January Speaker - Mary Gerritsen
SCOS Members Updates
Board of Directors
Holiday Party Photos
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Mary's talk will cover key information you need to know about growing orchids outside, including microclimates, selecting or creating suitable growing area, cultural tips, how to cope with heat and cold, and a survey of popular orchids that are grown outside year round in different parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tuesday, January 8th - Doors open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Mary Gerritsen fell in love with orchids during her post-doctoral days in the late 70's in San Diego, and has grown them off and on ever since. She worked in the biotechnology industry for many years, developing drugs for autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Now semi-retired, she works as an independent biotechnology consultant, and in her spare time, travels as much as she can to see orchids in habitat. In the past twelve years she has gone on orchid trips/treks to various parts of the US and Canada, as well as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Borneo, Western Australia, Thailand, Sulawesi, New Guinea, South Africa, Madagascar and southern and western China. She has also traveled to Germany, Crete, Rhodes, Mallorca, Sicily and Cyprus to photograph the terrestrial orchids.
Mary enjoys writing about orchids, and is an author/co-author (with friend and well-known photographer Ron Parsons) of four orchid books (Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species, A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture and the about to be published American Orchid Society Guide to Orchids and their Culture). She has also written articles for orchid magazines including Orchids, Orchid Digest and the Orchid Review. She has a collection of mostly miniature, cool growing species. Mary is a past-president of the San Francisco Orchid Society and Peninsula Orchid Society and currently serves on the board of directors of The Orchid Digest and The Orchid Conservation Alliance.
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We had a good year here at the Sonoma County Orchid Society and are looking forward to 2019. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready for a wonderful 2019. We have great speakers, open greenhouses, skill sessions and many more events lined up for your pleasure. This is a fun group of people with a common love of orchids. Of course, some might love those funny looking orchids, or the smelly ones, or the toilet bowl looking ones…but we try not to hold it against them! Start planning now to join our show, bus tour, potting party, BBQ…so, either mark your calendar to attend or jump in now and help with the planning!
The Holiday Party was a smashing success. The venue was low key and enjoyable, and the food delicious. The company was lovely, as were the raffle and silent auction orchids from Brookside Orchids. And let’s be honest, how many places can you get an excellent salmon dinner with wine and dessert for as little money as the cost of a ticket? Turns out the VIP of the evening was Billie McCarthy, who put together the whole event, and she was awarded the super duper special Marie Waskow Award (if you were there, you’ll understand!!!) J Lovely live music was provided by Nixy Rickles. Again, I’d like to thank Billie McCarthy for all her hard work on putting together the Holiday Party.
I am happy to announce that our show this year will be the “Educational Orchid Exposition and Sale”. The theme is, you guessed it, an educational orchid experience. Ideas for individual and group displays may include linking orchids to geography, growing conditions, reproduction, etc. It will take place at the Veteran’s Building on March 30-31, 2019 with setup on March 29. In order for the show to be a success, we need everyone to chip in. We are still looking for show leaders, and there will be sign-up sheets for volunteers at the January general meeting, or you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next show meeting is on January 9th at 7pm at Jeanne’s house.
I am looking forward to Mary Gerritsen’s talk about growing orchids in the Bay Area. This promises to be a unique lecture as it focuses on our growing environment. With Mary’s lecture and book, anyone living in the Bay Area should be able to grow orchids! So bring a friend and prepare to enjoy the evening. You can join Mary and our VP June Maiden at the speaker’s dinner at Kirin before the general meeting. Look forward to seeing you soon!
show page Educational orchid Expo & Sale
Our Sonoma County Orchid Society's Educational Orchid Exposition and Sale is just around the corner on March 30-31! It is an exciting time of the year! It is always fun (and rewarding) to pitch in and help with getting it set up! It is a group effort and it takes every member of our Society to make it work. Many jobs have already been filled (see our Show Chair list). However, we still have a bunch of chair positions available. Working together develops camaraderie and it IS fun to work with someone toward a common goal. All of the unfilled jobs have mentors who will work with you for smooth sailing.
Come and join us at the planning meeting at Jeanne’s house on Wednesday, January 9th at 7 pm, 897 Matsuda Lane, Sebastopol! The more the merrier! See you all there!
Volunteers desperately needed to fill these show leader positions. Please email Alison at email@example.com if you can perform one (or more) of these duties.
