January Speaker - Marni Turkel
Holiday Party Pix
Board of Directors
Show & Tell Pix
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Tuesday, January 14th. Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00pm. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Marni Turkel - "Give it a Rest"
Many plants receive a dry rest period in their native habitat and this talk explores some of the factors involved. Learn a bit about weather patterns and the “make it or break it” effect a dry rest period can have on growth and flowering of particular species. You’ll see some plants that many people find hard to bloom and find out how to get a great blooming by giving them what they need.
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 in 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.
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Hello and Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Did you make it to the holiday party? I’ve got to say this year’s event was one of our best. We had the wonderful Niko performing a lovely array of Christmas carols on the piano again. As always, Billie did a really fantastic job on setting up and decorating for the party again this year. We hope that somebody will come forward and work with Billie next year to share the load. Billie has done it for so many years and we appreciate it. We like the new chef at the Foxtail too! The salmon, beef and salads were delicious. We hope you reserve the second Tuesday of December next year to come to the Christmas party.
Congratulations to Susan Anderson on winning the Marie Waskow Award. She deserves it! This year Susan’s hard work and dedication to the Society has been paramount. She is the only person to win the award for a second time the I know of. The remarkable thing is that Susan puts in this much effort consistently, year after year while running her own business. She has worked with Lynne Murrell to pull together the bus trip; she sits on the board; she donates plants, she prints our show postcard and acts as a plant doctor at our show. She’s a dynamo. Thank you Susan.
I’d like to remind you of the legacy of Marie Waskow, “her name is synonymous with dedication, kindness, thoughtfulness, hard work above and beyond the call, and an unfailing belief and dedication to the Society as it struggled through its formative years and emerged into the organization it is now and of which we can all be proud....Countless volunteering for numerous committees, holding officer positions, supporting all endeavors, knowing what had to be done and doing it without having to be asked, and above all, a friend who never said “no” to a plea for help”. To learn more about Marie Waskow go to the SCOS website and search for the Marie Waskow award.
I urge people to think of the year ahead, and start marking your calendar with our annual events, like our show coming up on March 28 & 29, 2020. In April we will be electing new officers. The bingo and ice cream social (invite your friends!) is in July replacing our regular meeting. The repotting party and barbeque & auction will be scheduled as soon as locations are found to hold them. If you have a location for either of these events, please contact me at President@SonomaOrchids.com. Along with our activities, please learn about orchids during our regular meetings by attending a skill session and a presentation by an orchid expert. We have an exciting year planned, so welcome to 2020.
I would like to thank Cathy Thompson for doing a great job over the last few years at the Opportunity Table where we sell raffle tickets to win orchid plants. The board received a kind letter from Cathy asking that she be replaced every other month in her duties there. Can someone please step up and do the raffle for the opportunity table plants? Two people working as a pair make this position more fun, so sign up with a friend. Please talk to Cathy Thompson or myself. Also, we are looking for members to be on the nominating committee for 2020. Thank you!
Wishing you a Happy New Year - Alison
The $25 membership dues are renewed each July. We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. See Billie MacCarthy at the membership table. 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!
Your Help is Needed
Cathy Thompson has been manning the Opportunity Table at our monthly meetings for many years. She would like to have a helper to share the job on an every other month basis. The Opportunity Table is where you purchase raffle tickets to win plants. Will someone please volunteer to help with this job - it's easy and you get to meet fellow members while selling them raffle tickets. Talk to Cathy at January's meeting or email her at email@example.com.
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. If you want a permanent badge, email Billie at Membership@SonomaOrchids.com
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!
2020 Refreshment Calendar
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
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And so begins another year of growing beautiful orchids!
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$30 off an order of $100 or more from select vendors with a two-year AOS membership.
AOS SPRING MEETING, WITH SPEAKERS, VENDORS AND MORE!
Don’t forget to mark your 2020 calendar for the AOS Spring Members’ Meeting to be held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Sacramento, hosted by the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center, April 16-20, 2020. Details and registration information will be posted on the AOS website shortly.
