Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Marvelous Monopodials by Marni Turkel
Tuesday, January 9th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
We are very fortunate to have Marni Turkel as a member of the SCOS. Her private greenhouses and growing success are legendary and she is returning to us with a brand new talk! Most of the orchids we see at shows and on show tables are sympodial where one growth finishes and a new one starts from the rhizome. This presentation will focus on those with a monopodial growth habit;
those where the plant grows upward from a single point. The plant adds leaves to the apex each year and the stem grows longer accordingly.This talk will focus on the wonderful variety of monopodial genera of great interest to orchid growers. It includes miniatures as well as some rather large species, some well known and others not often seen. It will cover aspects of culture in general and individual species. You will see images of flowers up close as well as whole plants. There should be something of interest to growers with all levels of experience.
Marni Turkel (pronounced tur KELL) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has been growing orchids since 1980. She grows in four greenhouses in Santa Rosa with approximately 1250 sq ft of growing space. Her main interest is in miniature species but plenty of larger plants have crept into the collection as well. Marni has been a contributor to Orchids Magazine with her series called 'Well Worth the Space' and 'Give It a Rest'. Her articles have been translated into Dutch, German, Portuguese and Swedish for international publication. Photographs of her plants have been featured in articles, noted orchid publications including Orchids Magazine, Orchid Digest, Richardiana, The Orchid Review, and The Australian Orchid Review. For the last few years she has been sharing her photographs and knowledge on OrchidsForum.com.
Starting in 2009, Marni expanded her work with orchids to include propagation of orchids from seed and has set up a flasking lab of her own to take the process from start to finish and sell flasks of many of the orchids species in her collection. After working for over 43 years as a potter, she has retired from ceramics to pursue orchids full-time.
Speaker's Dinner - Tuesday, January 9th @ 5pm: Join us for dinner with Marni at Sea Thai Bistro 2350 Midway Dr, Santa Rosa. RSVP by 5pm Mon., January 8th.
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By Jeanne VanBlarcom
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Dear SCOS Friends,
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our annual Holiday Party. I had hoped that more of you would attend, especially since we reduced the price, but I know this is a busy time of year, and it is also flu season. Some of you were ill, and I hope you are feeling better!
Billie MacCarthy did a great job planning and decorating with the help of her able assistant Helen Finigan. Ann Conger also lent a hand at the door. Dale Martin obtained the wonderful plants for the silent auction and door prize drawing. Susan Anderson and Lynne Murrell donated several more blooming orchids that were also used as door prizes. Our wonderful VP Krystal Goulart ran the silent auction with her usual grace and expertise. Many thanks to all who helped make this event special in spite of the hiccups. Let’s see – would you like carrot cake or warm cookies or both- if you hung out long enough! The wait staff was undermanned and overwhelmed –
but still smiling at the end!
As is our custom, the Marie Waskow award was given to the person receiving the most votes from our membership for their service to our society. This year’s winner is Robyn Chosy. Robyn used her impressive computer skills to take our newsletter and media communications to new levels which is a great benefit to the Society. Congratulations Robyn!
A planning meeting for the show will be held on Thursday, 1/18, at 6:30 at my house. All are welcome to come find out about the show and what you can do to help. Contact me at email@example.com for directions.
We are now entering that quiet time of year – a time to rest, to reflect, to gain energy and new purpose for the new year. Our plants also need a rest time, but they still need TLC so don’t neglect them. We are counting on your blooms to fill the Society’s display at our show on 3/31 and 4/1.
So my friends, as we come to the end of another year, I wish you all a holiday season filled with peace and joy and a new year filled with health and happiness. Share the joy and be blessed.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
AOS january Webinar
Christmas weekend was hectic. Somehow you survived the crazy traffic, found gifts for the whole family and managed to stash them under the Christmas tree just in time. Now it’s all over and you can take a deep breath. But wait…you will be visiting friends in the New Year and maybe forgot to get them a little something? Ugh! The anxiety begins again…
For those who still need to give gifts and want to share their love of orchids, there is an easy option. Visit www.aos.org and SHOP online! Purchase the Orchids Magazine for a fellow SCOS member or Books & Publications for your enthusiast friend. Or simply self-indulge…
Below are some options:
Orchids at Christmas: Etchings and pen and ink drawings of orchids by Blanche Ames. "The Rediscovery of a Lost Orchid" by Professor Oakes Ames. Poems the Ameses sent with the drawings as Christmas Cards, 1937-1949 (Regular Price: $12.95)
Orchids Plus is the only source of official AOS award data and photos from 1932 to present (with update capabilities to stay current). This data is not licensed to any 3rd-party organization, so the only way to get this data is through Orchids Plus. Access to both a web version and software version.
