three to four months. There are three important things to do: stake inflorescences ramrod straight for best presentation, watch for slugs and snails (especially just after a rain), and fertilize with a mild balanced formula regularly.
Oncidium crispum Complex
This is the season for plants in Oncidium section crispum from Brazil to shine. Extremely vigorous hybrids come in wide varieties of markings dominated with chestnut and brown and butter yellow. Give plants high light to produce strong upright inflorescences. The pseudobulbs should be plump, so do not let the plants dry out while they are in bloom. Later, plants will enter a dormant period.
The flowering season forthe "toads" or "bulldog" paphs is just getting underway. These cannot be grown everywhere, but where cooler summer nights allow their growth, there is no longer-lasting or more exotic display than these. Paphiopedilums are, in general, not heavy feeders, and it is especially important with this type to reduce nitrogen levels now for best flowering and spike length. Be watchful for water accumulating in the growth around the sheath, or for the late-season warm spell, either of which can lead to the sheath's rotting. As the spikes emerge, do not change the orientation of the plant toward the light, as this can lead to a crooked or twisted spike
While paphiopedilums rarely like to dry out entirely, water needs are significantly reduced beginning now. Overwatering at this time of year can quickly lead to root rot or erwinia problems. Now is the time to practice good sanitary practices in your greenhouse or growing areas, as pest and disease problems have a way of multiplying rapidly in the darker and more crowded conditions that generally mark the winter growing area. With paphiopedilums, especially, "cleanliness is next to godliness" and if the growing area is littered with old foliage, weeds and dying flowers, keeping the plants alive and flowering will be next to impossible.
Shortening days and cooler nights are the signals for inflorescence initiation in phalaenopsis. In more northern climates, or on the west coast, growers have already begun to see the early inflorescences that may be ready for Christmas. In the eastern areas, nights in the greenhouse will now be in the low to mid 60s, depending on the thermostat setting, so the first of our phalaenopsis will not begin to bloom until Valentine's Day at the earliest.
A reduction in nitrogen levels will go a long way to giving the best possible spiking, as will a boost in potassium and phosphorus. In other words, a "bloom booster"-type fertilizer is definitely indicated in the next few months. Disease and pest problems are best dealt with now, especially as mealybugs hide in the bracts and flower buds. Once they have established themselves, they are difficult to eradicate, and flower damage or crippling results. Potential disease problems can be dealt with by the application of a copper-based compound to control/alleviate rot problems before they start. There is nothing more frustrating than to have shepherded your plants through a growing season, only to have them decline before your eyes.
Whereas the general decline in temperatures is beneficial to cool-growing orchids, it is not for vandaceous plants. The only cold-hardy member isNeofinetia falcata. Orient your plants in such a way as to take advantage of as much light as possible. This can be a problem in northern latitudes. Reduce watering and feeding schedules.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
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