January 2013 reprint : The Month of Vision Looking Ahead to a New Year of Success
By Thomas Mirenda
Can you believe it is already January again? All of us are yet another year older and wiser. I like to believe that, just like that old ad campaign, “We’re not getting older, we’re getting better,” but my morning mirror disproves that on a daily basis. Nonetheless, there is something to be said for aging. We do get better at some things with experience, and orchid growing is certainly one of those things. You may not realize it, but just from reading this magazine regularly, you gain significantly. Even if you cannot invest in state-of-the art greenhouses or the latest innovations, your awareness about the needs of orchids, gleaned from Orchids , has influenced you and improved your growing skills. Although it is fairly arbitrary, I find it is always at this time of year we attempt to reflect and take stock of our collections, our growing skill and our knowledge. We all share the goal of aspiring to grow our plants even better in the coming year. This, of course, requires “vision.” Aside from actually seeing the beauty of our orchids, if you look up vision in a dictionary or thesaurus, you’ll find some startling definitions and synonyms. Words such as “idea,” “dream” and even “revelation” appear there. So I challenge you in 2013 to think big, to shoot for the stars. Come up with a vision for yourself as an orchid person for the coming year, for five years, or even for where you’ll be in 10 or 20 years, and develop a strategy for reaching those goals.
By Lynne Murrell
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Aside from your growing skills, think about how your enthusiasm for our beloved plants can best further the cause of other aspects of orchidology, such as conservation, education, technology and innovative cultivation techniques. Leave a legacy for those following in your footsteps. After all, wouldn’t it be sad to not pass on all you’ve learned to others? We have all been gifted with the joy of orchids. Let’s all spread that joy around the world this year.
I SEE YOU January is an exciting time in our collections. So many plants are in spike now and the anticipation of fattening buds’ imminent opening and first blooms of many newly acquired species and hybrids can make each day a revelation in the coming months. Look around your collection carefully for inflorescences that may be hiding from your view or, if your benches are packed like mine, may be caught hiding amidst lush foliage. Make sure your developing spikes are growing unobstructed and receiving adequate light so that they may display their natural grace upon blooming.
MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION it is imperative to support developing spikes of many orchids, particularly phalaenopsis, cymbidiums and oncidium intergeneric hybrids. In the wild, epiphytic orchids tend to have pendent or cascading inflorescences, but unless your plants are mounted or in hanging baskets, this does not work well for most cultivated plants. In particular, spikes of hybrids that bear larger flowers or higher flower count than the species may be especially heavy and stressed by the time they are fully open. This also makes for the best presentation of your plants for the upcoming flower show season. Good presentation is the first step toward winning blue ribbons and AOS awards.
MOISTURE MATTERS the old adage “sometimes less is more” is true with orchids this time of year. With the shorter day lengths, cooler temperatures and generally overcast conditions so prevalent in winter, most orchids require far less water than they did in the summer growing season. Commonly grown genera such as Cattleya, Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum have matured their summer growth, and should be watered less frequently now. Some genera, especially Catasetum, Galeandra, Habenaria, Dendrobium and Lycaste , are truly “sleeping” now and can actually rot if watered excessively, or, in some cases, even just a little. You must determine which plants will suffer with even an occasional watering in winter, and segregate them to an area where they will not be hit with a stray, inadvertent pass of the watering wand. Despite the need for dryness, most orchids still do best in humid conditions. This becomes an important issue for those who grow in the home where humidity can be excessively low when radiators come on. Especially for the home grower, it is important to supplement humidity in winter with a humidifier, pebble tray or occasional misting.
(As pertinent now, as it was then - Reprinted with permission ORCHIDS VOL. 82 NO. 1 JANUARY 2013)
Also visit the AOS website for a Monthly Checklist on Orchid Care. http://www.aos.org/orchids/seasonal-orchid-care/january-february-checklist.aspx
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Thursday, January 16th @ 5:30-6:30 pm PST
Join Dr. Ron McHatton, AOS Chief Science Officer, as he answers your questions about all things orchid. He will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send your questions & pictures to Sandra Svoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sun. 1/14. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
Orchid Travels in Peru
Thursday, Jan 9th - 5:30–6:30 pm PST
Members Only - Registration Page
Join AOS judge Ken Jacobsen on an orchid adventure in Peru, home of both cool and warm growing orchids. First class seating!
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.
January & February
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.
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.