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! - Webinar Details Page - Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton who will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on question submitted by attendees. Please send your questions firstname.lastname@example.org January 6th
By Krystal Goulart
Your First Orchid:Your First Orchid is your passport to understanding the ABCs of orchid culture. The basics of choosing a plant, creating a growing area, watering, fertilizer,and repotting are among the subjects fully explained in this practical guide, which is written in easy-to-understand language.
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! Kick off meeting is 1/18 at 6:30 pm at Jeanne's house - all are welcome.
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!
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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SCOS Member's page
We have 110 paid members. Welcome returning member Alison Bies.
We bid a farewell to long time SCOS member, Juanita Breckwoldt. Juanita is moving to Oregon to be with her son who is transferring up there to work.
Juanita and her late husband, Bob, were very active in SCOS for many years. They were honored by SCOS members by being awarded the Marie Waskow award in 2002. They were superb cymbidium growers. They also loved and grew iris.
Juanita and Bob were a mainstay in the hospitality area for our Spring Show. The AOS judges could always count on Juanita always getting just the perfect donut to please them for those early morning judging events.
Juanita's embroidery was beautiful, too. Remember Juanita's delicious truffles that she would bring to share at our meetings? Yummy! She also had a bunny rabbit that came to many SCOS meetings.
We wish her well and we will miss her!
marie wasKow award
In a general membership voting held in November, Robyn Chosy was chosen as the winner of the 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. 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. When Robyn joined a few years ago she jumped right in to re-design our website. Robyn eventually took over the newsletter editor job and started using a real publishing program. Both are more professional looking than ever thanks to her.Robyn also became the go-to-person for flyers for our various events, show advertising artwork, and email blasts. Thanks to Robyn the society also receives some money from Amazon when members and friends shop on Amazon.
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
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
There was no board meeting in December.
Notice of Meeting to Vote on Proposed SCOS Bylaws
February 13, 2018
It is essential that all members attend the regular Sonoma County Orchid Society meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 so there will be a quorum to vote on the proposed new Society Bylaws. Currently the Society is governed by two documents: a Constitution and a separate Bylaws. These were adopted in 1995 and have now been revised into a single document, the Bylaws. The single document is all that is required and is customary for small nonprofit societies such as ours. If you have a question about the contents of the document and wish to discuss it, please contact the Bylaws Committee chair, Earl Rathbun, at email@example.com or at 707-528-1671.
The text of the proposed bylaws is too long to include in the newsletter. Here is a link to the PDF so you can read it before the meeting:
It is also available on our website: www.sonomaorchids.com
Sarasota Orchid Society Annual Show
January 6 - 7, 2018 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium,
801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida
North Jersey Orchid Society Show and Sale
January 12 - 14, 2018 at the Douglass Student Center at Rutgers University, 100 George St., New Brunswick, NJ.
Miami Orchid Society "Tamiami International Orchid Festival" January 12 - 14, 2018 at the Dade County Fairgrounds Expo Center,
Fuchs Pavilion, 10901 Coral Way (SW 24 St.), Miami, FL
Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show "Orchid Jubilee"
January 19 - 21, 2018 at the War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Virginia Orchid Society Show "Orchids at Pooh Corner"
January 19 - 21, 2018 at the Strange's Garden Center,
12111 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Orchid Society of Minnesota "Winter Carnival Orchid Show" January 27 - 28, 2018 at the Como Park, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory,
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN.
Cape and Islands Orchid Society Show
January 27 - 28, 2018 at the The Resort and Conference Center,
35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis, MA.
Grand Valley Orchid Society Show
January 27 - 28, 2018 at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park,
1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI
National Capital Orchid Society "Paphiopedilum Forum"
January 27, 2018 at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC.