Setup & take down
Promotional Material Distribution
Signage (interior and exterior)
Advertising - print, radio, event
The following positions have been filled:
Admissions & Tickets Ann Conger and Jeanne VanBlarcom
Banners Linda Eggleston
Electronic Payments Karen Wofford
Facility Coordinator Karen Wofford
Fire Permit & Floor Plan Linda Eggleston
Judging & Clerking Coordinator Judy Carney and Becky Jackson
Pasta Party Jeanne VanBlarcom
Plant Doctor & Educational Media Larry Mead and Susan Anderson
Plant Entry for Judging Kris and Jim Foster
Plant Hotel Sue Hayes
Promotional Material Production Alison Bies
SCOS Boutique Billie MacCarthy
Social Media Campaign Amber Powner
Society Display Artstart and Francesca Perez
Society Plant Sales Earl and Kathy Rathbun
Trophies and Certificates Josie Lee
Volunteer Center Ann Possinger and Gary Cockriell
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Please wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag.
Welcome new members Roxanna and Leanne Reeves, and Francesca Perez.
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. Just stop by the membership table and Billie MacCarthy will be glad to assist. Forgot cash or your checkbook? No worries... simply renew online using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
We have the following open position. Contact any board member if you are interested.
Director of Ways and Means -
- Oversees the running of the Opportunity Table and any sales at meetings.
- Oversees all money-making activities of the Society & may appoint committees to run such activities (i.e., BBQ & Auction, participation in orchid shows & festivals).
- Presents to the Board ideas for participation in money-making events.
- Makes efforts to procure donations/sponsorship for the benefit of the Society.
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
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.
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!
2019 Refreshment Calendar
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SCOS Member's page
AOS Corner, January 2019
The Holidays will soon be past, and we have much to look forward to in 2019.
LET THE SHOWS BEGIN! This is a list of Bay Area orchid shows in the first quarter, with opportunities for AOS judging, and of course for buying more beauties to enhance your collection:
January 6 – February 24 – Filoli Estate, Woodside CA : “Orchids Grand and Glorious”: Orchid displays, flower arrangements, and orchid photography in the historic house, with live orchids provided by San Francisco Orchid Society, Peninsula Orchid Society, Santa Clara Valley and Golden Gate Cymbidium Growers. AOS Judging Sat 1/12 and 2/9, 9:00am. filoli.org
January 26 - 27 – Peninsula Orchid Society Show and Sale, 10am to 5pm, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City. AOS and CSA Judging Friday 1/25 pm. penorchidsoc.org
February 15 - 22 – International Flower and Orchid Show, in Tokyo Dome. Okay, this is a little far afield, but I’m told that everyone should do this show at least once. This is the first time they are adding other flowers (tulips, roses, succulents) besides orchids, so it will have a broader interest. tokyo-dome.co.jp
February 22 - 24 (Gala Feb 21, evening) - San Francisco Orchid Society’s Pacific Orchid Expo, SF County Fair Building “Hall of Flowers”, Golden Gate Park. AOS judging Thursday 2/21. orchidsanfrancisco.org.
March 1 - 2 - Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Fresno Fairgrounds, in conjunction with the Fresno Home & Garden Show. AOS Judging March 2. centralcaliforniaorchidsociety.com
March 15 - 17 - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, Earl Warren Showgrounds. AOS Judging Thursday 3/14. sborchidshow.com
March 20 - 24 - Spring 2019 AOS Members’ Meeting in conjunction with the San Diego Orchid Society’s Show. The show is at the Scottish Rite Event Center, and AOS meetings will be at Hilton Mission Valley. San Diego is also home to some of the great commercial orchidists in the US. AOS and CSA judging. www.aos.org.
March 30 - 31 - Sonoma County Orchid Society's Educational Orchid Exposition and Sale, Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. AOS Judging Saturday 3/30 am. sonomaorchids.com
March 29 - 31 – San Joaquin Orchid Society “Orchid Fest”, Sherwood Mall, Stockton. AOS Judging 3/29. sanjoaquinorchidsociety.org
Be sure to check the show websites for more info, including the cutoff date and time for submitting orchids for judging.
Your support of the American Orchid Society is important and appreciated. Don’t forget to renew annually, to keep enjoying your Orchids magazine and other benefits of AOS membership.
Wishing everyone peace, joy and orchids in the New Year!
By Lynne Murrell
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, January 29th @ 5:30-6:30 pm PT
Join Ron McHatton, Chief Science Officer as he answers your questions about all things orchids. Please send your questions to Sandra Svoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 22th. Please include pictures.
Join Dr. Ron McHatton, Chief Science Officer as he answers your questions about all things orchids. Please send your questions to Sandra Svoboda at email@example.com by January 22th. Please include pictures.