In the fall Phalaenopsis should start initiating flower spikes. Infloresences should be well developed by mid-January.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
Jan 25-26 - Peninsula Orchid Society Show & Sale,
Community Activities Bldg, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA
Feb 20-23 - San Francisco Orchid Society "Pacific Orchid Exposition", Hall of Flowers at Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Mar 13-15 - Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show,
3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 27-29 - SCOS Show & Sale "Exploring Orchids",
1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
Mar 27-29 - San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Magic", Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
Open greenhouses are a great way for members to see how other members grow their orchids and to get to know fellow members. If you are willing to have an open greenhouse at your home, please contact June Maiden at email@example.com
Jan 25-26 - Peninsula Orchid Society Show & Sale, Redwood City, CA
Feb 20-23 - SF Orchid Society "Pacific Orchid Exposition", San Francisco, CA
Mar 13-15 - Santa Barbara Orchid Show
Mar 27-29 - SCOS Spring Show
Mar 27-29 - San Diego Spring Show "Orchid Magic", San Diego
68th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition: 2020: Orchids in Focus
The main show and sale takes place Fri-Sun 2/21-23 from 10am-5pm. There will also be a special Preview Night on Thursday, Feb 20th from 6-9:30pm for first access to the beautiful displays as well as orchids for sale, accompanied by a fun atmosphere including wine, beer, snacks and more. Because alcoholic beverages are served, the Preview Night is only open to adults 21 years of age and older.
Our Annual Show & Sale - Exploring Orchids - March 27-29
The theme is Exploring Orchids. Planning meetings have been held for the past 3 months. Many chair positions are going to filled by those who did the jobs last year. We'd like to see other members learn the various positions, so if you are willing to learn, please contact one of the chairs below who will gladly train you. We still need chairs for these key positions:
The Board agreed to raise the admission price from $8 to $10. A $2 off coupon will be in the Press Democrat and our postcard will also be good for $2 off.
Sue Hayes needs strong boxes for the plant hotel.
SCOS Boutique: Start collecting garden related items for sale in the boutique which is always a popular spot. Take some cuttings of your non-orchid plants and pot them up for sale.
Silent Auction: June Maiden and Amber Powner need items for the silent auction. Please solicit restaurants, wineries, nurseries, artists, misc service providers for gift certificates or actual items which will be auctioned off on the silent auction table. Get creative - put together a gift basket. New items only - re-gifting OK!
Promotion: We still don't have a chairman, so the job will be split up. Karen W. has scheduled ads with the Press Democrat. Ann Possinger and Haili Marshall will send notices to local event calendars, nurseries, other orchid societies. And we need you all to do things like send out emails to all your friends; post on your Facebook page; hand out postcards to places you visit; tape postcards to inside of your car windows. Please share any other ideas you have.
Vendors: Gary's goal this year is to have 15 - 5 have committed so far.
The next planning meeting will be Thursday, 1/16/20 at 7pm at the home of Ann Shippey,
2643 Spring Oaks Drive, Santa Rosa. Thank you Ann for hosting these meetings.
SCOS Spring Show Page
SCOS show chairs
Holiday Party Pictures
holiday party pictures
SCOS board of directors
We could really use new board members. Start out by simply joining our fun group! We meet the third Thursday of each month. It’s fun volunteering! Or contact a board member if you are interested! Current board members will be glad to train you.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies
Vice President June Maiden
Secretary Ann Conger
Treasurer Karen Wofford
Membership Billie MacCarthy
Ways & Means Haili Marshall
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (unofficial position) Lynne Murrell
Thanks to Billie MacCarthy and Susan Anderson for tackling the photo job with Ann P not being there.
Trichocentrum Florida Gold x splendid Dale Martin
Show & Tell Photos
Cattleya bowringiana - Earl Rathbun
Lc. Mary Elizabeth Bohn ‘Royal Flare’ Earl Rathbun
Stanhopea tigrina - Billie MacCarthy
Coelognye assamica - Judy Carney
Vanda Darwinara Charm ‘Bluebird’
New AOS book titled The American Orchid Society Guide to Culture by Mary Gerritsen. We have a limited supply of books for $22 including sales tax. The retail price is $24.95 plus shipping and handling so it's a good deal. Books will be available at the monthly meeetings.
Dale Martin has a few bags of all 3 sizes of Orchiata for sale for $30/bag including tax. To reserve bags, please contact Date Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-762-0526.
Sizes are Classic (fine) #9
Power (medium) #5
Power+ (medium) #5a
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