Peninsula Orchid Society Show & Sale
January 27 - 28, 2018 at the Community Activities Building,
1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA.
January 6-7 - Sarasota Orchid Society Annual Show
January 12-14 - North Jersey Orchid Society Show & Sale
January 12-14 - Miami Orchid Society Show & Sale
January 19 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growsers Sale
January 19-21 - Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show & Sale
January 19-21 - Virginia Orchid Show & Sale
January 27-28- - Minnesota Orchid Show & Sale
January 27-28 - Cape & Islands Orchid Show & Sale
January 27-28 - Grand Valley Orchid Show & Sale
January 27 - National Capital Paph Forum
January 27-28 Peninsula Orchid Show & Sale
February 2 - Susquehanna Orchid Society Show "For the Love of Orchids"
February 22 - San Francisco Orchid Society "Pacific Orchid Exposition"
Watering and fertilizing will be at a minimum, as will potting. Be on the lookout for senescing sheaths on your winter-into-spring bloomers. Careful removal of the dying sheaths will still allow buds to develop without the danger of condensation-induced rot. Low light will lead to weak spikes, so, and as noted above, staking is critical. If you have a chance to get out to nurseries, there may still be a chance to acquire good plants in sheath for spring bloom. Getting them now not only ensures that you'll have them, but allows them to acclimate to your conditions and bloom at their best.
Cattleyatrianae 'Mary Fennel' HCC/AOS is a good example of this winter-blooming species.
We are well into the flowering season now. Outdoor growers should be cautious of freezing temperatures. Damage starts to occur below 30 F. Be diligent about tying the inflorescences for best arrangement of the flowers. Also watch closely for slugs and snails. If weather is quite wet, protect the plants from the rain and this will help to reduce the risk of botrytis spotting.
The most glorious of all orchids, Lycaste, will be moving toward their flowering season. Make sure the palm-like leaves do not interfere with the emerging inflorescences. Tying them loosely together often is helpful. Some growers cut the leaves off at the pseudobulb, but this removes part of the attractiveness of this elegant orchid. Resist picking up the plant to inspect those beautiful buds and then setting it down in all different directions as the flower buds will be forced to re-orient themselves to the light source each time and will not open as nicely as they should. Keep plants a little drier during the shorter days.
Odontoglossums and their intergeneric hybrids offer a great splash of color now. Though once thought of as being difficult to grow and requiring cool temperatures due to the emphasis on odontoglossum breeding, the new intergeneric hybrids made using Oncidium and Brassia, for example, are just the opposite. These plants are quite content in more intermediate conditions. New growths generally emerge in the spring, later forming beautiful plump pseudobulbs. Look for the flower spikes to emerge from the inner sheath of the pseudobulb. If your plant's pseudobulbs are shriveled, then the plants have been kept too dry or too wet. Inspect the roots to determine which condition prevailed. If the lead pseudobulb is large, plump and green (and back bulbs are shriveled) but no flower spike is evident, the plants may have been kept too dry.
The standard Paphiopedilum insigne-derived hybrids, which are called "bull dogs" and "toads," are at their peak. Unlike most other orchids, they can even be potted while in bud. There really is no wrong time to pot a paphiopedilum, and no other orchid responds so favorably to fresh mix and a cleanup. Keep an eye on watering until roots begin to grow.
Now is the peak of spike development, with the first plants in full flower. Staking and plant preparation is a must for those all-important spring shows. Correct staking now will give a better display and also make it much easier to transport to your society meetings and shows. Care with watering is vital to avoid mechanical damage to the flowers, as well as rot-related problems. Keep spent blooms cleaned up to avoid botrytis inoculation. Do not repot this month. Now you'll be seeing lots of phalaenopsis at orchid shows and sales.
In the fall Phalaenopsis should start initiating flower spikes. Infloresences should be well developed by mid-January.
For the most part, the flowering season will have ended for this group, providing the grower a chance to do some repotting. The plants will then have a chance to become well established before the hotter months of summer arrive. Most growers use bark mixes, but some exceptional results have been seen lately using rock-wool blends. You may want to try this mix, but do not change your whole collection over to this new media until you are sure it is right for you. First, experiment with a few plants to see how they respond.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
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