Cattleya Species Culture with Bill Rogerson
Thursday, January 10th @ 5:30–6:30 pm PT
Everyone Welcome! – Registration Page
Join master cattleya grower, Bill Rogerson, as he explains his sure fire method for understanding how to grow cattleyas to perfection.
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP.
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website www.aos.org. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab.
WANT TO LEARN, BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
January 6 - February 24 - Filoli Estate & Gardens. During Filoli’s 2019 winter season, the historic mansion and greenhouse will feature orchids in lush living arrangements and displays of live plants. To complement the horticultural displays, Filoli will also host an exhibition in the Visitor Center gallery that will capture a larger-than-life view of the Orchidaceae family through Orchids: Glorious and Grand.
86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA , www.Filoli.org
January 12 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Annual Collector's Auction. Preview Sat. 12:30–1:00PM. Auction starts at 1:00PM.
San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA. For info contact: Richard Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 19-20 - Orchid Digest's "63rd Paphiopedilum Guild Meeting & Show" at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara, 1111 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA.
January 26-27 - Peninsula Orchid Society Show,
1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA http://penorchidsoc.org/
February 8-10 - Newport Harbor Orchid Expo and Sale "Orchid Mania", Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA
Feb 9 - Diablo View Orchid Society "Valentine's Orchid Show"
at the First Lutheran Church, 4000 Concord Blvd., Concord, CA
February 21-24 - Pacific Orchid Expo "Orchids of the Enchanted Forest" County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
March 1-3 - Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Fresno Home & Garden Show, Fresno Fair Grounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno
March 2-3 - Santa Cruz Orchid Society Show, location TBA
March 15-17 - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show,*
Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara https://sborchidshow.com/
March 22-24 - San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Treasures" at the Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
March 30-31 - Sonoma County Orchid Society's Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
* A bus trip to the Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show from Sacramento is being arranged by Mylane Hastings. Contact Mylane to answer questions at 916-835-5955 or e-mail at Scdworldtravel@aol.com.
Jan 6 - Feb 24 - orchids at Filoli Estate & Gardens
Jan 12 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Annual Auction
Jan 19-20 - 63rd Paphiopedilum Guild Meeting & Show
Jan 26-27 - Peninsula Orchid Society Show
Feb 8-10 - Newport Harbor Orchid Expo & Sale
Feb 9 - Diablo View "Valentine's Orchid Show"
Feb 22-24 - Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco
March 1-3 - Central CA Orchid Society Spring Show
March 2-3 - Santa Cruz Orchid Socieity Show
March 15-17 -Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show
March 22-24 - San Diego Orchid Society Spring Show
Mar 30-31 - SCOS Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale
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.
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.
monthly checklist JAN & FEB
Cattleya trianae 'Mary Fennel' HCC/AOS is a good example of this winter-blooming species.
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.
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.
monthly checklist Jan & Feb
In the fall Phalaenopsis should start initiating flower spikes. Infloresences should be well developed by mid-January.
2018-2019 SCOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - email@example.com
Vice President June Maiden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Ann Conger - email@example.com
Treasurer Karen Wofford & Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Billie MacCarthy - email@example.com
Ways & Means vacant - If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - email@example.com
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall -
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
Newsletter Editor Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to Billie MacCarthy for organizing the Holiday Party, once again. This year she also received the Marie Waskow award. Each year members of our Society vote to honor a member who has given outstanding service to the SCOS. 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.
A big thank you to Lynne Murrell who arranged for and picked up the orchids from Brookside for the table decorations and the silent auction held during the holiday party.
Alison Bies giving the temporary Marie Waskow award to Billie MacCarthy.
Corks - Some members are using corks in bottoms of pots or even as planting medium. Feel free to save your corks and bring them to meetings for anyone who wants them.
Bennett Valley Gardens, 2780 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA does repotting including orchids for $15/pot.
Peruflora will be attending the Tamiami International Orchid Festival 2019, Dade County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL to be held between Friday, January 11th and Sunday 13th. This is the first opportunity of 2019 for you to order Andean and Amazon Orchids from us; for plants to be picked up at the show, or being sent by postal service to you. The cost of shipping will be added to the total amount of your order. Also, 10% will be added to coverall paperwork, transportation and broker fees. Last day for us to receive the preorders is Decmember 23, 2018. Orders will be accepted under the first come, first served basis. Feel free to forward this to your friends. For further questions and coordination, please contact us at email@example.com.
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